Pratt Fine Arts

Seattle
WA
206.328.2200

Jewelry/Metals

Whether you want to learn to make a ring, work with enamels, set stones, or carve wax, Pratt’s Jewelry & Metals studio has something to offer everyone. With our professional equipment and accomplished instructors, you can experiment with traditional and contemporary mediums and create unique wearable and sculptural works of art with any level of experience.

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Travel Abroad: Silver Filigree in Oaxaca | 2.13

Rafael Bautista

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6848
2/13 - 2/17
9am - 1pm
Mon - Fri
1
$1350

Students will receive instruction on the traditional methods of Oaxacan-style filigree in the workshops of El Oro de Monte Alban, Oaxaca's most prominent jewelry company. Our instructor Rafael Bautista has been creating filigree since the age of eighteen. In 2013, El Oro de Monte Alban invited Maestro Bautista to develop a basic filigree course in an effort to promote and maintain jewelry manufacturing as a sustainable activity among locals. He has since taught students from all over Mexico, as well as England, Japan and the United States.

You’ll end the week with a solid understanding of the filigree technique, wearable examples of your work, and a deeper appreciation of the role that jewelry and metalworking play in Oaxacan culture.

Prerequisite: None. This workshop is open to students of all levels.

One assistantship is available for a student fluent in both Spanish and English. Contact Julia Harrison (jharrison@pratt.org) for details or to apply.

CLASS FEE: $1350

INCLUDED
7 nights hotel in a private room
20 hours of instruction and all workshop materials
2 field trips
2 group dinners

PAYMENT DATES
November 10: deadline for deposit of $675
December 10: deadline for final payment of $675

CANCELLATION REFUND POLICY
25% non-refundable for withdrawal until January 10
50% non-refundable for withdrawal after January 10


Workshop: Introduction to Enameling | 2.25

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7054
2/25 - 2/26
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

Enameling is a great way to add color to your metal work, and this class will introduce you to this intriguing and often unpredictable medium. You'll learn enamel application methods, how to fire your work, and how temperature and firing time affect your piece. We have over 100 transparent and opaque enamels for you to experiment with as you learn your way around building and layering color. Use provided metal, or bring your own small, unsoldered copper or silver pieces. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $20


Stone Setting: Bezel and Beyond | 2.28

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7019
2/28 - 4/18
1:30 - 5:30pm
Tuesday
8
$487
$438

Cabochon, faceted or free form stone, found object--if you have it, you can learn how to set it! Although the basic bezel is a great place to start, many other settings often work better for a particular stone or better highlight its unique qualities. Expand your repertoire! Demonstrations include bezel, basket, prong, post, turtle, tube, flush, channel settings, and more. You will produce both samples and finished elements for jewelry applications. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals and ability to solder independently Supply fee: $35


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 3.1

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7020
3/1 - 4/5
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
6
$343
$309

Designed for beginners and those needing a refresher, this class introduces students to the fundamentals of metalworking. Through demonstrations, individualized instruction, and plenty of practice, you will develop basic skills in sawing, filing, soldering, riveting, texturing, and polishing as well as in the safe use of tools and studio chemicals. We encourage you to repeat this class with several teachers, not only to strengthen your skills but also to benefit from the expertise of each instructor. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $30


Intermediate Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 3.2

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7065
3/2 - 4/20
1:30 - 5:30pm
Thursday
8
$485
$437

If you already have a handle on basic techniques such as sawing, soldering, and finishing, Intermediate Jewelry/Metals will empower you to use these tools in a more personal and creative way. Through a combination of demonstrations, supervised work-time, and individualized instruction based on your own goals, you will hone your existing skills, add new ones, and grow more comfortable and confident in your ability to realize your own designs. The instructor will introduce intermediate soldering strategies as well as as next-level shaping and embellishment techniques aimed at enabling you to reach your jewelry-making and metal-working goals. Prerequisite: at least one course of Beginning Jewelry/Metals. Supply fee: $35


Workshop: Jewelry that Grows on Trees | 3.4

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7066
3/4 - 3/5
9am - 5pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

Beautiful, versatile and widely available, wood is an ideal alternative material for jewelry. In this class we'll learn to make the most of wood's palate of colors and textures using tools and techniques appropriate for use in a home studio. Topics will include basic shaping and finishing, surface embellishment and creating more complex dimensional forms such as rings and cuffs. The instructor will also introduce basic carving techniques that rely on a minimum of hand tools. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent. Supply fee: $35


Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting | 3.7

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7018
3/7 - 4/25
6-10pm
Tuesday
8
$487
$438

Learn how to design and create wax models for the centrifugal casting process. Additional topics include cuttlefish casting, direct pour processes, creating stone settings in wax, finishing, and trouble-shooting challenging designs. You will be able to produce several finished pieces for jewelry, sculptural, and functional applications. This class accommodates all skill levels and may be repeated. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent. Supply fee: $35


Intermediate Rings: Split Shank | 3.9

Julia Lowther

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7099
3/9 - 3/16
9am - 1pm
Thursday
2
$125
$113

Improve your fabrication skills by completing a split shank ring. You'll choose from a selection of stones and bezel galleries, and then personalize the design and embellishments of the V's framing the stone. The resulting piece you craft will be a classic and elegant split shank ring that is entirely unique. Along the way, you'll learn to deftly side-step some not-so-obvious pitfalls, and tuck some useful new tricks under your belt. Pre-requisite: the ability to solder independently.  Supply fee: $30.


Workshop: Intermediate Enamel | 3.25

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7087
3/25 - 3/26
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

Building on the basics from Introduction to Enameling, this continuing class will work on dimensional enameling of small forms, use of silver foil, cloisonné, refinements in working with transparent enamels, and more. Demos will be balanced with lots of work time for students who want to have more time to build on skill development. Prerequisite: Intro to Enameling or equivalent experience. Supply fee: $35.


Workshop: Small Object Photography for Nonphotographers | 4.8

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7088
4/8 - 4/9
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

When you're presenting, applying, publishing, or posting, your work is only as good as your documentation. This workshop focuses on simple strategies for taking consistently strong photos: managing light and shadows using cheap portable diffusers and reflectors, staging still lives and working with models, developing a personal and appropriate style, and using software to refine your images. Bring samples of your jewelry and a digital camera you're familiar with. May be especially useful if you are planning to apply for an Artist Trust Gap Grant (due May 23), or a Pratt Scholarship (deadline in early June). Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $15


Master Artist: Martha Collins Wood Laminations | 5.22

Martha Collins

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6934
5/22 - 5/26
9:30am - 4:30pm
Mon - Fri
1
$595
$536

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE. DATES ARE NOW IN MAY AND DON'T MATCH THE PRATT MAGAZINE. This 5-day master class is intended to show the students different methods of lamination that they can incorporate into their woodworking as embellishment or as works of art. Skills introduced: Designing laminate with either end grain or side grain; millwork of rough stock for flatness, parallel and true edges; band sawing with fence for dimension; grain orientation; methods of clamping, with a fence or with shims; re-truing surface; slicing laminate on band saw and preparing other stock necessary for the second lamination; re-lamination; re-slicing of laminate now ready for inclusion in project. Supply Fee: $80