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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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One-Day Workshop: Custom Buttons: Fashioning Fasteners | 12.6

Julia Heineccius

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4924
12/6
10am - 6pm
Saturday
$114
$103

In this short workshop you will learn the hot and cold techniques needed to make flat, rounded, patterned, and embellished metal buttons. While examining the history of buttons as adornment, you will make a personalized set to take home and use to enhance your own clothing and couture projects. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $10


Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting | 9.16

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4767
9/16-11/4
6-10pm
Tue
8
$468
$421

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, problem solving, and small-scale production. 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


Silver PMC | 9.17

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4785
9/17-9/24
1:30-5:30pm
Wed
2
$114
$103

Silver Precious Metal Clay is a remarkable substance that is worked like clay, but fires into solid silver that can then be manipulated just like raw metal. Come learn how to make hollow forms, beads, molds, and texturing stamps. You'll also learn how to solder and finish your fired pieces. Experimentation is encouraged! This short class accommodates beginner through advanced students.

 

Prerequisite: none

Supply fee: $70 (includes PMC)


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 9.17

Roger Horner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4768
9/17-11/5
9am-1pm
Wed
8
$440
$396

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: $35


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 9.18

Susanne Lechler Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4770
9/18-10/23
9am-1pm
Thur
6
$330
$297

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


Sculptural Holloware | 9.18

Catherine Grisez

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4771
9/18-11/20
6-9pm
Thur
10
$468
$421

Holloware is a traditional method of hammering flat metal into three-dimensional form, such as a cup, teapot, or sculptural vessel. Come and explore its diverse sculptural possibilities as you learn how to create unique forms with textures that cannot be achieved through other metalworking processes. You will learn raising, dapping, planishing, and chasing and repousse. In addition, the class also covers options for finishing, coloring, and sealing metal.

 

This class is being offered in a new format of shorter 3-hour meetings held over 10 weeks.

 

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent

Supply fee: $35


Small Object Photography for Nonphotographers | 9.20

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4773
9/20
10am-6pm
Sat
1
$114
$103

Whether 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.

 

Prerequisite: none

Supply fee: $10


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 10 Weeks | 9.21

Peggy Foy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4778
9/21-11/23
6-9pm
Sun
10
$440
$396

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. This class is being offered in a new format of shorter 3-hour meetings held over 10 weeks.

 

Prerequisite: none

Supply fee: $35


Sculptural Metalsmithing – 2 Weekend Intensive | 9.27

Julia Heineccius and Tia Kramer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4831
9/27-10/5
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
2
$500
$450

During this collaboratively taught intensive, instructors Julia Heineccius and Tia Kramer will share their expertise utilizing metalsmithing and jewelry techniques to make sculptural work. While covering many of the same techniques of introductory metalsmithing, this class will focus on soldering larger scale objects, wire manipulation methods, and forming, cutting, folding, and texturing metal sheet. Through directed projects students will be encouraged to experiment with the materials, scale, and processes embedded within metalsmithing tradition. Participants will have ample time in the studio to innovate with techniques and will also have the opportunity to use the interim Studio Friday work session to continue developing their projects in the studio at Pratt.

 

This class is appropriate for beginners, and creatives of any discipline who would like to play with metalsmithing techniques, but is also perfect for revitalizing the practice of those that have been away from the bench for a while.

 

Prerequisite: none

Supply fee: $30


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 10.8

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4769
10/8-11/12
1:30-5:30pm
Wed
6
$330
$297

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


Workshop: Tool Making | 10.11

Roger Horner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4783
10/11-10/12
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

Does it seem like some people "just know" how to make their own tools? Learn how to make your own forming hammer, specialty chisels, chasing tools, and decorative stamps in this class! You'll acquire an understanding of how steel is different from the nonferrous metals commonly used in the jewelry studio as well as a variety of tools to take home with you.

 

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent

Supply Fee: $10


Soldering & Surfaces | 10.16

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4865
10/16-11/20
1:30-5:30pm
Thur
6
$350
$315

Get good at soldering and broaden your design horizon. This class will present challenges and a lot of opportunity for soldering. You will explore building up extreme surface textures as you design and make containers, settings, chains, a brooch pin, and hinges. At the end of the session, you will have finished pieces and samples.

 

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent

Supply fee: $20


One-Day Workshop: Forged Bracelet Forms | 10.18

Paul Casey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4774
10/18
10am-6pm
Sat
1
$114
$103

Working jewelry-scale, learn how blacksmiths forge, chisel, and fuller hot metal, as well as how they approach further embellishing surfaces with decorative rivets and filing. This class is tailored for beginners, but the curious with some experience may also enjoy learning about the overlap in techniques shared between blacksmiths and metalsmiths. You will complete 1-2 bracelets.

 

Prerequisite: none

Supply fee $10


Workshop: Chemical Hazards in the Jewelry Arts | 10.19

Dave Waddell

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4780
10/19
12-2:30pm
Sun
1
FREE
NA

Many jewelry techniques require the use of chemical compounds to clean, polish, etch, pickle, patina, lacquer, or attach components of the final piece. Many of these compounds can pose risks to the artist's health and to the environment when they're disposed. This free event will provide valuable information to jewelers and metalsmiths about these hidden hazards in their studios: what they are, their hazards, and how to protect yourself from them. There will be a demonstration of proper techniques for disposing of spent pickle and other common hazardous wastes. As a bonus, safety and disposal equipment will be provided free of charge to all attendees.

 

Prerequisite: none


Intermediate Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 10.22

Susanne Lechler Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4779
10/22-12/17*
6-10pm
Wed
8
$440
$396

In this revamped intermediate-level class, instructor Susanne Osborn will help you continue building your metalsmithing skill set. Our core classes always have soldering skills embedded into the curriculum, so plan on getting better at this as well as learning about and practicing the following: fabricating hollow forms, using the hydraulic press, tube and flush settings, marriage of metal, chasing and repoussé, and cuttlefish casting. Bring ideas for projects or wait for inspiration to strike in class!

 

*NO CLASS on 11/26

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals and ability to solder independently

Supply fee: $35


Workshop: Alternative Metals & Materials in Jewelry-Making | 10.25

Amy Reeves

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4784
10/25-10/26
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

Many contemporary jewelers are turning to non-precious materials as an alternative to silver and gold in their jewelry. This class will explore the possibilities of low cost alternative materials in jewelry making. We will forge iron, solder steel, explore anodizing with titanium, heat form colored acrylic sheet, make simple molds, and cast with concrete and resins.

 

Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent and ability to solder

Supply fee: $20


Beginning Jewelry/Metals Intensive | 10.31

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4781
10/31-11/3
9:30am-5:30pm
Fri-Mon
1
$440
$396

This compact intensive will have you working at your bench soon after you arrive on the first day. You’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of jewelry making through demonstrations, individualized instruction, and practice time. Learn how to control and manipulate metal so that you can confidently make a piece from start to finish.

 

Prerequisite: none

Supply fee: $30


Workshop: Chasing & Repoussé | 11.8

Candace Beardslee

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4913
11/8 - 11/9
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

Learn or improve your chasing and repoussé skills in this weekend workshop. The class will focus on the use of Japanese chasing tools called dashitagane, as well as traditional European chasing tools, forming hammers, and dapping punches. You will have the option of working on jewelry, small vessels (must bring your own vessel), or sculptural objects. Basic dashitagane tool making will be covered. The instructor will also be selling optional sets of handmade dashitagane tools for $25. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent.    Supply fee: $15


Workshop: Chain Essentials | 11.15

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4915
11/15 - 11/16
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

In a world full of commercial options, learn to design and make distinctive chains to enhance your work.  Create chains that do your bidding: add movement, lie flat, and are flip-flop proof for necklace and bracelet applications. Learn tips and tricks, practice solder and heat control, and solidify chain making as part of your skill set. This is an ideal class for making unique and treasured holiday gifts while you perfect a long term skill! Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent.     Supply fee: $20


Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper | 11.18

Melissa Cameron

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4928
11/18 - 12/9
6-10pm
Tuesday
4
$240
$216

We're surrounded by enamel fired onto steel, from enameled oven- and cook-wear in the kitchen, to whiteboards and signage in the school and street. But it's not just an industrial process! Learn how to use liquid enamel on steel and copper, from metal surface preparation to enamel mixing, application, and firing. Extend your decorative palette with appealing textures and patterns using simple techniques, perfectly suited for items like jewelry and small objects. Also learn how to prepare and apply enamel to recycled steel and found objects. Prerequisite: none.     Supply fee: $20


Workshop: Steel Fabrication for Jewelers | 11.22

Sarah Loertscher

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4921
11/22 - 11/23
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

Learn to fabricate with steel in this workshop designed to acquaint you with an affordable alternative to precious metals. You will learn to manipulate and solder mild and stainless steel, inlay solder into steel, and finish steel for wearability. Being both strong and easily available, steel allows you to experiment without fear of expense or size, opening up an entirely new range of possibility for your art. Expect to leave with a completed piece of your own design. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent.     Supply fee: $15


Workshop: Mechanisms: Hinges and Clasps |11.29

Peggy Foy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4912
11/29 - 11/30
10am - 6pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

Learn how to add movement and functionality to your jewelry creations in this intermediate-level workshop. Students will be presented with a host of creative solutions for clasps and joints, including traditional hinges with knuckles, locket latches, and closures for necklaces and bracelets. We will then select a handful to make in class. Each student can expect to complete 3-5 project samples, and will leave with improved soldering skills and new design ideas. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent; some prior soldering experience required.     Supply fee: $15


Holiday Workshop: Party Earrings | 12.4

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4929
12/4
6-10pm
Thursday
$57
$51

Whether the party is lit with candles, chandeliers, or a disco ball, a pair of sparkly earrings promises that you'll enter in style. Score extra points by crafting these attention-getting accessories yourself, using simple tools like hammers, drills, and files to create striking effects  From studs to shoulder-dusters, your party-ready earrings will shine and sparkle in any surroundings!  You'll make 2-3 pairs to wear or give. All levels. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $10


One-Day Workshop: Loop-in-Loop Chain Bracelet | 12.7

Julia Heineccius

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4922
12/7
10am - 6pm
Sunday
$114
$103

Loop-in-loop chain making is an ancient and elegant method of making a woven chain out of individually fused links. Used by bronze-age civilizations, versions of this chain can be seen in every museum collection of ancient jewelry. This short workshop will focus on completing a fine silver bracelet using this technique, and easy ways that you can continue to use this method, and extrapolate to more complex designs, in the basic home studio. Prerequisite: none.     Supply fee: $20


Holiday Workshop: Chainmail Earrings | 12.11

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4930
12/11
6-10pm
Thursday
$57
$51

It's like a metalsmithing magic trick: combine a bunch of rigid metal rings in a certain way and the result is a fluid, flexible metal 'fabric'!  In this class, we'll showcase this transformation by turning swatches of chainmail into slinky, swingy, chainmail earrings. Following a basic pattern, you'll decide on color, weight, and complexity to create a unique pair of fun, stylish earrings. All levels. Prerequisite: none.     Supply fee: $10


Holiday Workshop: Felting Essentials | 12.13

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4925
12/13
9:30am - 1:30pm
Saturday
$57
$51

Welcome to felting for the 21st century! Manipulating wool is fun, colorful, and addictive. Using wet felting and dry needle techniques, you will make jewelry forms, small dimensional vessels, botanical shapes, or something only you can imagine! This quick how-to class will give you the experience you need to continue on your own. Prerequisite: none.     Supply fee: $10


Holiday Workshop: Marshmallow Skewers | 12.14

Paul Casey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4926
12/14
10am - 4pm
Sunday
$86
$77

Working jewelry-scale, learn to forge and manipulate hot stainless steel into decorative marshmallow or BBQ skewers. Perfect for beginners, this short workshop uses methods that blacksmiths and metalsmiths have practiced for centuries.  Workshop ends with a marshmallow roasting at the forge! Prerequisite: none.     Supply fee: $10