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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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Holiday Workshop: Party Earrings | 12.6

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6829
12/6
6-10pm
Tuesday
1
$59
$53

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


Cold Connected Ring with Tension-Set Stone | 12.8

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6828
12/8 - 12/15
1:30 - 5:30pm
Thursday
2
$125
$113

Learn a creative new way to make a ring from sheet metal that is entirely cold connected! The finishing touch will be a beautiful tension-set stone on top. This is a great class for those who dislike soldering or those who have studio space, but don’t have access to a torch-- you can still create amazing jewelry! You'll leave class with a stunning ring ready for holiday wearing or gifting, plus the skills and inspiration to continue experimenting on your own. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metalsmithing or equivalent. Supply Fee $15


Sculptural Wire and Textile Techniques | 12.10

Kristen Tollefson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6837
12/10 - 12/11
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

Explore the transformative potential of line and plane into sculpture in this weekend workshop. From tinkering and industrial wirework to weaving and stitching, students will gain a hands-on understanding of a range of sculptural coldworking metal techniques including coiling, twisting, linking, soumak, basketweaving and more. Come away from the workshop with a sampling of techniques or problem solve a sculpture work-in-progress, model or jewelry. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $15.


Holiday Workshop: Fantasy and Bubble Wands | 12.13

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6835
12/13
6-10pm
Tuesday
1
$59
$53

Bestow holiday bubbles or direct your magic with whimsical soldered wands in designs of your creation! Using copper, brass, and soldered craftsmanship, you will create delightful gifts for recipients who are young or young-at-heart. Channel your inner wizard and delight in some lighthearted creativity while learning some basic metals skills. Take home finished works at the end of class. Muggles welcome! Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $10.


Chainmail Earrings | 12.15

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6830
12/15
6-10pm
Thursday
1
$59
$53

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. Prerequisite: none. Supply Fee: $10.


Holiday Workshop: Last-Minute PMC | 12.17

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6838
12/17
9:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday
1
$104
$94

Usually we tell you to slow down, take your time, do it right. But one of the best-kept secrets of the jewelry-making world is that sometimes it can be fun to just whip up something new! And with the holiday season looming, precious metal clay or PMC is your ally in creating a quick-but-thoughtful gift or custom party accessory. Learn the basics of working with PMC plus a few tips and tricks from your experienced instructor. Walk out seven short hours later with a new skill--and new earrings or a pendant, fresh from the PMC oven. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $30 (for sterling silver PMC)


Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting | 1.10

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6926
1/10 - 2/28
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


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 1.11

Julia Lowther

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6890
1/11 - 3/1
9am - 1pm
Wednesday
8
$458
$412

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


Intermediate Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 1.12

Sharrey Dore

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6891
1/12 - 3/2
6-10pm
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


Introduction to Leatherworking | 1.15

Tamara Clammer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6936
1/15 - 2/19
6-10pm
Sunday
6
$364
$328

Take all the intimidation out of small-scale leatherworking with this comprehensive introduction to basic materials and methods. By completing a cuff bracelet, you’ll learn to cut safely and finish your edges, pierce and sew, add textures and contours and colors, attach rivets and snaps, and securely integrate stones or pre-fabricated metal embellishments. With the basics under your belt, you’ll then have time to experiment with the instructor’s advice and supervision, taking your own idea from design to pattern to reality. You’ll leave class with at least one finished cuff, a range of samples, a resource list, and the ability to choose the right leather for the job, opening up possibilities for scrap and repurposed materials. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $25


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 1.18

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6916
1/18 - 2/22
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


Chasing and Repoussé | 1.19

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6935
1/19 - 2/23
1:30 - 5:30pm
Thursday
6
$364
$328

Learn how to make sculptural forms using punches to form copper sheet into low or high relief. A medieval mount for your motorbike, a pendant or brooch, a name plate, a tile, or a lid for a box are all possible projects you might pursue in this class. Discover how to create extraordinary textures, from skin smooth to reticulated undulation. Bring your own image to work with (a drawing, close-up photo, ceramic tile, folk art, family insignia) or use an image provided in class by your instructor. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent Supply fee $20


Beginning Jewelry/Metals Intensive | 1.23

Julia Lowther

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6937
1/20 - 1/23
9:30am - 5:30pm
Fri - Mon
1
$458
$412

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


Ancient Jewelry Practices and Techniques | 1.24

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6974
1/24 - 2/14
1:30 - 5:30pm
Tuesday
4
$250
$225

Travel back in time through ancient and old-fashioned approaches to jewelry and metalsmithing. Each week we will explore a different traditional topic such as finishing and patinas, filigree, alloys and ingots, and gravity casting in sand and tufa. Each class will include an examination of antique pieces, a discussion of historic practices and designs, a step-by-step demonstration, and a hands-on investigation of how these old techniques can result in exciting new world. Your supply fee will include a small quantity of silver for making samples; students are encouraged to bring additional sterling, fine silver or gold, and will receive more information upon registration. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $35.


Sculptural Holloware | 1.26

Catherine Grisez

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6892
1/26 - 3/2
9am - 1pm
Thursday
6
$364
$328

A traditional method of hammering flat metal into three-dimensional forms, holloware offers endless options for the contemporary artist. Students will transform sheet metal into sculptural forms using techniques such as raising, dapping, planishing, chasing and repousse, then add a variety of surface textures. Options for finishing, coloring, and sealing finished projects will also be introduced. Beginning students will have the opportunity to create 1 to 2 small hollow formed vessels and advanced students may work on independent projects, with emphasis on personalized instruction for individual designs. Prerequisite: None Supply fee: $30


Workshop: Cold Connection–Rivets, Tabs, Tap and Die | 1.28

Shayna Eagan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6938
1/28 - 1/29
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

How can you connect components without the use of a torch and solder? Learning the applications of cold connection techniques can help you build jewelry and metal objects without the use of soldering operations. With careful consideration and thoughtful design it is possible to use rivets, tabs, or tap and dies as a creative substitute for soldering. This class would also benefit those that wish to use heat sensitive materials or enameled components in their work without the worry of damaging those elements. There will be step by step demonstrations of each technique, and we will discuss necessary supplies, tools and resources relevant to the techniques presented. Students are welcome to bring projects, materials or ideas to explore and/or share with the class as a way to apply the material we will cover to real life examples. Students will make finished samples of each of the following: button head rivets, flush/invisible rivets, tube rivets, tap and die, tab construction.


One-day Workshop: Fabrication for Power Coating | 2.4

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6901
2/4
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$125
$113

Maximize the benefit of registering in a powder coating class by also enrolling in this workshop to create pieces ideally suited to use in the process. Learn or reinforce basic metal skills like soldering, piercing, complex sawing, and texturing. Use copper and brass supplied by Pratt, and feel free to bring any miscellaneous metal items or old jewelry pieces to be repurposed. All levels of experience can use the day in the studio to make work for powder coating. Sign up for the additional class on powder coating to complete a weekend experience in new techniques and workmanship. Prerequisite: none. Supply free: $10.


One Day Workshop: Powder Coating | 2.5

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6900
2/5
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday
1
$125
$113

Durable, vibrant color options await your command when you add powder coating to your skill set. In this workshop, you will learn how to properly clean and prepare metal for thermoset powder application, both of which are critical steps for ensuring a permanent finish. You will then learn how to electrostatically apply the powder and heat-cure pieces to a finished outcome on the same day. This workshop is ideal for becoming familiar with the process and its equipment needs as well as for making a small number of reference samples or pieces to later incorporate into your work. Class time allows for experiments with powder coating techniques like masking, stenciling, and multiple color applications. The instructor will showcase design possibilities and cover what you'll need to powder coat jewelry and small dimensional pieces on your own. During the powder coating class, students are welcome to fabricate items in the studio, but instruction will focus primarily on the powder coating process. Prerequisite: none; for students with little or no metals experience, consider the optional Fabrication for Powder Coating the day before this class. Supply fee: $15


Workshop: Let’s Make a Ring | 2.11

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6897
2/11 - 2/12
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

Have you ever wanted to make a special ring for yourself or for someone else, but you lack the basic skills? This workshop covers everything you need to know to design and create a ring with a stone setting. If you have an interest in making jewelry, this is the perfect short introduction. This is a fun course for couples or anyone interested in making a unique Valentine's Day gift. Novices and the curious are encouraged to enroll. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $20


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: Surface Effects | 2.18

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6973
2/18 - 2/19
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

There's more to metal than smooth and shiny. This workshop will radically expand your repertoire of surface textures, while focusing on the possibilities inherent to metal itself rather than layering on other materials. Create both organic and controlled patterns using techniques such as etching, marriage of metals, or reticulation. Add detail with keum-boo or reticulation, and emphasize your effects with an expertly-applied patina. Students may choose to create samples of each technique, or focus on a producing a finished piece using one or more techniques. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $25.