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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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Intermediate Lost Wax Casting Intensive | 5.7

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6284
5/7 - 5/8
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

Do you have finished waxes waiting to be cast? Turn them all into metal by the end of the weekend! This accelerated intensive emphasizes the best practices for successful custom casting and efficient production runs. Bring your own finished waxes to the first meeting; we will cover sprueing and investing on Saturday, burnout overnight, and devote Sunday to production-style casting. Bronze will be available; please bring silver if you would prefer it.


Workshop: Silver PMC for Hollow Forms | 5.14

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6314
5/14 - 5/15
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

Explore PMC, the unique malleable clay that turns to solid silver when fired in a kiln. The instructor will introduce a wide range of approaches including textural embellishment, joining, 3-dimensional forming, stone-setting and mold-making. Students of all levels will then push PMC’s potential even further by creating lighter-weight hollow forms such as beads and sculptural pendants, for the ultimate in wearability! Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $100


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 5.18

Julia Lowther

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6275
5/18 - 6/22
9am - 1pm
Wednesday
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 | 5.19

Catherine Grisez

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6328
5/19 - 6/23
9am - 1pm
Thursday
6
$361
$325

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: Die-formed Pendant | 5.21

Danka Rongjian Teng

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6287
5/21 - 5/22
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

By using cut-out dies and pressure, you can quickly transform flat metal into three-dimensional forms ranging from shallow dishes to puffy pillows. Learn simple ways to create effective dies and use them with a hydraulic press to make appealing shapes. Your favorite form will be the basis for a die-formed pendant, allowing you to practice additional skills such as cutting, filing, soldering, surface finishing and other related techniques. You’ll leave class with a unique finished pendant and an array of new skills. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $20


Master Class: Ma-terial, The Poetics of Hidden Space | 5.27

Sayumi Yokouchi

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6329
5/27 - 5/29
9:30am - 5:30pm
Fri - Sun
1
$350
$315

The world is an endless supply of materials and objects. Within the methods of creating, our hands make connections with materials as our minds wander around the various spaces surrounding the objects. As the mind meanders through this space, our thoughts dwell in emptiness, within which imagination can run free. This workshop will focus on imaginative and innovative approaches to conceiving and working with concepts of Ma. Through processes with specific materials, we will reflect on the spatial concepts of Ma and its relation to 'space'. In addition, the workshop will examine the aesthetic practice of Ma across western and eastern tradition. The aim for this workshop is to develop new perceptions through the sensory experiences and technical abilities in contemporary jewelry practice. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $15 *Master class students will have the option of participating in an additional complimentary session on Monday; details will be sent upon registration.*


I Can Set Anything! | 6.7

Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6373
6/7 - 6/14
9:30am - 5:30pm
Tuesday
1
$240
$216

This fast-paced class will appeal to jewelers and sculptors who wish to feature or combine unconventional materials. Investigate unusual and alternative methods of mounting almost anything onto jewelry or objects. Gain the confidence and skill need to design and create setting for treasures ranging from cabochons and diamonds to pebbles, shells, hair, bone, and other found objects. Bring at least one favorite item with you to set--the more challenging the better! Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent. Supply fee: $15.


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 4 Weeks | 6.8

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6370
6/8 - 6/29
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
4
$220
$198

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: $20


Soldering & Surfaces | 6.9

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6366
6/9 - 6/30
1:30 - 5:30pm
Thursday
4
$240
$216

Bored with smooth and shiny? Add a new dimension to your fabrication skills! This class focuses on soldering strategies that you can use to build up rich, layered, intriguing textures in a variety of metals. With a mix of detailed instruction and hands-on practice, you'll learn to make unique surfaces-and to make the most of them. Expect to complete a small box, a ring, a stone setting, and numerous samples. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or the ability to solder independently. Supply fee: $20


Flexshaft Tips and Tricks | 6.11

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6417
6/11
10am - 4pm
Saturday
1
$90
$81

The flexible shaft drill is a must-have for the jewelry studio. But beyond the basics of drilling, the flexshaft offers so many versatile possibilities for stonesetting, sanding, finishing, wire twisting and more. Come find out what all the attachments do and the infinite contributions this tool can make to the efficiency of your studio and the quality of your jewelry work! No prerequisite.


One-Day Workshop: Exploring Resin | 6.12

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6374
6/12
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday
1
$114
$103

Two-part epoxy resins have come a long way as creative material. This one-day class is packed full of essentials on how to incorporate resin into your art. You'll work with molds, bezels, and a variety of colorants and inclusions to explore a range of possibilities. Techniques covered will include how to dome or dip resin pieces, and how to include things like dried organics you bring to class. The instructor will demonstrate finishing options so you will know how to finalize cured work. You will be able to take home your pieces in progress after class or pick them up the next day. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $15


Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting | 6.14

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6367
6/14 - 8/2
6-10pm
Tuesday
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, 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


Workshop: Chemical Hazards in the Jewelry Arts | 6.15

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6372
6/15
6-8pm
Wednesday
1
FREE

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.


Workshop: Floating Beads Necklace | 6.18

Danka Rongjian Teng

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6419
6/18 - 6/19
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

As the focus of a design, or a connection between other components, wire crochet has much to offer the jewelry artist. Fine wire crocheted into a single layer has an open, airy look. Strands of crocheted chain have a delicate appearance but a functional strength, and are a great option for creating custom chains without heat or solder. This project-based workshop will introduce the basic techniques of wire crochet, with the option of adding colorful beads. Students will be free to design a light, elegant, ethereal-looking necklace with the technique and beads of their choice. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $15.


Intermediate Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 6.21

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6376
6/21 - 7/26
1:30 - 5:30pm
Tuesday
6
$350
$315

Expand your knowledge, skills, and sense of design while learning about granulation, reticulation, various stone and pearl settings, hollow construction, using the hydraulic press, advanced soldering, and more. This class will build upon your basic skills and help you become a better jeweler and metalsmith. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent, and ability to solder independently. Prerequisite: J/M1 or equivalent. Supply fee: $25


Intermediate Lost Wax Casting | 6.23

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6371
6/23 - 6/30
6-10pm
Thursday
2
$120
$108

Do you have finished waxes waiting to be cast? Turn them all into metal within the week! This fast-paced class emphasizes the best practices for successful custom casting and efficient production runs. Bring your own finished waxes to the first meeting; we will cover sprueing and investing the first week, and devote the second to production-style casting. Bronze will be available; please bring silver if you would prefer it.
Prerequisite: at least two courses of Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting   Supply fee: $25


Workshop: Filigree | 6.25

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6416
6/25 - 6/26
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

This weekend workshop will introduce students to the delicate art of filigree through demos and practicing the techniques with copper and silver. Student will create a ring, and a pendant or earrings while learning the process, special techniques, and history of this beautiful art! Students should have basic jewelry skills and the ability to solder independently. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent. Supply fee: $15.


Marriage of Metals | 7.9

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6369
7/9 - 7/10
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

This class will investigate colors and patterns made possible by puzzle fitting, inlay, and overlay of different metals, further enhanced with various patinas. Puzzle fitting produces intriguing surface designs ranging from beautifully organic to highly precise and graphic. The techniques will be demonstrated in copper, brass, bronze, silver, sterling, and nickel. You'll leave with several samples appropriate for small scale work. The instructor encourages you to bring any drawings, designs, and patterns that you might like to reproduce in metal. Prerequisite: Jewelry/Metalsmithing I or equivalent. Supply fee: $15.


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 7.14

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6322
7/14 - 8/25
9am - 1pm
Thursday
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. NO CLASS 4/9. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $30


Flubber Buffet | 7.16

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6368
7/16 - 7/17
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

If you’ve ever wanted to 'taste-test' unfamiliar materials without committing to a full order, then take a seat at the flubber buffet! We’ll sample our way through a smorgasbord of more than 10 different pastes, putties, and pourables, both commercial and home-made. Learn how these materials expand your options for creating models, molds, and multiples, modifying your tools, or capturing shapes and textures 'in the wild.' Go home with recipes, leftovers, supplier lists, and lots of ideas. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $35.