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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 Jewelry/Metals | 4.23

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4554
4/23-6/11
9am-1pm
Wed
8
$427
$384

In this revamped intermediate-level class, instructor Sarah Gascoigne 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 the following: fabricating hollow forms using the hydraulic press, tube and flush settings, marriage of metals, reticulation, chasing and repoussé, and a variety cold connections that includes moving parts on rivets. Bring ideas for projects or wait for inspiration to strike in class! Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals and ability to solder independently     Supply fee $35


Beginning Jewelry/Metals | 4.24

Susanne Lechler-Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4546
4/24-6/12
1:30-5:30pm
Thu
8
$427
$384

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


One-Day Workshop: Jewelry from Found Wood | 4.27

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4567
4/27
9:30am-5:30pm
Sun
1
$111
$100

From twigs to driftwood, knitting needles to honey drippers, we're surrounded by wood objects that have the potential to become unique and beautiful jewelry. In this fast-paced class you'll learn how to choose safe and appropriate objects, split and shape them into suitable forms, attach both readymade and custom findings, and finish your pieces for maximum durability and wearability. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $10


Workshop: Wire Wrapping | 5.3

Susanne Lechler-Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4540
5/3-5/4
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat/Sun
1
$233
$210

Discover wire wrapping, a technique dating back thousands of years before soldering was invented. You'll learn how to wrap, bend, and twist wire to create deceptively complex and professional looking pieces with minimal tools. No torch or heating of metal is needed, as all joints are mechanical and very durable. By the end of the weekend you will have made several pieces of jewelry (basic bracelets, rings, or pendants). Absolute beginners welcome!  Prerequisite: none      Supply fee: $15


Significant Others: Surfaces and Stones | 5.7

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4553
5/7-5/28
1:30-5:30pm
Wed
4
$233
$210

This short class is designed to get you thinking about fresh approaches to surface design in your work. We will create unusual textures with reticulation, cuttlefish casting, and PMC. We'll then flush set and tube set small faceted stones into these topographical surfaces for a pop of color. We'll also discuss how to design to maximize the interplay of these techniques so that you can confidently continue working on your own. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $25


Workshop: Chainmail Earrings | 5.8

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4552
5/8-5/15
6-10pm
Thu
2
$111
$100

While everyone in this class will walk out with a pair of slinky, swingy chainmail earrings, each student will take a different route to that goal. We'll tailor the process to your individual needs and goals, whether you want a gentle introduction to making your own jewelry, intermediate wirework practice, or an advanced soldering challenge. Choose your own materials and manipulate them in your own way for your own take on the class project. You may wish to bring sterling wire for your own use. All skill levels welcome! Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $15


Workshop: Casting Solutions for the Small Studio | 5.10

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4541
5/10-5/11
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat/Sun
1
$233
$210

You can cast in your studio! Come learn a variety of ways to get small-scale casting done on a tight budget and without the major investment of big casting equipment. You will learn how to create finished pieces using gravity casting with tufa, sand, cuttlefish bone, and charcoal. The instructor will demonstrate steam casting and how to make a vacuuming casting unit. You will also be shown wax carving and flexible mold-making techniques. The weekend will conclude with a discussion about resources and options for getting work done outside your studio. Don't let a lack of expensive equipment keep you from casting any longer! Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $20


Master Artist Intensive: Porcelain Enamel on Steel | 5.16

Helen Elliott

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4539
Fri-Sun
See description
5/16-5/18
1
$400
$360

This master class involves extensive experimentation with surface texture and nuances of color in enamel. Working in a reductive painterly style, using brushes and other mark making tools of choice, we will examine practices of painting, printmaking, and drawing. We will learn how to manipulate the medium by changing the imagery as pieces of information are both added and erased to develop new layers of observation.   Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $30

Fri-Sat: 10am – 6pm

Sun: 10am – 5pm


Hot-Forged Jewelry Forms | 5.22

Paul Casey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4549
5/22-6/26
6-10pm
Thu
6
$340
$306

Learn about forging and how it can be used to shape metal in an efficient and fun way. We will hot forge steel and nonferrous components in a scale appropriate to a pendant. Many techniques are common to blacksmithing and industry but are seldom utilized in the jewelry studio. This is a great opportunity to build out your skill set and try some new metalworking techniques. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $25


Mysteries of Soldering Exposed | 5.29

Roger Horner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4550
5/29-6/19
9am-1pm
Thu
4
$233
$210

How did the ancients make those beautiful artifacts with just charcoal and a blow pipe? We don't know, but here at Pratt we have the latest industry standard equipment and supplies to handle all your soldering operations. This equipment will assist you as you learn (or refine your knowledge of) the six basic silver soldering joints. As the instructor teaches you the essential techniques of soldering, he will clarify the nature of solder and expose the secret role of flux in the marriage of metals. By the end of the class you will feel much more comfortable with your soldering and have a solid understanding of this highly useful skill.  Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $20


Workshop: Make Your Mark | 5.31

Paul Casey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4548
5/31-6/1
10am-4pm
Sat/Sun
1
$167
$150

You make things that are uniquely yours, so why not make a custom stamp to further distinguish your work? Learn how to forge hot steel, file, hammer engrave, and harden your own special pair of mark making tools: an all-over texturing stamp and a carved character stamp. You will also make tools used to make other tools, including a texture plate and an engraving chisel, and learn how textures are transferred between tools using hot and cold methods. By the end of the workshop, you will have a set of versatile tools that are all one of a kind and knowledge about how tool steels are worked and hardened. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $15


Stone Setting: Bezel and Beyond | 6.3

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4581
6/3-7/22
1:30-5:30pm
Tue
8
$454
$409

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


Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting | 6.3

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6/3-7/22
6-10pm
Tue
8
$454
$409

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


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 10 Weeks | 6.4

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4685
6/4-8/6
6-10pm
Wed
10
$427
$384

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 this summer in a new format of shorter 3-hour meetings over 10 weeks. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $35


Custom Buttons: Fashioning Fasteners | 6.7

Julia Heineccius

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4636
6/7-6/8
10am-4pm
Sat/Sun
1
$168
$151

In this two-day class 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 several sets to take home and use to enhance your own clothing and couture projects. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $15


Beginning Jewelry/Metals | 6.8

Peggy Foy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4607
6/8-8/3
6-10pm
Sun
8
$427
$384

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 7/6. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $35


One-Day Workshop: Filigree | 6.14

Peggy Foy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4648
6/14
10am-6pm
Sat
1
$111
$100

Learn to create beautiful wirework and improve your soldering skills! In this one-day workshop, you will learn new strategies to approach a common metalsmithing challenge: soldering 'big' to 'little.' We will explore new ways to construct with wire to create forms that are lightweight but strong. We'll then work with different soldering methods, including chip solder, paste solder, and dry powdered solder.  You will then construct a simple filigree piece of your own. Prerequisite: this is an intermediate-level course, so some experience with soldering is required     Supply fee: $20


One-Day Workshop: Silver PMC | 6.15

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4672
6/15
9:30am-4:30pm
Sun
1
$97
$87

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 workshop accommodates beginner through advanced students. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $70 (includes PMC)


Intermediate Jewelry/Metals | 6.18

Susanne Lechler Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4583
6/18-8/20
9am-1pm
Wed
10
$397
$357

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: 6/25, 7/9, 8/13. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals and ability to solder independently     Supply fee: $35


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 6.18

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5104
6/18-7/23
1:30-5:30pm
Wed
6
$320
$288

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: Chime Balls and Beads | 6.21

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4647
6/21-6/22
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat/Sun
1
$233
$210

Have you ever heard fairy bells or chime balls and wondered what was inside that makes them sing so mystically? This workshop will introduce you to the processes involved in the fabrication of a chime ball. We will start by cutting and forming beads before moving on to the final construction and sound tuning of a chime ball. Chime balls are said to create peace in a room and to sing in harmony with nature. Pratt will supply copper and brass. Please see supply list if you prefer to work in silver. Beginning through advanced jewelry/metals students welcome. Prerequisite: soldering skills     Supply fee: $15


Teen Art Week: Jewelry | 6.23

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4417
6/23-6/27
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
1
$200
-

Learn the traditional methods of metalsmithing through heating, cutting and forming a variety of metals. This class offers a basic overview of jewelry fabrication with a focus on soldering with an acetylene/air torch.  You will make a ring, a pendant and more as you learn your way around Pratt's professionally equipped studio.  All materials are included.


One-Day Workshop: Exploring Resin | 6.29

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4683
6/29
9:30am-5:30pm
Sun
1
$111
$100

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


One-Day Workshop: Wood Turned Tools for Jewelers and Smiths | 7.10

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4664
7/10
4-10pm
Thu
1
$83
$75

This class is designed for jewelers and metalsmiths who like creating their own tools. Using the wood shop lathes, we'll learn to create teardrop or domed-head wooden forming hammers, large punches and dapping dies, and other wooden tools for forming metal. The benefit of wood tools is that they allow for extensive metal manipulation before any annealing is needed. Bring your metal forming ideas. We will help you create the tools to do the job. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $10


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 7.10

Roger Horner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4675
7/10-8/14
9am-1pm
Thu
6
$320
$288

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


Beginning Jewelry/Metals Intensive | 7.11

Julia Heineccius

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4609
7/11-7/14
9:30am-5:30pm
Fri-Sun
1
$427
$384

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: Summer Soldering | 7.19

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4649
7/19-7/20
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat/Sun
1
$233
$210

This workshop is designed for the student who has already taken a beginning jewelry/metals course and who would like to become more competent in silver soldering. Instruction covers theory and practice with demos. Handle the torch with confidence and accuracy as you learn advanced techniques and improve your torch techniques in general. You'll learn how to prepare and cut solder, when to use sheet versus wire, stick feeding, seam soldering versus sweat soldering, and how to solder hollow forms such as beads. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $15


Teen Art Week: Jewelry | 8.25

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4480
8/25-8/29
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
1
$200
-

Learn the traditional methods of metalsmithing through heating, cutting and forming a variety of metals. This class offers a basic overview of jewelry fabrication with a focus on soldering with an acetylene/air torch.  You will make a ring, a pendant, and more as you learn your way around Pratt's professionally equipped studio.  All materials are included.