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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, 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. Supply fee: $25


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. 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.


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 7.20

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6508
7/20 - 8/24
6-10pm
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. NO CLASS 4/9. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $30


One Day Workshop: Powder Coating | 7.24

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6540
7/24
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday
1
$114
$103

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. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $20


Beginning Jewelry/Metals Intensive | 7.29

Danka Rongjian Teng

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6542
7/29 - 8/1
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


Sublime Sterling Stack Rings | 8.3

Julia Lowther

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6515
8/3
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
1
$57
$51

Soldering is magic. Making metal stick to itself with metal glue? Totally magic! Come learn some magic and go home with 3 lovely sterling silver stack rings to prove it. If you have never used a torch before, this is the class for you. Short, sweet, and highly productive. The instructor will be with you every step of the way. Pre-requisite: none. Supply fee:  $25 (payable to instructor) OR bring your own supplies (list provided).


One-Day Workshop: Chain Making | 8.6

Micki Lippe

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6517
8/6
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

Learn to design and make your own handmade chains! Using beads, wire, sheet, or alternative materials, you'll rivet, roll print and dap forms, as you create unique chains and findings-the sky is the limit! The class will begin with exercises to jumpstart the creative process, which will lead to your completing five different chain samples and one finished chain (although you may chose to spend the whole time working on samples).
Prerequisite: JM 1 or equivalent, and ability to solder Supply fee: $20


One-Day Workshop: Working with Gold Fill Wire | 8.13

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6518
8/13
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

Want to get the rich look of gold for about the cost of silver? Learn the tricks of working with 14k gold filled wire to create stunning rings and jewelry. We will use 14k yellow and pink gold-filled wires of different shapes to help teach you the special techniques of soldering and finishing with this material. You'll learn how to measure, solder, and shape the metal before exploring different finishes for your work: hammered, plain, matte, or high shine! Jennifer will also discuss techniques and differences between 14k gold fill, gold plate, and solid golds. She'll lastly demo a great trick for adding a tiny tube set stone! Make a set of stacking rings for yourself or to give as gifts. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or some previous soldering experience Supply fee: $20


One-Day Workshop: Cuttlefish Casting | 8.14

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6519
8/14
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday
1
$114
$103

Most people know of cuttlefish bone as parakeet food. You'll cast directly into it in this workshop! Because you can carve, scrape, and press into it so easily, cuttlefish bone makes a perfect receptacle for molten metal. It's a quick, low-tech, and inexpensive way to bring casting into your home studio. Pratt will provide bronze for students; those wishing to work in silver should bring their own shot or scrap. Prerequisite: none Supply fee:$15


One-day Workshop: Expressive Spinner Ring | 8.17

Julia Lowther

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6541
8/17
9:30am - 5:30pm
Wednesday
1
$103
$93

Bring an unadorned finger to class, and take it home decked out in a fabulous sterling silver spinner ring hand made by you! Learn the secret to simple silver metal inlay to personalize your spinning copper band with meaningful words, names, or symbols. All materials and tools provide, including use of the torch. Bring nothing - go home with new jewelry. Have a blast in the process! (Making a ring for a lucky someone else? Measure the destination finger in advance with a strip of paper or a piece of string, and bring that to class.) Pre-requisite: none. Supply fee: $25 (payable to instructor) OR bring your own supplies (list provided).


One-day Workshop: Electro-Etched Pattern Plates | 8.20

Julia Lowther

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6520
8/20
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

Electro-etching is a fabulous low-tech and low-cost way to add design and dimension to a flat sheet of metal. You'll choose a design from a selection provided, transfer it to brass or copper sheet, and etch the metal (re-purposed phone chargers are involved - very cool!). Metal textured with the etched pattern plates in the rolling mill will become earrings or pendants. The pattern plates will go home with you to be reused in the future. Side effects will almost certainly include: many compliments on your new jewelry, and addiction to the art of electro-etching. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $15.


Workshop: Wearable Wood + Metal | 8.27

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6521
8/27 - 8/28
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

Like peanut butter and chocolate, wood and metal are great materials that work well together. But combining them successfully isn't always such a simple matter. In this class, we'll explore a variety of decorative and functional techniques for combining metal and wood to create comfortable, durable, wearable objects. Learn versatile approaches you can adapt for your own designs, including pique-style inlay, making mixed-material chains, attaching findings such as earposts and ring shanks, and bezel-setting into wood. Expect to complete several samples and 1-2 wearable pieces. Prerequisite: none, but previous jewelry-making experience is helpful Supply fee: $20