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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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Beginning Jewelry/Metals Intensive | 1.8

Julia Heineccius

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4916
1/8 - 1/11
10am - 6pm
Thu - Sun
4
$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


Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting | 1.13

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5037
1/13 - 3/13
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, 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, 8 Weeks | 1.14

Susanne Lechler Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5110
1/14 - 3/11
6-10pm
Wednesday
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. NO CLASS 2/11. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $35


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 1.14

Roger Horner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5038
1/14 - 3/4
9am - 1pm
Wednesday
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 | 1.15

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5043
1/15 - 2/19
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


One-Day Workshop: Filigree | 1.17

Peggy Foy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5040
1/17
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

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 | 1.18

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5048
1/18
10am - 4pm
Sunday
1
$86
$77

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)


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 10 Weeks | 1.18

Peggy Foy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5039
1/18 - 3/22
6-9pm
Sunday
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


Intro to Metalsmithing: The Functional Object | 1.20

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5109
1/20 - 3/17
2 - 5:30pm
Tuesday
9
$468
$421

This class explores metalsmithing as a means for making functional objects--drawer pulls, flatware, boxes, and anything else you can think of that applies the skills you'll be learning. Divided into thirds, you'll spend 3 weeks each on cuttlefish casting, flatware, and mid-size hollow construction. Our goal is to ground you in some basic skills while encouraging you to work a bit larger than you might be used to. Your instructor, who has a background in sculptural metalsmithing, will inspire you to create objects that, while functional, will be anything but ordinary. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $35


It’s All Material: 4 Artists Teach Their Specialties | 1.22

Rebbecca Tomas, Susanne Lechler Osborn, Anne Randall, Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5036
1/22 - 3/12
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$440
$396

This course is designed to introduce you to a variety of techniques that lend themselves well to jewelry and sculptural applications. You’ll learn about enameling, resin, cuttlefish casting, and wood by spending two weeks on each topic with instructors who all have a background in their technique. You’re encouraged to pursue projects that suit your individual needs, whether samples or finished pieces, and to take advantage of your instructors’ diverse expertise. Bring your questions and your sketchbook, and we’ll help you get where you’re going! Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $35


Workshop: Constructed Narratives | 1.24

Morgan Brig

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5041
1/24 - 1/25
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

This unique workshop will blend technique-rich demos with discussion of concept and design in small dimensional work. The instructor will share her sculptural and narrative focus in ways that will appeal to enamelists, jewelers, mixed media and multi-disciplinary artists, and others interested in stretching in new directions. Learn braised copper construction, unusual assemblage options, torch firing of enamels, surface design and patina techniques, and use of found objects in your work. This is an opportunity to work on a new scale, with new materials, and to make a new kind of statement in your work. Make samples or design a new piece. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $30


Special Topics: Advance Your Soldering Skills | 1.28

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5049
1/28 - 3/4
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
6
$350
$315

Whether you like to solder or try to avoid it, chances are you could stand to get better at it. We designed this class for you. You will construct small pieces of your own design that involve multiple trips to the torch. As you work, you'll learn more about the different solder grades as well as different kinds of solders (chip, wire, powder, paste) and why to choose one over another. You'll also work with a variety of soldering substrates as you learn how to select the best one for your needs (charcoal block, solderite pad, honeycomb block, steel wire nests). Bring questions, problems, and any work in need of help, and your instructor will provide expert advice. By the end of the course, you'll be able to tackle even the most challenging of joints. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent, with basic understanding of soldering     Supply fee: $30


Workshop: Introduction to Enameling | 1.31

Rebecca Tomas

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5044
1/31 - 2/1
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

Enameling is a great way to add color to your metal work, and this class will introduce you to this intriguing and often unpredictable medium. You'll learn enamel application methods, how to fire your work, and how temperature and firing time affect your piece. We have over 100 transparent and opaque enamels for you to experiment with as you learn your way around building and layering color. Use provided metal, or bring your own small, unsoldered copper or silver pieces. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $15


One-Day Workshop: Heart Hooks | 2.7

Paul Casey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5046
2/7
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

Looking for a unique Valentine's Day gift or a decorative way to display your necklaces and bracelets? Come learn how to hot forge one or more styles of heart hooks. You'll also have a chance to rivet finished multiples onto a mounting bar. No experience necessary! Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $10


Workshop: Let’s Make a Ring | 2.14

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5045
2/14 - 2/15
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

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


One-Day Workshop: From Object to Adornment – Repurposing Silver | 2.21

Micki Lippe

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5111
2/21
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

If you have ever wondered about alternative sources for silver or are curious about upcycling for jewelry making, this short workshop is for you. Bring your own sterling silver material (old jewelry, a salt shaker, a candy dish; must be sterling, not plated) and learn how to convert it into jewelry. You will use your 'found' object as a starting point for developing a new design vocabulary before deconstructing it into material that retains some of its history as it opens up to entirely new possibilities. The instructor will give demos on soldering, riveting, fold forming, roller printing, and dapping that will move you towards a finished piece. Sterling material will be available for purchase from the instructor in class for students who need it. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent, with basic understanding of soldering     Supply fee: $10


One-Day Workshop: Earrings | 2.22

Micki Lippe

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5047
2/22
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday
1
$114
$103

Design and make a few pairs of earrings in a day! Rivet, dap, fold form, roller print, and work with slotted shapes to make earrings with wire or sheet. The class will begin with exercises to jumpstart the creative process that will lead to new designs for all. Through lectures and demonstrations, the instructor will present information that will help improve your ability to think outside of the box and get to a new place with your sense of design. Prerequisite: basic soldering skills  Supply fee: $10