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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 | 7.29

Julia Lowther

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:  $30 (payable to instructor) OR bring your own supplies (list provided upon registration).


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


Introduction to Enameling | 9.4

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6651
9/4 - 9/25
6-10pm
Sunday
4
$364
$328

Enameling is an excellent way to incorporate color into your jewelry. Learn to choose and prepare metals for enameling and explore basic enameling techniques using controlled kiln firing. We will explore techniques in sifting, stencils, sgraffito, texture, and liquid and painting enamels. You will create a variety of samples and enjoy plenty of kiln time. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $25


Stone Setting: Bezel and Beyond | 9.6

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6581
9/6 - 10/25
1:30 - 5:30pm
Tuesday
8
$487
$438

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 | 9.6

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6579
9/6 - 9/27
10am - 4pm
Wednesday
4
$160
$144

Join us to learn the art of lost wax casting!


Ring Visions | 9.7

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6715
9/7 - 9/21
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
3
$188
$169

From a simple wire circle to a stone-encrusted knuckleduster, there's a ring for everyone. But to make that ring both durable and comfortable takes technical skill and design strategy. This class is for intermediate students who have a ring design in mind but can't quite figure out how best to make it a reality. You'll benefit from the perspective of two instructors in trouble-shooting your sketch and coming up with a game plan. Along the way you'll fine-tune your existing fabrication skills, learn tips and bench tricks, and get extra inspiration from seeing your classmates go through the same process. Pre-requisite: Two sessions of Beginning Jewelry/Metals 1 or equivalent. Supply fee: $10 for base metals; you'll supply other materials according to your design.


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 9.7

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6586
9/7 - 10/26
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


It’s All Material: 4 Artists Teach Their Specialties | 9.8

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6690
9/8 - 10/27
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$487
$438

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 metal fabrication, wood, resin, and enameling on steel by spending two weeks on each topic with instructors who each have a background in their technique. Expand your options even further by seeing how these wide-ranging materials and techniques can be used in combination. 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


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 9.8

Sharrey Dore

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6587
9/8 - 10/27
1:30 - 5:30pm
Thursday
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


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 9.15

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6697
9/15 - 10/20
9:30am - 1:30pm
Thursday
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


Workshop: Small Object Photography for Nonphotographers | 9.17

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6712
9/17
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$125
$113

When you're presenting, applying, publishing, or posting, your work is only as good as your documentation. This workshop focuses on simple strategies for taking consistently strong photos: managing light and shadows using cheap portable diffusers and reflectors, staging still lives and working with models, developing a personal and appropriate style, and using software to refine your images. Bring samples of your jewelry and a digital camera you're familiar with. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $15


Workshop: Your Metal Color Palette | 9.24

Jennifer Lawrence Bennett

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6753
9/24 - 9/25
9am - 5pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

Silver, gold, and copper might be a jeweler's primary colors, but there are many ways to achieve striking gradations within this metal palette. Patinas resulting from controlled chemical reactions open up a new range of possibilities. This workshop will take a practical but playful approach to the patination of brass, copper, and silver using simple, low-toxic and inexpensive methods and materials. We will explore a variety of finishing techniques and multiple ways to seal a piece and protect the desired effect. You will leave with a finishing kit you can use on future projects and metal samples for reference. Please bring any almost-finished work you'd like to resolve. Prerequisite: none. Suppy fee: $30.


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 9.28

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6652
9/28 - 11/2
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


Workshop: Textured Metal Earrings | 9.28

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6692
9/28/16
6-10pm
Wednesday
1
$59
$53

Learn about basic jewelry tools and techniques in this short workshop as you cut, shape, and texture earrings before finishing them with a colorful wax coating. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $10


Intermediate Jewelry/Metals Intensive | 9.30

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6653
9/30 - 10/3
9:30am - 5:30pm
Fri - Mon
1
$487
$438

If you already have a handle on basic techniques such as sawing, soldering, and finishing, this intensive will empower you to use these tools in a more personal and creative way. Over four concentrated days you’ll 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 goals. Prerequisite: at least one course of Beginning Jewelry/Metals Supply fee: $30


MELT: Ingots and Alloys | 10.8

Jana Brevick

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6688
10/8 - 10/9
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

Bored with vanilla alloys? Want to introduce new colors or working properties to your metalwork? Then fire up a torch and melt your own metals! Starting at the atomic level, we'll discuss the art and science of alloys from different countries and traditions. Then you'll learn to pour hot metal ingots of both pure and adulterated metal. End up with a range of nifty alloys and begin to test their distinct properties. You'll leave with samples, useable stock, and the knowledge you need to alloy on your own. Demonstrations will include working with gold.


Workshop: Laminated Wood Jewelry – Pendants and Earrings | 10.14

Martha Collins

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6709
10/14 - 10/16
10am - 6pm
Fri - Sun
1
$385
$347

This 2 1/2 day class will cover design and construction techniques used in making wood jewelry with different exotic and domestic woods and dyed veneer. Students will laminate blocks, shape them using band saw and sanders, slice the block on the bandsaw and bore for findings. Students can expect to go home with finished pins, pendants and earrings. All materials will be provided, woodworking experience is not necessary.


Workshop: Introduction to Leatherworking-Cuff Bracelets | 10.15

Tamara Clammer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6691
10/15 - 10/16
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

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: $20


Workshop: Introduction to Enameling | 10.22

Julie Brooks

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6588
10/22 - 10/23
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

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: $20


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 10.23

Julia Lowther

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6687
10/23 - 11/27
6-10pm
Sunday
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


Workshop: Sublime Sterling Stack Rings | 10.26

Julia Lowther

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6713
10/26
10am - 6pm
Wednesday
1
$59
$53

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: $30 payable to instructor, OR bring your own materials (list provided upon registration).


Developing Your Production Line | 10.29

Micki Lippe

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6689
10/29 - 10/30
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

You can make one--but can you make (and sell) a hundred? The skills involved in making one-of-a-kind jewelry aren't quite the same as the skills required to produce a successful commercial line. This supportive class will cover the essentials of production work from idea development to basic marketing. See why the pieces you present to a gallery must be consistent and unified. Learn how to streamline design and fabrication without becoming repetitive or formulaic. Whether you want to hone your personal vision or need some pointers on reaching a broader audience, this class will help you get there. Prerequisite: Students must bring examples of at least 3 pieces they see as parts of a production line. Supply fee: $15