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.
Soldering can be perplexing when things don't go as expected. In this class we will take on a series of challenging solder problems designed to increase your skill and craftsmanship, from simple to increasingly more complex projects. We will review basic soldering joints, discuss various soldering techniques and their appropriate usage, and cover common soldering problems and solutions while still having plenty of time in class to practice. You'll also get handy tips for making tricky solder situations suddenly make sense. By the end of the course, you'll be able to tackle even the most challenging of joints. Bring questions, problems, and any work in need of help, and your instructor will provide expert advice. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent or some soldering experience Supply fee: $30
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.
Working jewelry-scale, learn how blacksmiths forge, chisel, and fuller hot metal, as well as how they approach further embellishing surfaces with decorative rivets and filing. This class is tailored for beginners, but the curious with some experience may also enjoy learning about the overlap in techniques shared between blacksmiths and metalsmiths. You will complete 1-2 bracelets. Prerequisite: none Supply fee $10
Poison rings became popular in the Renaissance during an era of court intrigue. In this class we will learn to make a hollow box ring with a lid that opens to reveal a tiny compartment. You will learn about hinges, clasps, and how to design a glamourous 'big ring' with a little secret! This is an intermediate-level course. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals (or equivalent) and experience with soldering and sawing are required. Supply fee: $25
Are you ready to work at home? Learn how to set up your studio, including economical ways to build a jeweler's bench, collect tools, set up your soldering area, and address your lighting and ventilation needs. You'll also learn about buying torches and tanks. Health and safety issues are a priority in this class. Shop organization and business practices will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent Supply fee: none
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
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
You've learned the basic bezel setting, but can you execute it perfectly? Problems soldering? Can't get the ripples and gaps out of the bezel? Get helpful insider information about tricks, specialty tools, and finishing techniques that will make a huge difference in the quality of your bezel-set work. A short investment of time will yield lasting, professional results for you. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent Supply fee: $10
Hammer, roller print, pierce, and drill your way to a new cuff bracelet. We'll start by working through bracelet fitting techniques and exploring a few texture ideas for metal. Then you'll make a bracelet of your own design while working on your shaping and texturing skills. Demos will include using the rolling mill and hammers for adding texture as well as sawing and drilling designs into the metal. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $10
One-Day Workshop: Working with Gold Fill Wire | 8.8
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: none, but some understanding of soldering is helpful Supply fee: $15
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: Synclastic and Anticlastic Forming | 8.15
Heikki Seppä developed a dynamic forming perspective that changed the world of metalsmithing. His innovative methods transformed traditional holloware, and the terms synclastic (relating to bowl-shaped forms) and anticlastic (relating to saddle-shaped forms) were born. In this one-day workshop, learn the basics of what these metal forming techniques are and how they differ from one another. The instructor will also cover hammer styles and deciphering simple patterns. You will make several palm-size samples, which can be scaled up or down once you understand the basics. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent; some prior hammer work is helpful but not required Supply fee: $10