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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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Workshop: Let’s Make a Ring | 2.13

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5927
2/13 - 2/14
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: Cold Connected Ring with Tension-Set Stone | 2.20

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6027
2/20
10am - 5pm
Saturday
1
$100
$90

Learn a creative new way to make a ring from sheet metal that is entirely cold connected! The finishing touch will be a beautiful tension-set stone on top. This is a great class for those who dislike soldering or those who have studio space, but don’t have access to a torch-- you can still create amazing jewelry! This workshop will give you the skills and inspiration to continue experimenting on your own. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metalsmithing or equivalent Supply Fee $15


Workshop: Introduction to Enameling | 2.27

Julie Brooks

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5933
2/27 - 2/28
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


Workshop: Introduction to Holloware | 3.4

Catherine Grisez

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6087
3/4 - 3/6
9:30am - 5:30pm
Fri - Sun
1
$290
$261

Spend a weekend learning an ancient art. What could be more magical than turning a flat sheet of metal into an amazing volumetric form? Using traditional metalworking techniques (sinking, raising, forging), and working in stages, you'll shape your metal by hammering it into sandbags and over various stakes. By the end of the weekend, you'll have a small bowl or vessel form to take home as well as a newfound appreciation for this very physical process! Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $20


Chasing and Repoussé | 3.10

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6086
3/10 - 3/31
9am - 1pm
Thursday
4
$240
$216

Learn how to make sculptural forms using punches to form copper sheet into low or high relief. A medieval mount for your motorbike, a pendant or brooch, a name plate, a tile, or a lid for a box are all possible projects you might pursue in this class. Discover how to create extraordinary textures, from skin smooth to reticulated undulation. Bring your own image to work with (a drawing, close-up photo, ceramic tile, folk art, family insignia) or use an image provided in class by your instructor. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent Supply fee $15


Workshop: Powder Coating | 3.12

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6102
3/12 - 3/13
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

Durable, vibrant color options await your command when you add powder coating to your skill set. In this two day workshop, you will learn how to properly clean and prepare metal for thermoset powder application that is a remarkably stable and reliable finish when done right. You will then learn how to apply powder and heat cure pieces to a finished outcome on the same day. Class time will give you command of the equipment and process to continue on your own. With your prerequisite skills, you will fabricate items to powder coat from copper and brass sheet and wire provided in class. You are welcome to bring optional metal items ('mystery metal pieces, small costume jewelry components, keys, blanks, etc.) for experiments. The instructor will showcase design possibilities and cover all you need to know to continue working on your own. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent construction and soldering skills Supply fee: $25


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 3.13

Julie Brooks

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6098
3/13 - 5/1
6-10pm
Sunday
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, 8 Weeks | 3.16

Susan Lechler Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6100
3/16 - 5/11
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 3/30. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $35


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 3.16

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6094
3/16 - 4/20
9am - 1pm
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. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $30


Synclastic and Anticlastic Forming | 3.17

Julie Brooks

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6101
3/17 - 4/7
6-10pm
Thursday
4
$240
$216

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. Learn what these metal forming techniques are, how they differ, and how they can be utilized to give your metalworking a boost. The instructor will also cover hammer styles, patterns, and exercises as well as include discussions of how to apply what you are learning to your own designs. You will make 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: $15


Workshop: Chemical Hazards in the Jewelry Arts | 3.20

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6088
3/20
10am - 12pm
Sunday
1
FREE

Many jewelry techniques require the use of chemical compounds to clean, polish, etch, pickle, patina, lacquer, or attach components of the final piece. Many of these compounds can pose risks to the artist's health and to the environment when they're disposed. This free event will provide valuable information to jewelers and metalsmiths about these hidden hazards in their studios: what they are, their hazards, and how to protect yourself from them. There will be a demonstration of proper techniques for disposing of spent pickle and other common hazardous wastes. As a bonus, safety and disposal equipment will be provided free of charge to all attendees. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: none


Workshop: Stone Setting Solutions | 3.26

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6089
3/26 - 3/27
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

Prong, basket, tube, flush, back, and fancy constructed settings are just some of what you'll be shown in this extensive workshop. The instructor will demonstrate and discuss each setting, and you will have the opportunity to create samples as a record for later application in your own work. By the end of the weekend, you'll have new ideas and skills that you can apply to both metal and wax designs. If you're ready to set stones, but are unable to attend the instructor's popular 8-week class, this is the workshop for you. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent and ability to solder independently Supply fee: $20


One-Day Workshop: Hot-Forged Bracelet Forms | 4.2

Paul Casey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6090
4/2
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

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


One-Day Workshop: Cuff Bracelets | 4.3

Adia Bobo

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6091
4/3
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday
1
$114
$103

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


Silver PMC | 4.6

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6093
4/6 - 4/13
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
2
$114
$103

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


Workshop: Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper | 4.9

Melissa Cameron

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6092
4/9 - 4/10
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

We're surrounded by enamel fired onto steel, from enameled oven- and cook-wear in the kitchen, to whiteboards and signage in the school and street. But it's not just an industrial process! Learn how to use liquid enamel on steel and copper, from metal surface preparation to enamel mixing, application, and firing. Extend your decorative palette with appealing textures and patterns using simple techniques, perfectly suited for items like jewelry and small objects. Also learn how to prepare and apply enamel to recycled steel and found objects. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $20