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.
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
So you liked Beginning Jewelry/Metals, but don't feel ready for the intermediate course? Continue your learning in this new course designed to take you a bit further into the craft of metalsmithing. You'll delve into cabochon setting, refine your sawing and shaping of metal, practice your soldering by making chain, and learn how to fold form in miniature. Plan on completing several projects as you increase your skill set. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent Supply fee: $30
Design and make unique chain to set your work apart! This 4-week class will take you from frustrated or fearful to completely confident in your ability to solder, and will show you tips and tricks to create chains to do your bidding. Forming options, problem solving, simple clasps, finishing techniques, and patinas will be covered. You will use brass, copper and sterling silver wire as part of your class fees (supplied sterling includes enough to make a necklace/bracelet; additional amounts available for optional purchase or bring your own). You'll complete class accomplished and confident, with great samples and finished pieces! Prerequisite: none Supply Fee: $25
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
Workshop: Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper | 6.13
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
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)
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
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