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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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Travel Abroad: Silver Filigree in Oaxaca | 2.13

Rafael Bautista

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6848
2/13 - 2/17
9am - 1pm
Mon - Fri
1
$1350

To register for any of our classes in Mexico, please call our front desk at 206-328-2200.

Students will receive instruction on the traditional methods of Oaxacan-style filigree in the workshops of El Oro de Monte Alban, Oaxaca's most prominent jewelry company. Our instructor Rafael Bautista has been creating filigree since the age of eighteen. In 2013, El Oro de Monte Alban invited Maestro Bautista to develop a basic filigree course in an effort to promote and maintain jewelry manufacturing as a sustainable activity among locals. He has since taught students from all over Mexico, as well as England, Japan and the United States.

You’ll end the week with a solid understanding of the filigree technique, wearable examples of your work, and a deeper appreciation of the role that jewelry and metalworking play in Oaxacan culture.

Prerequisite: None. This workshop is open to students of all levels.

One assistantship is available for a student fluent in both Spanish and English. Contact Julia Harrison (jharrison@pratt.org) for details or to apply.

CLASS FEE: $1350

INCLUDED
7 nights hotel in a private room
20 hours of instruction and all workshop materials
2 field trips
2 group dinners

PAYMENT DATES
November 10: deadline for deposit of $675
December 10: deadline for final payment of $675

CANCELLATION REFUND POLICY
25% non-refundable for withdrawal until January 10
50% non-refundable for withdrawal after January 10


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


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
6-10pm
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


Workshop: Tool Making for Jewelry | 11.5

Paul Casey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6843
11/5 - 11/6
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

Have you ever wondered why a file is harder than most metals? Have you ever wished that you had extras of your favorite tool? Have you ever needed a special tool that just doesn't seem to exist outside your own imagination? If so, this workshop may be your answer! Start off by learning to forge and finish four extremely useful types of tools: engraving, chasing, texturing, and carving. The second day you'll focus on making either a custom stamp or hammer. If time allows, the instructor will cover other tools that that match students' goals and interests. Never let the hardware store limit you again! Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $25.


Continuing Jewelry Lost Wax Casting | 11.8

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6841
11/8 - 11/29
6-10pm
Tuesday
4
$250
$225

Have you been bitten by the casting bug? If you got to the end of Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting and found that eight weeks just wasn’t enough, this continuation is for you! Take your modeling, investing, and casting skills to the next level with four additional weeks of supportive instruction. Rather than follow a set syllabus, students will chose to focus on those skills that appeal to them most. Students will see increased quality and output--just in time for holiday sales or gift-giving! Prerequisite: at least one session of Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting. Supply fee: $25.


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 11.9

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6686
11/9 - 12/14
9am - 1pm
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. NO CLASS 11/25. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $30


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 11.9

Sharrey Dore

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6839
11/9 - 12/14
6-10pm
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


Soldering & Surfaces | 11.9

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6842
11/9 - 11/16
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
2
$125
$113

Bored with smooth and shiny? Add a new dimension to your fabrication skills! This class focuses on soldering strategies that you can use to build up rich, layered, intriguing textures in a variety of metals. With a mix of detailed instruction and hands-on practice, you'll learn to make unique surfaces-and to make the most of them. Expect to create a pendant, panel, or cuff. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or the ability to solder independently. Supply fee: $15


Master Class: Intelligent Making | 11.11

Lori Talcott

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6832
11/11 - 11/14
9:30am - 5:30pm
Fri - Mon
1
$416
$374

When an artist's materials, techniques, concepts, and aesthetic are well considered and in alignment, the result is strong, compelling, and authentic work. This challenging but supportive workshop aims to develop the skills artists need to align and articulate the many aspects of their studio practice. Research strategies, both traditional and non-traditional, will be explored to help identify and investigate your interests and to locate your work in a cultural and historical context. Various modes of writing will be employed to generate, develop, and articulate ideas. The goal is to bypass artspeak and clichés and to focus on the features that make your work personal and idiosyncratic. This is an opportunity to carefully consider and hone the thinking and language that supports your work and to translate this into polished artist statements and presentations. Finally, in-class presentations and an exhibition will give you the chance to try out your new insights in front of an audience. This workshop will be of particular benefit to anyone preparing to apply for school, grants, or teaching opportunities, or those simply interested in pushing their practice to a new level.  Prerequisite: Participants should have at least a small, coherent body of work that is self-generated, not solely the result of class assignments. Supply fee: $10


Mokume-Gane Pattern Development | 11.19

Phillip Baldwin

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6582
11/19 - 11/20
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

Learn to produce a pattern in raw mokume-gane (literally 'wood grained metal) using flat grain and rod stock. With an infinite range of possible patterns is infinite each metalsmith can develop unique material. Workshop participants will start by making sample pattern pieces in copper alloy mokume and then produce a finished work such as a bracelet, belt buckle or small dish. Both incised and twist patterns will be covered. The final surface treatments of etching and patination will be given special attention. Sample pattern stock will be supplied as a part of the workshop fee. Students wishing to purchase other stock for use in the workshop will be able to do so at wholesale prices. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $85.


One Day Workshop: Chain Essentials | 11.26

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6833
11/26
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$125
$113

In a world full of commercial options, learn to design and make distinctive chains to enhance your work. Create chains that do your bidding: add movement, lie flat, and are flip-flop proof for necklace and bracelet applications. Learn tips and tricks, practice solder and heat control, and solidify chain making as part of your skill set. This is an ideal class for making unique and treasured holiday gifts while you perfect a long term skill! Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $20


One Day Workshop: Felting Essentials | 11.27

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6834
11/27
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday
1
$125
$113

Welcome to felting for the 21st century! Manipulating wool is fun, colorful, and addictive. Using wet felting and dry needle techniques, you will make jewelry forms, small dimensional vessels, botanical shapes, or something only you can imagine! This quick how-to class will give you the experience you need to continue on your own. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $15


Intermediate Jewelry/Metals Intensive | 12.2

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6831
12/2 - 12/5
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


Holiday Workshop: Party Earrings | 12.6

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6829
12/6
6-10pm
Tuesday
1
$59
$53

Whether the party is lit with candles, chandeliers, or a disco ball, a pair of sparkly earrings promises that you'll enter in style. Score extra points by crafting these attention-getting accessories yourself, using simple tools like hammers, drills, and files to create striking effects From studs to shoulder-dusters, your party-ready earrings will shine and sparkle in any surroundings! You'll make 2-3 pairs to wear or give. All levels. Prerequisite: none Supply fee: $10


Cold Connected Ring with Tension-Set Stone | 12.8

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6828
12/8 - 12/15
1:30 - 5:30pm
Thursday
2
$125
$113

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! You'll leave class with a stunning ring ready for holiday wearing or gifting, plus the skills and inspiration to continue experimenting on your own. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metalsmithing or equivalent. Supply Fee $15


Sculptural Wire and Textile Techniques | 12.10

Kristen Tollefson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6837
12/10 - 12/11
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$250
$225

Explore the transformative potential of line and plane into sculpture in this weekend workshop. From tinkering and industrial wirework to weaving and stitching, students will gain a hands-on understanding of a range of sculptural coldworking metal techniques including coiling, twisting, linking, soumak, basketweaving and more. Come away from the workshop with a sampling of techniques or problem solve a sculpture work-in-progress, model or jewelry. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $15.


Holiday Workshop: Fantasty and Bubble Wands | 12.13

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6835
12/13
6-10pm
Tuesday
1
$59
$53

Bestow holiday bubbles or direct your magic with whimsical soldered wands in designs of your creation! Using copper, brass, and soldered craftsmanship, you will create delightful gifts for recipients who are young or young-at-heart. Channel your inner wizard and delight in some lighthearted creativity while learning some basic metals skills. Take home finished works at the end of class. Muggles welcome! Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $10.


Chainmail Earrings | 12.15

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6830
12/15
6-10pm
Thursday
1
$59
$53

It's like a metalsmithing magic trick: combine a bunch of rigid metal rings in a certain way and the result is a fluid, flexible metal 'fabric'! In this class, we'll showcase this transformation by turning swatches of chainmail into slinky, swingy, chainmail earrings. Following a basic pattern, you'll decide on color, weight, and complexity to create a unique pair of fun, stylish earrings. Prerequisite: none. Supply Fee: $10.


Holiday Workshop: Last-Minute PMC | 12.17

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6838
12/17
9:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday
1
$104
$94

Usually we tell you to slow down, take your time, do it right. But one of the best-kept secrets of the jewelry-making world is that sometimes it can be fun to just whip up something new! And with the holiday season looming, precious metal clay or PMC is your ally in creating a quick-but-thoughtful gift or custom party accessory. Learn the basics of working with PMC plus a few tips and tricks from your experienced instructor. Walk out four short hours later with a new skill--and new earrings or a pendant, fresh from the PMC oven. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $30 (for sterling silver PMC)