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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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Special Topics: Advance Your Soldering Skills | 1.28

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5049
1/28 - 3/4
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
6
$350
$315

Whether you like to solder or try to avoid it, chances are you could stand to get better at it. We designed this class for you. You will construct small pieces of your own design that involve multiple trips to the torch. As you work, you'll learn more about the different solder grades as well as different kinds of solders (chip, wire, powder, paste) and why to choose one over another. You'll also work with a variety of soldering substrates as you learn how to select the best one for your needs (charcoal block, solderite pad, honeycomb block, steel wire nests). Bring questions, problems, and any work in need of help, and your instructor will provide expert advice. By the end of the course, you'll be able to tackle even the most challenging of joints. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent, with basic understanding of soldering     Supply fee: $30


Workshop: Introduction to Enameling | 1.31

Rebecca Tomas

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5044
1/31 - 2/1
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: Let’s Make a Ring | 2.14

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5045
2/14 - 2/15
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: From Object to Adornment – Repurposing Silver | 2.21

Micki Lippe

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5111
2/21
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

If you have ever wondered about alternative sources for silver or are curious about upcycling for jewelry making, this short workshop is for you. Bring your own sterling silver material (old jewelry, a salt shaker, a candy dish; must be sterling, not plated) and learn how to convert it into jewelry. You will use your 'found' object as a starting point for developing a new design vocabulary before deconstructing it into material that retains some of its history as it opens up to entirely new possibilities. The instructor will give demos on soldering, riveting, fold forming, roller printing, and dapping that will move you towards a finished piece. Sterling material will be available for purchase from the instructor in class for students who need it. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent, with basic understanding of soldering     Supply fee: $10


One-Day Workshop: Earrings | 2.22

Micki Lippe

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5047
2/22
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sunday
1
$114
$103

Design and make a few pairs of earrings in a day! Rivet, dap, fold form, roller print, and work with slotted shapes to make earrings with wire or sheet. The class will begin with exercises to jumpstart the creative process that will lead to new designs for all. Through lectures and demonstrations, the instructor will present information that will help improve your ability to think outside of the box and get to a new place with your sense of design. Prerequisite: basic soldering skills  Supply fee: $10


Workshop: Chemical Hazards in the Jewelry Arts | 2.28

Dave Waddell

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5179
2/28
10am - 12pm
Saturday
1
FREE
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


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 3.5

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5191
3/5 - 4/16
9am - 1pm
Thursday
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. NO CLASS 4/9. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $30


Workshop: Casting Solutions for the Small Studio | 3.7

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5180
3/7 - 3/8
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

You can cast in your studio! Come learn a variety of ways to get small-scale casting done on a tight budget and without the major investment of big casting equipment. You will learn how to create finished pieces using gravity casting with tufa, sand, cuttlefish bone, and charcoal. The instructor will demonstrate steam casting and how to make a vacuuming casting unit. You will also be shown wax carving and flexible mold-making techniques. The weekend will conclude with a discussion about resources and options for getting work done outside your studio. Don't let a lack of expensive equipment keep you from casting any longer! Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $20


Chasing and Repoussé | 3.12

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5213
3/12 - 4/2
1:30 - 5:30pm
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     Supply fee $15


Beginning Jewelry/Metals Intensive | 3.13

Julia Heineccius

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5181
3/13 - 3/16
9:30am-5:30pm
Su,M,F,Sa
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


Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting | 3.17

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5193
3/17 - 5/5
6-10pm
Tuesday
8
$468
$421

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


Electro-etching | 3.18

Roger Horner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5184
3/18
9am - 1pm
Wednesday
1
$57
$51

Electro-etching is a safe, easy way for jewelers to etch. Learn the basics of the process while making your own etching unit to take home. You'll also learn about various resists and have a chance to test out your unit in class. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $10


Weekend Workshop: Crank it Up! | 3.21

Kirk Lang

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5182
3/21 - 3/22
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$240
$216

Have you ever thought about making interactive artwork? It is a lot simpler than it sounds! In this class you will learn how to create sculptural objects that are activated by the turn of a crank. You will manipulate basic materials such as sheet metal, wire, and tubing, along with found objects, to create your own kinetic contraptions. Techniques covered will include disc cutting, soldering, various cold joining methods and more. Expect to leave class with 1 completed kinetic sculpture of your own and a better understanding of mechanical objects. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals recommended (but not required)     Supply fee: $20


Stone Setting: Bezel and Beyond | 3.24

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5194
3/24 - 5/12
1:30 - 5:30pm
Tuesday
8
$468
$421

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


Intermediate and Advanced Jewelry/Metals | 3.25

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5185
3/25 - 4/29
1:30 - 5:30pm
Wednesday
6
$350
$315

Expand your knowledge, skills, and sense of design while learning about granulation, reticulation, various stone and pearl settings, hollow construction, using the hydraulic press, advanced soldering, and more. This class will build upon your basic skills and help you become a better jeweler and metalsmith. Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent, and ability to solder independently     Supply Fee: $30


Beginning Enameling Survey | 3.25

Rebbecca Tomas and Melissa Cameron

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5187
3/25 - 5/15
6-10pm
Wednesday
8
$468
$421

Enamel is the best way to add color and vibrancy to metalwork, but did you know it can be used to add texture and tell stories too? Come and learn how to apply and fire enamel onto copper and steel in this course in two parts, using two styles of kiln-fired enamels. The first four weeks will be spent working with powdered enamels, and the second four weeks will be spent working with liquid enamels. The specialist instructors for each section will provide information and demos on various surface design techniques, many of which can be used with both types of enamel over both ferrous and non-ferrous metals. The class will focus on copper and steel, but you are welcome to bring fine silver if you prefer to use precious metal. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $40


How to Finish Your Work | 3.26

Susanne Lechler Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5192
3/26 - 5/14
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$468
$421

This class will give you the skills you need to complete your work elegantly through finishing techniques and mechanisms. You will learn to make professional looking pin stems, pendant bails, earwires, and clasps. You will also be shown various surface finishes, magnetic and rotary tumbling, and much more. This is a hands-on class, with plenty of time in class to practice. Bring samples you would like to finish, or come prepared to learn the skills to complete your work.  Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $20


Weekend Workshop: Synclastic and Anticlastic Forming | 3.28

Julie Brooks

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5183
3/28 - 3/29
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$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. (Class meets from 9:30 am – 5:00 pm on 3/28 and then 9:30 am – 5:30 pm on 3/29). Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent; some prior hammer work is helpful but not required     Supply fee: $15


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 4.1

Roger Horner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5190
4/1 - 5/6
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


One-Day Workshop: Making Chain | 4.11

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5212
4/11
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

Set your work apart with unique chain you design and make yourself. In this 8-hour workshop, take your soldering skills to a confident level and learn tips and tricks to create chains to do your bidding. Simple clasps, forming options, finishing techniques, and patinas will be covered. You will use brass, copper, and sterling silver wire as part of your class fee (supplied sterling includes enough to make a necklace/bracelet; additional amounts available for optional purchase or bring your own). You'll leave the day accomplished and confident, with great samples and finished pieces! Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $20


One-Day Workshop: Exploring Resin | 4.12

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5195
4/12
9:30am-5:30pm
Sunday
1
$114
$103

Two-part epoxy resins have come a long way as creative material. This one-day class is packed full of essentials on how to incorporate resin into your art. You'll work with molds, bezels, and a variety of colorants and inclusions to explore a range of possibilities. Techniques covered will include how to dome or dip resin pieces, and how to include things like dried organics you bring to class. The instructor will demonstrate finishing options so you will know how to finalize cured work. You will be able to take home your pieces in progress after class or pick them up the next day. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $15