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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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Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 4.23

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5393
4/23 - 6/11
1:30 - 5:30pm
Thursday
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 | 4.26

Peggy Foy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5394
4/26 - 6/14
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


One-Day Workshop: Silver PMC | 4.26

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5401
4/26
10am - 4pm
Sunday
1
$86
$77

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)


Workshop: Introduction to Holloware | 5.1

Catherine Grisez

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5493
5/1 - 5/3
6-10pm, 9:30 - 5:30
Fri-Sun
1
$280
$252

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! Class meets Friday 6-10pm and Saturday-Sunday 9:30am - 5:30pm. Prerequisite: none  Supply fee: $20


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 5.6

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5395
5/6 - 6/10
1:30 - 5:30pm
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


Master Class: Exploring a Process, Forming a Language | 5.8

Amy Tavern

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5427
5/8 - 5/10
9:30am-5:30pm
Fri-Sun
1
$350
$315

Every artist has his or her own way of generating ideas and making work; discovering these methods is a helpful tool for creating better work and for dealing with common daily challenges like starting a new piece, making aesthetic decisions, and overcoming creative blocks. In this workshop students will be introduced to a variety of ways to find ideas and understand how they make their work. Through hands-on and contemplative exploration with common materials, collecting visual inspiration, and simple writing exercises, students will consider their own individual artistic process. All exercises are based on Amy's unique experience defining her own process over the years. In addition, using Amy's experience sharing her process on social media through her blog and Facebook, students will begin to learn how to present their process in a public manner as they discover their own language for describing the why and how of what they create. Prerequisite: some Jewelry/Metals experience (or some experience in any media)     Supply fee: $10


One-Day Workshop: Filigree | 5.16

Peggy Foy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5431
5/16
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$114
$103

Learn to create beautiful wirework and improve your soldering skills! In this one-day workshop, you will learn new strategies to approach a common metalsmithing challenge: soldering 'big' to 'little.' We will explore new ways to construct with wire to create forms that are lightweight but strong. We'll then work with different soldering methods, including chip solder, paste solder, and dry powdered solder.  You will then construct a simple filigree piece of your own. Prerequisite: this is an intermediate-level course, so some experience with soldering is required     Supply fee: $20


One-Day Workshop: Tube and Flush Settings | 5.17

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5424
5/17
10am - 5pm
Sunday
1
$100
$90

In this workshop you will learn two of the most requested stone setting techniques in one day: tube setting and flush setting. These two settings are a beautiful addition to any jewelry design as a feature or an accent. Demonstrations include setting and finishing techniques that will help you achieve a more professional look to your work. Beginning to advanced students are welcome. Prerequisite: basic soldering and fabrication skills     Supply fee: $15


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 5.20

Roger Horner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5421
5/20 - 7/15
9am - 1pm
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. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $35


Intermediate Jewelry/Metals, 8 Weeks | 5.21

Susanne Lechler Osborn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5398
5/21 - 7/16
9am - 1pm
Thursday
8
$440
$396

In this revamped intermediate-level class, instructor Susanne Osborn will help you continue building your metalsmithing skill set. Our core classes always have soldering skills embedded into the curriculum, so plan on getting better at this, as well as learning about and practicing the following: fabricating hollow forms, using the hydraulic press, tube and flush settings, marriage of metal, chasing and repoussé, and cuttlefish casting. Bring ideas for projects or wait for inspiration to strike in class! Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals and ability to solder independently     Supply fee: $35


Fork, Knife, Spoon | 5.26

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5420
5/26 - 6/16
1:30 - 5:30pm
Tuesday
4
$240
$216

In this class, you'll fabricate fabulous eating utensils and service ware. There will also be a discussion about the history and development of different functional objects for the table. The instructor will demonstrate many forming and fabricating techniques. If you want to work in silver, please bring sheet, wire and scrap with you! Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry/Metals or equivalent     Supply fee: $15


Introduction to Jewelry Lost Wax Casting | 5.26

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5397
5/26 - 7/14
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


Continuing Metalsmithing | 5.27

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5399
5/27 - 7/1
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$330
$297

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


Chain, Chain, Chain | 6.4

Anne Randall

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5512
6/4 - 6/25
6-10pm
Thursday
4
$240
$216

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


Beginning Jewelry/Metals Intensive | 6.5

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5496
6/5 - 6/8
9:30am-5:30pm
Fri-Mon
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


Workshop: Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper | 6.13

Melissa Cameron

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5498
6/13 - 6/14
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


One-Day Workshop: Silver PMC | 6.20

Virginia Causey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5497
6/20
10am - 4pm
Saturday
1
$86
$77

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)


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 6.24

Sarah Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5500
6/24 - 7/29
1:30 - 5:30pm
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


Conquer Soldering Once and For All! | 6.30

Jennifer Stenhouse

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5511
6/30 - 8/4
1:30 - 5:30pm
Tuesday
6
$350
$315

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


Beginning Jewelry/Metals, 6 Weeks | 7.8

Gascoigne

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5501
7/8 - 8/19
6-10pm
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.

NO CLASS 8/12.

Prerequisite: none

Supply fee: $30


One-Day Workshop: Forged Bracelet Forms | 7.11

Paul Casey

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5499
7/11
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


Make A Poison Ring | 7.12

Peggy Foy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5510
7/12 - 8/2
6-10pm
Sunday
4
$240
$216

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