Jewelry making workshops

Jewelry making workshops and short courses provide an opportunity for individuals interested in jewelry making to build skills, explore materials and become familiar with a wide-range of jewelry making techniques.

Individuals who are new to jewelry making and serious about learning the basics are encouraged to take the fundamentals classes. Some workshops are appropriate for all levels and master classes provide opportunities for professional jewelers to learn new skills.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Make Your Wedding Rings

Saturdays, September 13, 20, 27
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$550 per person

Getting married? In this three Saturday workshop, you and your partner make each other’s wedding bands. Or, take the class solo and surprise your loved one with a hand-made, professional quality wedding ring. The workshop includes sawing, shaping, texturing, soldering and polishing using sterling silver, 14K white or yellow gold. Several options for the basic ring structure are offered with time to make your ring special. Some design preparation is necessary before the first class. Sign up early to allow time to ponder your ring design. A fee based on market price of chosen ring metal is charged ($50-$400) plus a materials fee ($25). All tools are provided. No previous jewelry making skills or experience is required.

Leslie Hartwell is a graduate of the North Bennett Street School Jewelry Making and Repair Program. She has been an instructor at Metalwerx for several years, as well as at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. She is a recent studiomate of the Metalwerx community. Her emphasis is on building strong basic skills as the foundation for fine craftsmanship, preparing students to develop their designs with confidence and independence.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fundamentals of jewelry making I

Tuesday evenings, September 16 - November 25 (no class November 11)
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

The career of a bench jeweler involves the lifelong development and refinement of hand-skills and techniques and an understanding of the characteristics of metals and stones. Learn the fundamental skills that are needed when fabricating and repairing jewelry -- sawing, filing, and shaping metals. This workshop offers an overview for individuals considering entering the field of bench jewelry, those already employed in the retail business, and anyone simply interested in learning more about how jewelry is made and repaired. Students spend the majority time practicing hands-on application.

Leslie Hartwell is a graduate of the North Bennett Street School Jewelry Making and Repair Program. She has been an instructor at Metalwerx for several years, as well as at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. She is a recent studiomate of the Metalwerx community. Her emphasis is on building strong basic skills as the foundation for fine craftsmanship, preparing students to develop their designs with confidence and independence.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fundamentals of jewelry making I

Thursday evenings, September 18 - November. 20
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
$695

The career of a bench jeweler involves the lifelong development and refinement of hand-skills and techniques and an understanding of the characteristics of metals and stones. Learn the fundamental skills that are needed when fabricating and repairing jewelry -- sawing, filing, and shaping metals. This workshop offers an overview for individuals considering entering the field of bench jewelry, those already employed in the retail business, and anyone simply interested in learning more about how jewelry is made and repaired. Students spend the majority time practicing hands-on application.

Leslie Hartwell is a graduate of the North Bennett Street School Jewelry Making and Repair Program. She has been an instructor at Metalwerx for several years, as well as at the Lexington Arts and Crafts Society. She is a recent studiomate of the Metalwerx community. Her emphasis is on building strong basic skills as the foundation for fine craftsmanship, preparing students to develop their designs with confidence and independence.

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Saturday, October 4, 2014

New Growth: Woodworking for Jewelry

Saturday-Sunday, October 4-5, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Instructor: Julia Harrison
$400

If you aim to create unique and striking jewelry, consider adding wood to your repertoire! This beautiful, versatile and affordable material is ideal for exploring both techniques and aesthetics. In this workshop, learn to transform found and commercial wood into wearable components using simple tools then work one-on-one with the instructor to develop personal strategies for incorporating wood into your jewelry practice. Jewelers of any experience level will complete 1-2 finished pieces or a range of samples. Prerequisite: None.

Julia Harrison is Seattle-based artist and educator who enjoys attacking small pieces of wood with even smaller pieces of metal. Her sculptures and jewelry have appeared in museums and galleries across the country and in England, earning the 2012 Members’ Choice award at the Wharton Esherick Museum’s annual competition, an American Bamboo Society Award for Innovation, and Pratt/PONCHO and Centrum Fellowships. Julia has shared her techniques with students at venues such as Seattle's Pratt Fine Arts, Arizona State University, the 92nd St Y, and the Penland School of Craft. juliaharrison.net

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fundamentals of brass hinges—not just for jewelers

Saturdays, October 25, November 1, November 8
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Sue Aygarn-Kowalski
$400

If you dream about shiny brass hardware or can’t find exactly the right hinge for your project, this workshop is for you. Students begin by learning standard hinge types and terminology followed by class exercises in cutting and silver-soldering brass. Students lay out and fabricate three common hinges: Butt (the most common, used in doors, lids and furniture), Flush/Case (similar to Butt although more elaborate), and “Continuous” (piano). In the final exercise, students customize a template and design unique brass hinges specific to their work and applications. Discussion of variations on the common hinges fabricated in class such as half-mortis, non-mortise, strap, off-set, latch and lift off hinges and demonstrations of layout design, hinge-range movement calculations, sawing (with a jeweler’s saw), filing, silver soldering and surface finishing are included.

No prerequisites. There is a $60 material fee for this class that is to be paid directly to the instructor.

Sue Aygarn Kowalski hand-fabricates functional tools out of exotic woods, brass, silver, steel, copper and delrin. Hammers, mallets, cutting, culinary, measuring, leveling and other types of tools are raised, soldered, cold-connected, lathe- formed, inlaid and hand-finished. Kowalski notes “My work is an argument for aesthetic experience over speed and efficiency, for skill over blind use, and for an absolute love of process. These tools advocate for a hands-on, direct, and tactile way of living in an increasingly digital and virtual culture.” Kowalski studied at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, and at the University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth. She works from her studio in New Bedford and has a blacksmith forge in Carver, Massachusetts. Kowalski’s work is in the collection of the MFA, Boston, the Museum of Art and Design, the Kamm Teapot Foundation and the Art Complex Museum in Duxbury. In 2014, she received the Saul Bell Award in Holloware. She has taught at U-Mass Dartmouth, the Fuller Craft Museum, and at various art centers. She is represented by Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, MA.

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Other jewelry making classes

This is a partial list of class that have been offered in the past. If there is one or more that interest you, write to Megan Kenealy. We welcome class requests.

  • Electrolytic etching
  • Faceted stone setting
  • Fundamentals of jewelry making I
  • Fundamentals of jewelry making II
  • Gem identification
  • Gem identification and stone treatments for the bench jeweler
  • Introduction to cabochon stone setting
  • Introduction to sterling silver hollowware
  • Loop-in-loop chainmaking
  • Silver and holloware
  • Silversmithing
  • Soldering strategies for fabrication
  • Waxing carving & finishing
  • Working with gold