Instructor: Leslie Hartwell
15% first time student discount does not apply to this course.
Budding metalsmiths can spend a week making creative whimsical jewelry and other decorative objects out of metal, including brass, copper, and sterling silver. Learn to saw, file, and connect pieces of metal and found objects that are have hinges, clasps, movement, and gemstones with simple tools and materials often found in your basement of local hardware store. While working in a safe, professional jewelry studio, students may even be inspired to think of jewelry making as only a small part of the wide range of metalworking possibilities. Soldering will not be a part of this class, however, softening (annealing) metal with a torch will be demonstrated and may executed with written permission of a parent and/or guardian. The week will end with a reception and exhibition of student work for friends and family. All tools and materials will be provided with a $50 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day of class. There is no prequisite for this workshop.
Leslie 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 studio-mate 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. Her 25 years as a graphic designer and continuing interest in textiles contribute to her particular interest in the relationships between surface and volume.