Jewelry Foundations: Level 1
This class is designed for students with little or no prior metalworking experience. Learn traditional metalsmithing techniques such as sawing, piercing, forming, soldering, surface embellishment, and finishing. Tools, copper or brass sheet, and other basic supplies provided.
Jewelry Foundations: Level 2
This class is designed for the beginning metalsmith who has completed at least one class and will commit to additional practice in the basic skills necessary to the craft before continuing on to more advanced classes. Students will complete projects, both directed and independent, which combine skills such as sawing, filing, texturing, soldering, forming, and finishing, as well as becoming more proficient with tool usage. Tools, copper or brass sheet, and other basic supplies provided. *Prerequisite: Jewelry Foundations: Level 1 within the last three years.
Jewelry + Metalsmithing: Level 3
his course builds on traditional metalworking techniques learned in beginning classes. Intermediate students continue to refine technical skills and acquire new ones such as basic stone setting. Guidance in design will be provided in making one-of-a-kind jewelry, small scale sculpture, and functional objects. Supplies include bezel wire, cabochon stone, and limited copper or brass sheet. Students supply silver and additional metal. *Prerequisite: Jewelry Foundations: Level 2 or equivalent within the last 3 years. Must have experience with piercing, filing, sawing, and high temperature soldering.
Advanced Jewelry + Metalsmithing
In this advanced class, students will receive individualized attention as they work on self-directed projects of their own choosing, whether jewelry or small objects. With the guidance of an instructor, students will advance their proficiency and expand their skill set in order to problem solve as well as further develop their own unique aesthetic and voice. Techniques elaborated on may include findings, hollow construction, soldering and soldering set-ups, forming, textures, stone setting, cold connections, chasing and repoussé. Students are responsible for supplying their own metal. *Prerequisite: Must be proficient with piercing, filing, sawing, and high-temperature soldering and able to work independently.
Craft Alliance Membership required, by appointment only. Metal Members Studio is scheduled in three-hour sessions. This open studio session is a version that is emphasized by appointment only to comply with social distancing guidelines. Please be respectful and thoughtful of the classroom capacity and the new social distancing guidelines. Every student, instructor and staff member are required to wear a face mask to participate in any studio classroom. Refer to the acknowledgement email upon registration for new studio health and safety guidelines. *Prerequisite: Completion of two metals classes at Craft Alliance and permission from a metals instructor.