ADULT JEWELRY/METAL CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

 

 

This studio is equipped with everything you need to create beautiful jewelry. We have all the tools to create sterling silver or copper bracelets, earrings, and pendants by soldering, sawing, piercing and folding.

Pre-registration is required three days before the start of a class or workshop. You are not registered unless paid in full.
If you are a Clemson resident your discount will be applied before you pay. If registering multiple family members from the same household, please register each one separately in order to receive your resident discount for each person.

Material fees are included in the tuition pricing. You do not need to bring any materials. 

Need help registering?
Call or email jphillips@cityofclemson.org

Instructor: Beth Carter Gautsch

Class: Holiday Makers Workshop

Make earrings to wear or gift for the holidays. In this workshop we will make at least 3 different
pairs of earrings out of sheet and wire. You will have the option to create earring with posts and ear
wires. If you prefer sterling silver earrings, please bring a piece of 3” x 3” 24-gauge sterling silver
sheet (Rio Grand product number 100598) Bring eye magnification if needed. Close toe shoes and
long pants are required.

Dates: November 14, 15, and 16 from 6:00 to 9:00pm

Resident: $120

Non Resident: $135

SPRING PROGRAMMING FOR 2023! REGISTRATION OPENS DECEMBER 5.

Workshop: Basic Metalsmith Skills 

Learn or brush up on the basics of jewelry fabrication from stone setting to soldering and more. The experience and practice in this workshop is designed to help students gain confidence in soldering and other metal fabrication techniques. Repetition by practicing weekly is a great way to build skills that will last. A different fabrication technique will be introduced each session. Techniques will include sawing, filing, hammering, texturing, soldering and stone setting. Students will make 4 to 5 different elements to create a unique multi-element piece of jewelry. Students are invited to bring any small pebbles, stones, beads, or cabochons they may have for design consideration. Beginner to intermediate with some experience in soldering and sawing experience helpful, but not required. Close toe shoes and long pants are required. Good eyesight or magnification is necessary. This class/workshop will teach students: Students will learn basic metalsmith fabrication techniques as noted above that includes soldering, sawing, filing and forming.

Dates: January 31, February 2, 7, 9, 16, and 21, 2023: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00pm

**No Class on Tuesday 2/14**

Residents: $180
Non-Residents: $195

 

Workshop: Hollow Form and Bezel Pendant  

Students will create a unique hollow form pendant using copper or sterling silver sheet metal.  This fabrication technique allows the metalsmith to create an unusually shaped oversized pendant element. They will then embellish the hollow form with a bezel set cabochon for an elegant touch. Students will learn basic metalsmith jewelry fabrication skills that include sawing and soldering. Students are encouraged to bring any small cabochons they may have for design consideration. If students want to make their hollow form pendant out of sterling silver, they are encouraged to purchase their own.  I recommend they purchase 22-gauge sterling silver sheet metal from Rio Grande (Product Number 100-1812) 22 Sterling Silver Sheet / Dead Soft 6" x 3" or two pieces of 3” x 3” sterling sheet silver. Some experience in soldering and sawing is helpful. Beginner to intermediate level. Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. Good eyesight or magnification is necessary for this class.

Dates: February 11 and 12, 2023 from 9:30am to 5:00pm

Residents: $130
Non-Residents: $145

 

Class: Get Fired Up with Torch Fired Enamels

Learn one of the oldest methods to decorate metal by fusing powdered enamel glass onto copper using the open flame of an acetylene torch. You will take home several vibrantly colored pieces as well as new skills and knowledge about this ancient art form. You will also create at least one piece of wearable jewelry such as a pair of earrings or pendant to showcase your work.
No experience necessary. Closed toed shoes and long pants are required. Bring magnification as needed for close work and protective eyeglasses for flame work if desired.

Dates: March 14, 16, 21, and 23: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6-9pm

Residents: $115
Non-Residents: $130