In-person Jewelry and Metals Classes

Registration for Fall classes begins on July 19 for NC State Students and on July 26 for the Public. Registration links will become active at 9:00am on those dates.


ANODIZING NIOBIUM AND TITANIUM [Workshop]

Instructor: Amy Veatch
Anodizing Niobium_Amy VeatchLearn how to texture and color niobium and titanium using electrical current. Colored niobium/titanium can be used as a piece of jewelry on its own or added to other metals to create more complex jewelry pieces. Students will do both things in this workshop, making two pairs of earrings and a pendant or brooch. All levels welcome; intermediate and advanced students encouraged. Supplies included. View Amy’s work on Instagram@ amyveatch.art.

“Mary Ann Scherr taught me several times. Her work with unusual jewelry materials like industrial metals was very inspirational to me. She and I were in an art collective at the end of her life and I got to know her on a more personal level sharing that experience. It’s an honor to teach a technique she taught here at the Crafts Center.”  Amy Veatch

Saturday, October 30: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, October 31: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $85     Public – $130      Register for this class»

 

APPLIQUE SOLDERING [Workshop]

Instructor: Suijin Li

Learning how to give dimension to a design by doing layered sweat soldering. We will dig into the design and the process of how to create it. We will craft a sterling silver pendant or brooch. See Suijin’s work on her website: suijinli.com.

Saturday, October 16: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Basic metal tools use experience (i.e., filing, sawing).

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $105      Public – $125      Register for this class»

 

BASICS OF BEADED JEWELRY

Instructor: Carrie Jones

Have you ever been to the craft store and saw strands of jewelry beads, but didn’t know how to get started? Do you have “found objects” that you would like to turn into beaded jewelry? If so, this introductory class is for you! In this class, you will learn the basic tools needed to get started, how to string aesthetically, and different closure techniques. Each week will focus on different skills, and by the end you will have completed at least a bracelet, necklace, earrings, and a ring. No prior beading experience is necessary. Supply kits may be purchased from the instructor for each class for $5-10, or you can bring your own materials [a list of required supplies will be sent after registration].  

Thursdays [5 weeks] September 16 – October 14: 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $50     Public – $100      Register for this class»

Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

BEGINNING METALSMITHING

Instructor: Amy Veatch
Design and construct a pendant and earrings by learning basic metal working techniques. Students will learn to saw, file, texture, rivet, and solder using sheet metal and wire in this basic techniques class. Knowing these skills and completing these projects is a great first step to feeling comfortable in the Jewelry/Metals studio!  Supplies included. View Amy’s work on Instagram: @amyveatch.art.

Tuesdays [6 weeks] September 7 – October 19 [skip Oct. 5]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $95   Public – $150     Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

CONTINUING METALSMITHING

Instructor: Amy Veatch
Continuing MetalsmithingStudents will continue building skills by using basic metalsmithing techniques while learning to bezel set a stone and make hollow forms using soldering and forming techniques. This class offers a chance to further skill and meet the imaginative challenges of making jewelry from sheet metal, wire, and tubes. View Amy’s work on Instagram: @amyveatch.art.

Tuesdays [6 weeks] October 26 – November 30: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of Beginning Metalsmithing class or equivalent.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $95 Public – $150      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

FORM, FUNCTION, COLOR [Workshop]

Instructors: Ndidi Kowalczyk and Amy Veatch

FormFunctionColorJoin us to fire up your imagination and press ahead with your creative spirit to make a set of jewelry – earrings and a pendant or brooch! In this two day workshop students will learn several specialized jewelry techniques such as using the hydraulic press to form a copper base with dies like wire, Plexiglas, or old decorative interior hardware. By adding colorful torch fired glass enamel to the base students will complete the jewelry pieces. Supplies included.

Saturday, August 21: 9:00am – 4:00pm  
Sunday, August 22: 9:00am – 4:00pm                   

Skill Level: Open to all

 Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $80     Public – $125      Register for this class»

 

HANGING EARRINGS

Instructor: Suijin Li

Do you want to learn or practice metal sawing? Learn to make a pair of hanging Sterling silver earrings. In this class we will learn and review your sawing skills, filing, texturing and wire bending, finishing to give you a pair of fabulous earrings. This class is for all levels. Visit Suijin’s website: https://www.suijinli.com/

Mondays [2 weeks] November 8 and 15: 6:30 – 8:30pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees:     NC State Students – $50    Public – $60      Register for this class»

 

INTERMEDIATE PRECIOUS METAL CLAY [Workshop]

Instructor: Gail Kenyon

In this two day workshop students will be able to build on the skills and knowledge they acquired in Precious Metal Clay for Beginners, taught by this instructor. Students will have an opportunity to learn how to use PMC sheet, EZ960 (sterling silver clay), embeddable findings and how make more complex constructions. Techniques for including gemstones before and after firing will be explored. Students will also have the opportunity to use a variety of finishing techniques. The instructor will use demonstration, examples and oral instruction to give students the opportunity to design and construct complex metal clay objects or pieces of jewelry.

Various forms of clay will be available for the students to purchase from the instructor. Students can choose which form of clay they prefer to work with. The price of clay will be set by the market price of silver at that time. CZs, embeddable findings and ring shanks will also be available for students to purchase from the instructor during the workshop. Basic tools for each student shall be made available by the Crafts Center including: working surface, lubricant, cards or color coded strips, roller, point for cutting, nail files and sandpaper for finishing and a kiln.

Saturday, November 6, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, November 7, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of the Precious Metal Clay for Beginners class at the Crafts Center or an equivalent class.

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $50      Public – $100      Register for this class»

 

INTRODUCTION TO TORCH-FIRED ENAMEL

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk
Intro to Torch-Fired EnamelIn this introduction to enameling, learn a traditional method of fusing powdered glass on copper using a torch while creating simple charms for earrings, bracelets, or necklaces. Supplies included. View Ndidi’s work at hothouseposey.com.

Wednesdays [6 weeks] August 25 – September 29: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites:  None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $95      Public – $150      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

MIX’T & MATCHED: MAKING JEWELRY FROM UNCOMMONLY COOL BITS

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Students will experiment with mixing metals, resin, pigments, found objects and various ways to connect them to fabricate a one-of-a-kind accessory. Participants are encouraged to bring found objects to include in or be inspired by for their work. The instructor will bring objects and ephemera. A $25.00 kit and supply fee payable to the instructor the first day of class. View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Wednesdays [6 weeks] October 6 – November 10: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Some metalsmithing experience required

Prerequisites:  None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $95      Public – $150      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

PRECIOUS METAL CLAY FOR BEGINNERS [Workshop]

Instructor: Gail Kenyon

In this three-day workshop you will learn what PMC3 is and how to handle the medium. You will learn techniques for forming, texturing, and molding PMC3, how to dry and finish your pieces and how to prepare the pieces for firing. Then you will learn how to use patina and various methods for polishing your pieces. Interested students can explore making rings on the third day of the class. The instructor will use demonstration, examples, and oral instruction to give you the opportunity to design and construct two PMC3 objects or pieces of jewelry. Finally you will take your knowledge and your 0.999% fine silver pieces home. A $45 materials fee* payable to instructor on first day of the workshop, includes 15 grams of PMC3 [*fee may change based on changes in the market price of silver]. Additional precious metal clay will be available for purchase from the instructor.

Friday, October 8, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday, October 9, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, October 10, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $70      Public – $130      Register for this class»

 

SPINNER RING IN SILVER [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Rings unite! Create your own spinner ring using a forming technique known as anticlastic raising. In this process an outer band is formed in such a way to creatively “capture” one or more moving rings. Learn to size, shape and solder sheet metal and wire into rings. Basic soldering, forging, and forming techniques will be covered. Ample silver will be provided to complete one spinner ring. This workshop is suited for all skill levels. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Sunday, August 15: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $85      Public – $105      Register for this class»

 

TEXTURED STACKING RINGS [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Working with variety of tools in the studio we will make three stacking rings with different surfaces. You will form and solder each ring using either wire or sheet. Demos will include using a roll mill, flex shaft [burs, cutting discs, silicone wheels], hammers and hand files to help you create a variety of patterns and textures for each band each week. All sterling is included in the class fee. [There is an additional charge if you would like to upgrade the wire ring to solid 14k yellow gold.]. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Saturday, September 11: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 12: 12:00 – 3:00pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $170      Public – $205      Register for this class»

 


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Cancellations

Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a 75% refund of payment will be issued; 25% of payment is assessed for processing charge.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of  payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must drop the class via Reporter», our new online registration system

Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.

Absences

To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists via Reporter» after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.