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Jewelry and Metals Classes

Registration for Spring 2023 classes begins on November 21 for NC State students and on November 28 for the public.


Anodizing Niobium and Titanium [Workshop]

Instructor: Amy Veatch

Anodizing Niobium_Amy Veatch

Learn 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. You will do both things in this workshop, making two pairs of earrings and a pendant or brooch. All skill levels welcome; intermediate and advanced students encouraged. Supplies included.  View Amy’s work on Instagram: amyveatch.art.

Saturday, March 4: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, March 5: 9:00am – 4:00pm

  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $95     Public – $150


Appliqué Soldering: Silver Pendant [Workshop]

Instructor: Suijin Li

Craft a unique sterling silver pendant or brooch – dig into the design and the process of how to create it. Learn how to give dimension to a design by doing layered sweat soldering.

See Suijin’s work on her website: suijinli.com.

Mondays [ 3 weeks] February 6 – 20: 6:30 – 9:30pm

  • Skill Level: Open to all skill levels
  • Prerequisites: Basic metal tools use experience (i.e., filing, sawing).

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $130     Public – $165


Beginning Metalsmithing

Instructor: Amy Veatch

Design and construct a pendant and earrings by learning basic metal working techniques. You 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] February 28 – April 11: [skip Mar. 14] 6:30 – 9:30pm

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $105   Public – $175   

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


Colored Pencil on Metal [Workshop]

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Colored Pencil on Metal

This versatile technique adds color to any metal without heat or chemicals. Each student will create a small pendant or charm and a pair of earrings. A materials fee of $10 must be paid to the instructor at the start of the workshop.
View Ndidi’s work at www.instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Friday, January 27: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday, January 28: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, January 29: 9:00am – 4:00pm

  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites:  None

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $115     Public – $185    


Continuing Metalsmithing

Instructor: Amy Veatch

Continuing Metalsmithing

Instructor: Amy Veatch
Continue to build your 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 your skills and meet the imaginative challenges of making jewelry from sheet metal, wire, and tubes. View Amy’s work on Instagram: @amyveatch.art.

Fridays [6 weeks] March 3 – April 14 [skip Mar. 17]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Prerequisites: Completion of Beginning Metalsmithing class or equivalent.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $105     Public – $175 

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


Continuing Torch-Fired Enamel

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Delve deeper into working with vitreous enamel and a torch. Experiment with stencils (both positive and negative), work with decals, explore using enamel as texture, be introduced to luster powders, and more. You are encouraged to bring ideas and inspiration to enhance creativity. This is not a beginner level class – you must have enameling experience or have taken the Intro to Torch Fired Enamel class. A $15 supply fee is due to instructor at the beginning of first class. View Ndidi’s work at instagram.com/hothouseposey.

February 22 – April 5 [skip Mar. 15]: 6:30 -9:30pm

  • Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Prerequisites:  Students must have enameling experience or have taken the Intro to Torch Fired Enamel class.

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $105      Public – $175

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


Hidden Enamel Bail [Workshop]

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Want to make enamelwork pendants but don’t want to set a bezel? Learn to create and securely attach a tube bail to your work that will allow the design of motifs uninterrupted by holes. View Ndidi’s work at instagram.com/hothouseposey

Saturday, February 18: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, February 19: 10:00am – 4:00pm

  • Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
  • Prerequisites:  Must have a working knowledge of basic metalsmithing skills, especially sawing and soldering. Completion of an Introduction to Torch-Fired Enameling class is helpful.

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $80      Public – $120


Introduction to Torch-Fired Enamel

Instructor: Ndidi Kowalczyk

Guded Studio_Torch-Fired Enameling_Nididi Kowalczyk

In 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 instagram.com/hothouseposey.

Wednesdays [6 weeks] January 11 – February 15: 6:30 – 9:30pm

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites:  None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $105      Public – $175

[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 the instructor on the 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, February 24, 6:30 -9:30pm
Saturday, February 25, 10:00am – 5:00pm 
Sunday, February 26, 10:00am – 5:00pm

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $70      Public – $130


Stacking Rings [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Create a sweet stack of rings from 14kt yellow gold-filled wire and silver while learning or refreshing the use of wire solder. By the end of the workshop you’ll be proficient at single seams in 14kt gold and silver solder, fabricating, along with embellishing and forging simple bands in different gauges and types of metal. This workshop is suitable for all skill levels. Supplies included. Visit Sarah’s website: stectormetals.com.

Sunday, March 25: 10:00am – 5:00pm

  •  Skill Level: Open to all
  •  Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $60      Public – $85   


Textured Stacking Bands [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector

Working with a variety of tools in the studio you will make three stacking rings with different surfaces. Learn how to 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. Visit Sarah’s website: www.stectormetals.com.

Saturday, April 22: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, April 23: 12:00 – 3:00pm

  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level: NC State Students – $100 Public – $140


Wood and Silver Spinner Ring [Workshop]

Instructor: Sarah Tector and Nic Jackson

Learn to fabricate a small silver spinner ring and then turn a wooden ring to fit around it. Then assemble and embellish your ring with a small variety of decorative techniques in the jewelry studio. This workshop is suited for all skill levels. Visit Sarah’s website: www.stectormetals.com and Nic’s website: www.jackson-joinery.com.

Saturday April 1: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday April 2: 12:00 – 5:00pm

  • Skill Level: Open to all
  • Prerequisites:  None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $70      Public – $120


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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 processing charge of 25% of the registration payment or $25 (whichever is less) will be assessed and the remainder refunded.
• 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.