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Beginner Level

Kitchen Table Soldering in Tucson!
March 23, 2017 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm) — You'll design a beautiful pendant using a unique, one-of-a-kind freeform stone as your guide. Create awesome, smooth sterling silver balls from scrap to embellish your piece and use hand-crafted stamps and lining tools to add personalized marks and interest. Finish by setting the stone and adding a simple pinch bail to hang it from your favorite chain - you'll be amazed at how much you can learn in just one day! And best of all, you'll do it all with a small, easy-to-use culinary butane torch! More advanced students will have the opportunity to create a handmade pinch bail if time permits. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $200
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Classic with a Twist: Turquoise and Silver Necklace
March 24, 2017 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm) — We’re putting a new twist on that old classic: turquoise and silver. We’ll use textured sterling silver sheet to create a unique setting for a gorgeous chunk of genuine American turquoise. We’ll frame it out with textured wire, and then learn ways to add hand-made links to commercial chain for a time-saving custom look. We’ll put it all together with a made-from-scratch clasp for a necklace you’ll be proud to wear! Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $220
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Golden Texture: An Introduction to Roll Printing and Keum Boo
March 25, 2017 (8:30 am - 4:00 pm) — This fun beginning workshop introduces you to two completely different metals techniques, and while each one by itself will add a new dimension to your metalworking repertoire, together they create high-impact drama on simple sheet metal. First, you'll learn how to use a rolling mill to create deep, detailed patterns on both copper and sterling silver using a variety of materials, including paper patterns. Then you'll learn the process of depletion gilding as a method of preparing sterling silver for the application of pure 24k gold foil. This ancient Korean technique, known as Keum Boo, adds the luster and warmth of real gold to your jewelry pieces for a striking and unique design element. Visit website


Location: Santa Fe, NM
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $215
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

The Big Ass Ring
March 29, 2017 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This fast-­paced one day workshop will have you cutting, stamping, soldering and forming sterling silver wire and sheet into a one-­of-a-kind setting for a gorgeous statement ring. You'll learn how to size and solder a ring band, create a bezel from scratch, and set a stone using age-­old techniques with a modern twist. If you're interested in taking your metalsmithing skills to the next level, this is a don't miss workshop. Students will learn and work with the following skills and techniques: (1) Creating and sizing a bezel; (2) Creating and sizing a ring band; (3) Soldering; (4) Stone Setting; (5) Stamping. Students should bring: a free-­standing battery-operated task light; eye magnification (if required); paper and pen for note-­taking. Visit website


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $225
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Golden Texture: An Introduction to Roll Printing and Keum Boo
March 30, 2017 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This fun beginning workshop introduces you to two completely different metals techniques, and while each one by itself will add a new dimension to your metalworking repertoire, together they create high-­impact drama on simple sheet metal. First, you'll learn how to use a rolling mill to create deep, detailed patterns on both copper and sterling silver using a variety of materials, including paper patterns. Then you'll learn the process of depletion gilding as a method of preparing sterling silver for the application of pure 24k gold foil. This ancient Korean technique, known as Keum Boo, adds the lustre and warmth of real gold to your jewelry pieces for a striking and unique design element. Visit website


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $225 (all materials included)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Rustic Color: Torch Fired Enamel Necklace
March 31, 2017 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) — This fast-paced, hands on beginner workshop will begin by introducing you to the magic of roll printing patterns on copper sheet. Then we'll punch up the impact by using the heat of a torch to coax incredible color from simple white enamel – you won't believe the effects you get with just this one color! We'll finish by creating a simple sterling silver tab setting, embellished with a chunky stone drop and a knotted leather cord. Visit website


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $225 (all materials included)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Classic with a Twist: Turquoise and Silver Necklace
April 1, 2017 (8:00 am - 4:00 pm) — We're putting a new twist on that old classic: turquoise and silver. We'll use textured sterling silver sheet to create a unique setting for a gorgeous chunk of genuine American turquoise. We'll frame it out with textured wire, then learn ways to add hand-­made links to commercial chain for a time-saving custom look. We'll put it all together with a made-­from-scratch clasp for a necklace you'll be proud to wear! (Please note: Prior soldering experience helpful but not required; students without prior soldering experience may not be able to customize their chain.) Visit website


Location: Las Vegas, NV
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $225 (all materials included)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Felted Jewelry
April 5-6, 2017 (9am-4pm) — In this class I will guide you to create complex wearable-art shapes inspired by nature. You will learn how to attach fancy fabrics or yarns to the wool, how to felt beads in different shapes of settings, make the cord of a necklace and attach the segments by building and felting pieces together. We’ll discuss after-felting embellishment possibilities, such as bead-work or embroidery that can be added at home. Previous felting experience is helpful but not necessary. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Flora Carlile-Kovacs
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $15 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level

Patchwork Silver: Fused Silver Projects
April 7, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Join instructor Gwen Youngblood for a day of fire, metal and fun, while we explore Gwen’s take on the ancient art of sterling silver fusing. You’ll create a pendant and earrings set that evokes vintage patchwork with a hint of modern sparkle and shine. Gwen will walk you through the process of fusing sterling silver to create the base pieces, then show you how to create granular embellishments; solder the granular embellishments, settings, and bail in place; and create and set tube rivets. She will also share a quick and easy hand finishing technique that will add sparkle and shine to your pieces in no time. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $65 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Fired Up Fabrication: Next Steps in Metal Jewelry
April 8-9, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Join instructor Gwen Youngblood for a 2-day exploration of next level metal jewelry fabrication. You’ll spend day 1 learning how to create a dimensional pendant complete with a square wire border, tube set cabochon and CZ, and a fused sterling silver center you’ll rivet in place. Then on day 2, you’ll focus on creating a unique chain, including discussion of design considerations; forming, sawing and soldering jump rings; and forming and soldering decorative granules in place. You’ll add leather cord, create and attach the hook and eye clasp, set the gems, and wear your necklace home! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $159 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $85 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Cloisonné Enamel
April 8-9, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Cloisonné is a timelessly beautiful, classic enamel technique which involves drawing designs with fine silver wire, then coloring with vivid glass. Learn this popular enameling technique and go home with a little one-of-a-kind treasure. Previous experience with enamel would be best, but students with jewelry, wire working or drawing/ painting experience would be OK. finished pieces can be made into a pendant, or taken back to your studio to make jewelry or art. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $195
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Rustic Color: A Torch-Fired Enameled Necklace
April 21, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — This fast-paced, hands on beginner workshop will begin by introducing you to the magic of roll printing patterns on copper sheet. Then we’ll punch up the impact by using the heat of a torch to coax incredible color from simple white enamel – you won’t believe the effects you get with just this one color! We’ll finish by creating a simple sterling silver tab setting, embellished with a chunky stone drop and a knotted leather cord. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $55 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

The Big Ass Ring
April 22, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — The Big Ass Ring is back! This fast-paced one day jewelry workshop will have you cutting, stamping, soldering and forming sterling silver wire and sheet into a one-of-a-kind setting for a gorgeous statement ring. You’ll learn how to size and solder a ring band, create a bezel from scratch, and set a stone using age-old techniques with a modern twist. If you’re interested in taking your metalsmithing skills to the next level, this is a don’t-miss workshop. (Please note: This is an advanced beginner workshop. Students without prior soldering experience may not be able to finish their project in class.) Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $65 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

In The Line of Fire: Three Days with Anne Havel
April 28-30, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Enameling is the nearly magical alchemy of combining glass and metal, and artist Anne Havel is a master at torch firing enamels to create mystical, deeply moving, and evocative work. Join us for three days as she leads us through various methods of line creation and teaches us to communicate both imagery and feeling in our enameled work. We’ll use successive layers of liquids and sgraffito, transparents, opaques, graphite, acid-etching, underglaze lines, under- and over-firing, to build and preserve drawings in the final piece. No matter your skill level, there will be the opportunity to immerse yourself in new ideas and principles, and to stretch your expression in this media. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Anne Havel
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: Workshop Fee: $575 (taxable) includes all materials and
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Enameling on Embossed Copper
May 6, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Create a round pin or pendant by cutting out richly patterned and grooved copper foil, forming it into a graceful dome, then coating it in layers of colored glass. You will also get a chance to try your hand at texturing copper using a rolling mill, and will complete at least one pin or pendant to take home. All materials and tools provided. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $125
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Textures on Metal
May 7, 2017 (1–4pm) — Play with multiple ways to texture flat pieces of metal and in the process bring it to life! You will have choices. You may explore different texture options on multiple pieces of metal, using multiple types of equipment, and take these home for future creations. Or focus on one or two pieces and take home a pair of ear rings or a pendant. You will have access to a fully equipped studio with equipment ranging from hammers and punches to a rolling mill. So many fun and creative options! You will also learn how to clean and anneal your metal in preparation for texturing and how to apply a patina to a finished product. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Deb Donaghue
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $60
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Wire Wrapping the Stone: Wrapped Cabochons
May 7, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Are you looking for a way to show-off all those beautiful cabochons in your collection? Wire wrapping is a great way to create one-of-a-kind pieces with those special stones. In just one day, metals instructor Gwen Youngblood will show you the fundamental techniques necessary to securely and attractively combine wire and undrilled stones using your best tools – your hands! – and a few extra odds and ends. You’ll will take home at least one pendant – so be sure to bring a cord or necklace with you to class. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $30 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Rock ‘n Roll Necklace: Fine Silver Fusing
May 13, 2017 (9:30 am - 5:00 pm) — Join instructor Gwen Youngblood for a full day of exploring fine silver fusing and riveting. You’ll learn how to form and fuse fine silver links and fabricate a chain – no solder needed! After you cut and texture your centerpiece, Gwen will make riveted embellishments easy-peasy with her patent-pending riveting tools, Riveting Essentials. Learn to make balled headpins and how to use them for riveting, as well as making and setting traditional wire rivets. Add that last bit of bling by riveting a bezel cup to the centerpiece and set a brilliant gemstone – still no soldering! And finally, attach the leather cord and wear your Rock ‘n Roll Necklace home. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 (non-taxable) Materials Fee: $50 (taxable)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Intermediate Level

Stone on Stone Pendant
May 19-21, 2017 (9am–4pm) — This will be a 3 day intensive class where you'll learn to set a stone on top of a stone, as well as tube setting and how to make a neck collar. Students need prior experience with silver soldering. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Jeff Fulkerson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $450
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level

Bead Embroidered Pendant
June 3, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Create a double Bead Embroidery pendant with a Lunasoft cabochon and a Lampwork Glass by Kris Schaible. We will use a variety of seed beads and Arizona Turquoise chips. Flower motif chain will be added at the bottom for a tassel affect. Create a simple bail for a delicate fun piece to wear with hand dyed silk ribbon. Techniques used will be basic Bead Embroidery with peyote stitch, bead stacking, back stitch, edging stitch and fringing! Materials fee includes Kris Schaible Lampwork cabochon, Grape Luna soft Cabochon, and various supplies. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Pam Hawkins
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $165
Email: Megan Kulick

Beginner Level

Rustic Color: Torch-Fired Enamel Necklace
June 5, 2017 (9:00am-4:00pm) — This fast-paced, hands-on beginner class will introduce students to the magic of roll printing patterns on copper sheet, and embellished using the heat of a torch to coax incredible color from simple white enamel. We’ll finish by creating a simple sterling silver tab setting, embellished with a chunky stone drop and a knotted leather cord. Visit website


Location: Milwaukee, WI
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $214.00
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Statement Ring
June 6, 2017 (9:00am-4:00pm) — This fast-paced one day class will have students cutting, stamping, soldering, and forming sterling silver wire and sheet into a one-of-a-kind setting for a gorgeous statement ring. You’ll learn how to size and solder a ring band, create a bezel from scratch, and set a stone using age-old techniques with a modern twist. Visit website


Location: Milwaukee, WI
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $224.00
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

Classic Turquoise
June 7, 2017 (9:00am-4:00pm) — Revisit the classic combination of turquoise and silver with a thick fine-silver setting for a gorgeous free-form turquoise cabochon on textured sterling silver, framed with twisted or decorative wire for visual texture. Then we’ll alter store-bought chain for a custom look and use a hidden bail to let the pendant shine front and center. Visit website


Location: Milwaukee, WI
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $219.00
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Intermediate Level

Creative Mark-Making in Enamel
June 8-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover new approaches to enameling in this intensive workshop focused on a variety of techniques in making marks and rendering imagery in vitreous enamel. Expand your visual language in metals as you experiment and explore. Starting with copper sheet metal, Jessica will demonstrate a series of mark-making approaches, including sgraffito, etching cream, underglaze pencils, ceramic oxides, overglazes and china paint, glass beads, and ceramic decals. You will create a number of experimental process samples, providing you with new directions in your creative practice. Beginning enameling skills are required, including sifting and firing. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jessica Calderwood, www.JessicaCalderwood.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Mark Making and Embellishment: Torch-Fired Enameling
June 8, 2017 (8:30am-3:30pm) — Learn how to create metal components that pop with glossy color using just a simple torch. Then take it up a notch by drawing, carving, and embellishing your pieces with color, patterns, and fine silver. Students will Learn: Torch-fired enameling (sifted method), drawing on enamel, and embellishment of enamel pieces using various methods including embedded inclusions. Visit website


Location: Milwaukee, WI
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $204.00
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level

The Warmth of Gold: Roll Printing and Keum-Boo
June 10, 2017 (9:00am-4:00pm) — This two-for-one class introduces students to two completely different metal techniques that combine to create high-impact drama on simple sheet metal. Start by learning how to use a rolling mill to create deep, detailed patterns on both copper and sterling silver, then learn how to embellish sterling silver with real 24k gold for unique and striking design elements. Visit website


Location: Milwaukee, WI
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $219.00
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Champlevé Enamel Pendant
June 12-14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop will focus on the traditional enameling technique of champlevé, also known as raised fields. Design and fabricate a one-of-a-kind pendant with this historical approach to the enameling process. Stephanie will guide you through a series of demonstrations that illustrate the process of champlevé. Engage in the process from start to finish, including designing the composition of your pendant, etching the surface, planning your color palette, working with enameling techniques, and creating a silver tab setting to frame the pendant. This workshop is open to all levels. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Stephanie Voegele, www.StephanieVoegele.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Metal as Line: Forge, Fuse, Taper, and Fabricate
June 15-17, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Explore the importance of line and movement as you conceptualize and complete a variety of jewelry pieces. Utilize a number of simple tools and techniques to create twisting and flowing elements in silver that can be transformed into elegant pieces of finished jewelry. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, learn how to forge, fuse, and solder, as you create tapers and twists in metal. Leave this workshop with a new set of skills, design concepts, and at least one finished piece. Annealing and soldering experience is helpful, but not required. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Paulette Werger, www.PJWerger.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $360, Non-Members: $395 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Bronze Casting
June 20-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Utilizing contemporary methods and materials, learn the ancient art of bronze casting in this engaging and labor-intensive workshop. Create a ceramic shell cast of an original wax sculpture or transform an existing sculpture into a final work in bronze. Teresa will guide you step-by-step in the lost wax process of bronze casting, resulting in a finished sculpture. Be prepared for a busy week loaded with information, physical hard work, and a unique hands-on experience. Additional material costs will vary based on the size and number of sculptures you produce, as well as the current market price of bronze and other consumables. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Teresa Lind
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $505, Non-Members: $540 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Resin and Additives in Jewelry
June 22-24, 2017 (9am-4pm) — With an emphasis on experimentation, use the medium of resin to manipulate common household materials to create three-dimensional elements to be incorporated into future jewelry projects. The transformation of ordinary objects through resin provides an invitation for the viewer to take a second look and delve deeper into the design and construction of your pieces. Throughout this workshop you will explore the possibilities of working with resin through material studies, experiments, and color exercises. You will create a series of handbuilt cabochons and learn how to pair them with metals and jewelry designs for your home studio practice. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jessica Armstrong
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $340, Non-Members: $375 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Fine Silver Rings in a Day
June 24, 2017 (9am–5pm) — Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those. Materials fee includes PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $144
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Silver Metal Clay Birdhouse or Fairy House Pendant
June 25, 2017 (9am–5pm) — Learn to construct a small fine silver birdhouse or fairy house with fine silver metal clay. Form separate parts of the house then put them together using dry construction techniques. This requires accurate sizing and refining, plus learning how to attach three dimensional pieces. Sherry will show you different methods for decorating and attaching your miniature house to allow you to hang it from a cord/chain. After firing and finishing your house you can polish and patina it as desired. Material fee includes fine silver metal clay 28 grams, paste, syringe, fine silver wire and sheet available as desired. This is not a class to try without previous experience with metal clay either with Sherry or someone else. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $155
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level

Sculptural Rings
July 6-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Create sculptures for your fingers in this hands-on workshop. Adding your own creativity and inspiration to each design, explore the components of proportion, size, balance, material, and comfort. All rings will be hand-fabricated using a variety of studio tools, including hammers, drills, saws, soldering torches, and the rolling mill. You will focus on process, from concept to construction to aesthetic details. You can expect to complete one or more rings over the course of this workshop. Previous soldering experience is required. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Sarah Mann, www.MannStudio.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Surface Exploration in Stamps, Fusing, and Silver Dusting
July 10-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Explore three metalsmithing techniques. With an emphasis on developing texture and design, you will have the opportunity to conceptualize and fabricate rings, bracelets, earrings, and pendants while learning new processes. Learn how to size, form, and solder sterling silver stacking rings or a spinner ring. An emphasis will be placed on surface texture using metal stamps and hammers. You will discover the differences between soldering and fusing, as you cut, shape, and fuse fine silver wire into a bracelet or pair of earrings. Take advantage of your filings and small silver scrap from the week to form and fuse a beautifully textured pair of earrings and/or pendant. You will also have the option to include a bezel set stone in your design. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Aisha Formanski, www.EverthineJewelry.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $385, Non-Members: $415
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Introduction to Basic Soldering: Spiral Chain
July 13, 2017 (9am-12pm) — Geared toward the absolute beginner, this workshop will introduce the basic concepts and techniques of soldering while creating a spiral chain. Gain an understanding of necessary tools and materials to successfully solder simple joints. Through demonstrations and guided work time, you will complete a spiral chain by the end of the workshop. If time allows, you will polish the piece. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Introduction to Basic Soldering: Simply Silver Bracelet
July 13, 2017 (1-4pm) — In this workshop for the absolute beginner, you will learn how to solder sterling silver with a torch system while fabricating a bracelet. Jumpstart your metalsmithing experience with these basic skills and best practices. In addition to torch use, you will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw, create a closure, use a flexshaft, and do finishing techniques. Leave this workshop with a completed bold bracelet. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $75, Non-Members: $80 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Boxed Up: Introduction to Hollow Forms
July 14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This fabrication workshop will touch on a variety of skills that can be used to enhance any jewelry project. Design and produce a contemporary ring that also doubles as a pendant, while refining your metalsmithing skills. Encouraged to work from your own design, the hollow form process offers the opportunity to develop your sawing, shaping, and soldering techniques. Create a piece that is rewarding to fabricate and sure to impress your viewer. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $135, Non-Members: $145 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Silver Fusion
July 15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — There is merit in the processes of both soldering and fusing, but understanding both of these techniques will allow you to be a more versatile silversmith. In this workshop, you will learn the difference between soldering and fusing, when you should use either technique, and gain hands-on experience with making a fused joint. In this workshop, you will apply skills to two bracelets, including the classic ball and loop chain and the bubble fusion, which is a unique approach to incorporating beads with silver. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kieu Pham Gray, www.KieuPhamGray.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $135, Non-Members: $145 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level

Tool Making 101
July 21, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Knowing how to make your own tools will be a skill that will serve you well in jewelry making and metal working. This workshop will introduce you to the basic methods of making simple tools. We will cover the shaping, hardening, and finishing of steel tools, as well as tool design. We will be making several tools suitable for texturing, stamping, bezel setting, chasing, and repousse’. Learning these skills will provide you with a whole new range of options, allowing you to create or alter tools to suit the task at hand. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Richard Salley
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $160
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Ketoh Bracelet
July 22-23, 2017 (9am–4pm) — Navajo Indian archers wore wrist guards called Ketohs to protect their forearms from the snap of their bowstrings. Navajo silversmiths adapted the ketoh form into decorative jewelry. Taking inspiration from the original Ketoh, this 2-day workshop will guide you to fabricate a modern, hinged version that you’ll be proud to wear even if you never pull back a bowstring. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Richard Salley
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley
Cost: $350
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Raku Ceramic Jewelry
July 31, 2017 (9am-1pm) — Explore the dramatic art of raku-fired clay in this jewelry-based workshop. Using a variety of techniques, you will create one-of-a-kind pendants. Traced to Japanese tea ceremonies, the raku process is unique. Glazed bisqueware is placed into a red-hot, 1900° F kiln. The glazes melt within 30 minutes, at which time the ware is removed from the kiln and placed in containers of straw and other combustible materials, creating a post-reduction firing. The resulting work has a unique surface with iridescent highlights. Jen will demonstrate techniques related to clay forming and surface treatment. Return Thursday/Friday to glaze your pendants and participate in the raku firing process, or choose your glazes and your pieces will be fired and shipped to you for a fee. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Jen Montgomery, www.MontgomeryRaku.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $80, Non-Members: $90
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Forged Bangles and Spinner Rings
August 4-5, 2017 (9am-4pm) — This workshop explores the process of forging through the creation of wave bangles and spinner rings. Learn how to solder, form shapes, texture surfaces, and add embellishments; transforming raw materials into pieces of your own design. The first day will be focused on wave bangles and day two will provide the option of producing a spinner ring or more bangles. Kay will demonstrate the various steps of the soldering and forming processes for both the bangles and rings. You will work independently, with Kay available for assistance until the next step of the process is demonstrated. Your tuition includes materials for two copper bracelet bangles with one pair of sterling silver bracelet spinners. Additional copper and silver sterling will be available for purchase. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Kay Rashka, www.KayRashka.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $240, Non-Members: $260
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Sculpting Hollow Form: Application of Partial Felt Density
August 5-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Wool fiber is typically wrapped around either a pre-existing form such as a ball or balloon or a 2-D flat resist made from a variety of materials impenetrable by the fibers in order to felt hollow forms. In addition to the shape of the resist, understand how varying the density of wool in a given area and circumferential fulling can provide more control to sculpt desired forms. Participants will make partially felted sheets of wool fiber in varying thicknesses and states of structural integrity to apply as distinct shapes in their fiber layout. Proper fulling and the thickness of the vessel’s wall in relationship to its volume will determine the forms integrity. Hand stitched structural ribbing, steam blocking and shellac stiffening can then be applied to refine the forms. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Lisa Klakulak
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $500 plus $40 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Fabrication I: Fundamentals in Jewelry
August 7-8, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn introductory metalsmithing and jewelry fabrication skills as you work your way through two comprehensive projects. You will learn the basics of texturing metal with hand tools and the rolling mill, as well as forming, assembly, sawing, piercing, drilling, filing, and making jump rings, rivets, clasps, and bails. Professional hand and mechanical finishing, patinas, and design options will be explained and demonstrated. Studio procedures and safety will be covered, along with proper tool and equipment use and care. This workshop is for those new to jewelry making, self-taught makers who want to fill educational gaps, and current metalsmiths who want to improve their fluency in the studio. You will leave with the confidence and skills to work independently. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Julie Sanford, www.JulieSanfordDesigns.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $265 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Fabrication II: Fundamentals in Jewelry
August 9-10, 2017 (9am-4pm) — The most versatile metalsmith can create jewelry from basic raw materials. This workshop will teach you fundamental techniques in wire fabrication, torch use, annealing, construction, soldering, and bezel setting. Learn how to pattern and form wire using easy-to-find hand tools and the rolling mill with applications for jewelry, findings, and components. You will create a variety of patterned wire and make several pieces of jewelry including cuff and bangle bracelets, band or stack rings, and a bezel-set stone ring. This workshop is for those new to jewelry making, self-taught makers who want to fill educational gaps, and current metalsmiths who want to improve their fluency in the studio. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Julie Sanford, www.JulieSanfordDesigns.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $245, Non-Members: $265 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Explore, Create, and Resinate Jewelry
August 11-12, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Join Mixed-Media Artist Jen Cushman for two days of resin exploration to learn the basics and beyond of working with ICE Resin, a jeweler’s grade two-part epoxy resin. We’ll explore small collage techniques combining imagery, text and inclusions encapsulated in crystal clear resin. Each bezel will be as unique as the artist who makes it. On Day 2, we’ll delve into wire, metal and fiber techniques to create a finished jewelry set (necklace and bracelet and/or necklace and earrings) combined with our cured resin components. Even if you have zero jewelry-making experience, you can enjoy this workshop and create wearable art. For those with intermediate jewelry making skills, instructor has cold connection samples that you can work toward. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Jen Cushman
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $270 plus $35 Materials Fee
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Power, Position, Play: 3D Structure for the Body
August 14-16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Choosing from the words power, position, and play, you will select one as a conceptual springboard to design and produce one finished work that is built on the idea of a three-dimensional structure for the body, such as a brooch, ring, or neck piece. You will consider what this word means to you and research its historical, cultural, and contemporary meanings to inform your original design. Various cold-connection techniques will be the primary fabrication methods used in making your piece. These techniques, as well as casting methods, will be demonstrated and discussed. The use of found objects as visual elements will be encouraged, as both a technical and conceptual challenge. This workshop is open to all levels. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Teresa Faris, www.TeresaFaris.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $330, Non-Members: $365
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Between Jewelry and Sculpture: Wearable Art Forms
August 28-31, 2017 (9am-4pm) — While jewelry can be intimate in scale and material, it can also be a playground for sculptural forms for both wearable pieces or miniature objects. It has a rich history dating back to the 1930s, when jewelers began to blur the lines of these genres and design broaches, necklaces, rings, and bracelets that transcended the Victorian and Decorative art movements. Through guided exercises and innovative approaches to traditional metalworking techniques, you will create work that blends artist and jeweler mentalities. Emphasis will be placed on developing solutions to design challenges and defining individual concepts, along with proper use of tools and equipment. Learn a variety of skills to texture, shape, and fabricate metal into bold jewelry forms. This workshop does not require previous metalworking experience. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Linda Seebauer Hansen, www.LindaSeebauerHansen.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $425, Non-Members: $460 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Wool + Paper Felting Journey
September 8-19, 2017 — Join us in Peru, a place of vast beauty and millenary culture, and the once-epicenter of the Inca Empire. Peru is a country of contrasts, where cutting-edge high-rises stand beside 18th century churches; where modern fusion cuisine takes cues from ingredients used for millennia; and where Peruvians proudly wear the patterned textiles of peoples past. Release your creativity and immerse yourself in a felting and Joomchi workshop with Spanish artist Eva Camacho, and Polish artist Ania Gilmore. Eva will introduce you to traditional wool felting and guide you to make your own painterly surfaced personalized vest. Ania will introduce you to Joomchi, the traditional Korean way of making textured mulberry handmade paper. You will make a flat wall paper piece and a Joomchi necklace to match your vest. Visit website


Location: Lima, Cusco, Sacred Valley, Peru
Instructor: Eva Camacho + Ania Gilmore
Sponsor: Arts & Cultural Travel
Cost: $4,195 Shared, $800 Single Supplement
Email: Sharon Blomgren
Phone: 617-855-9209

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Fine Silver Clay Leaf Pendant
September 9, 2017 (9am-12pm) — This class is perfect for the beginner jewelry maker! Instructor Pam Ryan will walk you through how to mold, shape, fire, burnish, and polish silver from its raw state into a finished piece of jewelry. Each student will receive a sterling silver chain and will be able to wear the piece home at the end of the class. All materials and tools provided, no experience necessary! Visit website


Location: Prairie du Sac, WI
Instructor: Pam Ryan
Sponsor: River Arts, Inc.
Cost: $95
Email: Kristina Coopman
Phone: 608-643-5215

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Advanced Level

Sterling Silver Leaf Print Ring
September 14, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Discover how to create unique natural patterns in sheets of sterling silver in this hands-on workshop. Learn techniques in fabrication and basic metalsmithing as you produce two rings from your patterned metal sheets. Using real leaves and the rolling mill, you will learn how to make an impression in sterling silver. Chris will discuss and demonstrate how to accurately measure and size a ring, as well as best practices in sawing, filing, shaping, oxidizing, and polishing. No experience is required. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $110, Non-Members: $120
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Spinner Ring
September 15, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Produce a fun, interactive spinner ring in this one-day workshop. Working from raw materials, you will select metals, conceptualize the design, and fabricate a ring with up to three spinners that move freely within the piece. Throughout the workshop, Chris will discuss and demonstrate techniques, such as filing, sawing, ring sizing, polishing, oxidizing, and most importantly, tips for creating a spinner. No experience is required. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $110, Non-Members: $120
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Secret Sentiment Rings
September 16, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Design and fabricate two rings stamped with a saying, date, or word on the exterior or interior of the band. Learn how to successfully use metal stamps and produce letters and designs. Chris will demonstrate techniques for measuring and sizing rings, filing, sanding, oxidizing, shaping, soldering, and hammering, as well as discuss the metal stamping process. No experience is required. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Chris Mode, www.CreativeMode.com
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $110, Non-Members: $120
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Microfold Forming
September 29-30, 2017 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to use the microfold brake to produce repetitive folds in metal. Explore ways to manipulate metal to create variations in the corrugations. These pieces can be soldered into links or joined with other metal to create unique three-dimensional elements. These textures are enhanced when highlighted with patinas, and are also a great foundation for enamel or Keum-boo. Susan will guide you in creating an array of sample folds. These textures can be used as finished wearable forms or as decorative elements to integrate into larger pieces. She will also demonstrate several techniques in which to build three-dimensional hollow forms, including the hydraulic press and manual die forming. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Susan Richter-O'Connell
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $180, Non-Members: $200 (plus materials fee)
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Community Open Studios
Thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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