I offer private or institutional instruction to those wishing to learn or improve their metal smith skills. Beyond what is listed below, contact me for further details on pricing and where and times available.
I am offering a beginner fabrication classes at the Deland, Florida studio of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, North East Chapter. The class will be held the weekend of January 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dive into a two day workshop in basic fabrication of jewelry concepts, while acquiring the skills and knowledge to create your own unique vision in sterling silver, brass, copper or combine all three to make a mixed metal design. Skills you can acquire are how to cut, saw, pierce, texture, solder and polish. No experience necessary. Class size is a minimum or 4 and a maximum of 6.
THIS CLASS HAS BEEN COMPLETED, CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE PRIVATE INSTRUCTION OR TO HAVE ME COME TO YOUR AREA TO TEACH.
In January I will be teaching a 5 day intensive: DIMENSIONAL FORMING OF METAL.
This will be held at the Deland, Florida studio of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, North East Chapter.
Make your work come alive with dramatic, sculptural, organic dimension by learning micro hollow forming in this 5 day intensive. Students will learn how to apply organic three dimensional form to any type of jewelry, from rings to pendants, earrings and bracelets. Techniques will include sun-clast and anti-clast forming, spiculums (hollow tubes) and light fold forming. These are the same techniques, that when applied in larger scale are used to create bowls or vessels, so once you learn the techniques, only your imagination will limit your designs!
Jody brings 25 years of experience as a studio jewelry artist to this instruction, specializing in syn-cast, anti-clast and spiculum formed jewelry for the last 15 years.
Even if you are a relative beginner to making jewelry, this class will catapult your designs! The only prerequisite is that you are comfortable with a torch and hammer.
THIS CLASS IS COMPLETED, CONTACT ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE PRIVATE INSTRUCTION OR TO HAVE ME COME TO YOUR AREA TO TEACH.
I also offer the following for both private and institutional settings of your choice.
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BASIC FABRICATION - 2 - 5 day workshops available.
This is a beginners 101 class. Learn how to cut, saw, pierce and solder. The 3 day workshop is a class to learn the basics, not for making a finished piece, although you may. Extending it to a 5 day workshop will include at least one finished piece of jewelry.
ENGINEERING A SETTING FOR ALMOST ANYTHING
An exquisite stone or object needs a creative setting to show it's best features. In this workshop, you’ll learn to make a setting that is designed for a particular and individual stone or object, whether it be a calibrated stone a free form that you found in nature. The key to setting a stone is with good craftsmanship, and well-finished setting, following the stones individual geometric circumference. In this class, you will learn design concepts surrounding the creation of a setting for a stone or object of your choice, using fine silver bezel wire or silver wire. The setting will also be determined by your own design vision. You do not need to be a pro to learn this technique, but the class will leave you becoming one.
Bring almost any stone or object of your desire, to the class and you will learn to engineer a setting for it. Nearly any small object can be used in a piece of jewelry. Let your creativity run wild!
CONNECTIONS - 3 day
Develop your your jewelry fabrication skills in this workshop and learn solutions to connecting separate components. Design and create a ring or pendant. Students draw their project first and we will discuss the necessary steps to completion before beginning. Learn to make bezel settings for unusually shaped stones, add hinges or solder components together to form a completed piece. Students may choose to make a ring, pendant, earrings, or a bracelet in this workshop. A minimum of beginning metal smith skills are required for this course.
HOLLOW FORMING - 2 day
In this class students will learn both syn-clast and and anti-clast hollow forming. Shell forming and spiculum forming. You will leave the class with samples of different ways in which to form metal. This is not a class to make a finished piece of jewelry. The techniques can be used in jewelry or sculpture. Advanced skills in jewelry making are not necessary for this class, although helpful. Comfort using a jewelers torch is however, essential.
SETTING UP YOUR NEW WORK SPACE STUDIO
If you are just starting out and ready to set up a jewelry fabrication workshop, I am available for consultation on an hourly basis. Give me a call and I can help you set it up for best function.