You can't use creativity up - the more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou
Do you have a fascination with jewellery making? Whether you are just beginning or have already ventured into jewellery making, your confidence will increase as you learn the fundamentals of jewellery design and fabrication. This workshop is intended for beginner and intermediate metal smiths who wish to build foundations in metal fabrication and explore aesthetics and functional considerations of body adornment.
This workshop offers an introduction to the fundamentals of jewellery design and fabrication. Using traditional and improvised hand tools students, will acquire foundational skills such as filing, sawing, drilling, piercing, forming, hammering, texturing, soldering, and annealing.
Important considerations in jewellery design such as aesthetics, comfort and wearability, fit, form, and function will be explored.
Whether you have little experience but lots of creative curiosity, or have already tried you hand at jewellery fabrication, this workshop can take you a step further. Students will design and create at least one piece of jewellery, such as a ring, a pendant, earrings or a bracelet or a project of their choosing, using sterling silver, copper and brass.
Jewellery design fundamentals
Proper use and care of hand tools
Sawing, piercing, drilling, shaping, hammering, fusing, texturing, soldering and annealing.
Making improvised tools for specific purposes
Creation of at least one beautiful, wearable piece of jewellery!
Prerequisites There are no prerequisites for this class. Those with an interest in jewellery but with no experience are more than welcome. Those with past experience in jewellery-making & silversmithing with have opportunity to practice and advance their skills under an master silversmith.
Date: Tuesday, Aug. 6th – Friday, Aug. 9th
Tuition: $580 Includes:
Early Bird Course Tuition $445
20 Hours of Course Time
Material & Equipment Fee of $135
Daily “Boreal Bites”
An unforgettable experience
Inclusive Price: $580 – $1030 Inclusive Price varies based on chosen meal plan & accommodation during your time at forestART. See FAQ’s for more info.
I use the human form as a starting point for creating wearable art, which is jewellery at its best. My designs, expressed in precious metals and colourful gemstones, take inspiration from the natural world: its beauty, proportions and balance. In nature, nothing is superfluous; form and function spring from one another. Using both classical and modern techniques, I create works that attempt to achieve the intricate simplicity that is so evident in nature. I believe that jewellery acts a personal language and can speak on many levels to both the wearer and the observer.
I have been a full time jewellery designer/maker for 40 years. An early
interest in jewellery led me to an apprenticeship in Rome for three years with Italian goldsmiths. I have enjoyed self-directed development since then, with specialized studies at jewellery institutes in New York and San Francisco.
No, this class will accommodate all levels, though some experience is helpful. This is a workshop about expanding your own practice, so I will help each person work at their own level. There is also a lot of cross-pollination as people learn from each other!
Of course! It will be so nice to walk away from the experience with some finished works! You will complete at least one piece of jewellery through the course, and perhaps more depending on size & complexity of your project.
We will have a beautiful sheltered jewellery workshop that has been used by jewellery makers from around the world! It is an open air space to allow in the forest inspiration from the surrounding nature. It’s always best to come prepared for the elements.
It’s choose your own adventure, with options to suit every budget! You can cook all your own meals, pay for lunches only, or get the full meal deal. You can camp with or without power, bunk in with some fellow artists in shared accommodation, or rent a private cabin.
Full Details on our Food & Accommodation Options can be found on the main forestART page or when you go to register!