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Jan Term: Intro to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition with Jamie Halpern – G230114

This is a hands-on seminar covering the basics of making silver jewelry and lapidary with stones and shell. It is designed for beginners and those more advanced, as well as an intro to the history of Southwest jewelry making and design and its role in the culture and economy of the Southwest. Jewelry-making has a long history in Southwest culture, especially among the Navajo, Hopi, and other Pueblo peoples. The making and selling of silver and stone jewelry continue to be a vital part of Southwest art and culture.

Class participants will spend three weeks at beautiful Ghost Ranch in its well-equipped silversmithing studio with master teachers and guest artists. Participants will have the chance to interact with other sIlver artists from the area, tour museum collections, and engage with native artists in the historic Santa Fe Plaza where artisans have been selling for generations.

Students will learn a variety of silversmithing techniques – sawing and soldering, overlay, bezel setting, stone cutting and polishing, channel inlay, tufa casting, stamping plus others- and will leave the seminar with numerous pieces of wearable and sellable art of their own.

This workshop will also feature guest instructor Steve Wikviya LaRance.

Please Note: Class fees do not include the purchase of silver used in class. Silver can be purchased from Ghost Ranch at market prices, or students can bring their own. All other tools and supplies are provided. Students should expect to spend between $50 – $200 for silver purchases.


  • $4,052 Dorm-style lodging – single occupancy-restroom outside your room $1,368, $1,800 tuition, $200 materials fee, $684 meals package
  • $4,584 Private bath lodging – single occupancy $1,900, $1,800 tuition, $200 materials fee, $684 meals package
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  • Jamie Halpern
    Jamie Halpern

    Jamie Halpern is an accomplished silversmith, lapidary artist and metalsmith instructor. His work reflects southwestern art and jewelry-making styles and is influenced by travels throughout the United States, the South Pacific and Europe. Working with silver and colorful semi-precious stones through metal fabrication and inlay, and through his teachings with beginning and advanced jewelry students and artists, Jamie celebrates creativity and personal exploration and nurtures artistic expression. His jewelry is sold through private commissions. He has taught silversmithing and lapidary art at Ghost Ranch for a number of years to rave reviews and testaments to how professional pieces can be crafted with focused time. Examples of Jamie’s work can be found at: Jehalpernjewelry.com.

  • Steve Wikviya LaRance
    Steve Wikviya LaRance

    Steve Wikviya LaRance is an acclaimed artist of Hopi descent. He has studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe NM. He has exhibited his work and won numerous awards at some of the most prestigious Native American Art shows in the nation including The Heard Museum Indian Market (Phoenix, AZ), Eiteljorg Museum Native Arts Market ( Indianapolis, IN), National Museum of the American Indian ( Washington DC) and the Santa Fe Indian Market.

    His work is on exhibit at many prestigious institutions — in the Arizona State Museum (Tucson, AZ), Linden Museum ( Stuttgart, Germany), Museum of Indian Arts & Culture ( Santa Fe, NM), National Museum of Turkmenistan ( Ashgabat, Turkmenistan), among others.

    Mr. LaRance creates unique one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces utilizing the Tufa Cast technique originating from the metal smiths of the Native Southwest. This casting technique uses the volcanic Tufa stone found in the region. The tufa serves as the mold in which creative designs are carved by hand into the tufa. Molten silver is then poured or cast into the tufa molds to create beautifully textured artistic creations in jewelry.

    Steve’s work is found in many private and public collections throughout the world. Please join Steve in this artistic journey


Jan 03 - 23 2023


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