Jan Term Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition – G220112
Two spots have opened up. Jan Term Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition is both a hands-on course in the basics of making silver jewelry and lapidary with stones and shell, and in the history of Southwest jewelry-making and its role in the culture and economy of local families and communities. With a long history that emerged among the Navajo in the 1860s and the Zuni in the 1870s, the making, trading, and selling of silver stoned jewelry continue to be a vital part of Southwestern art and culture. In addition to time in the studio with master teachers and guest artists, participants will interact with artisans from Santa Fe and the pueblos, tour museum collections, and visit the historic Santa Fe plaza where native makers have been selling their creations for generations. Leave the class with wearable and sellable jewelry of your own making.
The class teaches a variety of jewelry-making processes such as sawing and soldering, bezel-making and stone-stetting, channel construction and curved stone setting for channel inlay, and tufa casting.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTE $1,000 ($3750 total cost) reserves your spot and is refundable, minus a $150 admin fee, up to December 3. Balance due, $2,750 also due December 3. Also, bring someone with you! The 2nd person sharing the same room receives a discount whether taking a course, joining in the service corps opportunity or coming as a non-participant.