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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.

See January Term Overview and other workshops offered during this three-week immersion period.


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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 - 24 2022


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