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Mementos in Silver – G201022

For as long as humans have been honoring their loved ones and significant life events, they have been making and wearing jewelry as a way to honor and remember. Jewelry can take the form of a simple ring or pendant with a person’s name and date of birth or death, or it can be more elaborate with precious or semi-precious stones, perhaps incorporating personal elements, items from other jewelry, or repurposed objects of significance. This class will teach basic and advanced silversmithing skills and their application in the making of mementos to honor significant people and life events. Participants will experience hands-on work in jewelry fabrication (sawing, soldering, cold-connections), stone setting, and lapidary in the construction of wearable pieces of art that has personal significance. Materials will include class-provided sterling silver and semi-precious stones, and personal objects brought by class participants. Class participants will leave with finished pieces of jewelry art to wear or give to loved ones to help remember and celebrate important life events.
Ghost Ranch is a place of beauty and serenity that nurtures the creative spirit and promotes reflection. The fully-equipped Ghost Ranch jewelry studio provides an opportunity to learn the skills and techniques of silver jewelry-making in an awe-inspiring location with a long history in the creative arts. The studio is equipped with all the needed tools, supplies and equipment. Students may bring their own hand-tools, stones and silver supplies if wished. Students are encouraged to bring personal items that they may wish to incorporate or repurpose into new jewelry pieces. Silver used in class projects may be purchased at the Ranch studio at market prices. Please note that the cost of silver is NOT included in the class fee and will likely cost $75 – $150 for the week. All other supplies and materials are included as part of class fees. Interested persons are encouraged to contact Ghost Ranch and the class instructor for more information.
Please note that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate.

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While we all love the familiar and take comfort in what we know, life is also about taking chances and experiencing the new...expanding horizons. You may think you recognize this collection of workshops as many of the instructors are old friends but take a closer look. Every one of these offerings is unique for the ranch and for this year. So, come, delve into new clay finishes, sketch off the beaten path, weave a different pattern, and celebrate being you. Come home to the familiar and try something expansive.

During this Covid-19 Pandemic Period, full refunds will be given as requested for workshops scheduled through May. This period may be extended or refunds considered per request. Please consider leaving your funds on deposit for another Ghost Ranch workshop or future stay. Or, consider donating a portion to help us through this unique business period.

Traditional Policy: Written notification must be received no later than 45 days prior to the start date of your workshop in order to receive a refund, minus a $100 processing charge. No refunds will be processed after that time. We reserve the right to announce a change in leadership or cancel any program 45 days prior to the first day of the workshop. In that event, you may transfer to another workshop without charge or we will refund the full workshop payment. Many participants have found it helpful to purchase travel insurance. This cancellation policy does not apply to January Term – see below.

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What day/time does the workshop start and end?

 Workshops always begin with check-in at 3:00 p.m. and a ranch orientation in the evening on the first date listed for the course and end at 10:00 a.m. with checkout on the last date listed..

What is double occupancy and single occupancy lodging?
  • All-inclusive rates include double occupancy lodging, meaning that we will have two participants per room in most cases.If you do not specify a roommate, you will be assigned a roommate of the same gender
  • In the off-season (late October-May), participants may choose to upgrade to single occupancy lodging for an additional $50 per night. Guarantee single occupancy lodging by paying the single occupancy upgrade.
  • During our busy summer seasons, late June-July and late September-early October, participants who register alone should expect to have a roommate assigned to their room. In some limited circumstances, a single occupancy upgrade will be available at $100 per night.
What is the difference between a room with private bath, a room with semi-private or shared bath, and a room with communal/dorm bath?
  • Private refers to the type of bathroom, not single occupancy
    • Private: There is a bathroom in that one room that is not shared between or with any other rooms.
    • Semi-private/shared: There is a bathroom in between two rooms that is shared by the occupants of the two rooms.
    • Communal/dorm: There is a communal bathroom/showers in the lodging building (or in a proximate building, for some upper mesa dorm rooms), and participants will need to exit their room to reach these facilities.


  • 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.


Oct 11 2020 - Oct 17 2020


Arrival & Departure Dates - Check-in & Check-out times
3:00 pm - 9:00 am


$775.00 - $1,540.00
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