The basics of Southwest silversmithing are learned best in the inspiring environment of Ghost Ranch. Experience expert instruction and hours of hands-on work; designing, sawing, soldering, stone setting, finishing. Create your own designs in beautiful silver and take, or better yet, WEAR, them home. This course is for both beginning and experienced participants from the age of 14 on up.
|All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath||$1,540.00|
|All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath||$1,465.00|
|All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath||$1,195.00|
|Rio Arriba Commuter||$675.00|
Jamie Halpern is a silversmith and lapidary artist and jewelry instructor. His work demonstrates a deep appreciation for Southwestern arts and jewelry-making styles and has been influenced by extensive travels throughout the United States. He
Susie Sawin is an artist, dentist, and mom. She started her study of silversmithing and lapidary arts under the wonderful instruction of Dale Smith and Judith Foster here at Ghost Ranch. Over the past 8
Download and Print Welcome Letter: Halpern – Beginning Silversmithing
Instructor: Jamie Halpern
Start Date: 7/7/19, End Date: 7/13/19
Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 7/7/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm
Invitation: I am very excited to introduce you to southwest-style silversmithing. The fully equipped Ghost Ranch Silversmith Studio provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn the basic skills and techniques of silver jewelry-making in a beautiful location with a long history in the creative arts. Ghost Ranch is a place of beauty and serenity that nurtures the creative spirit.
This is a hands-on course in learning the basics of silver jewelry-making and stone-setting. Techniques are demonstrated but learning comes from actually doing the work. Studio work will be supplemented by demonstrations and discussions and guest artists. Students will learn to safely use the basic tools of silversmithing and will leave with multiple pieces of wearable jewelry art and a discovery of their own creative potential.
Learning Outcomes: Students will learn basic skills needed to construct silver jewelry: sawing, soldering, stone-setting, and polishing/finishing, to safely use silvermaking tools: saws, torches, hammers, rolling mill, flex shaft, sanding belts, grinding and polishing wheels. Students will acquire confidence in their creative abilities and skills, will learn about the history and styles of southwest jewelry-making, and create wearable and sellable jewelry art
Schedule: The class schedule is 9-noon and 1-3:30, Monday through Friday. For those who are interested, the studio will also be open in the late afternoon and evenings, though participation in other Ranch activities is also encouraged. Ghost Ranch is a wonderful place to visit with many things to do and many places to explore!
Instructor Information: 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 and he has taught silversmithing and lapidary art at Ghost Ranch for a number of years.
that our workshop price structure packages your tuition, course materials, lodging and meals together in a single rate. Prices are presented for each of the types of lodging available for the workshop you select. Some art workshops will have an additional list of course materials and supplies that can be purchased or you will be asked to bring with you.
- Note: Some courses (especially studio courses and plein air painting courses) can carry an additional material list or expense.
All rates are Per Person, Double Occupancy
unless otherwise specified. Single Occupancy:
Single occupancy rooms may be reserved for an additional $50 per night when space is available. The fee will be charged when space is confirmed. Single occupancy lodging is generally not available during June and July. If you are a single person and do not specify a roommate, a roommate of the same gender will be assigned to share your lodging space or you can request the single occupancy and be charged the supplement of an additional $50 per night (based on availability).
For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1001
ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678
— available Sunday
, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
Three ways to register:
- Download printable registration form and mail to: Ghost Ranch Registrar, 280 Private Drive 1708, Abiquiu, NM 87510. OR scan and email your completed form to: registrar@GhostRanch.org
- Register by telephone at 505.685.1001 or 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678, ext. 4155 or ext. 4121 — available Monday-Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. MST.