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Beginning Silversmithing – G190714

Workshop ID: G190714
Dates: July 7 - July 13
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

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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.


Package Price
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
Camping RV$835.00
Camping w/Electricity$795.00
Rio Arriba Commuter$675.00
Jamie Halpern

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

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


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Course Name: Beginning Silversmithing

Start date: Sunday, July 7, 2019
End date: Saturday, July 13, 2019

Check In:
Registration begins at 3 PM at the Welcome Center
Dinner is at 5:30 PM in the Dining Hall
Class Orientation is at 6:45 PM, July 7, in the Agape Center
All-Ranch Student Art Show is Friday, July 12

Course Overview: 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. Problem solving is a significant part of this learning process. Studio work will be supplemented by demonstrations and discussions and perhaps some guest instructors. Students will learn to safely use the basic tools of silversmith work. Students will leave with multiple pieces of wearable jewelry art and a discovery of their own creative potential!

I am very excited to have the opportunity to introduce students 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 in everyone it touches.

General Workshop Hours: The class schedule is 9-noon and 1-3:30. For those who are interested, the studio will also be open in the late afternoon and evening, 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!

Supply List: The studio is fully equipped with all the needed tools, supplies and equipment. Students may bring their own hand tools if they have them, but please make sure they are labeled with the student’s name. If students have stones or silver supplies they would like to use, please bring them along, too. Students will be required to purchase the silver they use in the class; we will have all the needed sliver available for purchase at the studio. PLEASE NOTE: Students should expect to spend between $50 – $150 on silver for the week – and this cost is NOT included in the class fee.

Students should also bring clothing that can get dirty, and closed-toe shoes for safety.

Recommended Resources: There are many books available in the library or on-line that illustrate southwest-style jewelry and jewelry construction techniques. Two excellent books to look for are: The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight and Indian Jewelry Making by Oscar T. Branson

Instructor Contact Information: Jamie Halpern is a silversmith and lapidary artist and jewelry instructor. This will be his 9th year teaching at Ghost Ranch, learning my craft from Roger Wilbur, Dale Smith and Judith Foster many years ago. Susie Sawin, another accomplished silversmith and Ghost Ranch alumni, will be co-teaching with Jamie. If you have any questions you are welcome to e-mail Jamie at .

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