Learn the basic skills of Southwest-style silversmithing in the Ghost Ranch jewelry studio. Experience hands-on work in sawing, soldering, stone-setting, and finishing beautify jewelry in an inspiring environment. Wearable (and sellable) pieces of art will be made. For beginning or experienced students. Serious-minded youth 14+ are welcome.
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 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.
The fully-equipped Ghost Ranch jewelry studio provides a wonderful opportunity for students to learn the 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. Silversmith students come away from this class with unimagined creations, a proud sense of accomplishment, and a personal connection to the arts of the Southwest.
The studio is equipped with all the needed tools, supplies and equipment. Students may bring their own hand-tools, stones, and silver supplies, if desired. Sliver will be used in class projects and can be purchased at the studio. Students should expect to spend between $50 – $150 on silver for the week ? this cost is NOT included in the class fee.
Learning Outcomes: – Students will learn basic skills needed to construct silver jewelry: sawing, soldering, stone-setting, and polishing/finishing – Students will learn to safely use silvermaking tools: saws, torches, hammers, rolling mill, foredom, sanding belts, grinding and polishing wheels – Students will acquire confidence in their creative abilities and skills – Students will learn about the history and styles of southwest jewelry-making – Students will create wearable and sellable jewelry art