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Introduction to Silver and Stone – G191022

Workshop ID: G191022
Dates: October 6 - October 12
Price: $675.00 - $1,195.00

Single supplement is not available for this retreat. The only thing better than wearing beautiful silver jewelry is to make it yourself. Learn the basics of silversmithing and experience the colors of a Ghost Ranch autumn. Hands on work in design, sawing, soldering, stone-setting and finishing is included. Guest instructors possible. ALL levels welcome.


Package Price
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


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Introduction to Silver and Stone

Instructor: Jamie Halpern

Start Date: 10/6/19, End Date: 10/12/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 10/6/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: Learn basic and advanced 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.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 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.

Learning Outcomes: Students will be produce several wearable pieces of jewelry, demonstrating their understanding and command of the jewelry-making process from sawing and soldering, bezel-construction and stone-stetting. Students will learn proper use of silversmith tools and equipment and how to maintain safety for themselves and others in a studio environment.

Course Schedule: The class schedule is 9 – noon and afternoons from 1:00 – 3:30, M – F. For those who are interested, the studio will also remain open late afternoons and evenings, though participation in other Ghost Ranch activities is encouraged. Ghost Ranch is a wonderful place with many things to do and places to explore.

Instructor Background: 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. He jewelry is sold through private commissions and he has taught silversmithing and lapidary art at Ghost Ranch for a number of years.

Provided Materials: The studio is equipped with all the needed tools, stones, supplies and equipment for class projects. 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 Ghost Ranch studio at market prices. Students should expect to spend between $50 – $150 on silver for the week – this cost is NOT included in the class fee.

FAQs: Q: Can absolute beginners take this class? A: Yes, this class is for beginners and students with previous experience. Students will be taught basic skills in use of silversmith projects, and advance instruction in stone setting and fabrication.

Q: What kinds of projects will be made in class? A: Students will be able to choose among several projects. Students may make pendants, earrings, rings, bracelets, and bolo ties, depending on their interests.

Testimonials: “I just wanted to say thank you for teaching me so much. I learned so much and I’m so grateful I got this opportunity. On the first day of class, I honestly believed that I would never be able to make anything. Thank you for giving me the tools to succeed and thank you for having so much patience with me. This entire experience is something that I’ll treasure for the rest of my life.”

Recommended Resources: There are many books available in the Ghost Ranch studio and 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

Please note 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 or 505.685.1001 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available SundayFriday8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.

Three ways to register:

  1. 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:
  2. 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.
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