This workshop is full. Please select another Ghost Ranch offering. Leave your name on the wait list for this year and to be contacted for next year’s offering. Jan Term Introduction to Silversmithing in the Southwest Tradition is both a hands-on course in the basics of making silver jewelry and lapidary with stones and shell, and in the history of Southwest jewelry-making and its role in the culture and economy of local families and communities. With a long history that emerged among the Navajo in the 1860s and the Zuni in the 1870s, the making, trading, and selling of silver stoned jewelry continues to be a vital part of Southwestern art and culture. In addition to time in the studio with a master teacher and guest artists, participants will interact with artisans from Santa Fe and the pueblos, tour museum collections, and visit the historic Santa Fe plaza where native makers have been selling their creations for generations. Leave the class with wearable and sellable jewelry of your own making.
Please Note: Class fees do not include the purchase of silver used in class. Silver can be purchased from Ghost Ranch at market prices, or students can bring their own. All other tools and supplies are provided. Students should expect to spend between $50 – $200 for silver purchases.