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Mementos in Silver – G201022

Workshop ID: G201022
Dates: October 11 - October 17
Price: $775.00 - $1,540.00

For as long as humans have been honoring their loved ones and significant life events, they have been making and wearing jewelry as a way to honor and remember. Jewelry can take the form of a simple ring or pendant with a person’s name and date of birth or death, or it can be more elaborate with precious or semi-precious stones, perhaps incorporating personal elements, items from other jewelry, or repurposed objects of significance. This class will teach basic and advanced silversmithing skills and their application in the making of mementos to honor significant people and life events. Participants will experience hands-on work in jewelry fabrication (sawing, soldering, cold-connections), stone setting, and lapidary in the construction of wearable pieces of art that has personal significance. Materials will include class-provided sterling silver and semi-precious stones, and personal objects brought by class participants. Class participants will leave with finished pieces of jewelry art to wear or give to loved ones to help remember and celebrate important life events.

Ghost Ranch is a place of beauty and serenity that nurtures the creative spirit and promotes reflection. The fully-equipped Ghost Ranch jewelry studio provides an opportunity to learn the skills and techniques of silver jewelry-making in an awe-inspiring location with a long history in the creative arts. The studio is equipped with all the needed tools, supplies and equipment. Students may bring their own hand-tools, stones and silver supplies if wished. Students are encouraged to bring personal items that they may wish to incorporate or repurpose into new jewelry pieces. Silver used in class projects may be purchased at the Ranch studio at market prices. Please note that the cost of silver is NOT included in the class fee and will likely cost $75 – $150 for the week. All other supplies and materials are included as part of class fees. Interested persons are encouraged to contact Ghost Ranch and the class instructor for more information.


Package Price
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Communal Bath$1,195.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - No Meals$850.00
Camping w/Electricity & RV - Meals$1,055.00
Camping - No Meals$785.00
Camping - Meals$990.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Shared Bath$1,465.00
All Inclusive, Double Occupancy: Private Bath$1,540.00
Jamie Halpern

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

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 for rooms with communal bath, $100 per night for rooms with private or shared bath 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. For more information or if you would like to attend this workshop, but do not need lodging, please call the Registrar's Office at 505.685.1017 ext 4155 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Sunday–Friday, 8:00 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 505.685.1017 or toll-free at 877.804.4678 — available Thursdays - Mondays, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. MST.
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