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Silver and Lapidary Open Studio: advanced Studio – G190734

Workshop ID: G190734
Dates: July 21 - July 27
Price: $675.00 - $1,540.00

Enjoy open use of the silver studio, with the option to receive advanced smithing and lapidary coaching. Intended for students with basic silversmithing skills who ish to create independently. Studio time will be supplemented with demos, discussions and guest instructors.


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


Download and Print Welcome Letter: Halpern – Open Studio

Silver and Lapidary Open Studio

Instructor: Jamie Halpern

Start Date: 7/21/19, End Date: 7/27/19

Check-In Begins at 3:00pm at the Welcome Center on 7/21/19. Dinner 5:30 – 6:30; Orientation 6:45 pm

Invitation: The fully-equipped Ghost Ranch jewelry studio provides a wonderful opportunity for experienced students to engage in silver jewelry-making in a beautiful location. Ghost Ranch is a place of beauty and serenity that nurtures the creative spirit with a lengthy history in the creative arts. 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.This class offers open use of the Ghost Ranch silversmith and lapidary jewelry studio, with optional silversmith and lapidary coaching and instruction. The class is for students who already have basic silversmith skills and wish to work independently. Studio work will be supplemented by demonstrations, discussions. Students will leave the class with wearable jewelry art.

Course Schedule: The studio will be staffed by a silversmith instructor from 9-noon and 1-3:30, Monday through Friday. For those who are interested in additional studio hours, 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.

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 fully equipped with all 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 and/or silver they would like to use, please bring them along, too. NOTE: Students may purchase silver for use in the class from the Ghost Ranch studio at market prices. Students should expect to spend between $50 – $150, or more, on silver for the week and this cost is NOT included in the class fee.

What to Bring: The Ghost Ranch silversmith studio is fully equipped with all needed tools and supplies. Students may bring their own hand-tools, projects, stones/rough rock, and silver supplies to work on in class. NOTE: Silver will be available for purchase at the Ghost Ranch studio at market prices. Students should also bring clothes to get dirty, and closed-toe shoes for safety. Please consult the Ghost Ranch website for additional information about recommended clothing and supplies for ranch activities.

FAQs: Q: Can beginners take this class? A: This is a class for persons who already have basic silversmith experience.

Q: Will teaching be provided during class? A: While no formal curriculum will be taught during class, an experienced silversmith instructor will be present during class hours to provide instruction and coaching and demonstrations.

Q: Do I need to bring my own projects to work on? A: Not necessary as the studio is fully equipped and new jewelry projects can be suggested by the instructor.

Testimonials: “Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and for making the Ghost Ranch experience such a wonderfully memorable one!”

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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