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Levels: B = Beginner, I = Intermediate, A = Advanced

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Fabulous Fused Chains
October 1, 2016 (9am-4:30pm) — Want to learn to make chains using silver? Leslie will teach you how to make jump rings, use a hand torch to create fluid links and go on to create a large variety of chains that can be made into necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Chains are interesting to connect and create, to enjoy plain or paired with beads or your favorite pendant. All materials and tools will be provided for this class. Fee covers silver wire and use of tools. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Leslie Perrino
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $130
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Captured Druzy Pendant with Melissa Muir
October 1, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — In this fun workshop you’ll discover how to use a hydraulic press to create unique dimensional jewelry pieces. You’ll first form the piece on the hydraulic press then use techniques in piercing/sawing and soldering to capture a druzy or thin glass element in a pronged setting. Then you’ll design and construct a bail and secure all layers of the pendant with tube rivets. Prior experience with a jewelers saw is highly recommended, but not required – we’ll help you get comfortable with this essential jewelers tool. And you will be amazed by the form, beauty, and dimension you can create with a hydraulic press! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Melissa Muir
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $199 (all materials included)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

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Introduction to Sand Casting with Melissa Muir
October 2, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Sand Casting is a fun and easy way to replicate pieces without having an expensive casting set up. In this fun one day workshop, you’ll be introduced to a simple method of casting that can be done easily with a hardware store torch – no need for a dual tank torch, although it can easily be done with a mixed fuel system. We will also experiment with various finishing techniques, including an introduction to the JoolTool. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Melissa Muir
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $225 (all materials included)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

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Intermediate Level
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Soldered Silver Shield Earrings
October 8, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Use basic fabrication and soldering skills to craft these sterling silver "Shield" earrings. Learn the basics of soldering with multi temperature silver solder. The basic earring shape will be cut out using a saw blade/frame. The metal will be textured using metal design stamps. Micro butane torches will be used for soldering. Professional finishing using motorized tools and polishing tips will be emphasized. This project was featured on the cover of the September issue of Art Jewelry (2011). Fee includes sterling silver sheet, round and square silver wire and solder. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Kay Rashka
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $150
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Intermediate Level
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Ancient and Contemporary Chainmaking
October 10-12, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Explore ancient and contemporary chain fabrication techniques in this workshop. Using argentium sterling silver and fine silver, you will learn how to produce single loop-in-loop, center-ball, and side-weave chains, all completed with a simple “s” hook clasp. To ensure success, Cora will provide group demonstrations and individual guidance throughout the process of creating each chain. You will use the equipment in the studio and all materials will be available for purchase from Cora. Students of all ability levels can master these chain techniques. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Instructor: Cora Acor
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $345, Non-Members: $375
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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Semi-Precious Jewelry with Abigail Houff
October 13, 2016 (6-9pm) — Local artisan, Abigail Houff, leads you through the creation of delicate jewelry with semi-precious stones. Students will have the chance to exhibit their personality through a piece of handcrafted jewelry. Abigail’s philosophy of bringing a heightened sense of beauty to whomever is wearing one of her pieces makes her caché of jewelry stand out. Now you will have a chance to learn how she brings this positive intention to her craft. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Abigail Houff, www.gildedpeach.com
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
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Alternative Surfaces for Jewelry
October 16-17, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Students will work with a variety of unique surfaces, patinas, embossing, colored pencils and more. Students will also incorporate found items into the jewelry, allowing the pieces to become narrative and personal. A variety of cold connections techniques will be used, including rivets, eyelets, brads nuts and bolts and wire connections, instead of soldering to assemble the pieces. Students will use copper and brass sheet metal for accent. Students are encouraged to bring their budding ideas, and small personal found objects to discover the endless options for assembling and connecting. The goal is to find unique designs and approaches and use personal expression to create the jewelry. Students will learn a vast number of new and alternative approaches to surface design and construction. Visit website


Location: Coupeville, WA
Instructor: Mary Hettmansperger, www.maryhetts.com
Sponsor: Pacific Northwest Art School
Cost: $343
Email: Pacific Northwest Art School
Phone: 360-678-3396, Toll-Free: 1-866-678-3396

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Advanced Level

Polymer Clay Floral Dreamscapes
October 17-22, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Learn about color, caning, and sculpting in this 6-day intermediate/advanced polymer clay workshop co-taught by Carol Simmons (a colorist and caner) and Maureen Carlson (a sculptor). This workshop was originally a follow-up to Carol’s Kaleidoscope Bracelet and Master Cane Workshops. Students who haven’t taken one of these workshops must be experienced in creating and modifying Skinner blends and proficient in cane construction. We will use very thin slices of polymer clay canes to construct multi-layered, fantasy flowers with interchangeable parts. These components will be combined with sculptural forms to enhance the presentation of the flowers. At week’s end combine your creations into a unique tabletop sculpture, piece of wall art, or wearable art. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Carol Simmons and Maureen Carlson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $650
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Intermediate Level
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Casting Small Pewter Charms, Pendants
October 22, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn how to make your own cast pewter charms or pendants with metal smith Eric Donaldson. Working with pewter is very easy. You can make castings at home in your kitchen or garage, once you know how to work with this wonderful, soft metal. Eric will show you how to create your own original, reusable molds from simple materials, how to heat the pewter, how to pour the molds, how to finish the castings. Purchase pewter from Eric for $5-$10 and you will be able to make several charms or pendants from a small amount. Your bracelets, necklaces, and key chains will be jingling and jangling. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Eric Donaldson
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $105
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Intermediate Level
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Stonehenge Jewelry with Richard Salley
October 28, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Stonehenge Jewelry, a one day workshop designed to show you the hidden potential in your silver scrap bin. Forget about perfection, learn to break the rules, and embrace fused, forged, funky jewelry. In just one day, using your own scrap silver, you’ll make fabulous pieces with no solder, no flux, no fooling! And the earrings, rings and bracelets that emerge will amaze you. One day is all you need to be equipped with primitive techniques that are surprisingly well-suited to the work of the modern jeweler. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Richard Salley
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $189 (all tools and some materials included)
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Hinged Ketoh Bracelet with Richard Salley
October 29 & 30, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — We’ll spend two days creating the Hinged Ketoh Bracelet, a show-stopping leather and sterling cuff inspired by wrist guards worn by Navajo Indian archers to protect their forearms from the snap of their bowstrings. You’ll fabricate hinges, caps and stone settings for a one-of-a-kind leather and sterling silver cuff you’ll be proud to wear. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Richard Salley
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $429 All tools and materials included!
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Fine Silver Rings in A Day
October 29, 2016 (9am-5pm) — Create your own unique .999 pure silver ring using Precious Metal Clay Silver (PMC), and wear it home. Learn the techniques to size, form, refine, embellish, and set a fire-in-place stone into your ring. Make your ring as plain or glitzy as you wish, with or without a stone. After it’s fired and polished, you can leave it bright silver or add patina. You’ll also learn to torch fire PMC. If you have clay left over from your ring, you can make earrings or charms and torch fire those. Included: PMC silver clay, appropriate stone, and use of tools and disposables. Extra PMC available for purchase. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $144
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Torch Fired Glass Enamel on Copper
October 29, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Light up your life with a flame work glass enameling class. No experience necessary. You'll learn torch fired glass enameling techniques including counter enameling, vertical surface enameling, and sgraffito. Julie will demo sheet metal fabrication, shaping and will have on hand several precut shapes of copper metal shapes for you to chose from. You'll be the artist choosing your colors and designs. Extra materials including gemstones will be on hand to enhance your finished design. Your final piece will be made into earrings or a pendant. Included: glass enamels, torch and fuel to use in class, tools for use during class, wire for earrings or head pins, four copper shapes. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $155
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Combine Metal Clay and Traditional Metal Work
October 30, 2016 (9am-5pm) — In the morning you will create your fine silver focal piece with Precious Metal Clay, forming, drying and firing your piece to be ready to rivet it to copper sheet metal in the afternoon to create a pendant. After lunch you will be introduced to some basic metal working techniques including texturing copper sheet with hammers, riveting, finishing edges and applying patina. You will then rivet your PMC piece or pieces to your textured copper sheet and take home a finished piece of jewelry! Fee includes 9 grams of fine silver clay, copper sheet metal, rivets, and any disposables necessary. Chain, ear wires and hooks may be purchased directly from the instructors. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Sherry Viktora and Deb Donaghue
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $138
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

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Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Layered and Riveted
November 4, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Join metals instructor Gwen Youngblood for a one day workshop exploring creative riveting techniques. We’ll begin with a discussion of design opportunities then dive into cutting, shaping, and texturing metals. Then we’ll use tubes and rivets to embellish our elements before we combine them into a dimensional, elevated pendant. We’ll finish our project with a knotted leather cord. Come get your hammer on and join us for a day of metal fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 + Material cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Riveted Leather Watch
November 5 & 6, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Ever wanted to add leather to your bag of tricks? We did too! Inspired by recent workshops with artist Lisa Barth, metals instructor Gwen Youngblood has reinvented her classic riveted watch workshop in this two-day class combining metal and leather. Starting with plain pieces of metal and a few tools, you’ll create textured and embellished metal components, then you’ll cut, stamp, dye and finish raw leather for a unique watchband. You’ll finish by combining all the elements to create a one-of-a-kind watch cuff. You’ll have plenty of dye colors to choose from, and they can be layered and combined, so no two watches will be the same. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $149 + Material Cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Intermediate Level

Hollow Box Bead Necklace
November 11, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Take your metal skills to the next level with this organic and unusual necklace. We’ll use patterned and plain sterling silver sheet to construct a hollow box, then add connectors to embellish it with a collection of beads, charms, and textiles. We’ll employ a variety of hand finishing techniques to keep the look rustic and top it off with an intricate leather knot for interest. Please note: This is an intermediate workshop, and you should be comfortable with soldering and use of a jeweler’s saw. Students without the requisite experience may not be able to finish their project in class. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 + Material cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Free Form Beading with Margo Ellis
November 12, 2016 (10am-4pm) — Join local textile and bead artist Margo Ellis to create free form seed and bead bracelets. Ellis will also teach different bead weaving techniques so participants can continue to create on their own. Visit website


Location: Key West, FL
Instructor: Margo Ellis
Sponsor: The Studios of Key West
Email: The Studios of Key West
Phone: 305-296-0458

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Intermediate Level
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Dichroic Bling Beads and Art Jewelry
November 12-13, 2016 (Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-1pm) — Create hand made glass beads AND create one-of-a-kind beaded art jewelry. Day 1: create glass beads that glitter and sparkle with Dichroic glass. You will use two types of Dichroic glass - black opaque glass with Dichroic layers and clear Dichroic glass. You will be the artist choosing your colors. Day 2: create jewelry with your hand made glass beads. You’ll forge metal bead caps, make your own head pins, and assemble beads into beautiful one-of-a-kind necklaces and earrings. All tools, glass and materials provided. Extra Dichroic glass, sterling and fine silver, and gemstones will be available for purchase. Must have experience making beads with a torch. Visit website


Location: Mineral Point, WI
Instructor: Julie Lukosaitis
Sponsor: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
Cost: $260
Email: Megan Kulick
Phone: 608-987-3292

Beginner Level

Rustic Color: A Torch-Fired Enameled Necklace
November 19, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — This fast-paced, hands on beginner workshop will begin by introducing you to the magic of roll printing patterns on copper sheet. Then we’ll punch up the impact by using the heat of a torch to coax incredible color from simple white enamel – you won’t believe the effects you get with just this one color! We’ll finish by creating a simple sterling silver tab setting, embellished with a chunky stone drop and a knotted leather cord. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 + Material cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Patinations
November 20, 2016 (9am-4pm) — Learn the techniques and materials used to create patinas particularly applicable to sculpture: bronze, verdigris, alabaster and terra cotta. Demonstrations, lectures and hands-on practice will provide a good starting point for students to explore different ways of presenting a finished surface. Visit website


Location: Philadelphia, PA
Instructor: Clarissa Shanahan, www.clarissashanahan.com
Sponsor: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Cost: $135
Email: Continuing Education Dept.
Phone: 215-972-7632

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Micro Shell Forming with Andrea Harvin-Kennington!
December 2-4, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Shell forming is the art of using precisely placed hammer blows to raise, form and shape flat metal into curved, undulating, and dimensional organic shapes. Micro shell forming is the same art on a jewelry scale, creating beautiful components which – together or alone – add dimension and depth to your handcrafted jewelry designs. This workshop is perfect for jewelry makers of all levels, even if you’ve never worked with metal before! In this three day intensive workshop, master metalsmith Andrea Harvin-Kennington will walk us step-by-step through the magic of raising flat metal into fantastic small shapes using handcrafted Micro Shell Forming Tools from NC BLACK Co. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Andrea Harvin-Kennington!
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $499
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

The Big Ass Ring
December 9, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — You asked for it, so here it is: the Big Ass Ring is back! This fast-paced one day workshop will have you cutting, stamping, soldering and forming sterling silver wire and sheet into a one-of-a-kind setting for a gorgeous statement ring. You’ll learn how to size and solder a ring band, create a bezel from scratch, and set a stone using age-old techniques with a modern twist. If you’re interested in taking your metalsmithing skills to the next level, this is a don’t-miss workshop. (Please note: This is an advanced beginner workshop. Students without prior soldering experience may not be able to finish their project in class.) Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Francesca Watson
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 + Material cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Wire Essentials for the Jewelry Maker
December 10, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Looking to add wirework to your bag of tricks? Want to learn to create uniform loops and links? Tired of using manufactured findings? This is the class for you! Bend, twist, form and embellish wire to create all the elements for this necklace and earrings set. Variations for ear wires and clasps will be explored. You will be the boss of the wire in no time! At The Makery, we provide all tools and materials as part of your materials fee, so all you need to do is show up ready for fun! Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 + Material cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Beginner Level
Intermediate Level

Wire Wrapping the Stone: Wrapped Cabochons
December 17, 2016 (9:30 AM - 5:00 PM) — Are you looking for a way to show-off all those beautiful cabochons in your collection? Wire wrapping is a great way to create one-of-a-kind pieces with those special stones. In just one day, metals instructor Gwen Youngblood will show you the fundamental techniques necessary to securely and attractively combine wire and undrilled stones using your best tools – your hands! – and a few extra odds and ends. You’ll will take home at least one pendant – so be sure to bring a cord or necklace with you to class. Visit website


Location: Bulverde, TX
Instructor: Gwen Youngblood
Sponsor: The Makery
Cost: $99 + Material cost
Email: Francesca Watson
Phone: 830.980.9089

Intermediate Level
Advanced Level

Residency on the Greek Island of Skopelos
March - November — The residency lasts 2 weeks - 2 months and is designed for the artist that wants to not only develop their work but also interact and be inspired by the Greek culture. Applications must be submitted and approved by our board of directors. The studio is set high on the hill overlooking the Aegean Sea and the neighboring island of Alonissos. Typically artists have transformative experiences in Skopelos and at SkopArt. Visit website


Location: Skopelos, Greece
Sponsor: The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts
Cost: Starting at $500
Email: Jill Somer
Phone: 40 24240 24143

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Intermediate Level
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Community Open Studios
Thru April (Tuesday-Saturday) — Make room for your creativity this winter. This is the time we open our light-filled, generously appointed studios to individuals and groups in search of a space for self-directed creativity. Some groups have even made it an annual tradition! You're free to utilize special equipment like potter's wheels, jewelry torches, an etching press, or substantial easels for large-scale work. If you have special equipment or studio needs, please let us know ahead of time. Shared studio space is available for rent Tuesday through Saturday. Enjoy the luxury of an expansive workspace without having to set up or take down your materials during the continuous length of your rental. Other amenities include unlimited complementary hot coffee in our Guenzel Gallery and full kitchen privileges. Visit website


Location: Fish Creek, WI
Sponsor: Peninsula School of Art
Cost: Members: $15 per day, $65 for 5 days, $120 for 10 days
Email: Peninsula School of Art
Phone: (920) 868-3455

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