What a year! From an empty room and a lot of scribbling on a notepad in October of 2018, we created a fully-equipped metals lab that over the last year has hosted 30 classes taught by 6 different teachers. We've held 14 open studio events, fielded a team of makers to the San Diego County Fair (winning over a dozen ribbons), developed our student base to over 140 and hosted 3 student sales. We also organized a Shop & Swap tool & materials fundraiser collecting $520 for the Jewish Family Services’ Downtown Migrant Center and we sponsored 4 blood drives, collecting 41 donations. Behind those numbers is an intangible that was actually our biggest goal - a friendly, metal arts community. Through births, deaths, accidents, illnesses and politics we've come together to help each other and, in the process, we've learned that the Lab is a lot of things to a lot of people. We're deeply grateful and humbled by the amazing support we've gotten to make this all happen. So here's hoping that 2020 brings you strong saw blades, powerful pickle, and clean solder seams. Happy New Year and thanks for watching!
To better accommodate our 9-5ers and folks needing childcare, we've added a new day and tweaked our schedule to offer more Saturday workshops. Our new Lab hours will be:
Morning 10-1 pm
Afternoon 2-5 pm
Evening 6-9 pm
Please note we close from 1-2pm and 5-9pm.
Morning 10-1 pm
Afternoon 2-5 pm
Note that we close from 1-2pm.
When planning your Open Lab time, do remember that holidays and special events can lead to closures so check our Calendar.
We had a wonderful turnout for our first Anneville Jewelry Lab Student Sale on Friday, June 7th. We were blessed with good weather and (thanks to Anne's swift action) a great location on a patio right near the Jewelry Lab. Our student artists created appealing displays of their own items and then worked together to quickly create an inviting, u-shaped exhibit that well represented the Lab as an organization. We were a bit concerned by the late-breaking detail that we'd have no electricity (gah!) but we gathered up our camping lights and bravely continued. Meanwhile, up in the Lab, Anne did some mokume gane patterning demos and we had a great time seeing old friends and meeting new ones. We were thrilled by a visit from our new instructor, Alexandra Hart as well as our dear friend Helen Shirk (each accompanied by their handsome beaus). It was great to see students from the lab and different classes coming together to meet for the first time. I'm so impressed by how much work and thoughtfulness everyone put in to making this event a success. Be sure to view our fun photos.
June 7th, 2019 • 5-9pm
Pop Up Market • Live Concerts • Craft Beer Garden
Our students are busily working on their Spring jewelry collections and we're super excited to be hosting our first Jewelry Lab Student Sale! Come meet our student makers and browse their beautiful, handmade jewelry & gifts in the outdoor bazaar. We'll also be open in the Lab where Anne Wolf will be doing live Japanese metalworking demos and you can even try your hand - just follow the sound of hammering upstairs in Barracks 15. Totally free and fun for the whole family. Live demos at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm. Get directions.
Pendant by Alyssa Ihle, pendant by Cindy McQuade, Mokume gane rings by Karen Rood and Karen working on a square wire bracelet in The Lab. Click any image for a larger view.
As Anne was preparing for SNAG (the Society of North American Goldsmiths annual conference), I finally had a chance to go through my photos and put together our first brochure. The primary job of any brochure is to clearly communicate one's offerings and carry the brand message, so that was my main goal. Conceptually, I really wanted to highlight the community that we're working to create here at the Jewelry Lab. To that end, I was thrilled with some of the photos I've been getting with our new Canon 80D and put them to good use (although several images are just iPhone 6 shots - can you tell which are which?). A third imperative was to make our brochure more than simply a marketing tool. We knew wanted to make it something fun and useful so people would want to put it right up on their studio wall, and I think we succeeded.
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.