It's hard to believe, but we opened the doors of our jewelry metals co-work space and open lab a whole year ago! In that time we've cultivated a family of 120 active students and 5 instructors - all of whom bring their own wonderful ideas, questions and expertise to every class. Over the past 10 months we've hosted 25 classes, 3 visiting artist workshops and logged dozens of open lab hours. Our mailing list has steadily grown to over 600 contacts and we have tons of interesting photos, videos and tips & tricks to post our Instagram and Facebook feeds. There's so much going on it's hard to find the time to parse through it all! To celebrate we're throwing a joyful party in the style of Dia de Los Muertos with special music and refreshments, free door prizes for the first 30 visitors, and a free raffle with some really great prizes. The evening's highlight will be a special awards ceremony at 7pm. Really we're filled with gratitude for all of the amazing support we've gotten from our students, colleagues, friends and family. First Friday is Liberty Station's monthly open studio event so in addition to visiting us you can experience a projection-mapped labyrinth right outside our building, explore the Liberty Public Market, visit nearby shops and studios and catch live entertainment - all with easy parking. It's one of San Diego's premiere, free, family-friendly arts events. Bring a friend or make one here, either way we hope you'll help us celebrate our first year! Get details and directions.
Roughly 40 brave souls accepted the challenge to open EVERY drawer of the Toolbox of Terror at our October First Friday open studio. Not everyone who tried waw able to finish, but those who showed fortitude were richly rewarded. As each victim, er I mean guest, entered they were greeted by Ame or impromptu volunteer Jean and asked if they were ready to ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE. If they answered yes we led them over to the TOOLBOX OF TERROR and wished them good luck. We then retired across the room to listen to their screams (and a good amount of laughter at our cheesy display). Successful adventurers were rewarded with the choice of asking our extremely vintage Magic 8 Ball a question or consulting our Crystal Ball. Every visitor left with a goody from our treat basket - either candy or stickers. Continue on for photos and ... if you're brave enough ... view the TOOLBOX OF TERROR ITSELF!
We've pried open the crypt and invited a host of horrors out to play for First Friday on October 4th! Stop by between 5-9 pm for all sorts of spooky delights including a reanimated BOGO special. Don't miss the famous interactive Toolbox of Terror ... Bwah Ha Ha! First Friday (formerly known as Friday Night Liberty) is Liberty Station's monthly open studio event so in addition to visiting us you can explore the Liberty Public Market, visit nearby shops and studios and catch live entertainment - all with easy parking. Whether you bring a friend or make one here, it's one of San Diego's premiere, free, family-friendly arts events. Get details and directions.
Join us for our monthly open studio event to liberate your toolbox, score some great deals and help our community! We'll be collecting donations with every sale for the Jewish Family Services Downtown Migrant Shelter.
Have something to sell or swap? Fill out our Makers Sign Up Form.
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.
Over 50 people followed the sound of ringing hammers to see our demos at our monthly open studio event last Friday. Anneville Jewelry Lab member Janet Herman taught her sold-out class how to use the20-ton hydraulic press and they created a collection of bees, flowers and other items that will be used in jewelry projects. Meanwhile Anne showed visitors the Japanese metalworking technique of Uchidashi and several people gave it a go themselves with our demo pitch bowl. In our raffle we gave away one of our new Anneville fridge magnets, a gift certificate for goodies from our General Store and TWO necklaces featuring freshly-pressed bees. Photos coming soon!
We had one of our biggest open studio nights ever with over 80 attendees on Friday, April 5th. Ford Hallam and Anne were both on hand demonstrating uchidashi, visiting with guests and even doing some ingot melting with Lincoln Hatfield and Douglas Pryor - two of our uchidashi students. Meanwhile videographer and goldsmith Bella Day wowed us all with "Sakura Silver" and the remaining students and visitors had a great time relaxing after our busy week. We even saw old friends and made some new ones. View photos.
Experience the excitement of watching a 20-ton hydraulic press in action! Anneville Jewelry Lab member Janet Herman will share her knowledge, experience and cool collection of dies to demonstrate how she creates bees, lions and more out of copper and silver. Janet will discuss her research using different types of metal and share some of the tips and tricks she's learning in working in this interesting technique. Get details and directions.
Over 35 attendees stopped by our March 1st Friday Night Liberty to watch Anne and Julie demonstrate their ingeniously unique metalworking techniques. Julie started things off with her unconventional torch-fired enamels. She wowed visitors with the transformation of white powdered glass into colorful, organic patterns. Meanwhile Anne showed off her fascinating hido quench trick for transforming normal metal into brilliant red gradients. Read on for photos!
Meet Julie Monroe
To celebrate our newest instructor, we're hosting an evening of music, live demos, lab tours and a raffle. Julie is a silversmith, lapidary artist, jewelry designer, and talented teacher. Her current classes include Fire & Ice Pendant, Torch Fired Enamel Pendant or Earrings and Silver & Turquoise Jasper Chain ... and they're filling fast! View her class descriptions on our website or stop by and see her amazing enamel work come to life in person this Friday. Julie will be doing live demos on the half hour.
We had a lovely time on Friday night visiting with old friends Guadalupe and her handsome beau who were out celebrating their anniversary. All-in-all about 20 people wandered through checking out The Lab and watching Anne's live goldsmithing demos - she even finished a client ring order! Join us next month when we'll be featuring our new instructor, Julie Monroe. Hopefully we can talk her into doing some live demos of her amazing torch-fired enamel techniques ... stay tuned!
Did you know that we have the 14th century English poet Chaucer (author of the Canterbury Tales) to thank for making Valentine's Day a romantic holiday? Since then it has become an occasion to express love with presents and cards. If you're looking for a unique gift, how about skipping the flowers and giving your crafty loved one something they'll really enjoy - a gift certificate to the new Anneville Jewelry Lab? At our February FNL we'll be offering discounted Lab gift certificates and selected Anneville Studio pendants and rings - and the first 5 customers get a FREE heart-shaped box of chocolates (or a cute bag, if you're not the chocolate type). We'll also have music, nibbles and sips so stop by to see Anne's newest creations and help us celebrate Saint Valentinus! Get directions.
We were thrilled to welcome over 50 guests to celebrate the Anneville Jewelry Lab Grand Opening last night at January's Friday Night Liberty. We saw old friends, made new ones, Anne did jewelry demos and we had a festive, New Year's themed raffle for one of Anne's handmade mokume gane brooches. The lucky winner was Deanna! Thank you so much to our great volunteer helpers Kathy and Diana and to all of you who came out on a cold night to celebrate the achievement of a vision that Anne first had several years ago - that of launching her own jewelry teaching space. Here's to the year ahead, may it be filled with the happy ringing of hammers!
Friday January 4th, 5-9pm
We're thrilled to announce that Anneville Jewelry Lab is now officially open! We've been working hard on San Diego's newest jewelry maker co-work space so come by and help us celebrate with music, nibbles & sips and a raffle with all sorts of cool prizes (including free passes!). We'll also be offering exclusive memberships and discounted packages so you can ring in the New Year by making your art a priority. At The Jewelry Lab you'll find a space dedicated to creative focus and stocked with the top notch equipment needed to hone your craft. But Anneville is more than tools, it's a friendly, growing metal arts community. So stop by to have a look and help us celebrate!
Educator, metalsmith, jeweler, maker of custom mokume gane jewelry and wedding rings.