Anneville Jewelry Lab offers ongoing classes and 1 to 5 day workshops. Topics range from beginning techniques to advanced studies and feature plenty of time for hands-on learning and practice.
Beginning: are you new to jewelry making and metal arts? Get a strong start with our entry-level classes - no experience necessary! You'll get a solid foundation in the techniques and safety practices required to attend higher level classes.
Intermediate: are you looking to expand your skills and try new things? Our intermediate classes introduce more specialized techniques, with a focus on refining craftsmanship and finishing skills. Assumes a prior knowledge of soldering, sawing and texturing, and some metal forming.
Advanced: are you an experienced metalsmith or jeweler looking to hone your skills or turn your passion into a business? Our advanced classes feature challenging projects with a goal of creating gallery-quality work. Students should have a solid grounding in the fundamentals of metalsmithing.
Mokume Gane Stamp Patterning Workshop Saturday, January 19, 2019 from 9am-4pm Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $140 Stamp patterning is the easiest, most direct method for creating your own unique mokume gane patterns. Each student in this one-day class will create their own unique stamp-textured mokume gane sheet, then use the sheet to create finished jewelry according to their experience level. Beginners will make simple earrings, while more experienced students can make a soldered pendant or begin a more complex piece. Copper/brass mokume is included in class fee, silver/copper and/or silver/copper/brass mokume will be available for purchase in class. Repeat students are welcome - guided repetition and practice are key to perfecting patterning skills. All levels. Register.
Jewelry/Metals Independent Study Class - just added! Jan 28-March 18, 2019 - 7 week series on Mondays 10am-1pm Note: no class on Feb. 18th. Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $210 Students of all levels are welcome here - beginners can learn and practice basic techniques like sawing, texturing and soldering, while more advanced students can bring their designs and ongoing projects. It's a lot like an open lab, but with the time structure and teacher guidance of a class. Additional tools are also available during this time - kiln, hydraulic press, larger rolling mill. Register.
Advanced Jewelry/Metals Class - Fabricating with Square Wire, Part 1 Jan 30-March 20, 2019 8 week series on Wednesdays 9am-1pm Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $320 Learn to fabricate complex geometric shapes using square wire. We'll have lots of brass to practice on as we create 3-dimensional shapes that can be used as multiples in a neckpiece design, as a bracelet, or even a ring or brooch. Great for perfecting your soldering skills, and the perfect time to jump into working with silver. Demos for specific constructions will be given, but participants are encouraged to also design their own unique shapes. Depending on complexity and time spent working outside of class, 2-3 finished projects is a feasible goal. List of recommended supplies emailed 2 weeks before class begins. Intermediate-Advanced. Sorry, class is full.Join our waiting list.
Copper and Japanese Patinas Workshop - NEW!! Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 9am-4pm Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $140 The final step in finishing a mokume gane piece is to apply a patina to highlight the colors of the different metals. This can be a tricky business, and is often done in a rush at the end of a class. But not here! Spend a full day exploring the different ways to patinate copper and copper alloys - we go way beyond liver of sulfur. We'll cover the mysteries of getting copper red, how to tease out the most contrast between your copper and brass, and of course all about rokusho (yes, there will be grated daikon). Intermediate/advanced students, bring your ready-to-patinate work to this class. It doesn't have to be mokume, but should have some mixed metals, hopefully copper and silver (shakudo and shibuichi would be great too). We'll also have sheets of plain copper available for those just wanting to learn and practice the techniques and color possibilities. Register.
Mokume Gane Twist Bracelet Workshop Saturday, March 9, 2019, 9am-4pm Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $140 Twist patterning is an experience not to be missed - imagine twisting a 6mm square solid mokume-gane rod over three revolutions with just common hand tools, then filing or cutting into the metal to reveal the star pattern beneath. You will then forge out the rod to become an elegantly patterned mokume bracelet. Copper/brass mokume is included in class fee, silver/copper and/or silver/copper/brass mokume will be available for purchase in class (silver/copper/brass shown at right). Repeat students can focus on more advanced patterns/projects that start with a twist. All levels welcome. Register.
Advanced Jewelry/Metals Class - Fabricating with Square Wire, Part 2 April 3-May 29, 2019 (no class on May 22) 8 week series Wednesdays 9am-1pm Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $320 Can be taken as a stand-alone, but meant as a follow-on to Fabricating with Square Wire, Part 1. We'll begin adding other components like stone settings and sheet to our square wire creations, focusing on rings. Tube setting of faceted stones will be covered. Depending on design complexity and time spent working outside of class, 2-3 finished projects is a feasible goal. List of recommended supplies emailed 2 weeks before class begins. Intermediate-Advanced. Registration opens February 10th, 2019.
Mokume Gane Chisel Patterning Exploration Saturday April 13, 2019, 9am-4pm Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $140 Learn the most traditional Japanese method of patterning mokume-gane. Chisel patterning involves chiseling into the surface of your blank mokume-gane to create rivers of pattern that follow your chisel marks. After hammering the sheet back to flat, your unique chisel patterns are locked into the metal forever. You will be able to create at least one finished chisel-patterned sheet, for incorporation into later work (pendants, earrings, etc). Copper/brass mokume included, silver/copper and/or silver/copper/brass mokume will be available for purchase in class. Chisels will be available for purchase. Best for intermediate jewelry students.
Mokume Gane Stamp Bracelet Workshop Saturday, May 11, 2019 from 9am-4pm Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $140 Stamp patterning is the easiest, most direct method for creating your own unique mokume gane patterns. Each student in this one-day class will create their own unique stamp-textured mokume gane bracelet using the included copper/brass mokume. Silver/copper and silver/copper/brass mokume will be available for purchase in class. Great beginner level class, but advanced and repeat students welcome. Register.
Fuse your own Mokume Gane Billet Workshop June 12-14, 2019, 9am-4pm each day Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $440 All supplies and materials except silver included; if you use silver, there will be an extra charge TBD. Starting with copper, brass and/or silver 18 gauge sheet, participants will create their own mokume gane billet. We will fuse, forge and roll our billets using the more reliable solid-state diffusion bonded method. This is a complicated process using some pretty big tools, but everything will be covered step-by-step and you will leave with lots of mokume ready to pattern and all the details you would need to duplicate your own fusing set-up. (Or just take the class again when you want to fuse more mokume!) We are not finishing pieces or even patterning; we are just fusing and working the billet into usable material. Best for intermediate-advanced jewelry students. (50% deposit of $220 due to reserve your spot, balance due 2 weeks prior to class date.)Register.
Mokume Gane Week Workshop June 17-21, 2019 9am-4pm each day Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $595 Treat yourself to a whole week of mokume gane patterning. In addition to exploring twist and stamp patterning, we will learn the most traditional Japanese patterning method of all - chisel patterning. You will even make your own mokume gane chisel. If students choose, we'll even explore the traditional Japanese patina rokusho. Mornings will be spent learning new techniques, afternoons there will be time to create finished mokume gane pieces. By the end of the week, you'll have created samples in at least three different techniques, and completed one or two finished jewelry pieces (and generally started quite a few more). This class is targeted more toward the intermediate jewelry student, but all are welcome. Class fees include lots of blank copper/brass mokume gane to work with, or pay additional fee to work in silver/copper/brass mokume gane. Please note we are not fusing mokume in this class, just patterning. (50% deposit of $297.50 due to reserve your spot, balance due 2 weeks prior to class date.) Register.
"Mokume gane patterning with chisels was one of the most enjoyable courses I've ever done." ~ Helen M, Sydney Australia