Anneville Jewelry Lab offers 8-week classes, independent study and 1-5 day workshops. Topics cover a wide range of the jewelry/metals field, from absolute beginner topics to advanced specialty techniques such as mokume gane chisel-patterning. Many of our students take classes multiple times to perfect their techniques and gain inspiration from each other. Class size is 6-10 students, with plenty of time for hands-on learning and practice. Our workshops draw students from around the U.S. and internationally - see our visitor recommendations. Registration opens 90 days before start date. Gold and Palladium Anneville Jewelry Lab members enjoy priority registration (for details and info about our jewelry co-working space, see our Anneville Jewelry Lab page.
Jewelry/Metals Independent Study Class 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. Sorry, class is full at the moment.Join our waiting list.
Fabricating with Square Wire, Part 1 Advanced Jewelry/Metals Class 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.
Fire & Ice Pendant - New!! Beginning Jewelry/Metals Class 3 Saturdays, 9am-1pm – March 9 & 23, April 13. Instructor: Julie Monroe. Tuition $210 + approximate $25 materials fee payable in class (cash or card). This 3-part class is an introduction to silversmithing – no prior experience needed; all tools will be provided. Intermediate/advanced students are also welcome – we promise you’ll learn new tricks and have fun! In the first class you’ll learn some great silvermithing basics while you saw, file, texture, and form the central disc element to your sterling silver pendant. The second class is even more exciting as the torch comes out and you learn to design and solder added elements to your pendant – a unique bail and bezel setting for a stone. The last class brings it all together – you’ll sand and polish your pendant to perfection and set the stone. By the end of the third class your pendant will be ready for a silver chain or leather cord – or even better, sign up for Julie’s silver chain class (April 27) and make a matching custom chain! All levels. Register.
Mokume Gane Twist Bracelet Workshop Saturday, March 16, 2019, 9am-4pm - note recent date change! 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.
Example of katakiri chisel carving by Ford Hallam.
Introduction to Japanese Metalworking Workshop - New!! Visiting Artist Workshop - Ford Hallam 5 day intensive, March 25-29, 2019 - 9am-4pm Instructor: Ford Hallam. Tuition $825 plus tool kit about $100 TBD An introduction to classical Japanese metalworking. In Ford's words:
"In this class I’ll begin by introducing the ‘kata-kiri’ chisel. This is a relatively simple chisel to make so serves a gentle introduction to the delicacies of chisel making. It’s also the most expressive of chisels in terms of the sorts of marks it can make. Traditionally it’s this chisel that was used create the beautiful chiselled pictures that mimic ink painting but in a creative metalworkers hands the possibilities are endless. Following on from the kata-kiri chisel we’ll tackle the basic ‘V’ chisel. This is quite a demanding form to make but it is pretty much the basic line making chisel in the toolbox with its use being the bedrock of inlay and carving technique. After having dealt with these two chisels we’ll move on to some basic wire inlay. We’ll make a few suitable tools for that process and have fun getting tiny threads of brass and silver wire stuck into minute grooves and channels. And while time won't allow for us to properly delve into the technique of ‘hon-taka-zogan’, or true raised inlay, I will be able to demonstrate that process for class participants as a taster for the future."
The tool kit comprising a single hammer and 8 chisel blanks will probably cost around $100. (Exact price to be confirmed). The set will be ordered directly from Michael Coffey - his contact details will be supplied after registration, and your kit will be waiting for you at Anneville. Register.
Uchidashi: The Basics Workshop - New!! Visiting Artist Workshop - Ford Hallam 5 day intensive, April 1-5, 2019 - 9am-4pm Instructor: Ford Hallam. Tuition $825 (plus uchidashi tool kit $225 payable separately). A thorough grounding in the Japanese metal forming technique called uchidashi or 'pushing down.' In Ford's words: "Uchidashi is sometimes described as being like Chasing and Repoussé but is actually quite different. It is best described as a form of metal raising with punches rather than a hammer and on pitch instead of steel stakes. This allows for quite high relief and complex forms to be worked up out of flat sheet. Traditionally, uchidashi was the process Japanese metal artists used to create menuki, the remarkable little sculptures that adorn the hilts of the Samurai sword. Pictured are the two exercises we’ll be using to introduce you to this exciting technique. I’ll also be showing you how to achieve that striking ‘fire’ patina on copper, ‘hi-do’." The uchidashi tool kit is comprised of 15 punches, 1 scraper and 1 hammer. We'll be shaping and heat treating the punches as part of the class. You will leave the class with a full set of tools, ready to continue practicing the technique (just add your own pitch bowl). The toolkit is offered at considerable discount for being a class attendee. The set will be ordered directly from Michael Coffey - his contact details will be supplied after registration, and your kit will be waiting for you at Anneville. Register.
Fabricating with Square Wire, Part 2 Advanced Jewelry/Metals Class April 10-May 29, 2019 (no class on May 22) 7 week series Wednesdays 9am-1pm - note recent date change! Instructor: Anne Wolf. Tuition: $280 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. Register.
Mokume Gane Chisel Patterning Exploration Saturday April 20, 2019, 9am-4pm - note recent date change! 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. Register.
Silver & Turquoise Jasper Chain Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 9am-4pm Instructor: Julie Monroe. Tuition $110 + approximate materials fee $50 payable in class. Great for beginners, more experienced students are welcome to bring their own materials. Create a sturdy and colorful silver chain with added bead elements using classic wire-wrapping techniques. You will hand-forge a hammered and textured “S” style clasp. This chain can be worn alone or you can “drop on” any pendant. You can wear the chain long, or double it up and wear it short AND Julie will show you how you can even wear this chain as a fun wrapped bracelet. This class makes a great follow-up to Julie’s pendant class – make your chain to match; you can even add dangles to the pendant to tie it all together! All levels. Register.
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.
Torch Fired Enamel Earrings or Pendant - New!! Beginning-Advanced Jewelry/Metals Class Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 9am-4pm Instructor: Julie Monroe. Tuition $110 + approximate materials fee $20 payable in class. If you’ve never tried enameling this fast-paced and fun class is a great place to start. This class is great for beginners and advanced silversmiths alike. You will begin by experiencing the different results when using transparent (see through) VS opaque (non see-through). Torch fired enamel is a visual technique so you will spend some time watching Julie demonstrate the fusing and torch firing techniques. Julie will bring finished sample tiles showing color and technique results to aid in choosing your color and technique selections. Then the time is yours to sample and play with complimentary bare sample tiles. Once you are comfortable you will move to your project metal and make your actual earrings. Once you finish your initial piece if you would like to make more, Julie will have additional copper to purchase; and if you feel confident you may upgrade and purchase silver! All levels. 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.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.Register.
Steel & Gold - New!! Visiting Artist Workshop - Bette Barnett 3-day intensive, August 23-25, 2019 - 9am-4pm Instructor: Bette Barnett. Tuition $440 plus $50 materials fee payable in class. Steel is an amazing metal – strong, light weight and malleable. One of the most fascinating characteristics of steel is its affinity for gold. Simply put, steel “loves” gold and marrying the two results in dramatic mixed metals jewelry that responds to today’s aesthetic for work that ranges from bold and rich to gritty and rustic.In this three-day workshop, you will learn how to create dramatic steel and gold jewelry. We’ll cover how to work with mild (cold rolled) steel and explore techniques required to create jewelry from steel, including sourcing, cutting, forming, texturing, patinating and finishing. During the workshop you will learn how to alloy and roll our own gold, torch-fuse gold to steel and apply gold to steel using the Keum Boo technique. At the completion of the workshop, you’ll have at least one finished piece and other in-progress work that you can complete in your own studio. You’ll also come away with the skills you need to create dramatic, eye-catching steel and gold jewelry. Students must also bring 2 pennyweights of 24k gold casting grain (available from Rio Grande), more details sent after registration. Registration opens May 23 - gold and palladium members contact us for priority registration.
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. Sorry, class has passed.Join our waiting list for the next one.
Copper and Japanese Patinas Workshop 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. Sorry, class has passed.Join our waiting list for the next one.
"Mokume gane patterning with chisels was one of the most enjoyable courses I've ever done." ~ Helen M, Sydney Australia