How to make the most of your upcoming time at Anneville
What level class is the best for me? 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.
Do I have to take the Safety Orientation before I take a class or workshop? No. Our safety orientation is only needed if you'll be using our open lab hours or monthly gold or palladium memberships - basically anything on the lab page. For any class with an instructor - whether it is an ongoing class or a visiting artist workshop, you don't need the safety orientation.
The website says I can only register 90 days in advance, but I'm worried the class will fill. Can I register earlier? We do offer early-bird registration to our Gold and Palladium members. If you are a Gold or Palladium member and you'd like to register for a class before it opens to the public, let us know.
What should I bring? All tools and materials are provided unless otherwise noted, but feel free to bring your own tools and silver if you wish. You'll want a notebook and something to write with. Bring cash or check for silver if desired. If there are any special requirements/suggestions, an email will be sent out about 2 weeks before class with any needed details.
What will my project look like? Anneville projects are designed to give you freedom for your own artistic voice. You may be learning the same techniques as the person next to you in class, but since we encourage creativity and personal expression each student's project tends to be unique.
I have no experience at all - am I really welcome? Of course! A few classes are best with prior experience, but they will always be noted as such in the description. Please contact us if you are unsure if a class is for you.
What kind of facilities does Anneville have? Anneville is a well-equipped shop with acetylene torches, anvils and stakes, lots and lots of hammers, flexshafts and adjustable light at every bench, shop sink, couch, Durston 12" shear, galvanic etching station, drill press and rolling mill. We have all the hand tools you might need, but you are welcome to bring your own kit. Workbenches are sturdy maple, with padded height-adjustable rolling stools. Our upstairs studios are full of natural light. There is an elevator at the north end of the building, and custodian-managed restrooms on both levels.
How accessible is Anneville? Anneville Jewelry Lab is wheelchair accessible via an elevator at the north-east end of the building and both of our rooms have wheelchair-friendly wide doors. Some of our metalsmithing classes involve working with tools that are bolted to tables and benches, others involve using counter-height torch stations. Whenever possible we are happy to make our classes accessible to as many people as possible. If you use special adaptive equipment and need assistance just let us know. While we don’t provide ASL interpretation you are welcome to bring your own interpreter as an unpaid guest. Please contact us if you need more info, have questions or want to discuss a special request.