Anneville Jewelry Lab is now San Diego Jewelry Lab
From November 2018 to March 2020, San Diego Jewelry Lab was known as Anneville Jewelry Lab because it was a brick & mortar jewelry co-work space located next to Anne Wolf's studio in Liberty Station as part of the NTC Arts District.
We offered multi-week classes, independent study and 1-5 day workshops. Topics covered a wide range of the jewelry/metals field, from absolute beginner basics to advanced specialty techniques such as mokume gane chisel-patterning. Many of our students took classes multiple times to perfect their techniques and gain inspiration from each other. Our workshops drew students from around the U.S. and internationally. In addition to classes we had Open Lab time where jewelry metal arts makers worked together, enjoyed our little "Broken Sawblade Cafe" (which became the Peg and Pickle Pub after hours) and shopped for tools and supplies in our small shop. We also hosted a monthly First Friday Open Studio where makers and the public nibbled yummy snacks, watched live demos, shopped our Gallery Case featuring work by our teachers and students and generally mingled for some fun metal arts evenings.
On March 19th, 2020 the state of California issued a mandatory COVID shelter in place order and all non-essential businesses were closed so we immediately moved our classes online. While some businesses opened and closed over the following months, we never felt it was acceptable to endanger a single student in the name of money. Instead, we threw ourselves into developing online classes and free events to make up for our loss of community. We quickly developed a free, live show on Zoom called Metal Arts Adventures and we started hosting our free online Sawing Circles. Both were met with praise.
We always knew that The Lab was bigger than one room, our space was only 300 sq ft afterall. It was really all about the creative, funny, caring people who assembled to teach and take classes. As COVID continued, we made the decision to close our space permanently on July 1st, 2020. Since then we have continued to develop and grow our classes and now regularly host students and teachers from across the U.S. and around the world. Rather than dying, Anneville Jewelry Lab has evolved to San Diego Jewelry Lab to better reflect our roots and we've had more success than ever in achieving our goal of connecting jewelry and metal arts people from various disciplines around the world. Join us for an upcoming class or event and find our why our motto is #EmbraceYourVises.