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2017 Spring Schedule

Spring has sprung and it’s time to shake out the winter cobwebs and plant new seeds. How about planting some seeds of creativity while you are at it? This schedule has a few great opportunities for intermediate students as well as some really fun one day classes. What are you going to take this spring?


Guest Artist:

Necklace by Victoria Lansford

Russian Filigree with Victoria Lansford

June 23 – 25, 3 days, Friday – Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $675 | Basic materials included

We had so much fun when Victoria came to teach with us two years ago we just had to have her back. This time she’ll be teaching Russian Filigree. This style of filigree is tension fit and then soldered together. In this three day hands on class you will learn to make scalloped wire, a pendant, a ring, and begin a bead. This is a class you don’t want to miss!

Intermediate Classes:

Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making

Instructor: Dana Cassera
April 10 – 14, Monday – Friday, 5weekdays, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $595 | Basic materiala included

Have you already taken our Beginner Series and are looking for a new challenge? Come spend a week in our Total Immersion: Intermediate Jewelry Making workshop. In this five day workshop you will expand upon what you already know and focus on construction and soldering tricks as well as finishing techniques. You will also have the option to learn new stone settings including tube setting and prong setting. Learn about basic hydronic press forming, simple hinges, and creating your own clasp. This class will let you take your jewelry to the next level.

Necklace by Kirk Lang

Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Application: Fancy Stones

Instructor: Kirk Lang
May 6 and 7, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $265 | $95 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor

If you have taken our other Faceted Stone Setting workshop on setting round faceted stones (or have equivilent experience) then this is the next course. Kirk Lang will show you how to set a pear shaped, triangle, and princess cut stone. Prong, flush set, and thick bezel setting will all be covered. Finally learn how to set all those fancy stones you’ve been collecting but aren’t sure how to set.

One Day “Quikies”:

What would you commemorate with your spoon?

Let’s Make a Spoon!

Instructor: Bill Dawson
June 17, Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $145 | Basic materials included

Metalsmithing techniques aren’t just for making jewelry but has a long history in creating functional ware too. Take a day to make a baby, table, or commemorative spoon. A great introduction to silversmithing without having to take the time and expense of raising a large vessel. A great way to practice your forging skills too!

Andy Cooperman doing what he loves…talking about the flexshaft!

It Ain’t Just a Drill: Getting Most Out of Your Flexible Shaft

Instructor: Andy Cooperman
April 1, Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $135 | Tool kit available for purchase

Are you just using your flexshaft to drill, polish, and finish your pieces? Then you are missing out on all the other things this tool can do! Or if you haven’t bought your flex shaft yet but aren’t sure which brand to buy this class is also for you. Andy Cooperman will spend the day explaining how the flex shaft works and what to look for when buying one as well as some innovative tricks that you can try at home.

Brooch by Sarah Wilbanks

Image Transfer on Polymer Clay

Instructor: Sarah Wilbanks
April 29, Saturday, 10:30 – 3:30
Class Fee: $125 | Materials list
Class size limit: 8

If you are interested in incorporating photographs, texture or color into your work, image transfers on polymer clay is a fun and easy solution with infinite possibilities. Creating clear photographic transfers as well as altering the images to conjure unusual textures and rich color will be demonstrated.


That’s just a sample of what we have going on for the next three months. We have much more in going on too…go check out our website at www.danacadesign.com for our full schedule!

To register for classes call us at 206-524-0916
stop by our location at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

Fall 2015 Class Highlights

The weather has gotten cooler, the pumpkin lattes are flowing…it must be fall. Which means new fall classes at Danaca Design! Our full schedule will be arriving on our website any day but in the meantime here are just some of the classes that are available for registration right now:


Lots of pointed stones by Kirk Lang

Lots of pointed stones by Kirk Lang

Pointed Stone Setting: Theory and Applications Part II
Instructor: Kirk Lang
November 7 and 8, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $295|Some materials included;materials list
Shed your apprehension and learn to set challenging shaped stones in this comprehensive, hands-on weekend with master stone-setter Kirk Lang. Building off, Faceted Stone Setting Theory and Applications: Part I, this more advanced level workshop will instruct students in how to confidently set faceted stones with pointed corners. Prerequisites: Basic jewelry fabrication skills and Theory and Application Part I or equivalent.


Chasing and Repoussé brooch by Megan Corwin

Chasing and Repoussé brooch by Megan Corwin

Chasing and Repousse: A Modern Approach with a Traditional Base
Instructor: Megan Corwin
November 13 – 15, Friday-Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $450|$10 Materials Fee Payable to Instructor

This is a process oriented beginning class in which students will not only learn to use the tools for chasing and repoussé but will experiment with the extraordinary effects of these tools on sheet copper. Traditional lining and punching will be covered as well as refining techniques and everyone will have the opportunity to make one chasing tool. No experience necessary however returning students welcome.


Student using a smith little torch

Student using a smith little torch

Using the Smith Little Torch
Instructor: Micki Lippe
December 5, Saturday, 10:00 – 4:00
Class Fee: $95|Materials list

While there are several torch options, one of the most popular among bench jewelers is a mixed fuel, oxy-propane, and one of the best is the Smith “little-torch”. Micki Lippe, a seasoned professional, will show you why as she demonstrates the versatility and precision of this well-loved tool. Basic soldering experience required. 


The flexshaft, one of the most versatile tools at your bench.

The flexshaft: learn it and love it.

It Ain’t Just a Drill: Getting the Most From Your Flexible Shaft
Instructor: Andy Cooperman
December 19, Saturday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $135|Tool kits available

So, you’re a jeweler or metalsmith about to be stranded on a desert island. You can bring only one tool. (Oh yeah, the island has electricity). What tool do you bring?
If you were Andy Cooperman you’d most likely bring your Flexible Shaft machine. It may be the most versatile tool at the bench. And yet for many makers it is the most underutilized and least understood. All levels.


Want to sign up for one of these great classes?

Call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by to register in person 5619 University Way NE, Seattle 98105 

Monday-Friday 11am-6pm & Sat 10am-6pm

And don’t forget to keep an eye on our website www.danacadesign.com for our complete fall schedule coming soon!

Learning More About Andy Cooperman


Andy Cooperman, Chicken Choker

We’ve got a couple classes coming up with Andy Cooperman, Creative Surface Development and It Ain’t Just a Drill: Getting the Most From Your Flexible Shaft. 

After listening in on a little of his teaching while I was working, I was very interested in hearing his answers to our Featured Instructor questions.

I asked for photos of his favorite pieces, pieces that have a special significance to him, or pieces that reveal something he’d like to share with others, and he responded with the photos I’ve included here in this post. 


Andy Cooperman, Hystrix Solo


Andy Cooperman, Cauliflower Ears


Andy Cooperman, State of Affairs

Artist Bio

Andy Cooperman is a metalsmith, writer, and teacher who lives in Seattle, WA. His work is featured in galleries nationwide, including Patina Gallery in Santa Fe, deNovo in Palo Alto and Velvet daVinci Gallery in San Fransisico. He is a past recipient of a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship, and teaches seminars and workshops around the country, most recently as a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington. In addition to one of a kind jewelry pieces, Andy also works with clients as a custom jeweler and commission metalsmith. His work can be found in the permanent collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Central College, Pella Iowa and appeared most recently in the exhibitions The Art Of GoldMetalismsChess and The Ring Show.

Publications include the books Art Jewelry Today1000 Rings500 BroochesThe Craft Of SilversmithingThe Penland Book of Jewelry and Fundamentals of Metalsmithing.

Read on to learn more about Andy.

A Cooperman 10-07_4149(1) copy

Andy Cooperman

What got you into teaching jewelry/metals?

My mother and grandmother were teachers and I think that is in my blood as well. There’s something about the communication involved in explaining something that I just love. Seeing the light bulb go off for someone is exciting and fulfilling. Teaching metals also keeps me excited about the field. It’s contagious.

What are your favorite materials to work with and why?

Not sure that I really have any. A whole lot of materials appeal to me. In metal, I like bronze, silver, gold and steel. Not brass. I’ve worked a lot with shibuichi  (68%cu and 32% fine silver) which I alloy in my studio.  It torch textures into a surface that evokes lizard skin. I remember that when I took my first class I was really charged when I was shown that metal could be made to look non-metalic and even vital and alive.

Pingpong balls are like that. They are an enigmatic material in that, once shaped or formed, their original nature is lost. I love that. I like materials that I can carve too.

In metal, nothing makes me as happy as forging.


Andy Cooperman, Sting


Can you tell us about any memorable teachers from your past who have influenced what you’re doing today, as an instructor or as an artist?

Hmmmm…. My original jewelry and metals instructor in college was certainly my hero.

Don Johnson was his name. Lives in Montana. I loved what he made but also his attitude to making. ”Just do it. Just try it. See what happens.” I carry that with me today.

But I also respect so many teachers that I have encountered. I taught alongside Maria Phillips at the UW and learned a lot about teaching from that experience.

Any important insights about life you’ve learned from your students, or from teaching?

Oh yeah. Looking at things from multiple angles and perspectives. Patience. It’s so good to see how eager students are to learn and, as I’ve said, their excitement gets me going as well.


Aside from the skills outlined in your class, what do you hope to bring to your students?

This is the best question. I don’t really care if a student makes anything in class. I also don’t really care if they master the material offered in class. What my real hope is, what I most want a student to walk out the door with is a change in perspective. A little tilt in how they look at the studio, the tools and materials. A change in how they approach their work and studio practice. This includes making a real commitment to craft; to making things well. It can come through many doors and no matter what I teach, I hope for that. Because that’s the best thing that an instructor can offer. Teaching someone to fish rather than giving them a fish.

So many people seem to be terrified of doing something that is not approved of, that is somehow in conflict with what another instructor or colleague has told them or what they’ve read in a book. People can be timid because of this. Some of it is fear of the flame or of screwing up. Some are overly cautious because of the cost of the materials we use, which is certainly a fair concern.

But I think that many people have this vague fear that if they do something out of order or skip a step, if they try a shortcut somewhere the SJP (Secret Jewelry Police) will rappel down from the hovering black ops jewelry helicopter and take them away…

I tell students in most classes that I try to keep a balance between two poles:

“What’s the worst that could happen” and “Do No harm”.

I look at every situation with that dichotomy in mind. If I’m setting a big stone for a client then I will be cautious and cleave to the “Do No Harm” side of the equation.

But if I am thinking of trying something new, I am definitely going to take a lot of chances. Because risk and play in the studio is maybe the most important thing in growing as a maker or artist. After all: What’s the worst that could happen?


Do you have a personal website related to your work or your teaching?

Of course: andycooperman.com

There’s a lot of stuff there. Including writing.


Andy Cooperman, State of Affairs


Andy Cooperman, Sleepercell


Andy Cooperman, Cinch

A Cooperman 10-07_4172(1) copy

Andy Cooperman, Rings

Thank you for sharing with us, Andy! 

For more information on Andy’s classes please see the schedule (under the Classes section) on our website: http://www.danacadesign.com/

To register for either of Andy’s classes give us a call at 20-524-0916, we’re here Tuesday-Friday 11-6 and Saturday 10-6. 


The summer class schedule is here!

Our summer class schedule is ready! We’ve got a bunch of great stuff coming up this quarter. In addition to our regular beginning series classes (offered every quarter) we’ve got a nice selection of featured classes as well. More details can be found on our website: http://www.danacadesign.com/index.php?p=classes&c=summer2014

We’re excited to be offering Kids Summer Jewelry Camp for Ages 8-12 with Tegan Wallace. This is a brand new class! It runs July 14-18, Monday-Friday 9:30-2:30.

Young students learning about the studio tools

Young students learning about the studio tools

Keith Lewis will be here to teach Enameling Oddities.

Keith Lewis enamel

Keith Lewis enamel

Learn casting methods you can use at home in Low Tech Gravity Casting with Juan Reyes.

Sand casting

Sand casting

In Etching without Acid with Nanz Aalund students will learn a non toxic way to etch copper, brass, bronze, and nickel silver.

Etched brass sheet

Etched brass sheet

Andy Cooperman will be back for Creative Surface Development.

Andy Cooperman

Andy Cooperman brooch

Explore polymer clay with Cynthia Toops in Beyond the Polymer Cane.

Polymer bead necklace by Cynthia Toops

Polymer bead necklace by Cynthia Toops


To learn more about these classes and see what else we have to offer please visit our website: www.danacadesign.com


You can register for classes by calling us at 206-524-0916, Tue-Fri 11-6, Saturday 10-6.