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Expand Your Skills with Mentored Study

So you’ve taken a few beginner metalsmithing classes and have jewelry ideas you want to make but are still feeling a little unsure of your skills. Or maybe you’re starting to get more confident but have a question from time to time and don’t have a place to set up a studio at home. You are in the perfect position to sign up for mentored study!

What’s mentored study?

Mentored Independent Study at Danaca Design is having a space to work on your own thing with a helping hand along the way. You can learn new skills while improving the skills you already have in a supportive environment. 

How does mentored study work?

Register for a mentored study class time; either Tuesday evening 6:00 pm-9:00 pm with Juan Reyes or Thursday morning 10:00 am-1:00 pm with Dana Cassara. Classes run in consecutive weeks: 3 weeks = $115, 4 weeks = $145, 5 weeks = $180, 6 weeks = $215.

But the best part is you also have access to practice hours! Practice hours are Tues 10am-2pm, Thursday 5pm-9pm, and Sun 6pm-9pm. 

What is I can’t commit to consecutive weeks?

We also have options for that too. Drop-in to either class time for $20 an hour or purchase a punch card. Punch cards are $150 for 12 hours of class time. Stay for the whole class or just an hour or two. They don’t expire so you can use the time as you need. 

Tell me more about the mentored study teachers:

Juan Reyes began studying silver smithing in 1995 at North Seattle Community College and since then has developed extensive expertise in a wide range of techniques including lapidary and goldsmithing. He is generous with his knowledge, patient beyond measure and well loved for his helpful, non-judging nature. Juan brings warmth and creativity to every class he teaches.

Dana Cassara is the founder of Danaca Design. Her aim as an instructor is to guide individuals through the learning process offering solid technical information, personalized attention, and lots of fun. With the intention of setting students on the path towards transforming their ideas into solid form, she hopes students will take the experience they gain in this studio beyond the classroom into their everyday life where problem solving skills and a profound sense of achievement always come in handy!

Alright I’m sold…now how do I sign up?

To register for mentored study or buy a punch card either stop by the studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle or call us at 206-524-0916 to register over the phone. 

 

FYI…Dana will not be having mentored study 8/31/17 because we are having our Intermediate Intensive that week. 

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
or
stop by our location at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

New Year…New Classes!

Happy New Year!

As the new year unfolds we start looking ahead to see what we want to accomplish and what the year has to offer. Which is also an excellent time to see what new classes we have to offer at Danaca Design. Our winter schedule is out and we have a wide variety of classes this quarter from a week long intensive to one day “quickie” classes.

For you long range planners we also have two guest artists coming to teach in 2017 – Victoria Landsford and Deb Karash!

Here are some of the highlights but our whole schedule and more information can be found on our website www.danacadesign.com:

Student ring from this summer's Beginning Immersion class

Student ring from this summer’s Beginning Immersion class

Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making
January 16-20, Monday – Friday, 10am-5pm
Class Fee: $595|Basic Materials Included

Spend a week getting totally immersed in learning to make jewelry! This week long class is all three of our Beginners Jewelry Workshops rolled into one class. Each night you’ll go home dreaming of what you’ll create the next day, designing in your sleep! Absolutely no experience needed.

With cold connections you can add kinetic elements to your jewelry

With cold connections you can add kinetic elements to your jewelry

Cold Connections Beyond Rivets with Kirk Lang
January 28-29, Sat-Sun, 10:30am-5:00pm
Class Fee: $295|Basic Materials Included

Learn some new ways to join two pieces of metal together without soldering. This workshop will teach you how to create an exciting variety of rivets, use micro tap and dies to create custom nuts and bolts, and utilize small tabs to fold over and attach one piece of metal to another. Learn to marry form and function while designing a piece of jewelry or other articulated object with these techniques. Basic jewelry making skills helpful, soldering not necessary.

Micro mosaic by Cynthia Toops

Micro mosaic by Cynthia Toops

Polymer Micro Mosaics for Jewelry with Cynthia Toops
February 25-26, Sat-Sun, 10:00am-5:00pm
Class Fee: $285|Some materials included

Cynthia Toops is widely recognized for her remarkable artistry in polymer clay, most especially for her polymer clay mosaics. In this workshop students will learn her tricks and create incredible micro-mosaics of their own to use like gems in pendants, brooches, and/or rings. No previous polymer clay or metal working experiance is necessary for this exciting workshop.

Winter Class “Quickies”!

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enamel bracelet

Low Tech Enameling with Allan Thorne
February 13, Monday, 6pm-9pm
Class Fee: $85|Basic Materials Included

Using a torch and a few simple tools, students will learn the basics of enameling in this exciting three-hour workshop. This is a great opportunity to learn how to add vibrant color to your copper and fine silver jewelry. Moderate comfort level with a jeweler’s torch is helpful.

This reticulated silver is ready to be made into jewelry!

This reticulated silver is ready to be made into jewelry!

Silver Reticulation with Juan Reyes
February 19, Sunday, 10:30 – 3:30
Class Fee: $95 | $25 Materials fee payable to instructor

First developed in Russia by Czarist jewelers such as Fabergé, reticulated silver will add exciting and unique 3-dimensional texture to your work. By carefully preparing the surface of the metal and heating with a focused yet delicate torch, this specialized technique reveals a mysterious lunar-like landscape within every piece of silver!

Keum-boo being added to the silver surface.

Keum-boo being added to the silver surface

Keum-Boo: Surface Treatment with Gold with Suz O’Dell
March 19, Sunday, 10:30 – 1:30
Class Fee: $75 | Materials Fee: $35 Payable to instructor, Materials list
In this workshop students will learn to add the luster of gold to their jewelry by applying 24K gold foil to fine silver. The result is dramatic, creating rich color and beautiful textural possibilities with minimal expense. All levels

But that’s just a sample of what we have going on for the next three months. Go check out our website at www.danacadesign.com for our full schedule!

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

Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

Look at what our students made!

Instructor: Dana Cassara

November 19 and 20, Saturday and Sunday 10:30 – 5:00
Class Fee: $285 | Basic materials included

This Beginning Series Workshop focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will make a simple, textured band ring as well as a ring with a bezel-set stone. Basic materials are included. See our website for more information: www.danacadesign.com No experience necessary.

To register: Call us at 206-524-0916 or stop by the studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

Danaca Design’s Metal Crafting Center is a jewelry and small-scale metal working studio located in the University District of Seattle. We offer classes for individuals seeking to gain skills in the art of decorative metal working and jewelry design. Our studio is a comfortable, well lit, and cheerful work space fully equipped for small-scale fabrication, including hollow forming and soldering, as well as enameling, precious metal clay and stone setting. We house a small store-front gallery featuring local artists, both professional and amateur, as well as a limited selection of tools. Several times per year we host open-house events with a particular focus on new exhibits and or exhibitors. All students of the Metal Crafting Center are encouraged to exhibit their successes in the gallery, as space is always reserved for them!

 

Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces

Mixed Metal Brooch by Keith Lewis

Mixed Metal Brooch by Keith Lewis

Just Hot Enough: Mixed Metal Surfaces with Keith Lewis

November 11 – 13, Friday – Sunday, 10:00 – 5:00
Class Fee: $480 | Some materials included

Numerous beautiful and complex mixed-metal patterns and compositions can be created both by soldering and by exploiting the different melting points of common jewelry metals. In this workshop we will explore various ways of combining metals to create rich effects through experimentation with soldering, fusion and inlay, further enhanced by rolling and roll-printing and the application of a series of simple patinas that enhance the contrast between metals. Beginning Series or equivalent required. More details at www.danacadesign.com

Mixed Metal Earrings by Keith Lewis

Mixed Metal Earrings by Keith Lewis

This weekend Keith Lewis is back at Danaca Design to teach us all about creating mixed metal patterns and compositions. You know all those scraps of different metals you have laying around? Or would you like to start adding some gold to your work but you can only afford a tiny, tiny bit? This class is about how to use those small bits of metals to create new “yardage” of mixed metals that you can use in your jewelry work.

Mixed Metal Earrings by Keith Lewis

Mixed Metal Earrings by Keith Lewis

Want to know more? Well we asked Keith Lewis himself to tell us a bit more about what to expect this weekend and here is what he has to say:

How do you use mixed metal surfaces in your work or how might I?

In the past I have used these techniques to make more production-oriented work, as they generate lively, visually arresting patterns at relatively low expense. For instance, with these techniques you can get a lot of bang from a very small amount of gold.

That said, the resultant patterned sheet is often a bit difficult to solder, so one of the exciting challenges is to devise ways to incorporate it into work using cold connections. I’m hoping on Sunday, after folks have generated some “yardage” we will be able to brainstorm about some ways to do so, particularly in the form of simple, elegant pendants and earrings

What is most exciting about the process you will teach this coming weekend?

For me there are two things. First; these are techniques that grow from and help elucidate some of the intrinsic qualities of metal- particularly different melting characteristics and malleabilities. I find that I understand metal better from having experimented with these techniques.

Secondly, these techniques permit the kind of playfulness and spontaneity that is hard to come by in metalsmithing. There are a lot of pleasant surprises and intriguing puzzles that arise from this approach.

Mixed Metal Brooch by Keith Lewis

Mixed Metal Brooch by Keith Lewis

Is there a history of mixed metal surfaces in metalworking? Can you tell me a little about it?

Yes, there certainly is. The mot obvious reference point is Japanese mokume-gane and some of what I’m covering might be called “faux-mokume”. There is also the long history of marriage-of-metal within Western and Asian metals traditions and periodic uses of cold-inlay techniques in everything from Japanese metalwork to Indian Mughal work (as well as Western armor-work.) Another reference- of course- is the diffusion bonding of materials in damascening, Sheffield plate, “gold-filled” jewelry and bimetal such as those made by Phil Baldwin.

 

Thanks Keith for answering our questions. We can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this weekend!

If you would like to register for this or any other of our classes you can either call us to register by phone: 206-

or stop by our studio at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA

Bits and Bobs: A Collaborative Show

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All of the Bits and Bobs

Bits and Bobs:

A collaborative show curated by Tegan Wallace

October 28 – November 28, 2016

Opening Reception Oct 28, 2016 6pm – 9pm

Often jewelry is created to celebrate and mark milestones in life. As part of marking her milestone of turning 40 jewelry artist Tegan Wallace invited a collection of artists to take a prototype or unfinished object from Tegan’s own work and breathe new life into them. 

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One of the “bits”. Or is it a “bob”?

Seventeen artists were each given a “bit and bob” that had been an object originally created by Tegan and created a new art piece either using or inspired by their given “bit”.

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Montana agate earrings by Lexi Lee

These Bits and Bobs will become reflections of what Tegan has achieved so far while celebrating the metal community that had given her so much and continues to influence her own artistic growth.

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Detail of necklace by Jane Drucker

 

The show will be up through November 28, 2016 at Danaca Design during our regular gallery hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm and Sat 10am-6pm.

Come join us!

Total Immersion: Beginning Jewelry Making

Which came first?

Which came first?

Next week (July 13-17th, Monday – Friday, 10:30am – 5pm) is our Total Immersion workshop. It is a week long summer camp for adults! 

During the year we offer a beginning workshop series: three weekend long workshops that teach the basics of jewelry making such as hollow construction, rings, bezel setting stones, creating chain, and much more. The Total Immersion workshop is all three of these classes in one. Haven’t taken one of our classes before? Don’t worry no previous experience is necessary. 

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Necklace with bezel set stone

In this class you will learn the fundamentals of learning to work with precious metal: sawing, disc cutting and dapping, hammer texturing, roll printing, basic forming and finishing, as well as bezel setting stones. Students will make individualized jewelry pieces including a pin, pendent, ring and a simple linked project. Each night you’ll go home dreaming of what to create the next day, designing in your sleep. This class is an ideal opportunity to explore a range of techniques, in a condensed time, while creating several projects. We hope to see you in class!

For more information about this and all our other summer classes go to www.danacadesign.com

Summer Classes are Here!

Summer is just about here (Well with the sunny weather last couple days it seems to be here!) and so are our new classes. The new summer schedule is up on the Danaca Design website but here is a first look at the classes exclusive to summer.

We have a new class, new guest artist, some classes that only come around once a year, and a returning instructor that we haven’t had in a while. If you would like to sign up for a class either come to our location at 5619 University Way NE or call us at (206)524-0916. We are open from 11-6pm Mon-Fri and 10-6pm on Sat.

Here some of the highlights for spring but you can always see the entire class schedule and get full class descriptions on our website.

New Class! – Stacking Rings with Gemstones

Stacking rings

Stacking rings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor: Dana Cassara

August 16, Sunday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $165, basic materials included

Stacking rings are all the rage. They are fun to mix and match and super easy to make! This class will focus on creating your own delicate stacking rings with sparkling gemstones. Students will learn to size and solder the bands, create and add a simple but very functional tube setting for a round faceted stone, and set the stones! Everyone will make several rings gaining them the opportunity to practice the process and leave with a finger full of beautiful rings made from brass, sterling silver and gold fill. Very basic metal working skills required.

Returning Class – Etching Metal

Etched brass sheet

Etched brass sheet

Instructor: Jessie Wylie is teaching the Etching Metal class this summer and we are glad to have her back!

August 8, Saturday, 9:30am – 3:30pm

Class Fee: $125, Materials Included

See an image or pattern come to life in brass and copper through the acid etching process! This technique is excellent for creating exclusive textures on copper and brass sheet which can be cut and incorporated into jewelry, enameled or used as rolling mill templates to emboss precious metals and even paper. Patterns can be hand drawn directly on the sheet metal or photo transferred. Physical properties of different acids and metals, resist techniques and studio safety will be explored. The end result will yield several etched plates for use in future jewelry/design projects! Follow up this workshop with Enameling Basics II, our beginning transparent enamels class. This workshop is appropriate for beginners, however experienced jewelry artists may find it very exciting as well.

Guest Artist – Casey Sheppard

Gun Street Girl cuff

Gun Street Girl cuff

Instructor: Casey Sheppard

July 25 & 26, Saturday – Sunday, 10:30am – 5:00pm

Class Fee: $265, Materials Included

Cold connection is a fun way to play with metal and design jewelry. At first glance it may seem limiting however restricting your process can cause you to think about your design in a functional way generating unlimited outcomes. In this cold connection class students learn how to create a hinged bracelet with a clasp out of sheet metal, all without picking up a torch. You’ll learn the basics of sawing, piercing, drilling, forming metal and how to layer, add detail and a unique design to your creation. Other techniques learned will include tube rivets, metal/wire forming and finishing details with oxidization. With a unique approach to jewelry design, Casey will offer beginners to advanced level students something useful and insightful to walk away with. No jewelry experience is necessary but can be useful. Please Casey after the class for a personal tour of her traveling metalsmithing studio.

 

Don’t Miss! These classes only happen in the summer

Low Tech Gravity Casting

Gravity Casting

Gravity Casting

Instructor: Juan Reyes

July 11 and 12, Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00

Class Fee: $285 Basic materials included

Learn the fundamentals of casting by exploring the exciting and ancient technique of pouring molten metal directly into molds made from organic materials, sand and soft stone. This process does not require a centrifugal setup or any major equipment so it is easily reproduced in a home studio or in your back yard! This workshop will cover carving a mold and casting into tufa (light-weight sandstone), creating a quick mold in cuttlefish bone, a material easily found at any pet store producing a lovely texture, and sandcasting, an ancient way to reproduce an object. Students will also explore casting into other organic materials for surprising effects! Rudimentary alloying, pouring an ingot, finishing techniques and safety will all be discussed. Bring your clean silver scraps if you have some. No experience necessary.

Total Immersion Beginning Jewelry Making

Which came first?

Which came first?

Instructor: Dana Cassara

July 13-17, 5 weekdays, Monday – Friday, 10:00-5:00

Class Fee: $595, Basic materials included

What could be more fun than spending a week totally immersed in learning to make jewelry? Absolutely nothing! Spend an exciting five straight days doing just that. Together we will tackle the fundamentals of learning to work with precious metal: sawing, disc cutting and dapping, hammer texturing, roll printing, basic forming and finishing, as well as bezel setting stones. In this beginning silversmithing class, using copper, brass and sterling silver, students will make individualized jewelry pieces including a pin, pendent, ring and a simple linked project. Each night you’ll go home dreaming of what to create the next day, designing in your sleep. This class is an ideal opportunity to explore a range of techniques, in a condensed time, while creating several projects. No experience necessary.

Jewelry Summer Camp Ages 8-12

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Instructor: Tegan Wallace

July 20 – 24, 5 weekdays, Monday – Friday, 9:30 – 2:00

Class Fee: $285 Materials included

Looking for a great activity for your 3rd – 6th grader this summer? Check out the Danaca Design jewelry camp! This week-long camp teaches cool jewelry-making techniques such as bead making and stringing, wire working, texturing, stamping, and riveting metal! In addition, we will explore the fundamentals of composition and color theory while learning to use a variety of basic hand tools. Using polymer clay, Shrinky Dinks, seed beads, and copper and brass wire and sheet metal, we will create a variety of jewelry pieces students can wear proudly. After all, nothing is quite as fun as saying, “I made this!” Rings and bracelets and brooches, oh my! Come have fun with us for a week in July! No experience necessary.

Anticlastic Forming in Metal

Anticlastic Cuff Bracelet by Emily Hickman

Anticlastic Cuff Bracelet by Emily Hickman

Instructor: Bill Dawson

July 31 – August 2, Friday – Sunday, Three days, 10:30-5:00

Class Fee: $350, Basic Materials Included

Tool kits available to purchase In this three-day workshop you will learn the basics of anticlastic raising, a process which lends itself to creating exceptionally strong, flexible, lightweight, and organic-looking forms. A new focus on this ancient technique has yielded some of the most interesting forms in contemporary metalwork. In anticlastic forming a flat sheet of metal is shaped by compressing its edges and stretching the center so that the surface develops two curves at right angles to each other, like a horse saddle. We will focus on “open” or “mono-shell” forms made from a single piece of thin sheet metal, working to create striking dimensional shapes. Decking these forms will be shown in class to demonstrate how doing so can expand the range of forms available expanding your design options. Though open anticlastic forms date to the Early Iron Age, it is only recently that they have been explored in detail. You do not need a great deal of metalworking experience to take this class, but some facility with the hammer is helpful.

Meet and Greet with Jennifer Stenhouse

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A native of Atlanta Georgia, Jennifer Stenhouse currently makes her home and studio in Seattle, Washington. She has been teaching art and jewelry classes, workshops, lectured and exhibited throughout U.S. and Mexico for over 20 years. 

At the University of Wisconsin Madison, Jennifer studied with Martha Glowacki who encouraged her use of mixed media and jewelry skills. Fred Fenster and Eleanor Moty gave Jennifer the opprotunity to develop a strong base in metals techniques and design, and a better understanding of integrity  to one’s craft. 

Jennifer began teaching at Savannah College of Art and Design in Foundations and Jewelry classes as elective. Due to the strong interest from students wanting to major in Metals and Jewelry, Jennifer proposed and the developed The Metals and Jewelry Department. While in Savannah she also maintaned a small studio in the historic City Market. After departing Savannah Jennifer began teaching at the Vermont Art Exchange in North Bennington, Vermont. At VAE she taught several classes and workshops in jewelry, printmaking and drawing.

Currently Jennifer teaches jewelry classes and workshops in the Seattle, Washington area, including Pratt Fine Art Center, Danaca Design, and Tacoma Metal Arts Center. 

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  1. How long have you been making Jewelry?

I actually started making stuff as early as I can remember. My grandfather taught me photography. I was continuing with photography and printmaking in college. I began to use found objects, collage and mixed media elements in the work until they ultimately became 3-d objects. The sculpture scale I was working in was very small. The jewelry studio seemed to make the most sense for the tools and techniques I needed. So I came to develop my skills in the jewelry studio. By 1992, I began teaching at Savannah College of Art & Design. By the following year we developed the new metal department at SCAD.

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  1. You teach as well, how did you get into teaching?

I love teaching art. I’ve been teaching since 1990 in foundation classes, art criticism, jewelry, and metals techniques. One of the reasons I decided to go to University of Wisconsin-Madison, was because every other school I was looking at for graduate school, had at least one professor from Madison. I wanted a good start as a teacher in a place that produced good teachers.

  1. Is there anything in particular that you like about jewelry as a medium?

Well of course! I actually started casting before I learned anything else in the jewelry studio, and I’m still amazed at the endless possibilities. I believe one could study metals and jewelry for a thousand years and not truly master everything. 

  1. We have a variety of your cuttlebone pieces in the gallery, is there anything you’d like to share with us about why you enjoy working with cuttlebone, how you came around to using it, or anything interesting about the material and it’s possibilities?

Ah the awesome little cuttlefish!!! How I love it so! Each one is unique and marvelous. The texture is an amazingly intricate delicate pattern interrupted by carving and captured by metal. The history of the use of cuttlebone as a mold is inspiring. But, the way I like to use it for pattern and immediacy is what makes me most happy!
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  1. What are your favorite materials to work with, and why? 

I like casting with silver and bronze, and playing with stones. But I have to admit copper is what I love the most. Because I started in printmaking, copper is the gold standard in the etching and engraving world. So when I first ventured into a jewelry studio and caught a glimpse of their stomp shear scrap bin full of copper….I was confused! What were they doing with it? Hollow forms, color, heat, shape, texture! It was colorful, textural, sensual! Amazing stuff! 
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  1. I find that jewelers tend to have one part of the process they love best, for some it’s sawing, for others it’s soldering. Do you have a favorite part of the jewelry process?

I’m really seduced by the feel of the materials I’m working with. The textures of the materials and tools. They feel good. I’m always feeling each part, material, stone, saw blade, edges….that is what makes me keep going. But I love the processes of casting. It’s the ritual, the smell, the heat. 

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  1. What kind of imagery or inspiration do you use? Or, can you tell us about any recurring themes in your work?

Much of my sculpture is based in universal mythologies and synchronicity. I like to try and work with materials that help to relate a narrative, or open a conversation with the viewer. With my jewelry I try to find a way to streamline those ideas and materials into a much more simple thought, comment, or expression. 

  1. Do you have a website related to your work?

www.jenniferstenhouse.com

 

Don’t forget to check out Jenifer’s upcoming class at Danaca Design…

 

Survey of Stone Setting

January 21, 28, and February 4, 11, 18, 25, 6 Wednesday nights, 6:30 – 9:30

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This fast-paced, primarily demonstration style course will introduce students to a wide variety of stone setting techniques including a basic bezel for cabochons; prong and flush settings for faceted stones; pedestal settings; tube, post, and bar settings for multiple stones; capture sets; and a few ideas for how to set unusual shaped stones or found objects. Soldering setups and finishing tips, as well as overview of tools and equipment that make setting easier and provide professional finishes will be introduced in this comprehensive and valuable class. For those with experience it may provide some review and/or a critical missing link of information. For beginning students this course will offer an excellent overview of what is possible with stones and simple techniques to jump in and try. All levels, basic metal working helpful.

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

 

The Wonders of Winter Workshops!

Haven’t had a chance to check out our new Winter Schedule yet? Here’s your chance to get some highlights!

 

Stone Setting Clinic

STONE CLINIC

Instructor: Kirk Lang

January 5, February 2, March 2

1st Monday of each month, 6:00 – 9:00

Class Fee: $135 or drop-in $60/night

Stone setting can be challenging sometimes.  Don’t let intimidation prevent you from getting better at it; come get some help from the stone setting doctor!  Professional stone setter Kirk Lang will guide you through your particular challenges.  Drop-in or register for all three nights for a substantial discount. Basic Jewelry making and stone setting experience required. 

 

Polymer Micro Mosaics for Jewelry

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Instructor: Cynthia Toops

January 10 and 11, Sat & Sun, 10:00 – 5:00

Class Fee: $275|Some materials included

Cynthis Toops is widely recognized for her remarkable artistry in polymer clay, probably most significantly for her polymer clay mosaics.  In this workshop students will learn her tricks and create incredible micro-mosaics of their own to use like gems in pendants, brooches and/or rings.  No experience necessary.  Details online.

 

Survey of Stone Setting

SURVEY STONE

Instructor: Jennifer Stenhouse

January 21, 28, and February 4, 11, 18, 25

6 Wednesday nights, 6:30-9:30

Class Fee: $275 | Materials list

This fast-paced, primarily demonstration style course will introduce students to a wide variety of stone setting techniques including a basic bezel for cabochons; prong and flush settings for faceted stones; pedestal settings; tube, post, and bar settings for multiple stones; capture sets; and more.  All levels, basic metal working helpful.  *Students enrolled in this class are eligible to attend Practice Hours.  Details online.

 

Let’s Make a Spoon!

Spoons

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructor: Bill Dawson

February 1, Sunday, 10:30-5:00

Class Fee: $95 | Basic materials included

Create a one of-a-kind small serving, baby, table, or commemorative spoon; it’s not as complicated as you might think!  Spoons are a great gift idea and a marvelous opportunity to explore forging metal to create something other than jewelry.  Copper will be provided however students are welcome to work in silver.  No experience necessary.  Details online.

 

Chasing and Repoussé: Introduction Workshop

CHASE INTRO 

Instructor: Megan Corwin

February 6-8, Three days, Fri- Sun, 10:30-5:00

Class Fee: $350|$25 fee payable to instructor

This class will introduce students to the wonderful results possible with chasing and repoussé in pitch.  Since the Bronze Age, these techniques have been used to create refined and expressive detail bringing metal objects to life with three-dimensional ornamentation.  Students will be able to complete a simple piece and explore a variety of tools and basic tool making.  No experience necessary. 

 

Beginning Jewelry Series: Rings

BEG RING

Instructor: Dana Cassara

February 14 and 15, Sat & Sun 10:30 – 5:00

Class Fee: $265|Basic materials included

This Beginning Series class focuses on the basic construction of fabricated rings, with and without stones. Each student will construct a simple band ring as well as a ring with a bezel-set stone.  No experience necessary.

 

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics 

Enamel B2ENAMEL LT

Instructor:  Linnie Kendrick

February 21, Saturday, 10:30 – 5:00

Class Fee: $135|Basic materials included

Get a taste for the timeless beauty of glass on metal in this fast-paced one-day workshop.  Using a kiln for optimum control, students will learn the basics of enameling to create results that are refined or unexpected, allowing the interaction of enamels and kiln to surprise and delight.  No experience necessary.

 ENAMEL B1

Kiln Fire Enameling Basics II

Instructor: Linnie Kendrick

February 22, Sunday, 10:30 – 5:00

Class Fee: $135|Basic materials included

If the first class left you inspired yet out of time, this is the class for you.  Refine what you’ve learned and explore new possibilities by adding transparent enamels to your palette, special effects with glass shards and beads and rubber stamp images.  Prerequisite: Kiln Fire Enameling Basics I or equivalent.  Details online.

 

Keum-Boo:

KEUMBOO

Surface Treatment with Gold

Instructor:  Suz O’Dell

March 1, Sunday, 10:30 – 1:30

Class Fee: $65 | $35 fee Payable to instructor

In this workshop students will learn to add the luster of gold to their jewelry by applying 24K gold foil to fine silver.  The result is dramatic, creating rich color and beautiful textural possibilities with minimal expense.  All levels.  Details online.

 

Cold Connections: Beyond Rivets

COLD CONNECT

Instructor: Kirk Lang

March 28 and 29, Sat & Sun, 10:30 – 5:00

Class Fee: $265|Basic materials included

Learn a fast, clean, and durable way of joining two pieces of metal together. This must-have workshop will teach you how to create an exciting variety of rivets, to use micro tap and dies to create custom nuts and bolts and lastly, to utilize small tabs to fold over and attach one piece of metal to another.  Learn to truly marry form and function while designing a piece of jewelry or other articulated object utilizing these techniques.  Basic jewelry making skills helpful, soldering not necessary.  Details online.

 

 

 

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