This intensive course offers a comprehensive introduction to jewelry-making for the beginner or self-taught jeweler. The focus will be on developing the basic skills of jewelry fabrication in metal, including soldering, sawing, drilling, filing, sanding and polishing. The additional techniques of chain making, stone setting, hammer finishes and texturing will also be introduced. Through demonstration and hands-on projects, students will develop the preparation for continued craftsmanship. Bring a sketchbook and any previous work to the first class.
Students enrolled in this class will have access to Open Bench Studio.
TUITION: $335 + fees: $35
Rachel Alvarez Flaherty earned a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry from Maine College of Art and a Postgraduate Certificate from the University of Central England at Birmingham. She has a studio in South Portland where she specializes in custom jewelry as well as lockets and rings in sterling silver, gold and mixed media. Rachel has been teaching in the Continuing Studies Program at MECA for over 20 years.
Supplies provided with additional supplies available for purchase.