This intensive workshop concentrates on copper, brass and sterling silver rings made to decorate the hand. Participants will learn basic fabrication techniques used to make handmade rings such as piercing, forming, soldering, hollow forms and surface finishing. In addition, there will be demonstrations on various stone setting methods, for example: bezel, prong, and hammer setting. Each day we'll cover new techniques to open the door to new design possibilities. Discussions will include applying the principles of design to jewelry making, and a brief history of rings and their cultural significance. This class is open to all levels.
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TUITION: $335 + FEES: $35
Benjamin Kellogg is a contemporary jeweler, educator, and recent MFA graduate from the metals program at SUNY New Paltz, where he also completed a Bachelors of Science in Visual Arts Education. He has received training in jewelry and metalsmithing from various craft schools including the Penland School of Crafts and the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Benjamin has exhibited his work internationally through selected exhibitions, pop-up exhibitions, and co-curated a group show for the 2017 Society of North American Goldsmiths NEXUS conference. Motivated by his experiences in education, he investigates how acts of play, bound by self imposed structure and rule, can be used as an iterative approach to a studio practice and making.