Tue. Silversmithing - Mar. 31–May 5
Learn the beautiful art of silversmithing and create fine jewelry you can wear with pride or give as gifts. This six-week class teaches how to do most everything needed in silversmithing. Students can take stones made in lapidary or ones that have been purchased and create settings to fit them. Instruction will be given on proper tool usage, flex shaft, acetylene torch to solder silver, and bezel set stones. More complex techniques to design original rings, pendants, bracelets, buckles, and bolos will also be given. Beginner to advanced students welcomed.
Dates: Mar. 31–May 5 (6-weeks)
Time: 5:30 pm–8:30 pm
Instructor: Colleen Ashton
Campus location: Cottage
Materials: $20 materials fee due the first day of class to the instructor (covers tools, acetylene, and equipment). Students must bring own silver, gold, or copper metals (not needed the first day of class). Colleen can help students figure out the amount of metal needed for their jewelry piece(s). Metals can be purchased online from retailers like Rio Grande. If you have questions regarding what to bring or would like to use different metals, please contact the instructor. This class can not work with titanium or stainless steel.
Student limit: 6 people
Policy: Students must preregister to attend class. 72-hour notice required for class cancellation and refund.
Open Studio Time for Jewelry Students:
Saturdays 1 pm - 5 pm (except holiday weekends or otherwise noted by instructor)
For more information contact Colleen: 801-278-6233
“I like silver because it’s versatile,” she says. “You can create things that nobody else does. And I enjoy teaching people something they can enjoy doing. I especially love it when my students go on and do well.”
Colleen took a casting class at PCH when her kids were young, then moved into lapidary and silversmithing. She taught casting with Myron Chidester, then took over his classes when he passed away. She has been teaching at Pioneer Craft House for over a decade.
If you bring stones to Colleen, she will help you slice and cut them, then shape, grind, and polish them, and help you mount them in silver. "You never know what's inside until you cut them."