Beginning Silversmithing (Wednesday)
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 will learn how to work with copper and sterling silver metal, using traditional hand tools and fabrication skills such as sawing, filing, texturing, soldering and finishing. Students will be encouraged to develop their design voice (everyone has one!) and will be taught how to set a bezel set stone in a ring or pendant of their own design. Students should be able to complete 2 - 3 projects in this class.
Dates: Jan. 8–Feb. 19 (no class Jan. 22)
Time: 6 pm–9 pm
Instructor: Amy Natoli Schmidt
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). Instructor can help students figure out the amount of metal needed for their jewelry piece(s). Metals can be purchased online from suppliers such as Rio Grande or from the instructor. 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: 8 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)
Amy Natoli Schmidt
Amy has been making jewelry since she took her first Jewelry Fabrication class in college. She has been teaching metalsmithing since 2013 for the University of Utah's Lifelong Learning Continuing Education program and as an independent studio owner/instructor and enjoys working with students of all levels of experience. One of her greatest feelings of accomplishment as an instructor is seeing the confidence of her beginning students grow as they work through the process of design and fabrication and then seeing the joy when they finish their first piece of jewelry.