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JEWELRY AND METALWORK CLASSES AT BYRDCLIFFE

2019 Jewelry and Metalwork Class Schedule

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers an exciting program of spring, summer and fall courses and workshops of study in Metalwork and Jewelry design and creation. The Jewelry Studio is located at 17 Whitehead Road in the Byrdcliffe Art Colony.

PRIVATE MASTER CLASSES with Robin Ludwig are available at an individual rate of $75 an hour, or $120 an hour for two students. An awesome gift, and a great way to introduce kids to jewelry! Contact derin@woodstockguild.org to set up a private class.

Jewelry Class Enameling and Introduction to Basic Jewelry Skills – Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig
CASTING WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN INSTRUCTION IF THERE IS DEMAND

Saturdays: 2:00 – 5:00 pm (6-week class)
Session 1: April 13 – May 18
Session 2: May 25 – June 29
Session 3: July 6 – August 10
Intersession 5-day intensive workshop: Monday August 12 to Friday August 16; scroll down page for details
Session 4: August 24 – September 28
Session 5: October 5 – November 9
Session 6: November 16 – December 21

Price for class (6 weeks): $210 for Byrdcliffe members, $230 for not-yet members
Materials fee: $20 per student per 6-week class; students interested in doing enamel projects will also pay by the gram for enamel colors.
Description: This course will introduce students to traditional enameling techniques — Limoges, cloisonée (enclosures), and champlevé (raised field). True enameling is a method of coloring metal with fused glass, working at around 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. Most of what is called “enamel” these days is actually colored resin, which cures at room temperature. It scratches easily, and falls apart eventually. Real enamels can last hundreds, even thousands of years.

In order to accomplish these techniques, a knowledge of basic jewelry-making is essential, so this class will be a good one for beginners. We will cover forming, sawing, soldering and even a little raising as well as finishing and other jeweler’s skills. When you have accomplished your basic piece, whether it is a simple plate or a complex construction, it is time to create with color!

Pay your class fee online or call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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Jewelry Class Intermediate-Advanced Jewelry – Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig
CASTING WILL ALSO BE INCLUDED IN INSTRUCTION IF THERE IS DEMAND

Wednesdays: 2:00 – 5:00 pm (6-week class)
Session 1: April 10 – May 15
Session 2: May 22 – June 26
Session 3: July 3 – August 7
Intersession 5-day intensive workshop: Monday August 12 to Friday August 16; scroll down page for details
Session 4: August 28 – October 2
Session 5: October 16 – November 20

Price for class (6 weeks): $210 for Byrdcliffe members, $230 for not-yet members
Materials fee: $20 per student for 6-week class
Description: This series will be a little more freeform. It is for people with a basic knowledge of techniques who want to add to their arsenal. This is where we learn chasing, enameling, and other complex techniques. Hinges, hasps, riveting and closures will be covered, as well as box making. We will study findings like s-hooks, box clasps and prong baskets, and when to make them and when to buy them. Prong setting will be offered.

It will also be useful for advanced students who just need a weekly studio session with a troubleshooting advisor.

Pay your class fee online or call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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NEW! Five Days of Metal: All Levels Intensive with Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig
Workshop dates: Monday August 12 to Friday August 16, 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Workshop fee for the five-day intensive: $475 for members, $525 for not-yet-members
Materials fee: none for students opting to work in bronze; silver can be purchased at PMC Jewelry Supplies. Feel free to contact Robin Ludwig if you have questions about how much to purchase: rth@hvc.rr.com

What to bring to class: Students with their own tools are welcome to bring them; if you’re a total beginner, then just bring yourself! And everyone should consider bringing lunch; it may be difficult to go into town and back in the time allotted.

Description: Because many folks don’t have six weeks to spend in the vicinity of Byrdcliffe, we are offering a five-day intensive course in basic jewelry making. It will begin with a brief overview of metalworking, what metal is, the characteristics of various metals, and the historical place of the craft. The course will then turn to a description of the fundamental skills—fabrication including stone setting and finishing, casting including waxworking, chasing and repoussé (C&R), and enamels.

Students will begin with a simple project, usually a ring, which will introduce them to all the necessary basic skills—measuring, sawing, forming, soldering, filing, finishing, and other techniques along the way. When the ring is in hand, the student may want to continue this project by hammering, marking with punches, or even setting a stone, which leads us into bezel-setting (more advanced students may want to try prong-setting or even invisible setting).

A second project of greater scope, often a hinged bracelet or a metal box, will fill the rest of the session. If the student is interested in enamels, a cloisonnée piece would combine these skills perfectly.

Advanced learners are as welcome as beginners, and those with the skills can dive into more technically challenging projects like casting. We can look at waxworking, sprueing, and possibly even set up molds for casting. The actual casting would be done for a minimal fee outside of class time, or artists could choose to send their waxes to a foundry, like Carrera Casting. Finishing methods are covered as part of the course.

C&R is a subtle skill and very time consuming, so we will cover it in terms of light decoration, rather than as the focus of the piece. Too many options can become distractions!

Finally, we’ll discuss setting up a small home shop and the tools needed to do so.

The variety of activities offered, the fluidity of teaching allowing students to find their own level, and the satisfaction of working in a master environment like our newly renovated shop make for a real value and a good time!

Maximum 7 students in the class, so sign up now! (minimum 5 students for class to run)

Pay your workshop fee online or call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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NEW! Ornamental Chasing and Repoussé Workshop with Valentin Yotkov
Workshop date: Sunday, September 8, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm with a one-hour break for lunch (1:00 – 2:00 pm)
Workshop fee: $175 for members, $185 for not-yet-members; students will also need to purchase a few materials
Materials fee: $50 (includes tools students can take home for future use such as a chasing hammer and pitch bowl)

Description: The ancient metalsmithing techniques of chasing and repoussé are currently experiencing a rebirth among silversmiths, jewelry designers, and other artists of metalwork. C & R involves shaping and hammering metal to create beautiful low-relief designs.

This workshop is for people of all levels. Students will receive individual step-by-step instruction tailored to their personal level of experience and goals. There are several class projects to choose from—beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Students will be provided with the design, the chasing tools necessary to complete it, and a finished sample of each project to aid the learning process. Working on a class project is not mandatory. Students may bring their own designs and chasing tools.

The most important topics covered are: chasing tools and hammers (different shapes, sizes and applications); transferring the design to the metal; chasing professional quality lines; proper raising techniques; adding artistic finishing touches such as edging, beveling and texturing; studio safety; and how to design repoussé jewelry and hollow-ware like a pro.

We will also discuss tool-making: shaping, hardening, tempering, and polishing. Chasing tools will be available for purchase.

To view works executed by chasing and repoussé, visit valentinyotkov.com.

Lunch: There will be an an hour for lunch between 1:00 and 2:00 pm – a bag lunch is recommended, as timing may be tight for students to go into town and back to the studio on a busy summer Sunday in Woodstock.

Pay your workshop fee online or call us at 845.679.2079 to pay over the phone with a credit card.

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ABOUT OUR INSTRUCTORS

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