2021 Jewelry and Metalwork Class Schedule 

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild offers an exciting program of spring, summer and fall courses and workshops in Metalwork and Jewelry design and creation. The Jewelry Studio is at 17 Whitehead Road, at 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 to set up a private class. Proof of vaccination required.



Jewelry Class Intermediate-Advanced Jewelry – Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig

Maximum 4 students. No exceptions. Proof of vaccination required.

Description: This session 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.

Wednesdays: 2:00 – 5:00 pm (6-week class)
Session 1: June 2,9,16,23,30, July 7 Maximum Students Reached. Full.
Session 2: July 21, 28, 4, 11, 18, 25 Maximum Students Reached. Full.
Session 3: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13
Session 4: 4-week class 10/27, 11/3,10,17 Maximum Students Reached. Full.

Price for 4-week 3-hour classes:

Members: $140+$20 materials
Not-yet-members: $152+$20 materials





Jewelry Class Enameling and Introduction to Basic Jewelry Skills – Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig

Maximum 4 students. No exceptions. Proof of vaccination required.

Description: This Saturday session 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!

  Saturdays: 2:00 – 5:00 pm (6-week class)
Session 1: June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10 cancelled
Session 2: July 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21, 28 Maximum Students Reached. Full.
Session 3: September 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23
No Session 4

Price for 6-week 3-hour classes:

Members: $210 + $20 materials fee

Not-yet-members: $230 + $20 materials fee

Students interested in doing enamel projects will also pay by the gram for enamel colors.


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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About Our Instructor

Robin “The Hammer” Ludwig, first became interested in metalwork as a child, reading Norse myths and Tolkien. He began his studies in metal arts in 1967at Goddard College, sometimes spending s much as 28 hours a week in the shop. His work has been covered in such varied publications as Creem, in Style, Details, High Times, New York Magazine and many others.
The Hammer’s work has appeared on stage, in movies and television, including recent episodes of “30 Rock.” From 1987-1994 he worked almost exclusively for rocker Billy Idol, producing a panoply worth of any kingdom featured in five international video hits, most notably “Cradle of Love” and “Prodigal Blues.”

Always part of the music scene, The Hammer is well known as a blues performer and plays rock’n’roll guitar with The Five Points Band. He also writes for Elmore, the national magazine dedicated to Saving American Music. More about The Hammer can be found at