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Jewelry & Metal Arts

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Tuesday, Jun 26 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Off-Campus | 2018/SE-JEWEL-4113
1 session | 3 contact hours | tuition $75 | lab fee $30


Here's your chance to make a leather wrap bracelet. You'll choose from hundreds of different colors of fire-polished Czech glass beads, as well as numerous shades of imported leather. You will have the option of making several short (single or double) bracelets or one that will wrap five times around your wrist. Choose your button closure from the instructor's collection of vintage and antique buttons. All materials and tools will be provided.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

  • Name: Carolyn Wagner (Bio)
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Monday - Friday, Jul 23 - 27 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-0450 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $40


Have you ever wanted to design and fabricate your own jewelry? This course (geared specifically to the young metalsmith) gives you the tools to do just that! You'll learn and master the basic techniques of sawing, piercing and filing, with the goal of having a cohesive collection of work at the end of the course. Through practice, you'll develop skill and confidence in using basic jewelry hand tools. A part of each class is devoted to talking about the history of jewelry and adornment, with special attention paid to contemporary designers as well as opportunities for jewelers and designers today. Casual group critiques are held throughout the course as a way for students to evaluate each other's ideas and work. Note: Brass and copper are provided; students are responsible for buying silver, should they wish to use it.

Applies to: AT, Y3

  • Name: Heather Guidero (Bio)
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Saturday, Jul 7 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-JEWEL-0390
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $130 | lab fee $45


Scrimshaw, an art form with deep roots in Rhode Island, refers to a process of scratching and carving lines and shapes onto a hard surface (originally bone and ivory) and then inking the carved area to make it come into view. Whalers practiced this art form in their spare time and brought it into prominence during the heyday of the whaling industry. In this course scrimshaw techniques are demonstrated and practiced, along with ways of inking individual pieces. The technique itself can be done anywhere, with limited tools and expertise. Work is done on a variety of materials including bone, mother of pearl and natural findings. Students utilize the technique to develop an individual design or image that tells their own contemporary story. Students push the technique to its limits as they create one-of-a-kind artistic objects and jewelry. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Applies to: JM-E

  • Name: Andrew Haviland (Bio)
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Mondays, Jun 25 - Jul 30 | 6-9pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-JEWEL-0499
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Like a fantastic frame for a piece of art, the right setting for a precious stone or gem intensifies its visual impact and beauty. This beginner course focuses on two aspects of jewelry ornamentation techniques: simple stone settings and the ancient art of filigree. The stone setting methods introduced include bezel, prong and flush settings. Filigree, meaning "wirework," is an ancient technique that combines the curling, twisting and bending of fine threads of wire into intricate designs joined with solder. By the middle of this course, students begin to use their newfound stone setting and filigree abilities to complete their own rings, earrings and other unique pieces of handmade jewelry. This course is for beginners as well as more advanced students wanting to learn a specialized technique. Note: Students must purchase a basic jewelry kit at the RISD Store 3D. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Special Schedule: Class has a late start date.

Applies to: JM-R

Prerequisite for certificate students: Jewelry + Light Metals II: Process + Practices

  • Name: Jennaca Davies (Bio)
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