Offering instruction in metalsmithing and jewelry making
At Tacoma Metal Arts Center you can design and create unique jewelry and small-scale sculpture. Our expert instruction will help you develop the skills to make the jewelry that you have only imagined. The majority of classes offered at TMAC are techniques oriented, rather than project oriented. What that means: our students make individualized projects and our instructors are able to help them succeed in any direction they wish to go. Whether you come to class full of ideas or with no ideas, you will leave with your own unique creation! The small class size, generally limited to eight students, means you will get the one on one instruction you need to succeed!
Featured Classes & Events
Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing
Intensive- 3 days
Fri/Sat/Sun December 27, 28 & 29
10:00 am- 6:00 pm
includes most materials
Instructor Amy Reeves
Beginning Jewelry/ Metalsmithing Intensive - This condensed exploration of metalworking fundamentals is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn jewelry-making but never had the time. Techniques covered will include sawing, filing, stamping, hammering, texturing, and that is just the first day! We will also cover bezel setting stones, making rings, chain fabrication and lots of soldering. Students will be guided step by step in the use of studio equipment like torches, hand tools, rolling mill and hydraulic press. The instructor will also talk about how to set up a home studio so you can continue on your own after the class. No prior jewelry experience is necessary, students of all levels are welcome. Small class size ensures plenty of one on one instruction. Copper and brass provided for in class use, silver available for purchase. Limited to six students.
Saturday, December 14
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
$75 includes most supplies
Instructor Amy Reeves
Enameling Workshop - Learn to use enamels on copper or silver to create beautiful jewelry pieces. Enameling is the ancient art of applying ground glass to a metal surface and fusing the glass to the metal with a torch or kiln. This class will cover the application of enamels, firing in a kiln and making it into a piece of jewelry. Supply fee is included in the price of the class to cover copper and enamels, 20 gague fine silver will be available for purchase. Students can choose to work on pendants, charms or earrings. Limited to six students.
At Tacoma Metal Arts Center you can design and create your own custom jewelry and small-scale sculpture. With our expert instruction you will develop the skills to make the jewelry that you have only imagined. The classes offered at TMAC are techniques oriented, rather than project oriented. What that means: our students make individualized projects and our instructors are able to help them succeed in any direction they wish to go. Whether you come to class with an idea or with no ideas, you will leave with your own unique creation!
What the students say:
"Playing with metal and playing with fire - this is so fun! ~Darleen
"This place is so cool-they have open studio, and you can use all of the tools at the works stations" ~ Alicia
"Very fun, I learned so much and can't wait to practice!"
"Great job, nice balance of student work time and demonstrations of new techniques." ~ Brian
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