Studio Independent Access:
Once you have taken a few classes, TMAC offers a fully equipped jewelry making and metalsmithing studio for your use during open studio twice a month. Equipment includes: 12 inch precision metal shear, acetylene torches, Smith little torches, rolling mills, hydraulic press, flex shaft drills, files, jeweler's saw frames, disc cutters, doming punches, letter stamps, pliers, hammers and much, much more.
Instruction and materials are not included in indepedent access fee. Studio Independent Access is different from classes in that independent access users are expected to be able to work independently, without guidance or questions. For specific project advice or instruction, private lessons are available at a rate of $95 per hour.
Some materials are available for sale, or students are welcome to bring their own.
Studio Independent Access Hours: Wednesdays - 11am - 6pm ***subject to change without notice***
Who is eligible for Independent Access: Students may participate in indepedent access after taking at least 20 hours of metalsmithing classes at TMAC and once they are able to work independently.
Independent Access Rates: $15 per hour, or $45 per day.
By approval only, students need to work without guidance or questions to qualify for this rate.
NEW!! - Studio Practice Hours:
If you have taken a few classes but are not yet able to work fully independently we now offer studio practice hours twice a month. This is time for students to work through their new skills and practice what you learned in class. A monitor will be available to and help you with questions about techniques learned in class (but not to teach). Students are expected to be respectful of the tools and equipment, and to only use tools that they have received safety training on during previous classes.
Times: First and third Wednesdays 2:30 - 5:30 ***subject to change without notice***
Rates: $45 for the 3 hour time slot.
Materials: Materials are not included in indepedent access or open studio fees. Some materials are available for sale, or students are welcome to bring their own.
Private Lessons: Starting at $95 per hour, rates vary depending on the lesson and/or project. Popular topics include: Wedding Ring Tutorial, Beginning Jewelry, Forged Jewelry Forms and Stone Setting. Please call 253-227-1694 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss the details.
Certain processes are not allowed during open studio or indepedent access hours and may only be done in class or as a private lesson with instructor supervision. These include, but are not limited to, chemical etching, chemical patinas (except paint on oxidizer) electroforming and lost-wax casting. Enameling kilns are available with advance notice, and no lead-bearing enamels are allowed.
Drop-in Casting Classes: please note, since lost-wax casting is not allowed during studio access hours, past casting students may sign up for a drop-in session of the casting class for $50 with a two flask maximum (provided there is space in the class). Flasks must be ready for burn-out 3 days prior to your drop-in class. Wax carving and investing may be done during studio access hours (standard studio rates apply and investment is $3.00/lb.)
Currently there is no studio access for Blacksmithing
3833 6th Ave. Tacoma, WA 98406
Closed Friday Aug. 24, Friday Aug. 31, Friday Oct. 12 for Beginning Intensive Class.