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Stones that Tell Stories

Do you look at the horizon or around your feet when you stroll the shoreline? If you mostly look down – this workshop is for you. I am ‘down-looker’ along the water; drawn to the shapes, colors, textures of beach and river rocks. I have incorporated beach stones in my jewelry for the past 20 years.

In this workshop you will learn multiple ways to set beach stones and to build them into wearable art you will be proud of. We’ll focus on earrings and necklaces using handmade settings and connections. You will learn to problem solve along the pathways to completion. Following the ‘play before you plan’ approach, we will first learn the various techniques for stone setting (e.g., bezel, prong, drill/rivet) and forming unique and interesting connections. Then as the components take shape – students will wind their way down the creative pathways to construct one-of-kind pieces that are meaningful to them and their connections to important natural places in their lives.

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Faculty: April Ottey

Dates: June 13 – 17, 2022

Tuition: $840

Tuition, room and board: $1,565

Lab Fee: $65, Kaiser soldering board, argentium wire, diamond & regular drill bits, sterling tubing, bezel pusher, polishing disks. 

Skill Level: All levels (Some basic fabrication skills in metal helpful)

Enrollment limited to 10 students

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