What? Silversmithing Intermediate Intensive
When? July 25-29
Where? Twisp, WA in my personal studio
This workshop is a 5-day intensive for intermediate silversmiths. We will convene for 8 hours each day with a one-hour break for lunch. Only 4 students will be in this class, so your experience will be very hands-on.
If you already have a handle on basic techniques such as sawing, soldering, and finishing, this intensive will empower you to use these tools in a more personal and creative way. Over five concentrated days you’ll hone your existing skills, add new ones, and grow more comfortable and confident in your ability to realize your own designs. Students will also learn how to make a series of hand fabricated joints that will offer unique kinetic touches to their work.
Five-day intensives give students an understanding of what is involved to work full-time as a silversmith.
The cost of the workshop will include
5 days of training and interaction
1 3x3" sheet of 22 gauge sterling silver
1 4 ft 16 gauge sterling silver wire
1 4 ft wire of 18 gauge sterling silver
Should you require additional materials, please be sure to bring them with you to the workshop. You will find everything you need at Rio Grande. I will also have additional materials to purchase at wholesale cost, should you need.
If you would like to learn bezel setting, you will need to bring your own bezel wire. I am happy to discuss with you which wire to purchase should you need guidance.
All tools and equipment are included.
My studio space is well ventilated. However, I encourage you to bring your own eye/mouth/finger protection. For those students with long hair, be sure to tie it back when working with the torch. See below for a description of my studio.
Meals are not included.
Course Prerequisites include:
Experience working with a propane/O2 torch system.
Experience soldering with silver. This technique will be learned in Silversmithing Basics.
Experience working with a jeweler's hand saw.
The cost for this 5-day intensive is $565.
Once I have received your payment, your space will be confirmed.
This workshop is first come, first serve. Space for this workshop will be limited to four people.
20% of fee is considered non-refundable in cases of withdrawal for all students up to 30 days of the workshop.
Course fee is non-refundable within 2 months of the workshop unless I am able to fill the student's spot, in which case #1 above still applies.
If I cancel a class then 100% of your fee will be reimbursed.
I can work with you and the others in the group to secure affordable lodging. Let me know if you would like assistance. Otherwise, following are several links to arrange lodging.
Central Reservations - A local source for lodging at Inns, Hotels, B&B's, vacation rentals, condos, cabins, and more.
Lodging within walking distance to my studio:
Twisp River Suites - river front lodging in downtown Twisp, close to shopping and my studio
Methow Suites B&B - Wonderfully cozy, close to downtown Twisp, and the owners are some of the warmest people you will find in the Valley.
The closest airports are Twisp, Wenatchee, Spokane, and Seattle, WA.
Information about the Methow Valley:
Below are some useful resources to learn about this stunningly picturesque area.
Winthrop, WA Chamber of Commerce
Methow Trails - access to miles and miles of nordic ski and summer hiking/biking trails.
Twisp, WA Chamber of Commerce
Loup Loup Ski Bowl - our local alpine ski area (my husband and I are ski patrollers there)
Old Schoolhouse Brewery - an old schoolhouse in downtown Winthrop with great food and live music
Local Blend - a delicious restaurant at the front of my studio and the greenhouse
My silversmithing studio is situated inside the greenhouse at Yard Food, owned by the fabulous Tess Hoke. When you arrive, take time to visit the quaint shop in front of the building and walk through the plant nursery. Seek Tess' advice on how to grow successful garlic or, if she isn't present at the time of your visit, sign up for her online classes.
My studio can accommodate up to 5 students - 4 Little Smith torches, 2 flex shafts, 4 adjustable rolling stools (and additional seating). There is an open floor plan and bright, natural light. It is well ventilated and heated for all seasons. It is wheelchair accessible.
Given that it is a greenhouse, you may expect a friendly spider to drop in while you're working. Nibble on greens growing in the garden bed. Making messes and loud noises are encouraged.