From the River Silversmithing Workshop, Sept 2021
What? From the River Silversmithing Workshop
When? Sept 13-17, 2021
Where? Winthrop, WA in my personal studio.
My philosophy? There is nothing that cannot be done. Together, let's push all of the limits!
This workshop is a 5-day intensive, we will convene for 8 hours each day with a one-hour break for lunch.
Students will focus on designing and creating river and riparian habitat-inspired hand-fabricated pieces of their choice. Demonstrations will include the many techniques that can be used to make this special life come alive in silver, from fusing sterling silver, soldering multiple joints in one piece to reticulation, creating 3-dimensional joints, texturing, basic repoussé and chasing, carving, and texturing. Demonstrations will also include flattening river rocks to create cabochons, bezel setting, and how to hand fabricate small branches. Students will create several different pieces throughout the week.
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 3x3" sheet of 24 gauge sterling silver
1 5 ft 16 gauge sterling silver wire
1 5 ft wire of 18 gauge sterling silver
1 3 ft wire of 20 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.
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.
Please note that I do not give students specific projects to complete. I offer many different demonstrations throughout the day, so you're welcome to copy my demonstrations or take the techniques to incorporate into your own designs. I encourage you to explore your own artistic expression.
Course Prerequisites include:
Experience working with a propane/O2 torch system.
For the intermediate intensive course, 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 $850.
Once I have received your payment, your space will be confirmed.
This workshop is first come, first serve. Space is limited.
25% of fee is considered non-refundable in cases of withdrawal for all students up to 30 days of the workshop. In other words, think carefully before reserving your spot!
Course fee is non-refundable within 30 days 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.
Lodging, directions and information about the Methow Valley
River's Edge Resort - https://www.riversedgewinthrop.com/en-us
River Run Inn - https://riverrun-inn.com/
Chewuch Inn and Cabins (this is the closest option) - https://chewuchinn.com/
Mt. Gardner Inn - https://www.mtgardnerinn.com/en-us
N Cascades Mountain Hostel - https://www.northcascadesmountainhostel.com/
Spring Creek Ranch (cabin - also very close to my studio) - http://springcreekwinthrop.com/lodging/
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)
Winter Fun Where The Olympians Train - Sunset Magazine feature
Hiking Guide - WA Trails Association
Old Schoolhouse Brewery - an old schoolhouse in downtown Winthrop with great food and live music
My silversmithing studio is situated in a large warehouse-style building just outside of Winthrop, WA. It has ample lighting, open floor plan, with a garage door that generally remains open in warmer months. It is well ventilated and heated for all seasons. It is wheelchair accessible.
The address is:
6 Horizon Flats Road
Winthrop, WA 98862
My studio can accommodate up to 8 students - 8 Little Smith torches, 4 flex shafts, plenty of space to make noise and make yourself comfortable.
I do have a refrigerator and microwave if needed. Otherwise, here are some restaurant choices:
It all depends on how Covid is progressing, but here are some options:
Rocking Horse Bakery is a great option for breakfast - https://www.rockinghorsebakery.com/
OSB is doing pick up - https://oldschoolhousebrewery.com/
East 20 Pizza (delicious) is doing pick up - https://east20pizza.com/
Arrowleaf Bistro is doing pick up - https://www.arrowleafbistro.com/
Copper Glance is doing pick up/take out - https://www.copperglancewinthrop.com/
3 Bears is open for breakfast and lunch - https://www.3bearsquiltshop.com/cafe.html