Upcoming Jewelry Classes

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Jewelry Department

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Instructor: Nancy Gardner
(This class was originally to be taught by Karen Sprague)

November 9–11, 2018 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30–4:30)
Beginners to Intermediate


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You may register online until two weeks prior to class start date. After that date, please call the registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This workshop will focus on the basics of metalsmithing – piercing, sawing, filing, fitting and most importantly and most challangingly, soldering. We will create one-of-a-kind fabricated pieces using and mastering metalsmithing techniques. Sterling silver stock will be availble for purchase in class to create a pendant or ring with a cabochon stone. Students are also encouraged to bring their own fabrication projects or designs to realize in class. Upon completion of this class students will have the required experience to participate in open studio or rent studio facilities with confidence. For those students with prior experience this class is a great opportunity to hone your soldering skils, expand your equipment knowledge and learn a few new fabrication tricks from a 35 year veteran.

NANCY GARDNER has been fabricating fine jewelry in silver and gold for 35 years. She received her BA in Metalsmithing from Buffalo State College during which she independently studied at SACI – Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy. In her last year of college she attended AR•CO an independent art school in Lisbon, Portugal, finalizing her degree and completeing a metalsmithing certification. During her years in Europe, Nancy learned old world techniques from master crafts people and fell in love with the art of metalsmithing.

In 2001 Nancy opened Mendocino Jewelry Studio, Main Street in Mendocino, where she exhibits her original jewelry along with 12 other prominent local jewelers.


Current MAC Members: $310
Non-members: $345 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

Instructor materials fee: $30
Sterling silver stock will be available for purchase in class.

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