Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

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Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Ira Sherman

Ira Sherman

Ira Sherman

Ira Sherman

Ira Sherman

Ira Sherman

Instructor: Ira Sherman

November 15–17, 2019 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This intensive three-day jewelry casting workshop will focus on techniques that produce porosity free gold and silver jewelry castings with extreme detail. Casting demonstrations will be in sterling silver and casting bronze, however, the technique will be very specific for use with 14K and 18K gold. All techniques will be adapted for use in an artist studio environment. Students will learn basic techniques for wax model carving, proper sprue placement, various burnout techniques, ingot pouring, simple RTV mold making plus many tricks of the trade from a well seasoned professional. Ira will also reveal and demonstrate a proprietary mesh casting technique he developed in the 90s. One of these special mesh cast pieces is included in the Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.

The Susan E. Wood Jewelry Studio is available for use for a fee the days following your workshop should you like to continue practicing new skills or finish projects started in class. For more details or to schedule extra workdays, please contact Nancy Gardner, Jewelry/Metal Arts Coordinator.

IRA SHERMAN has worked as a master jeweler and metal smith for over 40 years. His company, Ira Sherman Designs, LLC, was founded in 1975 with his product line focusing on custom wedding ring design. Sherman developed many proprietary techniques that allowed him to produce extremely high quality yellow and white gold castings using simple relatively inexpensive home studio casting equipment. Some of Sherman's techniques include special sprue configurations and gold alloys specific for one-of-a-kind castings. His award winning cast and forged designs have been exhibited and featured in various publications, private collections and museum collections, including the Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery.

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Ira Sherman: Lyrical Line & Mechanized Design
Academy of Art University

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.

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