Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

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Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Kate Richbourg

Kate Richbourg

Kate Richbourg

Kate Richbourg

Kate Richbourg

Kate Richbourg


Instructor: Kate Richbourg
October 17–18, 2020 (Saturday–Sunday, 10am–5pm;
daily break 12:30pm–1:30pm PDT)

Structure of Class: 2 six-hour Zoom sessions
SU20J601Beginning to Intermediate

Last day to register is October 8, 2020

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

Explore the world of metal bead making with Kate Richbourg. In this virtual workshop, students will make six different styles of metal beads. The resulting pieces may be strung together as a showstopper necklace or used as centerpieces or “focals” in a variety of work.

This class will cover both hot and cold connections in bead making and students will learn the techniques to make the following beads in class:

Coin Beads; Traditional Round Metal Beads often called “Bench Beads”, Capped Barrel Beads, Stacked and Dapped Beads, Lentil Beads and Table Beads.

These designs allow for adaptation to your own personal style and Kate will share a bunch of variations, tips and techniques. She will also demonstrate a variety of texturing techniques for metal including hammers as well as a rolling mill. She will also demonstrate the uses of paste and sheet solder, filing and shaping metal, texturing metal, soldering and post-solder clean up and polishing/finishing techniques.

KATE RICHBOURG was raised on a small farm in Gilroy, California. As a child, she would spend hours stringing beads and creating her own jewelry. It was a phase she never quite outgrew. After completing college, while trying to get excited about the transition to a corporate career, Kate saw a want ad for a bead store and lost no time in applying. Soon she was teaching classes and writing articles that were published regularly in magazines. During this time she took a basic metalworking class at a local community college that opened her eyes to the possibilities of what metalworking had to offer the jewelry designer. She began teaching metalworking to the masses and never looked back.

Teaching and designing jewelry since 1992, Kate teaches at national shows, bead societies and bead shops, is published in a variety of jewelry magazines and is the author of the popular blog “We Can Make That at Home.” She is also the Creative Guru at beadshop.com and hosts a popular online Wednesday and Friday broadcast watched worldwide on the beadshop.com YouTube channel.

She has appeared on several episodes of the DIY, HGTV and PBS network shows “DIY Jewelry,” “Craft Lab” and “Beads, Baubles and Jewels.” Kate is the author of two bestselling books Simple Soldering: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing Made Easy, from Interweave Press. 

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Current MAC Members: $301
Non-members: $335 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

Required Kit Fee: $35 (includes: Riveting Tube, a variety of metal blanks, handout and support materials) must be purchased at the time of registration.

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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