Upcoming Jewelry Classes

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Jewelry Department

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Instructor: Nancy Gardner

April 8–9, 2017 (Saturday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)


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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


During this workshop we will melt down sterling silver scrap and/or shot pour ingots to be fabricated into various “stock” forms – wire and sheet of different gauges and shapes. We will also tackle unusual shapes such as tapered and twisted rod forms and tubing – your desired stock shape will be our challenge. As we create this “stock” we will learn about the alloying process of precious metals and the different working properties there of. Students will gain a basic core understanding of silver and goldsmithing and gain the knowledge to fabricate any stock form that’s needed, efficiently and immediately. We will also discuss precious metal pricing, purchasing and refining. Students are encouraged to bring their own silver, sterling and gold scrap to re-process into usable stock.

NANCY GARDNER has been making fine jewelry in Mendocino since 1985. She received her BA in design, concentration in metalsmithing from Buffalo State College. Three years of her college years were spent studying in Florence, Italy and Lisbon, Portugal. It was her time in Portugal, studying with old world craftsmans that gave her a deep understanding of precious metals and their working properties. She has participated in a number of international shows, and has taught silver and gold jewelry fabrication both in Europe and in the states. Since her arrival in Mendocino she has been hand fabricating unique silver and gold jewelry for retail sale in various galleries throughout the US. In 2001 she opened Mendocino Jewelry Studio, a jewelry gallery on Main St. in Mendocino which exhibits only locally produced art jewelry.

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Current MAC Members: $225
Non-members: $250 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.

Sterling silver shot will be available for purchase in class.
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