Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

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Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Instructor: Nancy Gardner

April 2–5, 2020 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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Or call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This workshop will focus on the basics of metal smithing – piercing, sawing, filing, fitting and, most importantly and most challenging, soldering. We will create one-of-a-kind fabricated pieces using and mastering basic metal smithing techniques. Sterling silver stock will be available for purchase in class to create a pendant or ring with a cabochon bezel set stone. Students are encouraged to bring their own fabrication projects or designs to construct in class. I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of figuring out the best way to construct your creative design and realize it in metal. Upon completion of this class students will have the required experience to participate in open studio, rent studio facilities or create your own workspace with confidence. For those students with prior experience this class is a great opportunity to hone your soldering skills, expand your equipment knowledge and learn a few new fabrication tricks from a 35-year veteran.

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.

NANCY GARDNER has been fabricating fine jewelry in silver and gold for over 35 years. She received her BA in metal smithing 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 completing a master metal smithing certification. For the following two years she was a metal arts instructor at AR•CO in Lisbon. During her years in Europe, Nancy learned old world techniques from master crafts people and fell in love with the art of metal smithing.

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

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Current MAC Members: $328
Non-members: $365 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 for soldering kit: tweezers, solder rite board, pic, stay tweezers, flux, pins, binding wire, flux brush.

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