Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

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Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Jeff Georgantes

Jeff Georgantes

Jeff Georgantes

Instructor: Jeff Georgantes
March 14–15, 2020 (Saturday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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


Have you ever changed the brushes in your flex shaft? Are you properly greasing your rolling mill? In this two-day workshop we will cover how to clean and lube the shaft, and change the brushes, how to keep your rolling mill in new condition and a forever tool and many other equipment maintenance questions. Want to customize a hammer? Resurface your planishing hammer? We will carve, harden and temper a hand-made tool steel texturstamp, which will demonstrate proper surface treatment and review the basics of tempering and hardening tool steel.

In this workshop we will also review studio set-up and many of the various pieces of equipment that you may have or are questioning what you need. Some of the questions that will be answered are: What’s the difference between a flex shaft and micromotor? How to pick what kind of torch that you’ll need? What’s the difference between a precision pulse arc welder and a laser welder and what can they do for you? What are the differences between various buffing compounds and options in buffing wheels and rubberized abrasives? Plus, lots more answers revealed. Come prepared with questions!

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.

JEFF GEORGANTES has an MFA in Jewelry/Metals from CSU, Fullerton and a BA in Art and a MA in Sculpture, both from CSU, Humboldt. He taught Art at College of the Redwoods, Eureka, CA, for 15 years and has taught numerous visiting artist workshops across the USA. He helped develop and coordinate the Jewelry/Metals program at the Mendocino Art Center from the early 1990s until 2005 when he started his position as head of the Jewelry/Metals program at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH. He has served on the Mendocino Art Center Board of Directors, the Metalwerx Board and currently is a SNAG Board member.

Seems like you have heard this name before? Jeff Georgantes has made numerous YouTube demonstration videos for Otto Frei jewelry tool and equipment suppliers as well as some of his own:

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Current MAC Members: $247
Non-members: $275 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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