Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

Like Us on Facebook
Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Jeff Georgantes

Jeff Georgantes

Jeff Georgantes

Instructor: Jeff Georgantes

March 20–22, 2020 (Friday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
Open to beginners, but soldering and basic jewelry fabrication skills required

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, all Mendocino Art Center classes, open studios, and exhibits will be postponed, and the gallery store will be closed, through April 30. More information


This class will combine two most requested settings projects, how to make your own basket settings and how to use bezel blocks. Participants will not only learn how to fabricate the settings but will also learn how to set round and oval faceted stones. First, we’ll do a series of exercises that will teach the core principles of stone setting, then we’ll move forward into how to use pre-made jigs to simplify the basket setting fabrication process. Tips on how to build your own basket setting jigs for custom sizes will also be presented. We’ll not only show how to solder these settings together, but also how a laser welder or precision arc welder can simplify the process.
Making a tapered tube setting can be a frustrating shape to fabricate using traditional methods. Bezel blocks make the process super easy! We’ll show how you can use bezel blocks to create complicated settings in minutes and with very little effort. Bezel blocks can be used to make bezel settings, tapered tubes, prong settings and wax settings for casting.

Participants will have the option to make a finished pendant or ring with the settings that are created.

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.

Visit Jeff Georgantes' website

How to Use Fancy Shape Bezel Blocks by Jeff Georgantes

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.
View our membership benefits

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: $50 (includes all the necessary stones, metal and core setting tools)

Materials List

Stay on the Mendocino Art Center Campus

Not a current Mendocino Art Center? Become a member and save on each class registration.

Please choose your membership level


By clicking on the "Add to Cart" button you will be transferred to PayPal's website to complete your registration. You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay through PayPal – you may pay with any major credit card.