Upcoming Jewelry Classes

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Jewelry Department

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Nancy Gardner

Instructor: Ronda Coryell
August 28–September 1, 2017
(Monday–Friday, 9:30am–4:30pm)

All levels

This class is currently full. To be placed on the waiting list, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


A sure way to make your work stand out is to add high karat gold to create beautiful and unique designs. Students will learn the ancient Korean technique of Keum Boo, how to alloy 22k gold, fusing 22k gold dust. Projects are fabricated using no solder. 18k or 22k gold is required for this class. You may bring your own or purchase from instructor. Adding high karat gold to Argentium makes the ultimate combination of gold and the beautiful white color of Argentium silver.

RONDA CORYELL is a Jewelers of America Certified Master Bench Jeweler and one of the world’s most well regarded experts on the use of Argentium. A former jewelry storeowner, Ronda now devotes her time to teaching and lecturing both nationally and internationally in such places as Bali, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and England.

Ronda holds a degree in Art Education and also founded the Northwest Chapter of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. Her expertise is based on the ancient technique of 22k granulation and fusing. Ronda, aka “Argentium Queen” has become the Resident Expert for the Argentium Guild. The Guild is a place for Argentium artisans and silversmiths to engage with a worldwide community and share their knowledge and experiences by posting DVD clips and information about Argentium.

Ronda recently founded the AIC Certification project. Her work has won recognition in competitions and exhibitions across the globe. She won First Place in the prestigious Saul Bell Design Award and continues to gain recognition for her innovative approach to metalsmithing with Argentium. Her work is included in several books on contemporary jewelry: 500 Earrings, 500 Bracelets, and The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry. She has a number of DVDs available covering techniques with Argentium that she is so well known for.

Visit Ronda Coryell's website


Current MAC Members: $517
Non-members: $575 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: $125

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