Upcoming Jewelry Classes

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Jewelry Department

Instructor: Thomas Mann
Telling a Story Through Personal Pin Making

August 15–19, 2017 (Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels

This class is no longer available for registration. For more information, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This workshop offers the opportunity to explore the design concepts and fabrication techniques important to an assemblage approach to jewelry making through introducing Thomas Mann’s unusual cold connection system from which students can extrapolate other jewelry engineering solutions.

Through experimenting with their design, Mann will lead workshop participants on a story telling journey in the creation of their own found object creations. Students are encouraged to bring photographs (old, new or magazine) and found objects such as buttons, heirloom jewelry or materials they find on the streets or in nature, and industrial materials (chain, electronic parts, etc.), to incorporate in the design and fabrication of a personal wearable expression.

Note: In addition to focusing on found object assemblage design techniques, this workshop incorporates all of the content found in Tom’s “Demystifying the Jeweler’s Saw” and “Fastenation!” workshops. While perfect for beginners, these workshops also offer information taken for granted by intermediate and advanced students that will increase their technical skill allowing them to focus on expanding their design possibilities.

THOMAS MANN, an icon of the American Craft Jewelry movement, a full-time practicing professional artist for over 40 years, describes himself as an artist working in the medium of jewelry and sculpture. He works with a variety of metals, thinking of them as painters think of their palettes – each metal having its own color and luster. Inspired by parts from machines, electronic instruments, costume jewelry, and old postcards and photos, Mann’s recurring but always changing parts give his work its storytelling quality and theatricality. He calls this design vocabulary, which combines industrial aesthetics and materials with evocative themes and romantic imagery, "Techno-Romantic."

Thomas Mann developed Techno.Romantic™ after years of experimenting with the idea of incorporating 20th-century collage and assemblage techniques into jewelry making – attempting to humanize technology and provide raw material and inspiration for our imaginations.

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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.

Materials kit fee: $30 (with tools: $80)

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