Upcoming Jewelry Classes

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Jewelry Department

Marne Ryan

Marne Ryan

Marne Ryan

Marne Ryan

Instructor: Marne Ryan
August 8–12, 2018 (Wednesday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30 pm)
Beginning through advanced

LIMITED AVAILABILITY! Please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar to register for this class:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


Learn basic and advanced sterling and gold fusing and framing techniques. Bring all your sterling and gold scraps that are free of solder and transform them into a beautiful cuff.

MARNE RYAN, a recipient of the 1997 Rolex award for excellence in metals has been exploring and teaching the process of making textures through fire since 1976. She was an Artist in Residence for Pennsylvania and Delaware and a recipient of the Delaware Artist Grant. Her jewelry and vessels have won awards and recognition in the United States, Japan, Europe and Australia. Her work is in the permanent collection of The American Museum of Art and Design in New York City.

Her work is included in Ornament Magazine, Lapidary Journal, Contemporary American Jewelry Design and Fold Forming. She produced Organic Metals, a 6 DVD set teaching fusing, jewelry projects and techniques.

She has exhibited in solo, group, gallery, museum and juried craft shows since 1981, including American Craft Council, Cherry Creek, Evanston, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian, Santa Monica, Sausalito and Washington Craft shows, in addition to The DCCA Museum in Delaware, Signature Stadtischaan Museum, in Germany, and the Kalmar Museum in Sweden.

Serendipity, curiosity, and constructive pyromania form the foundation of my work. I love playing with fire, suspending the rules of what cannot be done with metal and integrating the elegance of form and function within the barely controlled chaos of my life. Using hammers. wooden blocks, stakes and steel daps, I hand make each piece by pleating, fusing, forming and raising metal into vessels and urns. 95% of all the metal is recycled.

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Current MAC Members: $517
Non-members: $575 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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