Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

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Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Alison B. Antelman

Alison B. Antelman

Alison B. Antelman

Alison B. Antelman

Alison B. Antelman

Alison B. Antelman

Instructor: Alison B. Antelman
August 26–28, 2020
(Wednesday–Friday, 10am–5pm, lunch break: 12:30pm–1:30pm PDT)

Basic knowledge of soldering required

Structure of Class: 3 six-hour Zoom sessions

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


Create a one-of-a-kind “key clasp” to unify your art jewelry. Students make a front key clasp necklace with stainless steel neck wire by fabricating terminals and soldering sterling to stainless steel cable. Students are encouraged to go with their own design inclinations and to explore new ideas in creating cohesive finished jewelry. Clasps can be textured, chased, roller printed, etched, domed, hydraulic press shapes, with stones, with enamel… the variety is endless as you come up with your own solutions.

We'll discuss possibilities for customizing your clasp to fit your designs. Students are welcome to show projects in need of a clasp and we'll trouble shoot the situation. This class is meant to get you thinking about connections, functional, practical and aesthetic aspects of use.

Step-by-step handouts are supplied along with the kit. Samples will be shown. Basic fabrication, including knowledge of soldering is required.

ALISON B. ANTELMAN exhibits and sells her work from her studio, galleries and at craft shows nationally. She’s participated in gallery exhibitions from Los Angeles to Massachusetts, including at Mobilia and Facere Galleries and the Palos Verdes Art Center. She was awarded Honorable Mention at Lakefront Festival of Art at the Milwaukee Art Museum, and 2018 CraftBoston Holiday Award of Distinction in Jewelry. She is a 2015 Niche Award Winner, won First Place in the 2014 Charles Lewton Brain Fold-Forming Competition and 2017 and 2015 Best of Jewelry at the Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival.

Her work is published in New Bracelets (due out 2021 Promo press in UK), JCK Magazine, MJSA Journal, Art Jewelry Today 4 and Art Jewelry Today 3 by Schiffer Publishing, Showcase 500 Art Necklaces and 500 Gemstone Jewels by Lark Books, Lapidary Journal’s Jewelry Artist magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. She has written articles for Lapidary Journal, Jewelry Artist and Metalsmith Magazine, given lectures, and teaches workshops through art centers and guilds nationally. She is often found creating one-of-a-kind jewelry in her well-lit studio, The Sawtooth building in Berkeley, California.

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Key Clasp from Alison Antelman

Current MAC Members: $346
Non-members: $385 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.

Kit fee: $28 (order from the instructor)

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