Electro-etching Beginner--Micah Kirby

Class will learn a design driven approach to Electro-Etching, gain knowledge using multiple masking techniques, oil based marker, and vinyl resists on copper or bronze. Using a non-caustic and non-gas producing electrolyte solutions with a low voltage power supply source to initiate etching. Class will produce two pendantsand a pair of earrings . Finish with tumbling. 2-day class offered 1st semester. No experience needed.

Electro-Etching Intermediate--Micah Kirby

Class will learn a design driven approach to Electro-Etching, gain knowledge using multiple masking techniques, P-n-P, and photosensitive paper as resists on copper, bronze and adding a second non-caustic solution for silver. Class will produce a pendant, cuff form and finish with tumbling. 2-day class offered 2nd semester

Loop & Loop Chains Beginner--Chuck Bruce

Students will learn the ancient technique of fusing fine silver jump rings and linking them together into a chain. We will explore 2 different patterns - Roman Fold-over and Single Fold-over (Foxtail) and students should be able finish a bracelet and pair of earrings in each. (These ancient beautiful designs are quite different from chain maille). No prior experience is needed. 2-day class offered 1st semester.

Loop & Loop Chains Advanced--Chuck Bruce

Students will learn the ancient technique of fusing fine silver jump rings and linking them together into a chain. We will explore 2 different patterns - Double Fold-over (Foxtail) and Sailor’s Knot; students should be able to finish a bracelet and pair of earrings in each. (These ancient beautiful designs are quite different from chain maille). No prior experience is needed, but Semester 1 helpful. 2-day class offered 2nd semester.

Silversmithing Basic--Richard Meszler

Have fun learning the basics of working silver sheet and wire to fabricate jewelry. The projects will introduce you to annealing/bending/shaping texturing metal, soldering, piercing and polishing. Students will receive a kit containing the necessary metals and supplies to complete these projects as well as a detailed written step by step description of each project. 2-day class offered 1st semester. No prior experience necessary.

Silversmithing Intermediate--Richard Meszler

Continue your education working with metals by doing a more complex project. You will learn to make a bezelnsetting & bail into which you will set a cabochon to make a pendant. Students will receive a kit containing the necessary metals and supplies to complete this project as well as a detailed written step by step description of each project. Prerequisite: Basic silversmithing experience including soldering. 2-day class offered 2nd semester.

Chasing & Repousse--Morning Sherrod

This is a four day class in which students will learn the ancient art of moving metal into a three dimensional shape. This is accomplished using a set of tools called chasing liners and repousse punches. Planishing tools for smoothing and texture punches for pattern background finish off the process. All this is performed on a bowl of warm German red pitch. Lab fees include the use of all tools and materials. We will learn on copper. As you become more confident in your skills you may purchase silver sheet from the instructor or bring yourown. 22 gage, 24 gage fine for sheet metal. No experience needed.

Geology I--Rob Robinson

A basic introduction to rocks and minerals and the study of the earth. The class will include a discussion andclass activity about how geologists interpret rocks to tell geologic history related to their formation, deformation and sequence and timing of events. Weather permitting there will be a field trip to local rock exposures to illustrate local rock types, the deformation types, and how a geologist maps and interprets structures (limited walking is required.) Please bring a loupe or other magnification, hiking boots or sturdy shoes and outdoor clothes for the half-day field trips. Geologic hammer and safety glasses are also desirable. (Do not bring a nail hammer – they are unsafe to hit rocks.) 2-day class offered first semester. No experience needed.

Geology II--Rob Robinson

An overview of plate techtonics, geologic history and the geology of the Blue Ridge region and its minerals.We will discuss the geologic environments hosting mineral and gem collecting sites. Come prepared to identify some of your collecting localities to be part of this exercise. Weather permitting there will be a fieldtrip to the Blue Ridge Museum showing local rocks and geologic history and another to see local geology. (A one-mile walk over gentle trails is required for the geology trip.) Some knowledge of basic geology preferred.Please refer to Geology I for suggested tools,. Clothing and magnification. 2-day class offered second semester.

Wire Wrapping I--Jacqueline Campbell

Using pliers, gold-filled or sterling silver wire, assorted beads or gemstones, and a few basic wirecraft techniques, learn how to create your own fashion rings, bracelets, pendants and earrings to add that perfect accent to your jewelry wardrobe or to give as gifts. All tools and materials will be provided. Session I: Designed for beginners, participants will make an adjustable ring, two bracelets, a pendant and two pairs of earrings. 2-day class offered first semester

Wire Wrapping II--Jacqueline Campbell

Designed for those with some experience (or a brave beginner) participants will make a fitted ring,two pairs of earrings, a cabochon pendant and a bracelet. 2-day class offered second semester