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Title: All Levels Metalsmithing and Jewelry
Instructor: Kristin Mitsu Shiga
Schedule: Saturdays, January 25-March 21 from 8:30am-12:30pm
**Please note that there will be no class on February 22nd**
# of Sessions: 8
Level: All Levels
Tuition: $365 Member/$455 Non-Member
Supply Fee: $80
Description: From strong foundations to specialized skills, this class provides training and inspiration for students of all levels. Each class session will begin with check-in, followed by approximately one hour of demonstrations and instruction on beginning metalsmithing fabrication techniques suitable for making jewelry or small sculpture. Topics covered include measuring, marking, drilling, cutting, filing, riveting, silver soldering, polishing and basic patination.
After a brief break, beginning students practice their skills while demonstrations and instruction for intermediate and advanced students continue. Topics for continuing students will be chosen based on the interests of the students enrolled (past topics have included hinges, prong-setting, broom casting and enameling). This unique class structure allows returning students to have the benefit of reviewing basic skills with the newcomers, while beginners gain inspiration and tips by observing more advanced metalsmiths in the class.
We will be working primarily with copper, brass and nickel, with the option to work in Sterling silver or gold (at additional cost). Emphasis for all levels will be on building strong skills and working safely, as well as tapping into your own creative voice. All tools and equipment are at your disposal, along with expert demonstrations and one-on-one guidance from your instructor as needed. No prerequisite. Tuition includes access to open studio for 8 hours per week (depending on volunteer studio monitor availability).
Instructor Bio: After a dart thrown at a map and 20 years in Portland, Oregon, Kristin Mitsu Shiga moved to the Big Island to become a more permanent part of our creative community in 2017. She has been teaching metalsmithing, enameling, book arts, and mindfulness practice around the world since 1992.
As a maker, she pursues projects that tell a story and actively engage her audience/collaborators. She is deeply inspired by her participation in various artist collaboration events around the world.
Kristin has shown her work internationally, and is included in several notable collections, including the Kamm Artful Teapot Collection and the Permanent Collection of the White House. Learn more about Kristin on Oregon Artbeat (link to http://www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/segments/view/837 - segment originally aired in 2010), or stop by her shop in Kealakekua @okina_jewelry.
Supply Fee Includes: Supply fee includes use of all tools and equipment in the metals studio, supplies and materials for basic projects and demos, and shared studio consumables. Additional metal and supplies will also be available for purchase during class or open studio.
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