Jewelry Making with Judith Gauthier
August 11 — 17, 2019
Explore the exciting world of metal jewelry fabrication in this busy 5 day workshop. We will be using specific jewelry tools, materials, and equipment to design and create 5 different jewelry projects. Learn how to saw, pierce, solder, texture, file, shape and polish your work. Demonstrations on various techniques will be performed by instructor each day, as well as samples shown of each project. You will learn how to use a jeweler’s saw, file and form metal, apply fun, easy, creative ways to add texture, sweat solder using a butane torch, rivet metal together referred to as “cold connection”, finish and polish, and finally patina your pieces. A simple, colorful enameled activity, which is applying powered glass enamel and fusing it onto copper, using a torch, will be our final project on Friday.
Using copper and silver sheet in various gauges, we will fabricate a copper texture bracelet, a sterling silver ring with stone, sterling silver earrings, a sterling pendant with riveted cabochon setting, and an enameled copper piece.
This is an excellent opportunity for beginning jewelry students as we will be starting from the basics and building skills as the week progresses. For those who have had some jewelry making experience and need a refresher course and practice, this would be just the thing.
Class material fee $30
CLASS SUPPLY LIST
Students need to bring:
Teacher will provide all materials for this class. This makes it easy and uncomplicated for my style of teaching. An apron and hair tie is recommended.
REGISTRATION STARTS APRIL 1, 2019
Instructor Profile: Judith Gauthier
Judith Gauthier has been involved in jewelry making since 1974. She worked for numerous jewelry manufacturing companies as designer, fabricator, and production supervisor including Jody Coyote out of Eugene, OR and Alaska Silver and Ivory Company in Bellingham, WA.
Her passion for this medium motivated her to study Art Education with the emphasis on metal work at the University of Montana, Missoula in 1980. Further studies were at the University of Oregon, Eugene.
She produced her own small jewelry company called “Pouncing Rain Creations” located in Bellingham, WA where she currently lives, selling to stores throughout the West and Midwest.
Her teaching career began in 1990, where she had the opportunity to teach jewelry making through the local Parks and Recreation Program. Seeing the popularity and need for this from the community, Judith created her own jewelry school in downtown Bellingham. “I love teaching jewelry making, especially to those who come with a real enthusiasm and interest in having a fun, sharing, creative experience.”
Judith is currently the core instructor of jewelry at the Jansen Art Center in Lynden, WA and developed the studio and jewelry program back in 2013. She still creates and sells her work to retailers but primarily devotes her time to teaching.