Jewelry Metal Fabrication with Judith Gauthier
Jewelry Metal Fabrication
Instructor: Judith Gauthier
Week 2: August 8-14, 2021
Class Material Fee: $30 (to be paid to Instructor)
In this class we will be working with non-ferrous metals (metals without iron) which include copper, brass, and silver. Using various tools and equipment in the studio, our focus will be on learning how to cut, pierce, texture, solder, polish, and patina metal. A series of projects will be introduced during the week which will build, assist, and enhance students’ jewelry creations. Expect to finish three to five pieces such as a ring, fold form bracelet, and pendant with cabochon stone. Beginners are welcome as well as more advanced students.
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. 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 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. 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.
*Jewelry featured below includes student work from Judith's class last summer at CAC.