We are so sorry that we have no Workshops scheduled at this time. Midwest Metalsmiths has a great tradition of sponsoring stellar Workshops. On every level this is a great disappointment for us. As you can understand do to Covid 19 Pandemic the venues (Universities) that host our Workshops are unable to accommodate our needs because of CDC mandates, instructors are unwilling to travel and commit to travel for the foreseeable future, and we are dedicated to the safety of our members. As soon as things get back to some kind of normal we will be scheduling Workshops once again. Thank you for your understanding. Hope to see you soon and continue our learning together.
Sorry to Announce
In an effort to fill the huge void our cancelled workshops has created, we have started a series of member Studio Tours. To your right are the tours we have hosted so far. We have technique demos in the works coming in 2021. Doing our best to stay in touch while staying apart. Stay healthy.
Virtual Studio Tour Series
So you are ready for our future Studio Tours or Demos be sure you are signed up on Zoom. Sign in before the tour starts and click on the link we will provide you with just prior to our event and you will be good to go.
Apply to Teach
Midwest Metalsmiths invite metal and jewelry technique instructors to apply to teach. We are always looking for interested, qualified instructors. Do you have a new, traditional, or innovative technique that you use in your work? We would like to hear from you.
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First Workshop in 2020
Fusing, Fabricating, and Granulating in Argentium
March 5, 6, 7, & 8, 2020 (four days)
In this four-day class, explore the technology and techniques required to work with Argentium Sterling Silver. Master goldsmith and Certified Master Bench Jeweler, Ronda Coryell, will provide expert instruction and close up demos. Students learn the process of fusing both flat and three-dimensional forms. Demonstrations are followed by hands-on experience to create and finish four projects: two rings, a pendant, and Keum Boo earrings.
Stellar Workshops in 2019
Get it Together - An Exploration of Unique Clasping and Closure Methods for Jewelers
October 2019 Workshop
Suzanne Williams visited St. Louis in October for a three day workshop. The students had their hands full working their way through the six kits that would result in six jewelry closures. Each closure was different, very clever and an artful way to bring a necklace or bracelet together. The primary objective was to show how alternative clasps and closures can go beyond the out-of-sight, simple hook. It was an introduction for the students to make their closures a robust part of the overall design in their jewelry pieces.
New Twist in Fold Forming &
Acrylite Carving and Riveting Techniques
April 2019 Workshop
Nick Barnes came to St. Louis for three days to present two workshops; New Twist on Fold Forming on April 6, 2019, and Acrylite Carving and Riveting Techniques on April 7 & 8, 2019 at Maryville University. All three days an enthusiastic group of students were rushing around applying their newly acquired techniques. So much information was presented that the students were saying they needed another day.
Moving Beyond the Box: Hollow Forms
January 2019 Workshop
Carla M Fox
In January Carla M Fox led a sold-out workshop at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville for Midwest Metalsmiths. It was fast-paced and information and skill filled experience for all the members. Midwest Metalsmiths were also delighted to scholarship in two SIUE Masters candidates in the workshop. Scroll through the slider to see all fourteen photos of the workshop.
A great selection of hammers makes forming metal a create task for the metalsmith.
Precisely painted powdered glass creates the exquisite result of Cloisonne enamel jewelry pieces.
Lots of pliers and files are an essential part of any metalsmiths tool box.