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Class Description

In this eight week course students will be introduced to the theory and practice of making mounts and the unique challenges of mounting jewelry. Classes will progress from initial design, through fabrication and installation, and consider the needs of museum, gallery, and personal objects. Custom mounts can elevate the display of your art practice or retail business. Making mounts is also a specialized and sought-after skill set if you are looking to make a career in metalworking or supplement income with freelance work. This course includes lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions making mounts. Students will have the option to create their own mounts for personal objects.

This course will focus on three stages of the mount making process:

The beginning of the process and arguably the most important. This section includes assessing the nature and condition of the object, determining contact points for supporting the object, the overall shape of the mount, and appropriateness and strength of mount materials. 

Students will working primarily with brass and archival padding materials to execute the design. This stage can involve soldering, cutting, bending and shaping, pinning, padding, and painting. 

Securely fastening mounts to bases and installing the objects in them while preventing damage to the object.

Class size 4 – 12 students. Masks are required for all studio classes.

Taught by Sasha Nixon
All students receive a 50% discount on hourly bench rentals throughout the duration of their course.
Refunds & Credit

Withdrawals from class 7 days prior to the start of the class will receive a full refund for the class minus a 10% processing fee. If cancellation occurs 3-6 days prior to the class, we will provide a 50% refund. Cancellations 48 hours or less receive a 25% refund. Refunds will not be provided for no-shows or same-day cancellations.

We do not refund tuition for classes that students miss due to their own circumstances. Students enrolled in multi-session studio courses (excluding workshops and intensives) may make-up missed class sessions during open studio hours for up to two weeks after the last class meeting.

We reserve the right to cancel or discontinue any class, in which case you may choose to receive a refund, apply the class credit towards a different course, or receive a tuition credit for future use. Tuition credits are valid for up to one year. Refunds will be issued within 30 days.