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Class Description

In jewelry, we have preconceived notions of what a chain might look like. We think of curb chains, figaro chains, ball chains, snake chains, etc. This understanding of what a chain is could be limiting. We just accept these as the standard.

Chains go beyond what we see in jewelry, with many case uses in industry. We use chains for pull down gates, for rigging trucks, for winterizing tires on busses, for toilet tanks, the list goes on. While chains in jewelry are chosen for their aesthetic value, chains in industry are wholly based on functionality. Chains serve practical purposes and are designed and chosen with intention. Because of this, we see ingenuity in the chains themselves, from the shapes and proportions to the ways in which they are connected and assembled.

In this class we will explore the chain beyond the traditional jewelry styles borrowing from the visual language and functionality of chains used in other applications in order to create new jewelry chain solutions.

We will be learning various techniques for forming, connections, and sample-making. We will be sharing our observations with others, discussing and dissecting and exploring together. There will be observational journal keeping that can allow us to think outside the box. We will also look at related innovative jewelry solutions in antiquity and today.

We will use observation to open the ways we see and find inspiration within our daily lives. We will consider the functions of things we have previously overlooked and taken for granted. We will experiment with connection and assembly, with proportion and shape, with borrowing from visual language in order to translate and create something that’s fully our own.

This is a beginner- intermediate level course. Students should have some familiarity with jewelry making processes.

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

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.