Pebble Jewelry with Molly Sharp
Have you ever collected smooth pebbles, ceramic shards or sea glass from beaches and then wondered what to do with them? This course offers the perfect solution! Using traditional silversmithing techniques, students will drill these materials using diamond drill bits, then transform them into unique pieces of jewelry. Sterling silver will be used to fabricate each piece using techniques including sawing, filing, forming, stone setting, riveting, soldering and texturing with the use of the rolling mill. Tools will be available for use. This 2 day workshop is limited to only eight students.
Saturday, October 20 - Sunday, October 21 10:00 am - 5:00 pm each day
All levels are welcome. (Ages 18 & up)
Class Fee: $300
Materials Fee: $30 - $40 payable to the instructor (based on materials used)
Students are required to bring: Small pebbles, ceramic shards and/ or sea glass, notebook and pen/pencil, Ultra fine tipped Sharpie pen, Optical magnification, safety glasses, dust masks, & a shallow bowl or pan for holding water in which to drill pebbles
Instructor: *visiting artist* Molly Sharp
Please note our*visiting artist* registration policy for this workshop.
Visiting artist Molly Sharp's journey into metalsmithing began over four decades ago when she lived in England. After several years of studying traditional European techniques, she returned to the United States in 1981 to live and continue her education at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. Molly has studied under some of this country's top renowned Jewelers including John Cogswell, Marvin Jensen, Thomas Mann, Pat Flynn, Randy Long, Kate Wagle and Tom McCarthy.
In 1996 Molly became a full time jeweler and a member of the prestigious Southern Highland Craft Guild in Asheville, North Carolina. She teaches classes in her home studio in North Carolina, and travels teaching at several schools throughout the country.
"My work is meticulously fabricated from sterling silver and gold. Over the years I've developed a style of textured and oxidized pieces, often with the use of constructed hollow forms, hinges and the incorporation of tiny, unpolished pebbles. My work can be found in several galleries and on my website, www.mollysharpmetalsmith.com."
Spend the weekend with Molly!