Working with Gold with Molly Sharp
If you have some metalsmithing experience and are ready to try your hand at working with gold, this workshop is for you. First, go through all your old or broken gold jewelry (14k or 18k only) and bring to class to melt down in a ceramic crucible. It will then be run through a rolling mill to create sheet. Each student will then fabricate a ring with their own gold, and set a cabochon stone of their choice with 18k bezel wire. Sound like fun? Don't be afraid, just do it! Tools will be available for use. Students are required to bring a round or oval cabochon stone of your choosing, measuring no more than 12mm in any direction. The stone needs to be completely flat on the back and should be the correct height (no more than 7mm at its highest point) for a 1/8” x .010” (3.17mm x 0.25mm) bezel wire. This class is limited to only eight students.
Saturday, May 4 – Sunday, May 5 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Metalsmithing experience and soldering skills are required. (Ages 18 & up)
Class Fee: $300 (Save 5% on your class fee when you register by March 4)
Materials Fee: $75 payable to the instructor
Instructor: *visiting artist* Molly Sharp
Please note our *visiting artist* registration policy for this workshop. Registration & Refund Policies
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."