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Expand Your Skill Set with Partnering Classes

In our increasingly virtual world, there has never been a better time to expand your skillset with online classes taught by experienced instructors from across the country. It's like having some of the industry's best delivered right to your studio at your convenience! Explore our selection of partnering classes spanning a variety of topics and experience levels. Many classes also offer a recording so you can go back and repeat lessons as many times as you desire. Invest in your business and your creativity by registering for a class (or three) today!

2021 Partnering Classes


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B Golden Jewelry School

Dates: Class Schedule | Workshop Schedule | Certification Program Price: $85.00 – $12,000.00 Instructors:Brittany Golden, Alex Boyd, Liz Deane

Begin your jewelry journey, refine skills and gain confidence in the studio with on-site classes and workshops (in Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX) offered by B Golden Jewelry School. Learn silversmithing, casting, PMC® and other jewelry-making skills, or deep-dive into a six-week Metalsmithing Program and six-month Jewelry Business Certification Program. With versatile programs taught days, nights, weekends and in private sessions to accommodate busy schedules, there is an opportunity for everyone to accomplish design goals.

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Susan Lenart

Dates: Open Enrollment Price: Free – $997.00 Instructors: Susan Lenart Tools List: Recommended tools for Alchemy of Soldering >
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Celebrate creativity and embrace mistakes in the metalsmithing courses offered by Susan Lenart. Ideal for beginners and those wishing to fine-tune their skills, Susan teaches a series of virtual classes on creating layered bezels, hollow forms, caging unusual objects and more! Learn about Susan’s philosophy on soldering, while working with colorful stones that spark your imagination and rejuvenate your creativity.

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Virtual & On-Location Classes & Workshops Meaghan Young of the Crested Butte Jewelry School

The Crested Butte Jewelry School

Dates: 3-Day Workshop |  Online Courses Price: $1.00 – $899.00 Instructors: Meaghan Young

No experience is necessary to take fun, creative workshops on-site at The Crested Butte Jewelry School (located in the heart of Colorado's Crested Butte creative district). Executive Director and instructor, Meaghan Young provides one-on-one support and guidance for students at intro and advanced levels with ample breaks to explore the outdoors and art district. For those eager to learn without the travel, Meagan offers engaging online courses too.

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Virtual Classes A Wax Carving Intensive with Kate Wolf

Vancrafted Studio

Dates: Class Schedule Price: $150.00 – $297.00 Instructors: Madison Hampton

Create a sterling silver and turquoise ring in the Intro to Metalsmithing: Ring Building Class and three types of handmade ear wires in Madison's intermediate class. Each class will be automatically emailed to you with a tool list that provides direct product links. The intermediate class comes with a one-time use code of 10% off select items at Rio Grande! Each class is tailored to skill level and allows you to create one-of-a-kind jewelry.

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Lucy Walker Jewellery / Metalsmith Academy

Dates: Open Enrollment Price: $47.00 – $470.00 Instructors: Lucy Walker, Vennice Aw

The Academy, from Lucy Walker Jewellery, is a world-renowned leader of short course jewelry design. The Metalsmith Academy offers affordable, comprehensive courses to more intricate workshops covered in multiple lessons. Instruction is available in a wide range of techniques—live, videos, social, articles and more—and updated often. These classes are meant to be creative, fun and encourage a lifetime of learning!

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Merry-Lee Rae

Dates: Workshop Schedule Price: Free – $99.00 Instructors: Merry-Lee Rae Tools List: Recommended tools for this class >

Merry-Lee Rae's award-winning enamel jewelry design techniques are now available to you from the comfort of your own studio. Her on-demand online cloisonné classes are designed for inspiration at your own pace. Download any of the worksheets for unlimited use and for six months, enjoy all of the videos available. Every workshop includes a list of tools and materials to get you set-up with ease.

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Victoria Lansford

Dates: Metalwerx Workshop | Online Classes Price: Free – $375.00 Instructors: Victoria Lansford Tools List: Recommended tools for this class >

Join renowned metalsmith and award-winning artist Victoria Lansford as she hosts several online workshops. Learn a variety of skills and achieve mastery of technique in granulation, Eastern ornamental line chasing and repoussé, and more. Learn methods that cover wearable individual design, as well as functional and sculptural forms. An avid guest instructor, you can find Victoria teaching at multiple schools nationwide that includes live interactive coaching.

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Meltdown Studio

Dates: Class Schedule Price: Free – $360.00 Instructors: Lauren Tobey

Albuquerque's Meltdown Studio is a place where jewelers can rent a fully-equipped bench, without investing in a studio of their own. In addition to bench rentals, jewelry-making and lapidary classes are open to kids (under 12 with adult supervision) and lifelong learners. Take a jewelry-making class or book your own private event to create designs as rich and colorful as the Albuquerque landscape.

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Alex Boyd

Dates: BoMA Workshops | Class Schedule | MAGG Workshop Price: Free – $695 Instructors: Alex Boyd

Learn some serious skills from the talented jeweler who never takes himself seriously. Alex Boyd is quickly becoming an industry leader due to his grasp on technique and design and is enjoying passing his knowledge around nationwide studios and the web. From working with gold (on a budget) to odd-shape bezel forming and lapidary work, Alex engages, instructs and entertains the lucky students who sign-up for his classes before they sell out.

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Virtual & On-Location Classes & Workshops A Wax Carving Intensive with Kate Wolf

Metal Arts Guild of Georgia

Dates: Class Schedule | Workshop Schedule Price: $99.00 – $435.00 Instructors: Jennifer Wells, Dallas Vinson, Helen-Blythe Hart, Piper Espey, Joyce Ryan, Bette Barnett, Anne Wolf, Charles Wiley, Alan Bremer, Victoria Lansford, Alex Boyd

Founded in 1998 and rebranded years later, the Metal Arts Guild of Georgia is an inclusive community dedicated to advancing, enriching and nurturing creative partnerships of artisans. Membership, classes and workshops (which are open to everyone) include enameling, ring-making, fabrication, stone-setting and more. Learn new skills and techniques with local metalsmiths and internationally renowned artisans.

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Silvera Jewelry School

Dates: Class Schedule Price: Free – $1,075.00 Instructors: Jayne Redman, Rémy Rotenier and many more >

Enter the world of design from the comfort of your bench. Founded in 2010, Silvera Jewelry School offers interactive, online and on-site design classes with world-class instructors. Watch demos and engage in live discussions with instructors in real time or bookmark recorded sessions to review and study when convenient. Classes range from beginner to advanced and focus on teaching professional jewelry skills using home studio tools. Spanish language classes available.

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ZBrush Jewelry Workshop

Dates: Open Enrollment Price: Upon Request Instructors: Tomas Wittelsbach

Jewelers and novices will enjoy using ZBrush to refresh their line via rapid iterations in this workshop hosted by world-renowned jewelry designer Tomas Wittelsbach. In a growing number of videos, an All Access Pass gives students lifetime access to a large content library and vibrant creative community. Learn all about the fast iteration of designing, printing and casting parts that will enable you to explore new design options and streamline your workflow.

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Jayne Redman

Dates: Silvera Jewelry School | Jayne's Workshops | Metalwerx Workshop Price: Free – $625.00 Instructors: Jayne Redman

Jayne Redman is the master of multiples in three-dimensional design. Her methods of developing patterns for the blanking die process have been replicated by students for decades. An avid educator and published design contributor, Jayne is an award-winning jeweler and bench toolmaker. Share an in-person experience at her Maine studio or learn hands-on techniques from one of her many online national guest instructor workshops.

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Metalwerx

Dates: Class Schedule | Workshop Schedule Price: $110.00 – $795.00 Instructors: Tim McCreight, Corkie Bolton, Michael Boyd, Matthieu Cheminée, Ronda Coryell, Victoria Lansford, Jayne Redman and many more >

Metalwerx is a studio space and outreach program that hosts workshops, classes and events for novice students, professional jewelers and artisans. Twenty-nine full- and part-time Studiomates contribute to in-house and online programming supported by many world-renowned artist educators. Scholarships are available for students to explore their creativity in state-of-the-art fresh and inspiring courses.

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Kent Raible

Dates: Class Schedule | Open Enrollment Price: Free – $799.00 Instructors: Kent Raible Tools List: Recommended tools for this class >

Learn new fabrication skills from an influential and celebrated master goldsmith and jewelry maker. Kent Raible has created online courses and on-site workshops for the novice jeweler (chain and clasp) to the master designer (rings, bezels and hinges). Gain access to five decades worth of Kent’s design techniques, a private class Facebook page, live interactive calls and downloadable PDF’s within each class module.

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Colorado Center for Metal Arts

Dates: Workshop Schedule | Class Schedule Price: $225.00 – $875.00 Instructors: Ryan Gardner, Michael Boyd, Scott Bradford, Alison Antelman

Colorado Center for Metal Arts, located in Pueblo, Colorado, encourages all students to evolve and thrive as metal artists. Set, carve, integrate and innovate with stone and metal in several classes instructed by world-class artist educators. Delve into the world of mold-making, wax injection and lost wax casting or try out jewelry-making basics like creating different clasps. Classes are available for artists and enthusiasts with varying degrees of skill sets.

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New Approach School for Jewelers

Dates: Workshop Schedule Price: $1,320.00 – $3,950.00 Instructors:Blaine Lewis, Drew Hadley and many more

Join multiple-day workshops in a real world, revolutionary and hands-on school that is recognized as a leader in jewelry education. Learn fabrication, bench and repair skills, stone setting, jewelry design and more at the New Approach School of Jewelry Arts. Located in Arrington, TN, enjoy on-site classes by fresh and experienced full-time and guest instructors. Meet new friends, advance your skills and register early, as classes fill fast!

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