Instructor: Emily Booker
Emily grew up in the Chapel Hill area and began her metalsmithing career while in high school. She earned a B.A. in Studio Art from the University of Vermont and went on to work as a bench jeweler at Global Pathways, contributing to the studio’s development of fine jewelry and custom work. In 2016 she founded her own small jewelry business, Ursa Metals, and in 2019 moved back to North Carolina to pursue a career as a studio artist.
Much of Emily’s work is inspired by the materials themselves. Her designs are driven by the way that different metals, textures, and finishes can be combined to explore a juxtaposition of rough and refined aesthetics. Other pieces are inspired by her handpicked gemstones; by combining the unique patterning and color of a stone with an illustrative pierced design, she creates a dialogue between the metalwork and the stone.
Class times per day: 9am-4pm
Prerequisite: Jewelry I or previous jewelry experience – Basic Piercing knowledge will be helpful and soldering skills will be necessary
Tuition: $400.00 (Includes use of all tools and materials used in the class)
Pierced cutout designs can add an illustrative element to your work, allowing for a large amount of customization
The first day of this class will focus on developing double-layer designs. Students will design a pierced cutout and lean how to sweat solder it to a backplate. This double-layer technique allows for a more delicate design and a high contrast finish when the backplate is patina’d. On the second day, students will build bezels with pierced backplates. This technique allows you to create reversible pendants, gives the viewer a chance to see both sides of a beautiful stone, or for you to add a custom element. Students should expect to finish at least one pair of earrings and a pendant during this class.
COVID Precautions/Requirements: Class size limited to 4 students to allow social distancing. All students must provide certification of having completed the COVID vaccination process. Masks required.