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 II or previous jewelry experience – basic stone setting and soldering skills required
Tuition: $400.00 (Includes use of all tools and materials used in the class; a variety of stones will be available to pick from)
The first day of this class will be devoted to building bezels for, and setting, cabochons with points (i.e. square, triangle, or pear shape stones). Students will learn how to form a bezel around the points of a stone and how to bezel set them without warping the bezel wall or stressing the stone.
The second day of this class will explore building bezels for organic shaped stones and unusual materials. Stones with unique shapes (meteorites, geodes, and sea glass) require careful shaping before soldering to a backplate and often have non-uniform silhouettes that require the bezel wall to be cut and shaped accordingly before setting. Students will learn how to pre-emptively solve problems associated with pointed and unique stone shapes and should expect to finish at least two pieces in 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.