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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.

Prerequisite: None

Tuition: $200.00 (Includes use of all tools and materials used in the class)

In this one-day workshop students will have the opportunity to practice and improve their sawing techniques as well as learn the basics of pierced cutout designs. Piercing can add an illustrative element to your work, allowing for a large amount of customization with very few tools. Students will complete at least one pair of earrings and see a demonstration of several ways to further develop these basic skills.

COVID Precautions/Requirements: Class size is limited to allow social distancing. All students must provide certification of having completed the COVID vaccination process. Masks required.


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