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: Jewelry I or previous jewelry experience
Tuition: $150.00 (Includes use of all tools and materials used in the class)
This class will teach jewelers the basics of cleaning their work and bringing it to a high polish finish. Students will learn how to spot and remove fire scale, by taking their work through several grades of sanding, before finishing with a polishing compound and rouge. Students will finish two plain rings that can be worn as a stacking set.
Polishing can be a messy process. Aprons will be available, but students should plan on wearing clothes that they do not mind getting dirty.
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.