Jewelry Making Classes

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Feb 2008

My teenage daugther did enameling at a very popular east coast ''arts'' summer camp. She really wants to take a course in this during the school year. I called CCA and you have to be 18 years to enroll. Does anyone know of any enameling courses for teens in the East Bay? Many thanks. mom of an artist

The Crucible in Oakland has enameling classes as well as many other wonderful art classes. And it's possible that the Richmond Art Center has enameling classes. Both are great places to learn. Sydney

May 2007

Does anyone have recomendations for adult jewelry-making classes in the East Bay? Thank you!

Look into the Crucible in Oakland (, near the West Oakland BART Station. I've taken two silversmithing classes there, and they're great. Their focus is industrial arts (including welding, casing, torch-cutting, pottery, glass-work, etc.). The 10-week classes aren't cheap but well worth it. Carrie

The Richmond Art Center has a very large selection of beginning through advanced jewelry classes for adults. You can learn all the basics like sawing, soldering, forming & finishing and more. You can also take classes that focus on more specific techniques like metalsmithing, stone setting & lapidary, casting and enamelling. This spring session has already started, so you will have to wait until this summer or fall to sign up for classes. There are a couple of workshops this month that may still have space: ''Knitted Wired Jewelry'' and '' A Primer on Enameling: 3-D forms''.

The Richmond Art Center is a great place that deserves more attention and support. I've taken drawing and painting classes there. They also offer classes in ceramics, textiles and screen printing. And they have lots of classes for kids too. There is a 6,000 sq foot gallery space with on-going art exhibitions featuring emerging and mid-career Bay Area artists. It's a great place! I highly recommend checking it out! Laurey

There are LOTS of great jewelry-making classes -- depends on which kinds you would like. For simple stringing classes, and for some great stuff in metalworking, wireworking, and precious metal clay, try Baubles & Beads on Shattuck Ave. For more metalworking, and for working with glass and stuff like enameling, try the Crucible (7th street in Oakland). There's also a nice beadworking store with good classes in San Ramon (The Place to Bead). ASUC studio also has a few classes. Have lots and lots of fun! Karen

Have you tried Studio One in Oakland? They have low-cost, fun classes for adults, teens, and children. It's a little hard to find on the web, they are run by the City of Oakland Parks and Rec. I have taken several classes there and they are taught by professional teachers/artists. anon

Baubles and Beads (stores in Berkeley and San Rafael) offer a moving feast of jewelry making classes. They're not inexpensive, but you do get a discount on purchases made around the time of the class and they are very gracious about providing advice and commentary after the class is done. I've found the in-house instructors to be uniformly excellent, and the classroom is well-lit and pleasant.

More advanced classes require the completion of pre-requisites, like Basic Stringing or Basic Wire although they will sometimes accept a showing of work as proof that you don't need the basic class. Specialty classes are offered by guest instructors; most of these have been good but I've had occasional disappointments.

If you're looking to leap into the deep end and want to learn traditional jewelry metalsmithing, there's a place called Perlz up in Hopland California that offers individual classes and a Metalsmithing Summer Camp. I haven't been, but I did take a class at B from their house instructor Joe Silvera and he's excellent. Addicted in Berkeley