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Jewelry classes in phoenix az

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Arizona Artist Series: Susan of Wallace Chambers Design Q&A

sterling silver spiral ring


How did you get into metalsmithing?

I had an uncle who made a living as a watchmaker. He also had an interest in stones and made some jewelry. When I was in elementary school he would take me along to hunt for rubies, and on one occasion he bought me a handcrafted Sterling dogwood flower ring. I thought this was so amazing! Later on I became aware of art shows, and grasped the fact that I could actually make a living designing and making jewelry.


What inspires you?

I would have to say beauty. I relate to the fluid nature of metal, and am totally in love with the drama of fire. I find clarity in looking for design, and it is usually a subtle, very unplanned idea that starts my process.

csterling silver cuff



What is your design process?

Very simply, I make it up as I go along!


What is your favorite tool?

I like working with my foredom ..... the finishing process I find
rewarding as the piece is becoming a whole.

Sterling silver twisted pendant on black cord


What is on your bench right now?

 I have been working on silver earrings with raw sea
glass. I decided to make unbacked bezel setting, and still have finishing to accomplish
on them.

sea glass earrings, ring mandrel, projects in process

Do you have any upcoming shows? 

I just finished my season in the Seattle area, where I do a Farmers Market on Saturdays.
My current goal is to focus on my website, and host my own online shows.


Where else can we find your work? 
In Arizona I have work for sale at Taliesin West, in The Frank Lloyd Wright Store. In
Washington I am working on a collection for SAM, Seattle Art Museum for the
spring/summer 2019 season.

https://www.wallacechambersdesign.com/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/WallaceChambers?ref=search_shop_redirect


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Arizona Artist Series: Jen Lin of Hello Pecan Designs Q&A


Green Turquoise Shadow Box Ring


How did you get into metalsmithing?

I have always enjoyed learning and doing anything art and crafts related. I also admired all the pretty silver and turquoise jewelry out there, but had a hard time finding rings or cuffs that fit. I remember thinking maybe someday it would be cool to be able to make it myself. Two years ago, I was looking for a creative outlet to balance out my life and randomly searched the internets for a local metal-smithing class. I found Harold Studio, took the awesome Jewelry 1 class, and have been hooked ever since.  

What inspires you?
Lots of things - a lot of the times just looking at the stone itself sparks some idea for what it could become or what style would fit it best. I had lots of fun looking to nature and the National Parks for inspiration for several pieces. Sometimes running low on supplies (rarely happens right...) generates ideas. It ends up being a semi-fun challenge to see what I can try to create using what I have left until I can restock! 

Turquoise Shadow Box Ring

What is your design process?
I like when I can sit there with the stones I want to work with, along with whatever metal I happen to have on hand in front of me. I arrange things and mix and match all the pieces until I hit upon something that I like and want to wear myself. 

What is your favorite tool?
It's a toss up right now between the fresh stack of yellow bristle polishing discs and the buttery smooth metal file. 

What is on your bench right now? 
Currently on a ring kick and have a couple of different ones going on right now - some simple turquoise ones (my favorite), a few multi-stone rings, a Jasper one. Also finishing up an little cuff. 
Double Band Turquoise Ring

Do you have any upcoming shows? 

Annual Fall Festival of the Arts on October 28, Noon-4pm at the AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park, Tempe. 


Where else can we find your work? 
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Arizona Artist Series: Roy Benjamin Harlin of Rbenjeejewelry Q&A

How did you get into metalsmithing?
I was searching for an alternative creative outlet removed from the food world that I have spent my working career in.   I needed a new medium that still let me use my hands and tell a story, but without being edible. (ring)
Brass Flower Ring with two stones

What inspires you?
The natural world inspires me the most.  I look to the scenery around me for form and functionality.  Themes are important to me.  I like to set an idea and then open up the drawing books to let the creative juices flow.  I research botanical illustrations, animal anatomy, and maps to help ground my wandering mind. (earrings)

earrings with amazonite




What is your design process?
Draw, draw, draw.  I try to draw in my books daily, even if I feel that is not consistent with what I’m working with at the moment.  It helps me keep a log of what I was feeling at the moment.  I also make prototypes for myself that I can where out and see the response I receive.  The responses help me know if the piece is liked by the collective and not just myself. (earrings)

silver earrings with topaz stones

What is your favorite tool?
I’m currently obsessed with my soldering pick.  It can be a challenge at times, kinda like patting your head and rubbing your belly at the same time.  The benefits out way the juggling act with cleanliness on the piece.


What is on your bench right now? My bench is a bit of mess currently with some research and development happening. I will say that there is a strong presence of opal and rutilated quartz with silver and copper.


various tool, notepad and plants





Do you have any upcoming shows?
I’m doing a show at noons on September 22nd.  I will be showcasing the #MOTHER line.  It is focused on asymmetry, elements, and clean lines.

Where else can we find your work.
Currently you can find my idiot line in Tucson at Popcycle.  I will be at noons starting October.   I also sell custom on line at www.rbenjeejewelry.com
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Supercalafragalistic Jewelry at Harold Studio

Happy Friday to all our friends!

It has been a super week at the studio!  Classes are keeping busy and creating lots of wonderful jewelry.  

Reminders:

Please remember to wear close toed shoes and to keep your hair pulled back.  I know the temperatures are warming up and it is tempting to put on your favorite flip flops but your feet will not be happy with you if they get cut or burned by a piece of metal.  If you come in with open toed shoes you will not be allowed to work in the studio.  (I know, we are mean, but really we just care about you!)  :)

We will be closed this Sunday for Easter.

Upcoming Classes:

Jewelry 1:
Beginning Friday, April 25 2-5pm
Beginning Sunday, May 18 12-3

Jewelry 2:
Beginning Thursday, April 24 12-3
Beginning Tuesday, May 20 6-9

Tip of the Week
When checking for a gas leak with the torch, you can use water and dish soap.  If you get bubbles, you got a leak.  Turn off tanks and check your hook ups.

Do you have questions for us?  We would love to hear them.  Post them in comments on this blog or on our Facebook page and we will answer them in next weeks blog post!

Have a great week!



Copper flower 3 layer pendant with texture and heat patina
Nina made this fun flower pendant in Jewelry 1 using heat patina, texturing, and rivets
Karen made this great flower pendant in Jewelry 1 using rivets.

Handmade arizona state copper magnet with a pine tree cutout and heart riveted to the top
Love this magnet made by Sara in Jewelry 1.  She did a fantastic job sawing this out and riveting.

Two disc earrings made from copper and silver using a tube rivet to connect and thread the earwires through.
These earrings were made by Stacy using tube rivets.  Love the movement they have.  So pretty hanging on the ears.

Copper turtle with brass textured shell attached by rivets
Sue made this super cute turtle using texture and rivets.

Arizona jasper and Agate cabochons that are partially done
Some beautiful cabs that Louis is in the process of making.  These are Arizona Jasper and Agate!

Brass keychain with sea love stamped on it and a whale tale sweat soldered in copper to the top
Sea Love Pendant made by Sue.  Love her love of the sea!

Sweat soldered brass fleur de lis to copper oval backing

Wide band copper ring with stamped texture and flared out ends
Melanie made this gorgeous copper ring in Graduate Studio!  I love her detail work.  

Jewelry 2 tube riveted works in progress
These tube riveted pendants were made by Steve, Ginger, and Janel in Jewelry 2.  They did a great job!
Jewelry making class for a girls night
Girl's Night!  These ladies had lots of fun on their girl's night at the studio.  They made beautiful Cabochon Rings  (shown below).


Finished cabochon rings made during a night out with the girls in phx


Jewelry 1 sweat soldering project making a dog bone and sweat soldering a heart to it
Abby made this cute dog bone pendant in Jewelry 1!  Cody approves this project!

Danielle made this fun geometric pendant in Jewelry 1.

Will did a great job of making this sun in Jewelry 1.

Cody is once again freely handing out kisses.  Ginger doesn't seem to mind!  

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Tip of the Week

Happy Friday!  Lot's happening this week at the studio.  We had new Jewelry 1, 2 and 3 classes start and lots of people in during open studio.  I love to see the studio buzzing with activity!  

We are getting ready to add a torch in the back room along with some stools for the benches.  We hope to have the back room ready to go in the next week or two!  

Don't forget to sign in to open studio.  You can find the blue glittery book on top of the water cooler.

Tip of the week:  Put a small scrap of leather in your toolbox.  Leather is great for setting your piece on so that it doesn't get scratched.  If you find your piece of jewelry is getting hot when filing or using the flex shaft, use a piece of leather to hold onto it.  You can also use a tiny piece under a cabochon stone if you find that your stone is too low or is uneven.  We would love to hear your tips.  Comment below with your tips!!!



Love the colors of these enameled pieces created by Vera, Lori and Maria in Jewelry 3!

Deb did a great job die forming these pendants!

Jewelry 1 had a rocking night getting their riveted pendants complete.  Love the shapes!  Great job Will, Danielle, Abby, Erin, and Miriam!

Danielle working hard to get some fabulous pieces created!  Glad to see she is practicing safe jewelry making with her mask!

Had a fun knot ring workshop!  Didn't their rings come out great!

Katie and Nina created these awesome earrings in their first Jewelry 1 class.
Sneak peak at some of Danielle's new pieces.  Love her use of color!  Stay tuned for the finished product.

Cody is super relaxed and says have a chill weekend!







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Geometry, Clean Lines, Modern, and Industrial Equate to Some Cool Jewelry

It has been another beautiful week in the studio!  Of course, when you are surrounded by fun people, amazing jewelry, and doing what you love how can it not be great!!  I am attaching a link to a cool exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum.  It is a collection of pins that were worn by Madeleine Albright.  It runs through April 20 and admission is free on Wednesday afternoon/evening. 


Here is this weeks collection of jewelry!  I love seeing all the different designs that students come up with after taking Jewelry 1 and 2.



Copper textured earrings made in Jewelry 1.

Super fun copper cuff bracelet made by Danielle, one of our key renters.

Danielle modeling her cuff.

Love this pendant made by a Jewelry 1 student by soldering and stamping!

Keum-boo pendant.  Love the geometrical shapes!


Beautiful Keum-boo earrings made by Lynn, one of our part-time studio renters.  

Nellie did a great job on her pebble ring in Jewelry 1.

Great set of jewelry made by Ann.  These pieces have clean lines and are super cool!

Super funky bracelet made by Wenda in open studio.  Love the industrial look.

Diana from Jewelry 1 brought in another horse bridle that she attached a turquoise cabochon to.

Diana did a great job on her pebble ring!

Love this leather, copper, and silver riveted bracelet made by Stacy!
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New Classes, Cool Jewelry, Kitties, Horses and Cody

It has been another beautiful week here at Harold Studio!  Classes are busy and lots of super cool jewelry has been made.  Cody has received lots of love and is in a much better mood.  Whew!  We even had a special guest the other night who didn't want to leave, Chester the kitty.

We have lots of classes starting in the next few weeks!

Jewelry 1:  Tuesday 3/25
Jewelry 2:  Monday 3/24, Saturday 3/29, Friday 4/4
Jewelry 3:  Wednesday 4/2

There are still spaces left in each class!

Here is the week in pictures:

Nellie and Tricia finished these fabulous ball rings in Saturday's Jewelry 1 class!

Monday night's Jewelry 1 Class all finished their ball rings!  

A silver honeycomb necklace in the making! Carla did this in Jewelry 3 during casting.


Kylie made these beautiful rings in Jewelry 1.

Ann made these fun rings in Jewelry 3!  The colors are fabulous.

Loving this crescent moon necklace made by Danielle and modeled by Ann! 

A pendant made by Louie. The stone is Moldavite from the Czech Republic. Moldavite is the only known green tektite in the world.

Emily in Jewelry 1 made these great earrings.  She used hard boiled eggs to get the beautiful patina!

Tube set earrings made by Vera in Jewelry 2!  I love the combination of copper and silver!

Jewelry is not just for humans!  Love this concho made by Diana in Jewelry 1 that she put on her horses bridle!

This kitty entered the studio when we were trying to leave.  I think he wants to take a class!

Cody giving Lynn lots of love and slurpy kisses!


Cody has his smile back!  He says have a great week!





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