About Us

Metalwerx promotes the art of jewelry and metals through exceptional classes, workshops, studio space, outreach programming, and events for professional and personal enrichment within a supportive community of artists and learners.


Founded in 1998, our innovative nonprofit school and community studio provides jewelry making instruction on topics ranging from introductory classes to professional level courses, in a well-equipped, supportive, and enthusiastic environment.

Classes and workshops run year-round, with offerings online and in-person tailored to every skill level and interest. We are fortunate to work with a strong core of local, talented jewelers who keep our curriculum fresh and inspiring. We also seek out visiting artist-instructors who excel in a specialized jewelry or metalworking technique and have a desire to share their expertise with others. Online and onsite, students hail from all 50 states and across the globe to study with our world-class faculty.

As our mission is to provide individual growth and self-expression, we strive to ensure that every student’s experience is productive and memorable by encouraging support and collaboration within our community. Scholarship opportunities are integral to Metalwerx's programming, and are intended to provide dedicated and aspiring metalsmiths with the opportunity to expand their skill set.

Metalwerx is a 501c(3) non-profit organization. 

Course Offerings: 

Onsite Courses provide access to hands-on guidance and access to top-notch tools. Our classroom offers a broad array of equipment to support many metalsmithing techniques. Classes are offered in several formats.

  • Weekly classes are cutting edge and varied, and continue for three to ten weeks.

  • Workshops are geared to both professionals and beginners, and run one to five days or over an intensive weekend.

  • Summer with the Masters brings internationally renowned instructors from across the country to teach weekend workshops onsite at Metalwerx during our summer semester. 

Virtual Courses, introduced in 2020, offer live and interactive online learning and instruction, from the comfort of your home! Virtual classes and workshops are currently held over Zoom and offer a supportive community for students and makers of all experience levels to gather together wherever they are to learn.

  • The annual Virtual Spring Symposium is a one-week, online event is designed to educate, inspire and connect our community, both near and far. 

  • Monthly Wear and Share events are fun, casual, and bring people together. This virtual social event is a chance to meet with other metalsmiths and makers online. We take turns sharing what we're working on, chatting about new tools, helping each other with design solutions, and more.

  • Metalwerx Live is a regular, free social chat on Metalwerx's Instagram channel in which we interview instructors, presenters, and artist friends to find out what they're up to and sneak a peek into their studios and current projects.  They're recorded, so you can always catch up on our IGTV page.


Our building is also home to twenty-nine full and part time Studiomates -- a group of professional and passionate jewelers -- who form a vibrant and active group.  Members of this Metalwerx community have their own dedicated area of the building to work, act as school ambassadors, and often help as teacher’s assistants.


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