Barware and Bitters

Course Description

About this course

Join us for a special hands-on workshop devoted to barware! Make a sterling cocktail stir spoon and a set of martini picks. Forging, forming, fabrication and surface embellishment techniques will be demonstrated. 

Students will use the alloy Argentium Silver to complete their set.  Paulette will lead discussions that address design, model making, the rich tradition of classical techniques as well as the practical shortcuts for working more efficiently to complete pieces in a day.

Please note, students are invited to stay after class for a cocktail hour with special guest mix master, Michael Tzannes, who will finish the class with recipes and tasting of artisanal bitters for the craft cocktail!  This workshop is perfect to kick off a date night, for cocktail aficionados and those who like to make it themselves! 

Meet the Instructor

Paulette Werger

Paulette is a metalsmith and teacher from Lebanon, New Hampshire. She works in a variety of materials including high karat gold, platinum, precious stones, sterling silver, and pewter. Her work is exhibited and sold both nationally and internationally through museums and galleries. She has offered workshops on a number of topics, including conquering the fear of gold, pewtersmithing, keum-boo, surface embellishment, and Ashante casting.

Paulette currently serves as a board member for the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, Massachusetts, and formerly for the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She works at her cooperative studio, Metalpeople East, which supports four metalsmiths with a common use of tools and space.

Materials & Tools 

Materials will be available for purchase at the start of class, but students can bring their own metal that they wish to work with. Paulette also will bring a variety of hand tools, dowels, flex shaft tools, stones pearls and found objects to use in class.

Students should bring 
  • Paulette will have metal available for purchase, but students are welcome to bring their own Sterling Silver or Argentium Silver:
    • Heavy gauge wire 16, 14, 12, 10
    • Sheet 18 or 20 gauge
  • It's helpful to have a sketchbook to keep track of notes and ideas.
  • Basic jewelry hand tools (including sanding sticks, saw blades, coarse cut files, pliers, wire snips, etc.)



Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Paulette Werger


January 10, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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