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Barware and Bitters

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. The instructor 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

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Paulette Werger is a metalsmith and teacher who works in Lebanon, NH. She sells her work both nationally and internationally and is owner of Metalpeople East, a jewelry and hollow ware studio. She has taught metalsmithing at the University of WI, Montana State University, and at craft schools throughout the country.


Materials & Tools

Materials will be available for purchase directly from the instructor at the start of class, but students can bring their own metal that they wish to work with. Paulette will also 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 wire - 16, 14, 12, 10 gauge

    • Sheet - 20 gauge

  • Basic jewelry hand tools (including sanding sticks, saw blades, coarse cut files, pliers, wire snips, etc.)

    • Metalwerx has a fully equipped studio with all basic hand tools for students to use communally. 

  • studio apron

  • studio towel

  • notebook or sketchpad

  • pen or pencil

  • closed-toe shoes - required in the Metalwerx studio

  • lunch - Metalwerx has a fridge, toaster oven, and microwave


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