CANCELED Ornamental Blacksmithing in Silver

Course Description

About this course

The art of decorative wrought iron has a rich history of usage spanning several centuries. It is an aesthetic that conjures up romantic visions of the old world and all of the lavish structures which resided within it. In this class, we will translate these centuries old blacksmithing techniques into silversmithing, as students learn how to utilize this language of ornamentation within the jewelry medium. Students can expect to walk away with at least one finished piece and/or a plethora of samples for future endeavors.

Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.
William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $40 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. Material kits include several gauges and lengths of sterling silver wire, brass wire, brass tubing, and other various tools needed to complete projects. 

Students should bring 
  • sketchbook and writing implement
  • extra fine silver, sterling silver, or gold (if they tend to be prolific or wish to use a high end material) 



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


April 4 -5, 2020


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
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