Designing for Powder Coating

Course Description

About this course

Learn new processes in surface embellishment with powder coat! This course can be the opportunity to challenge yourself in learning a new surface embellishment to enhance your current jewelry vocabulary OR a brand new beginning. Bringing raw materials to experiment with is encouraged and there will also be the opportunity to use components from your bench. Powder coating works with any metal, if you have found objects that you are curious to use bring them and we can access their potential. Metals must have the capacity to heat to 350-400 degrees and must be stripped of any coating.

Meet the Instructor

Laura Wood

Laura Wood is a full time jewelry artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. Her newly relocated studio is in the Refinery Creator Space in the downtown South Slope District. Her work has been selected for many exhibitions throughout the United States, includingThe Contemporary Jewelry Show at the Penland Gallery (NC), Shift: Makers that Define, Expand, and Contradict the Field of Art Jewelry at the Grunwald Gallery (IN), and theLydon Emerging Artist Exhibition (LEAP) at the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA) and most recently as a 2015 SNAG Emerging Jewelry Artist at the annual Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design Expo (SOFA) in Chicago, Illinois. Her work can be found in select galleries in the United States and in the permanent collections of the Gregg Museum of Art at North Carolina State University and The Racine Art  Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. Publications include, 500 Paper Objects (Lark Crafts, 2013), Behind the Brooch (Shiffer Publishing, 2014), American Craft (2012), and Metalsmith (2014).

Laura was the founding voice of the annual ECU Symposium and is a co-founder of Jewelry Edition, a creative project  facilitating the growth of jewelry artists. Laura was a recent 2015 speaker at the annual Yuma Arts Symposium and a the spring metals concentration instructor at the Penland School of Crafts. She earned a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University.

Materials & Tools 

There will be a $30 materials fee that is payable upon registration. The materials kit for this workshop includes a selection of powder coat colors, tools for powder coating, and a dust mask. Students will be responsible for providing their own metal for this workshop. 

Students should bring 
  • Lead Pencil
  • Sharpie Marker
  • 4/0 and 3/0 saw blades
  • Any additional Powder Coat colors you wish to order in advance: (optional****) Suggest to order in 1 lb. increments sources include:
  • Any metal scraps that are 100% metal that can be heated to 450 degrees
  • Wire of various gauge brass, copper, sterling, steel
  • Safety goggles



Materials Cost



Laura Wood


September 21 -23, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above
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