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    Pabon.Pendant and earrings
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    Pabon.cuff with flush setting
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    Pabon.Bracelet with tube settings
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    Pabon.pendant and rings with flush settings
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    Pabon.Prong set stones
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    Pabon.Locket with tube settings
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    Pabon.Big flush set rings

Directed Studio Practice

This weekly class is an opportunity for students to work on independent projects with questions and guidance offered by a professional. Finish up projects hiding in your bench. Get advice and delve into those designs swirling around in your head. This class is loaded with great bench tips to guide students through projects with success. Students discuss and critique designs one-on-one with the instructor, as well as in a group if desired. Technical demonstrations will respond to participants' interests and needs; soldering, stone setting, texture development, hinge making, jewelry line development, and other advanced jewelry techniques are among the many possibilities.

Meet the instructor

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Cristina Hurley was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was strongly influenced by art and culture beginning at an early age by her parents, who were classical musicians. She was first introduced to metalsmithing when she attended a class in her senior year of high school. The instructor took Cristina on as an apprentice, which she did for 2 years. Cristina also attended Escuela de Artes Plasticas de San Juan during her apprenticeship, a visual arts university located in the heart of the old city in Puerto Rico. She successfully completed her freshman year there. When her mentor saw a strong natural talent, she suggested Cristina try to attend Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI. Cristina took the suggestion to apply, got accepted and made the big leap to move to New England in 1993. She graduated from the Jewelry Department there in 1996. After graduation she moved to New York and worked for a prestigious goldsmithing company, Reinstein/Ross, for six years, where she refined her technical skills making one of a kind pieces in high karat gold, platinum, and precious stones.

Cristina Moved to Massachusetts in 2002 with her family. She worked for various Jewelry companies and then had her own retail store in her hometown from 2010 to 2015. She currently works from her home studio designing and fabricating her own collection of sterling silver jewelry. She also works indepentantly for other various jewelry designers, assisting them in making one of a kind pieces and hand fabricated collections.

Cristina has been making jewelry for 25 years and continues to explore and refine her technique. She currently sells her collection of jewelry online and in stores around New England.

Materials & Tools

There is a $10 lab fee per student for the use of common supplies such as flux, solder, gas, etc. which is paybale upon registration. Tools and equipment are available to use during class. Consumable supplies for projects, such as metal, sandpaper, etc., are provided by students but the instructor is happy to offer guidance before ordering. 

Students should bring
  • studio apron

  • studio towel

  • notebook or sketchpad

  • pen or pencil

  • closed-toe shoes - required in the Metalwerx studio

  • Sharpie marker

  • safety glasses / reading classes

  • food / snacsk - if you get hungry (Metalwerx has fridge)


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