Exploring Line: Building Volume with Wire

Course Description

About this course

In this workshop students will explore the use of line to build three-dimensional forms. Using wire, simple design basics and soldering techniques we will create these forms. The class will look at different approaches to translating these components into wearable jewelry pieces such as earrings, rings and necklaces. The class will use Plasti-Dip to add color. Students should expect to take home a completed piece of jewelry or sample parts depending on the complexity of their design. All students with basic soldering skills are welcome.

Meet the Instructor

Donna D'Aquino

Donna D’Aquino was born in Newburgh, New York. She received her BS in Design from The State University College of New York at Buffalo in 1989; and her MFA from Kent State University in 2000. She has taught at Kent State University, The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at the University of Akron and The University of Toledo; all in Ohio.

In the fall of 2003, D’Aquino decided to stop teaching and focus on being a studio metalsmith. She works in a variety of metals, materials and styles. Her jewelry is hand-fabricated using sterling silver, 18kt gold and steel. It is primarily inspired by drawing and architecture. D’Aquino’s work can be seen in over 25 books and magazines and at many of the finest contemporary Craft Shows and Galleries throughout the United States. She has won numerous awards including an individual Ohio Arts Council Grant and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the American Craft Council. In 2007 she was selected to be included in both the traveling show and the book that accompanied the “Craft in America, Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects”, series done for PBS. Her work was recently donated to the permanent collection of The Charles A. Wustum Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. She also has work in the permanent collection of the Museum for Contemporary Crafts in Portland, Oregon. Her work has recently been featured in Vogue Italia and W magazine.

She resides in Bethel, Maine, where she maintains a full-time studio.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $30 materials fee for this course, which is payable to the instructor on the first day of class that includes wire, tweezers, the use of solder, plasti-dip for coloration and all other materials needed to complete the process.

Students should bring 

Metalwerx has these tools available for use during the workshop. If you have your own, you may want to bring them with you so you don't have to share.

  • Pliers: round, needle nose, flat
  • Wire cutters
  • Saw frame 
  • Files, various sizes. (Needle and mini)
  • Safety glasses
  • Respirator...or Good dust/fumes mask      



Materials Cost

Payable to instructor in class.


Donna D'Aquino


May 17 -19, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above
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