Jewelry 2

Course Description

About this course

If you have already learned the basics of jewelry and metalsmithing and you want to take your skills and knowledge to the next level, then this is the class for you! In this class students will build upon the basic jewelry techniques they were taught in Jewelry 1 to create more complicated and advanced pieces of jewelry. Students will learn advanced soldering techniques, more exciting stone settings, tool making, and strategies to design and produce more successful jewelry. Your skills will then be tested with a final project that employs the skills you have learned to create a wearable hollow form.

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 $65 materials fee for this course, which is payable upon registration, and includes copper, brass, and sterling silver sheet metal, sterling tubing, bezel wire, 10 faceted cubic zirconia and a cabochon stone.

Students should bring 
  • Notebook/sketchbook & writing utensil
  • Very fine tip marker
  • OPTIONAL: Round faceted stones of your choosing, 3mm in diameter
  • OPTIONAL: Cabochons of your choosing. Aim for ones that are an oval or a circle.
  • OPTIONAL: Irregular or odd stones which the students would like to try prong setting. (Preferably one with a flat back.)



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


January 8 -March 12, 2019

Weekly on Tuesday


10:00 AM -1:00 PM


9 weeks

Basic and above

No Class Dates

February 19

Make-up dates 
March 19
March 26
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