Jewelry 2

Course Description

About this course

If you have already learned the basics of jewelry and metalsmithing and want to take your skills and knowledge to the next level, then this is the class for you! Build upon the basic jewelry techniques taught in Jewelry 1 to create more complicated pieces of jewelry. Students will learn advanced soldering techniques, more exciting stone settings, tool making, and strategies to design and produce successful jewelry. Your skills will then be tested with a final project that employs the skills 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. The materials kit includes copper and brass sheet and wire, sterling tubing, bezel wire, faceted cubic zirconia stones, bronze and silver casting grain, as well as various tools and flex shaft attachments for class projects.

Students should bring 
  • notebook/sketchbook & writing utensil
  • very fine tip marker
  • OPTIONAL: round faceted stones of your choosing, 3mm in diameter. This is also included in the 
  • OPTIONAL: cabochons of your choosing. Aim for ones that are an oval or a circle.
  • OPTIONAL: irregular stones which the students would like to try prong setting. (Preferably one with a flat back.)



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


September 15 -November 10, 2020

Weekly on Tuesday


9:30 AM -12:30 PM


9 weeks

Basic and above
Make-up dates 
November 17
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