Any student who has completed Jewelry 1 and Jewelry 2 is invited to take Jewelry 3! This course is designed for people who want to continue learning new and more advanced techniques to add to their repertoire, in addition to elevating previously learned skills to the next level. There will be unique projects and goals to accomplish during class, but participants are also welcome to bring in unfinished work so they can have support and guidance completing them.
Some of the techniques students can expect to learn through new projects are advanced soldering techniques, scoring (for perfect angles, bends, and corners), fabricating 3D forms, elevated stone settings, and more! Additionally, students are welcome to bring their own ideas for what they might want to cover in class so that Cristina can introduce these skills and adapt the curriculum to participants needs, as time allows.
This course is geared towards the intermediate to advanced student. It will be a hybrid of our directed studio practice class but with more structure through pre-planned projects that introduce new techniques. The goal is to have an experienced professional guide participants through processes and techniques, while honing and improving upon their success within each skill - and make some incredible jewelry and metalwork along the way!
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.
There is a $125 materials fee for this class that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes three sizes of heavy gauge sterling silver tubing, large sheet of silver sheet in 20 gauge and 24 gauge, stone setting bur set, three sizes of cubic zirconia stones in large quantity, and other basic supplies needed for course objectives.
unfinished projects or question about techniques
writing utensil and notebook
closed-toe shoes - required for all Metalwerx classes
any hand tools you already own
a box/container for in-progress projects/supplies