Mokume Gane

Course Description

About this course

Mokume Gane is an ancient decorative metalworking technique characterized by bold lines, swirls, and curves that look strikingly similar to wood grain. It has fascinated and vexed craftspeople for generations due to a beauty that was notoriously challenging to produce. However, with modern material science and better equipment, this stunning metal technique is more attainable than ever!

In this class, students will explore the world of solid-state diffused mokume gane by creating and patterning billets of their own, and then use this material to create beautiful and exotic jewelry objects. Students will work with both a pre-made silver and copper billet to jump into patterning, and we will also make an 18 layer billet from scratch in class.

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 $95 materials fee for this workshop which includes one pre-made sterling silver and copper billet to jump right into patterning, enough sterling silver and copper to make an 18 layer billet from scratch in class, as well as use of all the consumable supplies (cleaning jigs, torque plates, scotchbrite, pumice, etc.) and all equipment needed to successfully make and pattern mokume gane billets for jewelry.



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


September 18 -December 11, 2019

Weekly on Wednesday


6:00 PM -9:00 PM


10 weeks

Basic and above

No Class Dates

October 9

October 16

November 27

Make-up dates 
December 18
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