Organic Wax Working

Course Description

About this course

Working with wax to create organic floral shapes is a technique that instructor Ruta Reifen has mastered. In this weekend workshop she will demonstrate how to form and sculpt soft waxes that are then cast to create organic jewelry pieces. Students will also learn to incorporate natural materials into their design with the sculpted wax to create surface texture and formal compositions. Each student will produce a small collection of unique floral/organic designs in wax ready for casting. After an in-class demonstration of how to treat finished metal castings, as well as a full understanding of outsourcing lost-wax casting and working with recommended casting houses, each student will complete their metal designs and develop their work independently. 

Meet the Instructor

Ruta Reifen

Ruta Reifen was born in Jerusalem, Israel, where she received an honors (magna cum laude) B.Design in Jewelry Design from Shenkar College of Engineering and Design (Israel) 2009. In 2011 she received and honors (magna cum laude) MFA from the Jewelry + Metals department at the Rhode Island School of Design (United States).

Ruta keeps her own studio practice in the Brooklyn Navy Yard (NY). Continuing  a decade of her own Art-Jewelry practice as well as working for other brands, Ruta Reifen Fine became the studio focus organically in 2015, as special orders kept coming in. Ruta's teaching experience includes the Rhode Island School of Design (RI), School of Museum of Fine Arts (MA), Pratt Institute (NYC), Shenkar College of Engineering Design (Israel), Bezalel Academy of Art (Isreal), 92nd Street Y (NYC), Brooklyn Metal Works (NYC), Penland School of Crafts(NC). Ruta is the creator and co-founder of Platforma, a curatorial initiative that promotes contemporary art jewelry.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $45 materials fee for this course, which is payable upon registration. The kit provided includes carving and modeling wax in multiple forms, as well as wax-working tools to take home.

Students should bring 
  • A selection of dry perishable organic matter to incorporate in your designs (perishable-not bone or seashells). For example: walnut shell, dried bark etc.
  • An X-acto knife
  • A small steel ruler (6" should be fine)



Materials Cost



Ruta Reifen


April 28 -30, 2017


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above
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