Rings from Anything!

Course Description

About this course

When you think about it, the standard ring is a very simple form: a squat tube or a torus. Typically, we make these rings out of precious materials such as gold, silver, platinum, and so on. But what if you could make them out of other materials such as plastic or even wood? In this one-day workshop, we will bring this exciting prospect to life! Students will utilize a few very simple hand tools to create finished, wearable rings out of what most would consider to be strictly non-jewelry materials.

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 $40 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit for this workshop includes exotic hardwood, various plastics, and some other odd materials to cut rings out of, saw blades, a ring file, sandpaper, and a dust mask.

Students should bring 
  • Fine tipped permanent marker
  • Notebook/sketchbook



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


December 8, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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