Skill Builder Series: File Carved Rings

Course Description

About this course

Learn how to use files to add embellishments to their work through decorative filing techniques. In addition, we will explore this deceptively simple hand tool in depth, and students will learn about the various types of files out there, their applications, how they function, and how to use them to greater effect. This workshop is intended for students who have a basic understanding of the file and jewelry practices, and as such Jewelry 1 or equivalent are required to take this course.

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 $45 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes brass and copper rod, a 6-piece set of needle files, saw blades, and flex shaft attachments for finishing. 

Students should bring 
  • A notebook or sketchbook and a writing utensil
  • Any files at home that you would like to learn how to use more efficiently 



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


July 8, 2019


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


1 day

Basic and above
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