Surfaces, Stones, and Designing for the Body

Course Description

About this course

This class will focus on surface embellishment of pierced metal and how to design those elements specifically for your body. Laura will take students through the process of fabricating work that carefully considers the human form and how a piece of jewelry can complement a certain area of the body. Techniques covered in this workshop will include stone setting, color application and texture, powder coating, as well as engineering findings for a cohesive design. These techniques can be applied to the creation of a range of pieces including necklaces and earrings. Students can expect to leave with at least one finished piece as well as multiple samples for future projects. 

Powder coating materials will available for use and a small usage fee can be made payable to Laura in class. 

Meet the Instructor

Laura Wood

Laura Wood is a full time jewelry artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. Her newly relocated studio is in the Refinery Creator Space in the downtown South Slope District. Her work has been selected for many exhibitions throughout the United States, includingThe Contemporary Jewelry Show at the Penland Gallery (NC), Shift: Makers that Define, Expand, and Contradict the Field of Art Jewelry at the Grunwald Gallery (IN), and theLydon Emerging Artist Exhibition (LEAP) at the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA) and most recently as a 2015 SNAG Emerging Jewelry Artist at the annual Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design Expo (SOFA) in Chicago, Illinois. Her work can be found in select galleries in the United States and in the permanent collections of the Gregg Museum of Art at North Carolina State University and The Racine Art  Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. Publications include, 500 Paper Objects (Lark Crafts, 2013), Behind the Brooch (Shiffer Publishing, 2014), American Craft (2012), and Metalsmith (2014).

Laura was the founding voice of the annual ECU Symposium and is a co-founder of Jewelry Edition, a creative project  facilitating the growth of jewelry artists. Laura was a recent 2015 speaker at the annual Yuma Arts Symposium and a the spring metals concentration instructor at the Penland School of Crafts. She earned a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University.

Materials & Tools 

There will be a $60 materials fee that is payable upon registration. The materials kit for this workshop includes brass sheet, various gauges of sterling silver wire and tubing, as well as polishing tools and other materials necessary to complete the project. 

Students should bring 
  • Lead Pencil
  • Sharpie Marker
  • 4/0 and 3/0 saw blades
  • Any Powder Coat colors you wish to order in advance: (optional****) Suggest to order in 1 lb. increments sources include:
  • Any metal scraps that are 100% metal that can be heated to 450 degrees
  • Wire of various gauge brass, copper, sterling, steel
  • Loose Stones (cabochons suggested) larger than 8x10mm
  • Sterling silver sheet if this is your working preference
  • Dust mask
  • Safety goggles



Materials Cost



Laura Wood


September 6 -10, 2017


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


5 days

Basic and above
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