This summer, you deserve to take some time for yourself to enroll in one of our courses, and learn new creative skills to make yourself a handmade piece of art. Register today for one of our upcoming classes and you’ll soon be making your own jewelry, home decor, ceramic vessels, or welded sculpture.
Scroll down to read about a few of our offerings, or visit our website to enroll. Be sure to move quick, because classes fill quickly!
Easy Copper Earrings Workshop
With Heather Guidero
During this one day workshop, you’ll learn how to make a pair, or two, of fun and fabulous copper earrings! Heather will show you how to use dapping tools and stakes to add volume to basic cut out shapes. Student’s will also incorporate letter stamps, hammers, burrs, and chasing to develop textures and designs. Final touches include using patinas to highlight textures and designs. We will cover several important jewelry making techniques including sawing, filing, sanding, forming, hammering, chasing and patinas. By the end of the day, you will have a finished piece of jewelry that you designed and fabricated..
Home Decor Fabrication
With Paul Orzech
Return to the Steel Yard studio and create a unique piece of steel furniture or sculpture you can enjoy and then pass down for generations. In this course you will be able to work on a steel table, bookshelf, fish tank stand, living room sculpture or that project you have not been able to get around to building. This is the perfect course to begin a new project or to finish work already in progress with the instructor’s guidance. You should have some prior welding experience to enroll in this course, such as one of our Weekend Welding Workshops. Don’t worry if you are feeling a little rusty-the first class will be a refresher, a chance to relearn the basics and prepare for some independent work.
Handbuilding Techniques: Make Pots With Your Bare Hands
With Patti Barnatt
If you’ve been meaning to get to the Steel Yard, but our evening course schedule hasn’t worked for in the past… we have the perfect solution! Instructor extraordinaire, Patti Barnatt, will be teaching a daytime handbuilding class where she’ll show you how to make pots with your bare hands. Patti believes that making things is essential to one’s life and that sharing one’s expertise with others is fun. In this class, students will focus on the ancient building techniques of pinch, slab and coil to learn a variety of skills to create their own unique ceramic vessels and sculptures of all shapes and sizes.
Weekend Welding Workshop
With Hillel O’Leary
Spend a weekend learning the basics of metalworking: ripping through steel with gas torches and fusing it back together with a 10,000° electrical arc! This two-day workshop will introduce students to MIG welding, the oxygen-acetylene torch, various metal saws, and the grinder. By the end of the first day you will be able to heat, cut, join, bend, and polish. On the second day you will have the full day to use your new skills creating a project to take home. No previous experience necessary-this is a great opportunity to explore welding for the first time.
Cuttlefish Casting Workshop
With Heather Guidero
Cuttlefish casting is one of the oldest casting techniques around, and one of the easiest and most direct way to cast as well! Join us for a day of casting in the Steel Yard jewelry studio that starts with carving a design into the cuttlefish bone and ends with a finished object! In between, we will learn how to melt and pour metal into the molds and finish the castings by sawing, filing, sanding, and adding a patina to highlight the amazing natural texture that occurs with using cuttlefish. No previous experience is required. Bronze will be provided for final projects. Students interested in having their pieces cast in silver can bring their own or purchase it from the Steel Yard. All pieces created are yours to keep at the end of the day!