Do your ideas exceed your abilities?
At Precious Metal Arts, we specialize in helping individuals realize their artistic goals, whether you want to make a single piece or design an entire line of jewelry.
We offer jewelry classes and workshops covering all fundamental aspects of jewelry design and creation, and provide customized continuing education through our unique small group tutoring. We even offer bench rental for you to practice your developing skills at a professional jeweler’s bench as you learn, without having to invest hundreds of dollars in tools.
Where do I start?
Our technique based jewelry classes are structured for virtually any skill level, which means almost ANY class can be your first class. Since space is limited, you may just want to jump in at the first available opportunity.
If you enjoy experimenting, soft wax or wax carving will allow you to create wax models of a variety of designs before deciding which one to commit to silver, gold, or platinum. If you are more of an “immediate gratification” creator, metalsmithing classes will allow you to see your designs take form before your eyes in the metal of your choice.
Whichever medium you choose, we offer different sections of all three. Each section presents basic techniques used in slightly different ways, through individual projects that are specific to that class. Though classes are designated A, B, C, or D , they are NOT sequential and may be taken in any order.
You can download a printable PDF of our current brochure and class schedule here.
What can I learn?
Pretty much anything you can think of, at least where jewelry creation is concerned. If your particular mission isn’t covered by what’s on the class schedule, we offer weekly small group tutoring sessions. Limited to 6 students, you work on your own jewelry projects at your own pace under the careful guidance of our instructors. Tutoring is also a great way to explore any of the techniques offered in our classes and workshops, just in case our schedule doesn’t quite fit with yours.
Our customized tutoring allows couples to actually create their own wedding rings! From a simple wedding band to your dream design, we will consult with you about your ideas and walk you step by step through the process, which is as meaningful as the ring itself.
And don’t worry… Peter can complete any aspect of the piece that you are not comfortable doing yourself.
You can find more detail about the process on our Wedding Rings page!