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Learn About CSMA's Jewelry Making Workshop

Posted November 21st, 2018  |  By A4A.admin

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CSMA is featuring four art workshops this December. Art workshops are an easy way to learn a new skill or try out a new art medium!

We’re hosting the one-day Adventures in Jewelry Making workshop on December 8, hosted by professional jewelry designer Lejoi Reese.  We talked to Lejoi to learn more about her background with jewelry making, and get an inside look at the upcoming workshop.

Lejoi Reese, Jewelry Designer

Give us a little background on yourself. How did you get into jewelry making?

I obtained my BFA and MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. My BFA has an emphasis in Graphic Design, my MFA has an emphasis in Textile Weaving & Design. I have been a professional designer for 22 years, working most of those years in New York City. I have always had the hobby of making jewelry and finally decided to start my own jewelry business—!

What can students expect from this workshop? What types of skills will they learn?

I hope the students will create pieces they can gift their loved ones or make custom pieces for themselves. Students will learn how to use various basic jewelry tools, basic wire manipulation, filigree wire work, and how to go from concept to wearable jewelry.

How do you describe your teaching style?

I like to allow students to conjure up great ideas and then guide them in solving the problems involved in execution. I will give guidelines for projects but give them freedom to create their own masterpieces.

What types of materials will the students work with?

Semi-precious beads/stones, glass beads, semi-precious wire/chains

Describe the types of jewelry that students could make. Should students bring any of their own inspirations or ideas?

Students can make rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces, and bracelets. I hope the students bring their own special stones/beads, broken jewelry, mismatched earrings, and of course pictures of ideas or inspiration!

Interested in the Adventures in Jewelry Making workshop? Register here!

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