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My teenage daugther did enameling at a very popular east
coast ''arts'' summer camp. She really wants to take a
course in this during the school year. I called CCA and
you have to be 18 years to enroll. Does anyone know of any
enameling courses for teens in the East Bay?
mom of an artist
The Crucible in Oakland has enameling classes as well as
many other wonderful art classes. And it's possible that
the Richmond Art Center has enameling classes. Both are
great places to learn.
Does anyone have recomendations for adult jewelry-making classes in the
Look into the Crucible
in Oakland (www.thecrucible.org), near the West Oakland BART Station.
I've taken two silversmithing classes there, and they're great. Their focus is industrial arts
(including welding, casing, torch-cutting, pottery, glass-work, etc.). The 10-week classes
aren't cheap but well worth it.
The Richmond Art Center
has a very large selection of beginning through advanced jewelry
classes for adults. You can learn all the basics like sawing, soldering, forming & finishing
and more. You can also take classes that focus on more specific techniques like metalsmithing,
stone setting & lapidary, casting and enamelling. This spring session has already started, so
you will have to wait until this summer or fall to sign up for classes. There are a couple of
workshops this month that may still have space: ''Knitted Wired Jewelry'' and '' A Primer on
Enameling: 3-D forms''.
The Richmond Art Center is a great place that deserves more attention and support. I've taken
drawing and painting classes there. They also offer classes in ceramics, textiles and screen
printing. And they have lots of classes for kids too. There is a 6,000 sq foot gallery space
with on-going art exhibitions featuring emerging and mid-career Bay Area artists.
It's a great place! I highly recommend checking it out!
There are LOTS of great jewelry-making classes -- depends on which kinds you would like. For
simple stringing classes, and for some great stuff in metalworking, wireworking, and precious
metal clay, try Baubles & Beads on Shattuck Ave. For more metalworking, and for working with
glass and stuff like enameling, try the Crucible (7th street in Oakland). There's also a nice
beadworking store with good classes in San Ramon (The Place to Bead).
ASUC studio also has a few classes.
Have lots and lots of fun!
Have you tried Studio One in Oakland? They have low-cost, fun classes for adults, teens, and
children. It's a little hard to find on the web, they are run by the City of Oakland Parks and
Rec. I have taken several classes there and they are taught by professional teachers/artists.
Baubles and Beads (stores in Berkeley and San Rafael) offer a moving feast of jewelry making
classes. They're not inexpensive, but you do get a discount on purchases made around the time
of the class and they are very gracious about providing advice and commentary after the class
is done. I've found the in-house instructors to be uniformly excellent, and the classroom is
well-lit and pleasant.
More advanced classes require the completion of pre-requisites, like Basic Stringing or Basic
Wire although they will sometimes accept a showing of work as proof that you don't need the
basic class. Specialty classes are offered by guest instructors; most of these have been good
but I've had occasional disappointments.
If you're looking to leap into the deep end and want to learn traditional jewelry
metalsmithing, there's a place called Perlz up in Hopland California that offers individual
classes and a Metalsmithing Summer Camp. I haven't been, but I did take a class at B&B from
their house instructor Joe Silvera and he's excellent.
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