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Please note: this course has Prerequisites

Course Number: 241JEWS010

Dates: Su, Sa, March 9-10, 2024
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Meets: Sa and Su from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM , 2 sessions

Fee: $322.00

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Please note: this course has Prerequisites

Come have an exciting time in the studio playing with fire and learning how to turn your clean sterling silver scrap into workable sheet and wire ready for your next jewelry project. Students will melt their sterling silver scrap, with added sterling silver casting grain, in a crucible and pour into both sheet and wire steel ingots molds. Then, students will roll and draw the ingots into a variety of gauges of sheet and profiles of wire.
Saturday we will pour metal and start using the rolling mills. On Sunday we will finish rolling and then drawing wire, and the class time will be split into 2 groups of 4 students. There will be two sheet and two wire rolling mills in the classroom, as well as a drawplate bench. This class has a maximum of 8 students.
NOTE: Rolling sheet and drawing wire is a continuous and strenuous activity, and students should take breaks as needed.

PREREQUISITE: 3 Jewelry/Metalsmithing classes or permission of the instructor.

See the Supply List at for further information regarding preparing your scrap, casting grain cost and information needed for the workshop.

Registration cut-off two weeks prior to the first day of class.

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Fee: $322.00

Save $20.00 with a 2022 Membership - New and Renewal of unexpired 2021 memberships or Spruill Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Non-member$ 300.00
Optional FeeDonation$ 1.00
Mandatory FeeJewelry Lab Fee$ 22.00

Joanne Hernandez

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Joanne's Classes

An Atlanta native, Joanne received a B.F.A in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing with honors from Georgia State University in 1997. She learned traditional metalsmithing techniques under strict instruction of Richard Mafong, and after demonstrating a natural and quick ability she became his studio assistant and fill-in teacher for both lower and upper level classes. During this time, she received various awards for her artwork; her jewelry, vessels, and teapots have been in many shows, exhibits, and auctions around the Atlanta area.

Joanne was employed by Ricky Frank, well-known and celebrated cloisonne enamelist, as his primary jeweler and goldsmith from 1997 to 2013. Obviously an art jewelry dream job, it allowed her to learn about all facets of art jewelry production and business, work with high karat golds and beautiful gemstones, teach/train all new employees, and hone her skills in fabrication and finishing. Until the mid 2000's, she mostly expressed her artistic voice through drawing, painting, sculpture, and textiles.

In 2006, she began focusing on and developing her metalwork, and has been selling her jewelry and custom commissions ever since. Her style and design vary as much as her influences, and she sells her creations through her appropriately named "RecklessEyeStudio" Etsy store. Her metalwork is marked by a love of color and contrast, strong and unusual design, and reflects an arsenal of techniques, love of problem-solving, and belief in beautiful craftsmanship. Her organic designs fluctuate between the literal and surreal, where things are shifting and constantly reminiscent, where all her work has a life of it's own.

When she is not teaching, working on jewelry and commissions, she love sewing, knitting, embroidering, dyeing wool yarn, and keeping her cat, Yuki Yum-Yum, away from all the tempting threads these activities create. Also, her new fascination and delight is with hand-built ceramics. Also, Joanne skated with the Atlanta Rollergirls for 2 1/5 years, shortly with her team, Saki Tuyas, and mostly as a bout referee.

She feels honored and thrilled to teach at the Spruill Center of the Arts, and is currently the Jewelry Department Coordinator. She loves sharing her knowledge, skills and love of the craft with her students. And, honored to create objects with which people connect, and that become a part of their daily life and history.

Photo of Ring by Joanne Photo of Bracelet by Joanne

RecklessEyeStudio Etsy store

Date Day Time Location
03/09/2024Saturday10 AM to 4:30 PM RM 09
03/10/2024Sunday10 AM to 4:30 PM RM 09


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