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Save $20.00 with a Spruill Center for the Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Please note: this course has Prerequisites

Course Number: 234JEAC010

Dates: Monday, September 25 - December 11, 2023
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Exception Dates: No class 10/2, 11/20

Meets: M from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM , 10 sessions

Fee: $365.00

This course ended on December 11, 2023

Please note: this course has Prerequisites

In a fun and encouraging classroom, come build upon your foundational basic skills and discover the next level of intermediate design and fabrication. Instructor-guided projects and support will allow students to further fabrication and soldering skills and continue to develop craftsmanship, problem-solving skills and design. This class is an exciting "round-table" of techniques/projects/introductions: surface design (such as keum-boo, enameling, resin and reticulation), bezels and other settings for cabochons and faceted stones (such as tubesetting, step bezels, and non-round/oval stones), metal forming (such as mitered corners, shaping, hollow forms, forging, and the hydraulic press), construction options (such as cold-connections, mini torch, and piercing), and mechanisms (such as hinges, connections, and findings). Students will learn more about all jewelry forms, have more options and can determine their focus. The first class is generally when we meet as a group to discuss the quarterly projects, material options, and more! Techniques, projects and demonstrations vary each quarter. FYI- Joanne is still excitingly making, working, teaching and always learning about art jewelry for 25+ years. For more info and images, please visit PREREQUISITE: Three Beginning Jewelry and Metalsmithing classes at the Spruill Center for the Arts, or by permission of the instructor.
Fee: $365.00

Save $20.00 with a Spruill Center for the Arts Membership - New and Renewal

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)Non-member$ 340.00
Optional FeeDonation$ 1.00
Mandatory FeeJewelry Lab Fee$ 25.00

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
09/25/2023Monday10 AM to 1 PM RM 209
10/09/2023Monday10 AM to 1 PM RM 209
10/16/2023Monday10 AM to 1 PM RM 209
10/23/2023Monday10 AM to 1 PM RM 209
10/30/2023Monday10 AM to 1 PM RM 209
11/06/2023Monday10 AM to 1 PM RM 209
11/13/2023Monday10 AM to 1 PM RM 209
11/27/2023Monday10 AM to ** AM RM 209
12/04/2023Monday10 AM to 1 PM RM 209
12/11/2023Monday10 AM to 1 PM RM 209


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