Metal smithing samplers are designed to introduce you to the fundamentals of jewelry making. Use fine blades with a hand saw to cut out shapes, and rivets to make a movable bail to hang it from. No prior experience or training is needed to attend. While the curriculum is designed for the novice, anyone interested in refining their jewelry making techniques could benefit from these classes.
Please note: This class is for ages 14+. Metal smithing jewelry classes are interactive and involve physical activity with emphasis on hand eye coordination. Please make sure to wear close-toed sneakers or boots, jeans and a cotton t-shirt. Please don't wear flip-flops, open toed shoes or highly flammable clothing. To ensure the best possible class experience for all students, please contact Arc + Flame Center prior to class if you any have concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health.
This class will take place at Arc + Flame Center, located at 125 Fedex Way, Rochester NY.
About the teacher:
Over the last 11 years, Mark Thone has been completely immersed in the field of creating handmade. He worked professionally as a bench jeweler, and during that time slowly started building his own business, Heart on Sleeve, which is now his full-time career. Being a maker is Mark’s way of life, not just a job. Mark’s formal education comes from the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School for American Craft. He earned a BFA in Metal’s in 2012, and continued for another year at RIT as an artist in residence under a few brilliant artists who gave him significant guidance and encouragement. In his residency, he began working with students as a teacher in elective classes and realized this was something he’d like to pursue. In 2013, Mark began teaching his own classes at the Memorial Art Gallery and has continued teaching ever since. Mark approached the Arc + Flame Center in 2017, and was given an opportunity to join the team shortly after. A few of Mark’s jewelry skills include (but are not limited to) design, soldering, piercing, forming, and many others. He tries to split his work time between carving stone and creating with metals. Mark also enjoys hiking and rockhounding in the area, which provides great opportunity to use unique and local gemstones in his jewelry.
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