Join us to make your own jewelry, incorporating a stone to add color and style! In this class each student will use their hands to build a setting, as well as move the metal to secure the stone in place. While the goal of this class is for students to leave with a pendant, students are welcome to make their own unique design.
Please note: This workshop includes lunch. Please notify Arc + Flame at least one week in advance of any dietary restrictions. Metalsmithing 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. Do NOT 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 have any concerns with your vision, hearing, hand dexterity or mental health.
This class is appropriate for ages 14+.
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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