619-299-9619 | info@whaleystudios.com



Class Information and Schedule

Come join us and create your own personalized works of jewelry art, from beginning to end. We offer GROUP classes, PRIVATE classes, OPEN STUDIO TIME and a new one-day beginners class. Jay Whaley has been teaching jewelry making classes for over thirty years and will expertly guide you in making a unique piece of jewelry of your own design. His studio is fully equipped and the focus is on having fun while being in a creative environment. No experience necessary. Beginning to advanced students are welcome!

The studio is located in the dynamic Hillcrest section of San Diego, noted for its many boutiques and fine restaurants. Our upstairs location features a spacious balcony overlooking the popular Fifth Avenue shopping district.

Space is limited for classes. We strongly encourage you to pre-register to ensure a space in class. If classes are full, we will add your name to a wait list and contact you as soon as possible. Please call us if you have any questions at (619) 299-9619, or contact us online.
Interested in a Gift Certificate? We have those, too! Please call our studio.

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Group Classes


GROUP Classes

Join us for one of our group classes!

2018 Session Dates are as follows:

Session 1 (8 weeks) $195 MON Jan 8 – Feb...
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Private Classes


Private Classes

For those who want a longer time in the studio and more intense instruction.

2018 Session Dates are as follows:

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Open Studio Time


Open Studio Time

We also offer open studio time based on the studio's availability. Jay Whaley is in the studio for individual help during open...

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Introduction to Jewelry Fabrication Class ~ September 8th

 If you have wanted to make beautiful jewelry of your own design, then this is the perfect...

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Class Sessions for 2018 are scheduled as follows:


Session 1 (8 weeks)
MON Jan 8 – Feb 26
TUE Jan 2 – Feb 20
WED Jan 3 – Feb 21
THUR Jan 4 – Feb 22
FRI Jan 5 – Feb 23
(Break: Feb 27 – Mar 2)
Session 2 (8 weeks)
MON Mar 5 – Apr 23
TUE Mar 6 – Apr 24
WED Mar 7 – Apr 25
THUR Mar 8 – Apr 26
FRI Mar 9 – Apr 27
(Break: Apr 30 – May 4)
Session 3 (8 weeks) 
MON May 7 – Jun 25 (Memorial Day to be made up)
TUE May 8 – Jun 26
WED May 9 – Jun 27
THUR May 10 – Jun 28
FRI May 11 – Jun 29
(Break: July 2 – July 6)
Session 4 (5 weeks) SUMMER
MON July 9 – Aug 6
TUE July 10 – Aug 7
WED July 11 – Aug 8
THUR July 12 – Aug 9
FRI July 13 – Aug 10
(Break: Aug 13 – Aug 17)
Session 5 (8 weeks)
MON Aug 20 – Oct 8 (Labor Day to be made up)
TUE Aug 21 – Oct 9
WED Aug 22 – Oct 10
THUR Aug 23 – Oct 11
FRI Aug 24 – Oct 12
(Break: Oct 15 – Oct 19)
Session 6 (8 weeks)
MON Oct 22 – Dec 10
TUE Oct 23 – Dec 11
WED Oct 24 – Dec 12
THUR Oct 25 – Dec 13 (Thanksgiving to be made up)
FRI Oct 26 – Dec 14
(Break: Dec 17 – Jan 1)

Student Testimonials

Whaley Studios has helped many students with their jewelry careers over the years, but the focus is less about training students to become professional jewelers and more about giving people the opportunity to bring creativity and personal expression into their lives. It’s about nurturing and guiding the creative impulse – in a relaxed class format that people can manage even with busy schedules, and it takes place with a fun community of others all engaged in the creative process. Students gain confidence in learning new skills and taking a process from conception to completion in a way they find delightful, not just with the end result but with the experiences gained along the way.
T. Bennett

Jay is the man. Seriously. A master goldsmith with the heart of a teacher. His classes are the highlight of my week. The fellow artists are really cool to hang with also. So fun to be around people who love art.
Ahava Y.