619-299-9619 | info@whaleystudios.com



Class Information and Schedule

Whaley Studios offers SMALL GROUP CLASSES in classic metalsmithing Monday through Thursday. Our studio atmosphere is  fun, creative, and welcoming! Whaley Studios classes are designed to guide and develop the creative potential of our students. New students or those with limited prior experience will learn the basics by fabricating a sterling silver ring of their own design. You will immerse yourself in the process of classic metalsmithing by learning to alloy metal, pour an ingot, use a rolling mill, form, solder and finishing a ring of your own design. Studio safety, vocabulary and technique are taught through hands-on experience.  After your ring project is complete you may work on projects of your choice as you build your skills.  ALL CLASSES/SESSIONS FOR 2022 ARE FULL. 

We are located in Hillcrest, San Diego. Our fully equipped studio is upstairs, air conditioned and features a large private balcony. Metered parking is available and there are pay lots nearby. Free neighborhood parking can be found a few blocks away. Class times are: 9am to Noon, 1pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm.  Enrollment is limited to 6 students per class. We are FULL for 2022. Whaley Studios also offers  Do-It-Yourself Wedding Ring and Special Occasion Ring Workshops on Saturday’s for anyone seeking a more personal experience or wanting to create custom rings for their special day.  Visit our “Make Your Own Wedding Rings” page for more details or give us a call!

ALL 2022 CLASSES/SESSIONS ARE FULL.  Current students have the option to continue from session to session so we have limited availability.  Please call if you have questions. 

Please note that we require students and staff to wear masks at all times in the studio. Class size is limited to 6 students. Tuition for the full 7 week session is $350.

Please call us if you have any questions at (619) 299-9619, or contact us online


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Small Group Classes

Class size limited to six students. Personalized instruction once a week for seven weeks in a three-hour block.


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Class Sessions for 2022 are scheduled as follows: All 2022 classes are full.

Session 1 
MON Jan 3 – Feb 14
TUE Jan 4 – Feb 15
WED Jan 5 – Feb 16
THUR Jan 6 – Feb 17
FRI Jan 7 – Feb 18
(Break: Feb 22 – 25 )
Session 2  FULL-CLOSED
MON Feb 28 – Apr 11
TUE Mar 1 – Apr 12
WED Mar 2 – Apr 13
THUR Mar 3 – Apr 14
FRI Mar 4 – Apr 15
(Break: April 18 – 22)
MON Apr 25 – Jun 6(closed Memorial Day)
TUE Apr 26 – Jun 7
WED Apr 27 – Jun 8
THUR Apr 28 – Jun 9
FRI Apr 29 – Jun 10
(Break: June 13 – 24  TWO WEEK BREAK  )
Session 4 FULL- CLOSED
MON Jun 27 – Aug 8 (closed July 4)
TUE Jun 28 – Aug 9
WED Jun 29 – Aug 10
THUR Jun 30 – Aug 11
FRI Jul 1 – Aug 12
(Break: August 15 – 19 )
Session 5 – FULL- CLOSED
MON Aug 22 – Oct 3 (closed Labor Day
TUE Aug 23 – Oct 4
WED Aug 24 – Oct 5
THUR Aug 25 – Oct 6(Break: October  10 – 21  TWO WEEK BREAK)
Session 6 – FULL-CLOSED
MON Oct 24 – Dec 12
TUE Oct 25 – Dec 13
WED Oct 26  – Dec 14
THUR Oct 27 – Dec 15(Break: Thanksgiving week Nov 21 – 25)

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.  In a relaxed class format, that even people with busy schedules can manage, learning takes place in a fun community of others engaged in the creative process. Students gain confidence in learning new skills and taking design 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;  it’s just so much fun to be around people who love art.
Ahava Y.