Private Classes


Private Classes

Our classes are designed for all levels of experience. Students taking this class will learn a variety of metalsmithing techniques to create original finished jewelry of their own design. For those who want a longer time in the studio, more intense instruction with only a few other students present, the Private Classes fulfill this need.

Private classes are 4 hours long and offered Monday afternoon, Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning, and Thursday morning. Sessions are 8 weeks long, with a 5 week session during the summer. Classes are taught by Jay Whaley. Beginners thru advanced students are welcomed.

Students will get familiar with alloying and melting metal, making an ingot, annealing, using a rolling mill, forming, soldering with single and multi-fuel torches, rolling out custom wire and sheet stock, pattern making, sawing, filing, texturing and finishing techniques. Precision model making for lost wax casting and in-studio vacuum and centrifugal casting can be explored. Vulcanized and room temperature molds can also be made for replication casting and limited editions.

Most work is created in silver and gold, but are not limited to those metals.

Gemstones of all sizes and shapes can also be brought in and incorporated into the jewelry being made. Custom bezels and mountings can be made in class.

All necessary tools and equipment are available for student use. Supplies, such as silver, and other materials and tools can be purchased from the studio during class time.

These classes typically fill up. We recommend pre-registering to hold your place in class. Space is limited to 4 students each session. Cost is $495 per session/Summer session is $310.

Private Class Times (choose one):

* Monday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
* Tuesday 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
* Wednesday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
* Thursday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Please contact us if the class you desire is out of stock, we often have spaces available! Or, let us know if you want to be added to a Wait List or a future class not yet listed.


Product Description

Private Classes

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

2018 Session Dates are as follows:

Session 1 (8 weeks) $495
MON Jan 8 – Feb 26
TUE Jan 2 – Feb 20
WED Jan 3 – Feb 21
THUR Jan 4 – Feb 22
(Break: Feb 27 – Mar 2)
Session 2 (8 weeks) $495
MON Mar 5 – Apr 23
TUE Mar 6 – Apr 24
WED Mar 7 – Apr 25
THUR Mar 8 – Apr 26
(Break: Apr 30 – May 4)
Session 3 (8 weeks) $495
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
(Break: July 2 – July 6)
Session 4 SUMMER (5weeks) $310
MON July 9 – Aug 6
TUE July 10 – Aug 7
WED July 11 – Aug 8
THUR July 12 – Aug 9
(Break: Aug 13 – Aug 17)
Session 5 (8 weeks) $495
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
(Break: Oct 15 – Oct 19)
Session 6 (8 weeks) $495
MON Oct 22 – Dec 10
TUE Oct 23 – Dec 11
WED Oct 24 – Dec 12
THUR Oct 25 – Dec 13
(Break: Dec 17 – Jan 1)


To Register for a Class Offline, Check Availability, and/or Have Questions:

Please contact us at 619-299-9619 or contact us online. We look forward to hearing from you! Thank You!


There is metered street parking. There is also a paid parking lot on the corner of 6th and Robinson. Free parking is located a couple of blocks away from our studio beginning at Pennsylvania or 3rd Avenue. Street parking is free on Sundays.

Cancellations and Refunds

  • A full refund will be issued to students if a class is cancelled.
  • A full refund will be issued to students if we are notified within 7 days of the start of class. Please, no exceptions. Students may opt to receive a full studio credit in lieu of a refund.
  • No credits, refunds or make-ups will be issued in lieu of a missed class.  Please, no exceptions.
  • If students miss class due to serious illness, please contact the studio.