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Semi-Private Classes


Semi-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 Semi-Private Classes fulfill this need.

Semi-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. Space is limited to 5 students per class each session. No credits, refunds, or make-ups will be issued in lieu of a missed class.  Sorry, no exceptions.

Cost is $495 per session/Summer session is $310.

New student material packets are $20 payable on first day.

Semi-Private Class Times (choose one):

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

Please contact us if you have questions or if the class you desire is out of stock, we often have spaces available! Continue to check back to see if spaces open up.



Semi-Private Classes

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

Class Sessions for 2019 are scheduled as follows:

Session 1 (8 weeks)
MON Jan 7 – Feb 25
TUE Jan 8 – Feb 26
WED Jan 9 – Feb 27
THUR Jan 10 – Feb 28
FRI Jan 11 – Mar 1
(Break: Mar 4 – Mar 8)
Session 2 (8 weeks)
MON Mar 11 – Apr 29
TUE Mar 12 – Apr 30
WED Mar 13 – May 1
THUR Mar 14 – May 2
FRI Mar 15 – May 3
(Break: May 6 – May 10)
Session 3 (8 weeks) 
MON May 13 – Jul 1
TUE May 14 – Jul 2
WED May 15 – Jul 3
THUR May 16 – Jun 27
FRI May 17 – Jul 5
(Break: July 8 – July 12)
Session 4 (5 weeks) SUMMER
MON July 15 – Aug 12
TUE July 16 – Aug 13
WED July 17 – Aug 14
THUR July 18 – Aug 15
FRI July 19 – Aug 16
(Break: Aug 19 – Aug 23)
Session 5 (8 weeks)
MON Aug 26 – Oct 14
TUE Aug 27 – Oct 15
WED Aug 28 – Oct 16
THUR Aug 29 – Oct 17
FRI Aug 30 – Oct 18
(Break: Oct 21 – Oct 25)
Session 6 (8 weeks)
MON Oct 28 – Dec 16
TUE Oct 29 – Dec 17
WED Oct 30 – Dec 18
THUR Oct 31 – Dec 19
FRI Nov 1 – Dec 20
(Break: Dec 23 – Jan 3)

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 before 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.

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