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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 7 weeks long. 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 $500 per session.

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 or be added to a wait list.



Semi-Private Classes

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

Class Sessions for 2020 are scheduled as follows:

Due to our studio being closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, a re-vised session schedule will be updated soon. Please stand by!

Session 1
MON Jan 6 – Feb 17
TUE Jan 7 – Feb 18
WED Jan 8 – Feb 19
THUR Jan 9 – Feb 20
FRI Jan 10 – Feb 21
(Break: Feb 24 – Feb 28)
Session 2
MON Mar 2 – Apr 13
TUE Mar 3 – Apr 14
WED Mar 4 – Apr 15
THUR Mar 5 – Apr 16
FRI Mar 6 – Apr 17
(Break: Apr 20 – Apr 24)
Session 3 
MON Apr 27 – Jun 8
TUE Apr 28 – Jun 9
WED Apr 29 – Jun 10
THUR Apr 30 – Jun 11
FRI May 1 – Jun 12
(Break: Jun 15 – Jun 19)
Session 4
MON Jun 22 – Aug 3
TUE Jun 23 – Aug 4
WED Jun 24 – Aug 5
THUR Jun 25 – Aug 6
FRI Jun 26 – Aug 7
(Break: Aug 10 – Aug 21)
Session 5
MON Aug 24 – Oct 5
TUE Aug 25 – Oct 6
WED Aug 26 – Oct 7
THUR Aug 27 – Oct 8
FRI Aug 28 – Oct 9
(Break: Oct 12 – Oct 23)
Session 6
MON Oct 26 – Dec 14
TUE Oct 27 – Dec 15
WED Oct 28 – Dec 16
THUR Oct 29 – Dec 17
FRI Oct 30 – Dec 18
(Break: Dec 19 – 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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