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Small Group Classes


Small Group 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.

Small Group classes are 3 hours long and offered Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the morning, afternoon and evening, and on Friday 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, with the exception of face masks, are provided for student use. Supplies such as silver, solder, other materials and incidentals can be purchased from the studio during class time. Students must provide their own face mask to be worn in the studio all times. NO exceptions.

These classes typically fill up. Space is limited to 6 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 $350 per session.

Small Group Class Times (choose one):

* Monday – 9:00 am to noon, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

* Tuesday – 9:00 am to noon, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

* Wednesday – 9:00 am to noon, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

* Thursday – 9:00 am to noon, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

* Friday – 9:00 am to noon

SESSION 6 IS FULL!  Please contact us via email or call 619-299-9619 to register for a class and/or if you have questions. Sometimes spaces become available!! Looking forward to speaking with you!



Small Group Classes

Class size limited to six students. Personalized instruction in a three-hour block.

Class Sessions for 2021 are scheduled as follows:

Session 1
MON Jan 18 – Mar 1
TUE Jan 19 – Mar 2
WED Jan 20 – Mar 3
THUR Jan 21 – Mar 4
FRI Jan 22 – Mar 5
(Break: March 8 – 12)
Session 2
MON Mar 15 – Apr 26
TUE Mar 16 – Apr 27
WED Mar 17 – Apr 28
THUR Mar 18 – Apr 29
FRI Mar 19 – Apr 30
(Break: May 3 – 7)
Session 3
MON May 10 – Jun 21
TUE May 11 – Jun 22
WED May 12 – Jun 23
THUR May 13 – Jun 24
FRI May 14 – Jun 25
(Break: June 28 – Jul 2)
Session 4  FULL
MON Jul 5 – Aug 16
TUE Jul 6 – Aug 17
WED Jul 7 – Aug 18
THUR Jul 8 – Aug 19
FRI Jul 9 – Aug 20
(Break: August 23 – 27)
Session 5
MON Aug 30 – Oct 11
TUE Aug 31 – Oct 12
WED Sept 1 – Oct 13
THUR Sept 2 – Oct 14
FRI Sept 3 – Oct 15
(Break: Oct 18 – 22)
Session 6
MON Oct 25 – Dec 13
TUE Oct 26 – Dec 14
WED Oct 27 – Dec 15
THUR Oct 28 – Dec 16
FRI Oct 29 – Dec 17
(Break: Thanksgiving week Nov 22 – 26)

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 are also paid parking lots 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 we are notified within 7 days before the start of the session. 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 or cancellations due to Covid-19. Please, no exceptions. Make-up classes MAY be scheduled at the discretion of the studio and are not guaranteed.
  • If students miss class due to serious illness, please contact the studio.

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