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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. Students attend class once a week on their assigned day and time. Sessions are 7 weeks long. Classes are taught by Master Goldsmith Jay Whaley and beginners thru advanced students are welcomed.

Students will become familiar with alloying and melting metal, pouring 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 is 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.

CLASSES FOR 2022 ARE FULL. 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


SESSION 2 2022  IS FULL!  Please contact us via email or call 619-299-9619 to join our waitlist and/or if you have questions. Sometimes space becomes available!! Looking forward to speaking with you!



Small Group Classes

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


Session 1 – FULL
MON Jan 3 – Feb 14
TUE Jan 4 – Feb 15
WED Jan 5 – Feb 16
THUR Jan 6 – Feb 17
FRI Jan 7 – Fe. 18
(Break: Feb. 21-25)
Session 2 – FULL
MON Feb. 28 – April 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)
Session 3 – FULL
MON April 25 – Jun 6
TUE April 26 – Jun 7
WED April 27 – Jun 8
THUR April 28 – Jun 9
FRI April 30 – Jun 10
(Break: June 13 – Jun 24)
Session 4 – FULL
MON Jun 27 – Aug 8
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
MON Aug 22 – Oct 3
TUE Aug 23 – Oct 4
WED Aug 24 – Oct 5
THUR Aug 25 – Oct 6

(Break: Oct 10 – 21)

Session 6-FULL
MON Oct 24 – Dec 12
TUE Oct 25 – Dec 13
WED Oct 26 – Dec 14
THUR Oct 27 – Dec 15

(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. 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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