Apr 24, 2019 | 9:00 AM | Wednesday
Designer goldsmith, Dan Balk is enrolling beginner students, hobbyists and the artistically adventurous to hand make silver jewelry in his studio. Students discover new abilities to design and create jewelry under the guidance of a professional jeweler.
Silver jewelry making classes are taught by artist, designer and goldsmith, Dan Balk. Dan is enrolling beginner students, hobbyists, and the artistically adventurous to hand make jewelry in sterling silver in his 1-day classes. Students discover new abilities to design and create their own piece of jewelry under the guidance of a professional jeweler. Participants learn about jewelry in Dan's fully equipped jewelry studio.
In the jewelry making classes, students will develop hands-on education in hand fabrication using raw materials. Students will gain awareness and practice in shop safety, design, creating silver sheets and wires, metal cutting, soldering and forming, and stone setting. Dan's classes focus on projects that students can complete and develop confidence.
"America has a rich heritage of fine craft that is in jeopardy of being lost." Dan offers his classes, "In an effort to preserve the traditional cultural arts of American craftspeople. In an age where people are increasingly dependent upon computers, machines and mass produced goods, I believe it is extremely important to retain the time-honored skills of hand craftsmanship that have been passed down through hundreds of years from teacher to student." -Dan Balk
Dan has opened his studio for basic silversmithing classes 7 days a week by appointment. No experience is needed. Classes are one-on-one. Reservations are required. Each class is approximately 4 hours long. Students will go home with their finished silver jewelry. This can be a one day basic introduction for the novice to a 5 day basic intensive for the crafter/artisan.
Goldsmith and artist, Dan Balk, designs and fabricates each piece of jewelry from raw materials from his studio in Tampa, Florida. Every piece is one-of-a-kind. Dan creates his own sterling silver, 18K, and 14K alloys that he then fashions, mills, forges, fuses, and brazes into miniature sculpture
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