Rings are one of the most popular forms of jewelry: symbols of commitment, indicators of status or expressions of personal taste. In this class we will explore both history and contemporary adaptations of the ring, while learning basic jewelry skills. Students will conduct independent investigation, research and model-making to explore function and scale of rings’ relationship to the body. Students will acquire tools to develop concept, as well as basic metalworking skills such as piercing, forming, soldering, polishing, mold-making and stone-setting. Working in a variety of materials, you will create a collection of rings utilizing techniques from the traditional to the alternative. "If you like it, then you should have put a ring on it" - Beyonce. Level: all levels (beginner to advanced).
Any materials necessary for the first class meeting will be communicated to enrolled students by the instructor in advance. Otherwise, materials and supplies will be covered in the first class meeting.