Wire I – Spoon Jewelry – Jan Stephens
William Holland – June 11-17, 2017
Repurposed “SilverWear” and Beginner Wire Jewelry
This course will be a fun filled week designed to give students a sample of both the art of wire jewelry making and jewelry made of repurposed vintage Silverware. This class has no wire wrapping or silverware jewelry making prerequisites. The first two days will be spent making wire bracelets, rings and earrings while learning basic wire wrapping techniques. This will be followed by three days of experimenting with bending vintage pieces of Silverware into beautiful “SilverWear” bracelets, rings, earrings and pendants. Many of the techniques learned in wire jewelry are necessary for making the SilverWear jewelry so those skills will be continually practiced during the second part of the course. The students will make approximately 6-7 pieces of wire jewelry and 5-7 pieces of SilverWear jewelry. The course fee covers all materials, handouts, consumable supplies and the tools needed to complete the projects. The instructor will also have additional materials and tools for sale at market prices if students wish to purchase those items. Bring your creativity and imagination and get ready to have a blast in this unique, fun-filled class.
Course Fee: $175.00
Jan has a diverse arts background that includes classical piano, interior design, watercolor and acrylic painting, textile creations, and ultimately jewelry design. For the past 17 years she has used freeform creativity and an artistic flair to create her one-of-a-kind, improvisational pieces. She displays her designs on her website www.wrapsodyjewelry.com. She has been featured in several magazines including Southern Distinction, Step-By-Step Wire Jewelry and Bead and Button magazines. She lives in Winter Garden, Florida and has been teaching wire jewelry classes for the past 15 years at many locations including her own Wrapsody Jewelry Studio located in Winter Garden Florida, the William Holland School of Lapidary Arts, Creative Journeys Art and Design Center in Buford, GA, the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education, the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Athens Technical College-Department of Continuing Education, Ann Peden Studios, Watkinsville, GA, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC., Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC., the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, Deland, FL and other locations. Jan attained degrees in Early Childhood Education, Special Education and Educational Administration from the University of Central Florida, Brenau University and the University of Georgia. She retired with a thirty-six year career as a professional educator and refined trainer, and now melds her teaching expertise, intuition and distinctive design talents to provide an optimum training environment to grow beginning or intermediate students into advanced creators of wire jewelry art. Her classes are an entertaining and educational experience where students take wire wrapping, forming and design skills as well as beautiful creations with them at the end of each course.