Opals II – Carving – Cheryl Kasper
William Holland – June 9-14, 2019
Combination of Opals 2 & 3, this class will focus on the unique characteristics of opal rough from Lightning Ridge, Australia and introduce you to carving this wonderful stone. Class fee will include practice carving material, as well as a student guide and all supplies needed for class. Students will use the instructor’s equipment. Higher grade opal rough will be available for purchase.
Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $100 -$300
Prerequisites: Opals I
Cheryl Kasper grew up in a rockhounding family and first took faceting at Wildacres when she was fifteen. At William Holland, she has taken silversmithing, gem identification, soapstone carving, Lampwork beads, beading, stained glass, casting, chains and opals. Following in her fathers footsteps, Cheryl has a passion for this mysterious and exciting stone. She has been working with opal since about 2001. A true opalholic (and a Libra), she went to the Australian outback in 2007 to mine for opals in Cooper Pedy and Lightning Ridge where she studied opal carving from Daniela LAbbate. She specializes in black opal and fossilized opal.