Create Beautiful Handmade Jewelry with Expert Instructors
Jewelry artists and aspiring jewelry artists now have a new, fully equipped studio in which to work. Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center in Wheeling has expanded its jewelry making capabilities.
Funding from the Elizabeth Stifel Kline Foundation enabled OI to transform a large area in the Stifel Center basement to a studio devoted entirely to this art. New materials and equipment will broaden the array of opportunities available for students of all levels.
Five jewelry-making workshops are on the OI winter schedule of classes. They take place on select Saturdays, January through March.
Workshops explore jewelry making techniques using Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and other materials. Newly purchased tools enable students of all skill levels the opportunity to use techniques in soldering, metalsmithing, enameling and polishing to create amazing pieces of handmade jewelry.
Experienced jewelry artists Sandi Ziolkowski and Donna Penoyer will lead the workshops. Beginner students can follow along in a step-by-step format while more advanced students can create their own designs.
Jewelry Making Workshop Schedule
Stacking Gemstone Rings
Noon-4pm Saturday, January 14 ($75/$69 OI members)
Create three gemstone rings in sterling silver while you learn to size, solder, set stones and finish. Sandi Ziolkowski instructs. Register here.
Sterling Silver Wire Bracelet
Noon-4pm Saturday, January 28 ($75/$69 OI members)
Learn to solder silver wire easily while you texture, hammer, stamp and assemble components of your own design. Sandi Ziolkowski instructs. Register here.
Designing with Domes in PMC
10am-5:30pm Saturday, February 11 ($110/$95 OI members)
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is an amazing material that’s worked like clay and fired to pure silver. Learn to texture and form domed circles or join dried domes to make hollow beads and layered designs. Donna Penoyer instructs. Register here.
Hammered Gemstone Earrings
Noon-4pm Saturday, February 18 ($75/$69 OI members)
Learn metalsmitihing techniques like soldering while setting gemstones, filing and finishing to design your own special earrings. Sandi Ziolkowski instructs. Register here.
Sterling Silver Stamped Cuff Bracelet
Noon-4pm Saturday, March 4 ($75/$69 OI members)
Solder, stamp, hammer and polish to create a wearable bracelet of your own design. Sandi Ziolkowski instructs. Register here.
All materials are provided. Classes are open to ages 14 & up. To register, by phone call 304-242-7700.
Click here for a complete listing of upcoming classes and workshops at the Stifel Fine Arts Center
Oglebay Institute’s Stifel Fine Arts Center is located at 1330 National Road in
Wheeling, West Virginia.
About Our Art Classes
OI’s visual arts classes, workshops and summer camps introduce the many ways to explore visual expression as well as the knowledge and tools with which to do so. Topics range from painting and pottery to contemporary media like digital photography to traditional crafts like woodworking and stained glass. Our classes provide the flexibility to build skills session after session, supportive learning environments and individualized attention.
Programs are available for all age levels – preschoolers, elementary students, teens, adults and seniors. Our youth classes and summer camps nurture the natural talents of kids and provide a venue outside of a school classroom to develop artistic expression and creative thinking. Our adult classes provide opportunities to try a new hobby, explore new interests or engage in an artistic passion. Advanced courses allow seasoned artists the opportunity to further their skills and reach their artistic goals.