The Sámi are the indigenous people of the far north in Scandinavia and the Kola Peninsula of Russia. In addition to fishing and farming, reindeer husbandry has been an important part of their livelihood. Sámi handwork, or duodji, features both materials and design inspiration from their native lands. Learn to make a Sami-inspired ring in a half day class. Working with the same traditional materials used to make a Sami bracelet, reindeer leather and pewter thread, construct a braid and apply it to the reindeer leather, fitting it specifically to your finger. Leave with a lovely finished piece of jewelry and the skill and confidence to go on and create other projects inspired by this introductory class. There will be a materials fee of $15-$20.
Norma Refsal’s passion for metalsmithing began when her family lived in Telemark, Norway, in the late 1980s. After gaining experience, she began creating jewelry for the twenty-first century based on traditional Scandinavian-inspired, or neo-Nordic, designs. She creates jewelry for daily wear out of silver, leather, wood, and enamel, finding the simplicity of the design to be both timeless and elegant.