Learn to wield the jeweler's saw like a wizard's wand! Discover the historical fusion of art and trade among Scandinavian and Irish peoples as you hand-craft your own pierced Celtic knot pendant. You will experience immediate gratification as you create a lifelong keepsake using sawing, piercing, soldering, and polishing techniques. The mere exercise of completing a one-day project of this scope speaks to the tradition of the transient lifestyle of the ancient silversmith, who traveled from town to town with tools in hand. All tools, patterns, and materials will be provided. There is a materials fee of $75-$85, payable to the instructor.
Michael Seiler is a goldsmith and jewelry designer in Lanesboro, Minnesota, and has been working in the metal arts since 1995, mastering the techniques of fabrication, stone setting, wax carving, stone cutting, and stone inlay work. He has worked with a number of prominent local designers and has taught metal-working classes at Minnetonka Center for the Arts and North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. Michael is a recipient of the 2012 McKnight Established Artist Grant from the Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council and a 2014 Established Artist Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. He co-owns and operates Crown Trout Jewelers in Lanesboro with fellow artist Liz Bucheit. Crown Trout Jewelers is currently celebrating its 21st year as the oldest artist-owned business on Lanesboro’s Main Street.