Shiny objects catch your eye? In this class you will learn the basic foundations of silversmithing. Bring your creativity and an aptitude to try new things. We will cover soldering, fabricating and hand-forming metal into a pendant with a gemstone. This class offers students an opportunity to learn all the techniques that will help them make other projects including rings, necklaces, earrings or simple metal objects. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn the basics or grow as a fledgling jeweler. All the tools will be provided to create your masterpiece. There is a materials fee of $65, payable to the instructor. In addition, sterling silver will be available for purchase at the time of the class. The materials fees will be collected by the instructor at the conclusion of class.
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.