Everything is closed at Fleisher Art Memorial because of the pandemic so they have moved many of their classes online. I decided to take a class called Designing a Jewelry Set with teacher Maureen Duffy and I am loving it. Registration for the summer term at Fleisher has just opened and if you are interested in taking Designing a Jewelry Set, you can sign up here.
Our first assignment was to design some rings, just brainstorming and not worrying about how or if we could actually make them. Here’s what I came up with:
(A note here, I use MS Word to draw. For more information on how to do this, watch some YouTube videos here. It’s a handy tool and you don’t need the latest version.)
My classmates and I bounced ideas off of one another and I got the idea to use ceramic pieces in some of the rings.
Trying to figure out how a ring would look with a ceramic focal and how to make it.
Our teacher advised us on how we might execute our designs told us about web sites and jewelry artists who were doing similar things so we could see their design processes.
I actually tried making a couple of the designs in bronze. I don’t think the ring with the ceramic focal is very practical, but it was fun to try.
Next assignment: design earrings that harmonize with the ring designs. Here’s what I have so far:
Again, I drew the designs in MS Word and will attempt to make a few in bronze. I’ll let you know how they turn out.
Fleisher is offering an array of online art classes for the summer including a class in jewelry wax fabrication with Hratch Babikian who is an extraordinary teacher. You don’t have to be local to Philadelphia to take these classes, and the tuition is very reasonable.