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Metals, Fabrication and other 3D Art Forms

Showing and Selling Your Art - How to Get Started!

As an artist, the jewelry, painting, or art you create is beautiful, and you’re selling to family and friends. Are you ready to sell to a larger audience, but you are not sure where to start? Whether you’re thinking about Open Studios, our local Art and Wine Festivals, or perhaps expanding beyond our local region and going on the road, this workshop will help you prepare, apply and ultimately have great success showing your jewelry, ceramics, paintings, or any form of art at fairs, festivals and open studio events.

We will cover the artist application process, the importance of excellent photography, basic concepts for booth design and layout, display ideas, packing lists, taking payments, and defining your scope. We’ll have plenty of time for questions and answers, and an opportunity to discuss what your next steps will be!

Sat., June 1
10:00 am – 12:00 noon
Room: 2100B
Register before May 30: $20
Register after May 30: $25
Register two or more: $18 each


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Lynette Cederquist, B.A., is a member of the Open Studios committee with the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County. She has a Bench Jeweler certification, a National JA Certification, and has been a jeweler for over 20 years. She previously taught jewelry and small metals at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.


Woodworking for Women - Foundations of Woodworking

In this introductory woodworking class, organized especially to encourage and welcome women into the woodshop, students will make two projects, a hardwood cheese board and a pine tool tray. Learn the foundations of working wood by hand and with machines, and skills to build useful objects in wood, all in a supportive, inclusive environment.  

We will cover the foundations of working wood, including hand carving, lamination, hand and machine joinery, jig making and nontoxic finishing, and prepare you to advance your woodworking skills.

Register Early! This class is limited to 12 participants, and is open to anyone interested in learning about the foundations of woodworking.

Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes for work in the shop - safety first!

Please go to our Class Resources page for important information about this class.

COMING SOON!
9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Room: VAPA 3003

Fee:  $180
Register 2 or more:  $172 each

plus $45 materials fee paid at registration

register online

Inka Petersen is a cabinet maker/boatbuilder with more than 25 years experience. Inka studied techniques from various cultural backgrounds as well as functionality of this everyday item. She has been teaching woodworking to youth and adults for over 12 years




Forging and Toolmaking - Beginning

forging and tool

Experience the exciting craft of steel forging and toolmaking through demonstration and hands-on exercises in this weekend workshop. After instruction on the properties and characteristics of different metals, students work a forge and learn how to manipulate hot steel.

Demonstrations of various hammer types and the applications of different anvil designs are given. Building and operation of both gas and coke-fired forges are discussed. Students are encouraged to develop their own direction and interests in forging and toolmaking as an art form.

This class is limited to 4 students—enroll early! Class will be held at the instructor's forging studio. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver before class begins.

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about this class, including a map to the location.

 

Sat. & Sun., April 13 & 14 - CLASS FULL
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before March 25: $395
Register after March 25: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online


 

Sat. & Sun., June 1 & 2 - NEW SESSION!
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before May 30: $395
Register after May 30: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online


 

Sat. & Sun., July 13 & 14 - NEW SESSION!
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before May 30: $395
Register after May 30: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online


Vern Caron - See bio below




Forging and Toolmaking - Intermediate

forge

 

This intermediate-level workshop builds on the introductory class by emphasizing more advanced stages of manipulating metal for art forms and tools, rather than fire making. Participants should have previous experience creating a coal forge fire and manipulating hot steel with hammer and anvil. In addition to hand-forming exercises, students will be offered the opportunity to use a power hammer after various techniques are demonstrated. Students will also discuss aesthetic possibilities and design elements such as texture, form and how to achieve various shapes.

Prerequisite: Students must have taken Vern's "Introduction to Forging & Toolmaking" class above, or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge.

This class is limited to 4 students - enroll early! Class will be held at the instructor's forging studio. You will receive a map upon registration and you will be asked to sign a liability waiver before class begins. This is an off-site location; portable restrooms will be available for students.

Please go to our Class Resources page for more information about this class, including a map to the location.

 

Sat. & Sun., April 13 & 14 - CLASS FULL
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before March 25: $395
Register after March 25: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online


 

Sat. & Sun., June 1 & 2 - NEW SESSION!
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before May 30: $395
Register after May 30: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online


 

Sat. & Sun., July 13 & 14 - NEW SESSION!
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Santa Cruz Studio
Register before May 30: $395
Register after May 30: $425
plus $20 materials fee payable to instructor at class

register online


Vern Caron, M.A. has taught forging and toolmaking through Cabrillo College and UC Extension for more than 20 years. Visit Vern's website to learn more about forging and toolmaking and see pictures of previous classes at Vern Caron Forging & Toolmaking



Beginning Silver Metal Clay Jewelry

Silver metal clay is like magic! It starts in clay form and then fires to pure fine silver. Create two personalized projects while learning the essentials of working with metal clay.

Learn to shape and texture with simple tools to make solid silver jewelry without solder, saws or toxic chemicals. Then learn to fire and finish your beautiful creations.

Register Early! This workshop is limited to just 10 participants.

2 Wed., June 19 & 26
6:00 - 9:00 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before May 30:  $95
Register after May 30:  $110
Register 2 or more: $90 each
Plus $60 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Pat Evans - see bio below



Silver Metal Clay Leaf Pendant

Create two different pure silver leaves with two forms of silver metal clay. Real leaves serve as a base for one pendant where the clay will be painted over the leaf; the leaf will burn out in the kiln leaving a .999 pure real silver leaf. In the other pendant, the leaves will be impressed into the clay and you'll form a unique "twig" bail. As you refine and enhance the design you will learn to use paste-style silver metal clay, to attach findings to the pendant, to use natural materials to impress a design, then, and learn finishing techniques for silver clay.

Students will take one pendant home at the end of class, and pick the other up one week after class to allow for firing.

Tue. & Thu., Feb. 5 & 7
6:00 - 9:00 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28:  $95
Register after Jan. 28:  $110
Register 2 or more: $90 each
Plus $75 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Pat Evans - see bio below


Silver Metal Clay Landscapes

Whether it’s desert dunes, a mountain range, or ocean waves... you can recreate your favorite landscape in pure .999 fine silver! Learn layering and texturing techniques, ways for adding dimension and a frame, then finish your scene with a semiprecious stone "sun" or "moon.” Take your metal clay skills to a new level and go home with a lovely pendant.

We will cover hand texturing, pattern making, adding dimension, layering, framing and adding a non-fireable stone while creating your personalized landscape pendant.

Depending on time constraints for firing, students may need to pick up pendants the following week.

2 Sat., March 16 & 23 - CLASS FULL! See new dates below.
9:00 am- 12:00 noon
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28:  $95
Register after Jan. 28:  $110
Register 2 or more: $90 each
Plus $60 materials fee paid at registration

register online

 

2 Wed., May 1 & 8
6:00 - 9:00 pm
At Creator Haven, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before March 25:  $95
Register after March 25:  $110
Register 2 or more: $90 each
Plus $60 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Pat Evans teaches metal clay, fused glass, and traditional metal jewelry-making nationwide and at her studio, Creator Haven, in Watsonville. She has a passion and talent for bringing out the creativity in every student. Pat is a Senior Art Clay Certifying Instructor and is president of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild.



Pearl and Bead Restringing, and Basic Wire Wrapping

fabric printing

Learn to hand-knot pearls, beads and other treasures to create something new, repair a beloved item, or re-purpose something to give it new life! You can express your style and create unique necklaces, bracelets & earrings, or  restore and repair a broken item.

Learn three methods for attaching a clasp, basic wire wrapping to make earrings, and basic design theory to recycle and combine your broken bead and pearl strands into new creations. Students may bring their own projects from home so we can problem solve stringing challenges or design ideas.

 $40 materials fee covers a kit that includes tools, rose quartz beads and freshwater pearls, clasps, needles, plenty of thread for your projects, a booklet covering all the methods you’ll be learning, and a resource catalogue. No need to bring anything to the first class, except your glasses, if needed.  This is close up work!

Please see the Cabrillo Extension Class Resources page for more information about this class.

4 Tues., May 7 - 28
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Room: 1520
Register before Mar. 25: $82
Register after Mar. 25: $95
Register two or more: $78 each
Plus a $40 materials fee payable to instructor in class

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Estelle Drinkhaus teaches the lost art of hand knotting and has provided a restringing service to many local jewelers for over 20 years.


Jewelry Magic: Basic Fabrication - Ring & Earring

Learn basic jewelry fabrication skills and complete a simple band ring, set a simple cabochon (non-faceted) stone, and create a pair of earrings pierced out of a sheet of sterling silver. Through demonstrations and practice exercises, student will learn the basics of soldering with a gas torch, filing, polishing, tool skills, and the basic small metals studio safety precautions to help you use all of the tools and equipment safely. Students will leave with two finished pieces of jewelry, and the skills to continue making jewelry!

2 Tues. & 2 Thurs., April 23 - May 2
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before March. 25: $148
Register after March 25: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $30 materials fee paid at registration


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Lynette Cederquist, see bio


Jewelry Magic: Basic Fabrication - Stone Setting

In this workshop students will complete a pendant with cabochon setting and add a tube setting with a small faceted stone. We will also create a simple prong for a found object. We will also cover hand-tool use, torch familiarity, and the basic small metals studio safety precautions to help you use tools and equipment safely.

2 Tues. & 2 Thurs., Feb. 26, 28, March 5 & 7
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28: $148
Register after Jan. 28: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $35 materials fee paid at registration

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2 Tue. & 2 Thu., May 21, 23, 28 & 30
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before March 25: $148
Register after March 25: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $35 materials fee paid at registration

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Lynette Cederquist, see bio

 


Argentium Granulation

Argentium is a sterling silver alloy that offers much higher tarnish resistance than regular sterling. In addition, it fuses easily and makes granulation a breeze. Surface embellishment on jewelry, called granulation, dates back to Etruscan times! Students will explore this ancient technique and learn how to design patterns and practice fusing, making shot (large granules) and stone setting. Each student will create sample tiles and a bezel-set pendant.

Please check the Cabrillo Extension Class Resource web page for important information about what to wear and what tools and materials will be provided in class.

Sat. & Sun., April 6 & 7
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before March 25: $148
Register after March 25: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $55 materials fee paid at registration


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Lynette Cederquist, see bio


Just the Two of Us – Making Rings with Your Partner, Friend or Family

Would you like to make rings with your partner, sibling, or best friend to symbolize how special your relationship is? If so, this class will give you that chance, plus the irreplaceable time to design and create the rings together! You’ll learn to carve the patterns for your rings into wax “blanks” (we’re not carving metal!), and embellish them with a variety of surface textures, through step by step demos and ample time to practice each step. Once your rings have been cast by your instructor, you’ll return for demos on finishing and polishing, and complete your rings together! This is a beautiful way to honor your relationship with a piece of unique, wearable art, and create a memory that will last a lifetime.

This class requires absolutely no prior experience making jewelry and beginners are welcomed and encouraged!

2 Sun., March 17 & 24 - CLASS CANCELLED
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28: $148
Register after Jan. 28: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $40 materials fee paid at registration

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Lynette Cederquist, see bio


Creating Jewelry from Sea Glass and Beach Pebbles

A stroll on the beach collecting sea glass and surf-tumbled pebbles is one of life’s simple pleasures when you live on the Central Coast. Now you can also learn how to turn your treasures into beautiful jewelry and wearable art. We will cover sawing, soldering, filing, building irregular bezels, setting irregular stones, and creative bails. Student will have time to create at least 2 pieces of sea glass or beach pebble jewelry in class.

 

2 Sun., March 17 & 24- NEW SESSION!
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28: $148
Register after Jan. 28: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $30 materials fee paid at registration

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2 Tue. & 2 Thu., March 19, 21, 26 & 28 - NEW SESSION!
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before Jan. 28: $148
Register after Jan. 28: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $30 materials fee paid at registration

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Sat. & Sun., March 30 & 31 - CLASS FULL
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before March 25: $148
Register after March 25: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $30 materials fee paid at registration

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2 Mon., & 2 Wed., May 13-22
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before March 25: $148
Register after March 25: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $30 materials fee paid at registration

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Lynette Cederquist, see bio

 


Introduction to Handmade Chain

The beauty and artistry of handmade chains dates from antiquity and examples of this exquisite, ancient technique can be seen in the great museums of the world. In this class we will make tools and you will learn skills unique to this technique. Students will weave three or four sample chains, a bracelet, and fabricate a clasp.

Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes, and please finish all food and drinks before class. Also be prepared to pull your hair back - safety first!

2 Tue. & 2 Thu., May 7, 9, 14 & 16
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before March 25: $148
Register after March 25: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $30 materials fee paid at registration

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Lynette Cederquist, see bio below

 


Keum-Boo Korean Gilding

Keum Boo is the ancient Korean gilding technique of applying a very thin layer of gold to fine silver to create intricate designs and ornamentation on jewelry. Students will learn layout, sawing, filing, sanding, drilling, depletion gilding, and bonding. At the end of class each student will carry away a beautiful pair of Keum Boo earrings and a pendant.

Please wear long pants and closed toe shoes for work in the jewelry shop, and please finish all food and drinks before class. Also be prepared to pull your hair back - safety first!

 

Sat. & Sun., May 18 & 19
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Creator Haven, 41-B, Hangar Way, Watsonville
Register before March 25: $148
Register after March 25: $155
Register two or more: $138 each
Plus a $45 materials fee paid at registration

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Lynette Cederquist, B.A., is a member of the Open Studios committee with the Arts Council of Santa Cruz County. She has a Bench Jeweler certification, a National JA Certification, and has been a jeweler for over 20 years. She previously taught jewelry and small metals at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.

 


Make Your Own Leather Journal, Sketchbook, or Photo Album

 

Create your own custom designed leather bound journal, artist’s sketchbook, photo album, or any other kind of book. Learn leather cutting, stitching, and basic bookbinding techniques as you create your own leather cover made from soft, supple leather and stitch your pages within. Fill your pages with art, recipes, poetry, treasured photos, or give your book as a gift!

Students will leave class with a personalized hand bound leather book, and the ability to make other leather projects at home. A resource list of where to find leather, tools and equipment will also be provided. No prior leatherwork experience necessary, but some sewing, making or crafting experience is helpful.

Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.

Sat., Feb. 2
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for campus map.
Register before Jan. 28: $98
Register after Jan. 28: $105

Register two or more: $95 each
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Terry McInerney - see bio below



Multi-Purpose Leather Roll

 

Whether you are a chef, an artist, or just someone with a zillion cords, cables and adapters, you’ve likely seen those expensive leather “rolls” in catalogs for your tools and equipment. The pockets are perfectly sized for your items, and they all roll up safely inside a soft, sturdy leather wrap.

In this one day class you will design and create your own personal leather roll, made from soft, supple leather, to store your brushes, knives, technology, or anything you want to keep safe and organized. You will hand cut, stitch and decorate your leather and learn leatherworking skills.

Students will carry away their own personalized leather roll and the ability to make other leather projects at home. A resource list of where to find leather, tools and equipment will also be provided. No prior leatherwork experience necessary, but some sewing, making or crafting experience is helpful.

Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.

Sat., March 16
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for campus map.
Register before Jan. 28: $98
Register after Jan. 28: $105

Register two or more: $95 each
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Terry McInerney - see bio below



Leatherwork: Handcrafted Leather Tote

leather tote

Do you know exactly what kind of leather bag you want, but just can’t find it anywhere? Have you ever wanted to make a leather bag, but were afraid to try? This class is your answer! In this 2 day leatherwork class you will design, construct, and finish, totally by hand, your bag made from soft, supple leather. No machines necessary! Learn the skills of leather dyeing using water-based dyes, as well as leatherwork cutting and construction.

Students are encouraged to bring their own simple designs of bags no larger than 12” x 12”, or use the 8” x 11” design templates of totes provided in class. This class is a stand alone workshop as well as a natural progression from the Image Transfer on Leather workshop.

Students will go home with their custom designed and handmade leather tote perfect for daily use, and the ability to make other leather projects at home. A resource list of where to find leather, tools and equipment will also be provided. No prior leatherwork experience necessary, but some sewing, making or crafting experience is helpful.

Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.

REGISTER EARLY! This workshop is limited to 10 participants.

Sat. & Sun., March 9 & 10
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for campus map.

Register before Jan. 28: $142
Register after Jan. 28: $150
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Sat. & Sun., July 13 & 14
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for campus map.

Register before May 30: $142
Register after May 30: $150
Register two or more: $130 each
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Terry McInerney - see bio below



Leather Gift Making - Cuffs, Coasters & Keyrings

leather cuffs

Create custom designed leather gifts for your friends, family, or for yourself! Design and make your own small leather goods such as cuffs, coin purses or small bags, patches, coasters, keyrings, and other small leather projects, while also learning basic leather working skills. Choose from various colors of soft, supple leather, and personalize and embellish with designs, rivets, buttons and clasps. You may also bring small treasures, objects, closures, or buttons to incorporate into your projects.

You will leave this workshop with basic leather working knowledge and the ability to make other leather projects at home. A resource list of where to find leather, tools and equipment will also be provided. No prior leatherwork experience necessary, but some sewing, making or crafting experience is helpful.

Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.

Sat., June 8
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for campus map.
Register before May 30: $98
Register after May 30: $105
Register two or more: $90 each
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Terry McInerney - see bio below



Make Your Own Custom Designed Leather Wallet

 

Design and create your own custom wallet from leather while learning leatherworking skills and methods. Students may choose from various colors of soft, supple leather, and may choose to add an image to their wallet using photos and images provided in class, or may use their own images. Students will learn two image-transfer methods as well as leatherworking skills such as riveting, beveling, and burnishing.

Students will go home with a finished wallet as well as the leather working skills and image transfer skills to create more leather products at home.

Please be sure to wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes.

Sun., June 9
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Room: 1520 - Click HERE for campus map.

Register before May 30: $98
Register after May 30: $105
Register two or more: $90 each
Plus a $50 materials fee paid at registration

register online


Terry McInerney, MSW, is the artist/ owner of Nuala, a local leather accessory business. She has been designing and selling leather goods for over seven years  in Santa Cruz, and has been working in a school environment for 6 years. She loves to share the unique craft of leatherwork with others. To learn more about Terry’s leatherwork, please go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3b2CYYGfC0s

 




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