Saturday, May 8, 2010

Summertime Metalsmithing Workshops!

It’s almost summertime, and a metalsmiths thoughts turn towards education in an artistic atmosphere. A perfect place would be at one of the many summer workshops. Not only do you learn in a beautiful and creative environment, some studios are open 24 hrs a day, seven days a week. And you might not have to cook. The only thing you have to do is practice your craft while you soak up all of that artistic energy around you.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and join a workshop this summer. The time spent at a workshop can be as short as one day or as long as a couple of weeks, or even longer if your lucky enough to be able to get into a residency program.
It’s a great way to take a vacation, learn, and practice your passion.
Take a look at this list of summer workshops and pick one close to you, or somewhere you would like to visit.

Turn your work on it's head this summer by attending a Workshop!
(Photo taken in the Metals studio at Haystack- MBZ 2009)

The list not only has workshops in the U.S., there are a few international workshops as well on the list that is on the website at the very bottom of this list.

Metalsmithing Workshops :Penland School of Crafts.Penland,N.C. Haystack Mountain school of crafts- on Deer Isle Maine. (note: I've been there twice, and loved every second of it- MBZ) Ox-Bow Arts,Saugatuk,Mich. -School of Jewelry and Metal Arts, Colorado - Arrowmont school of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg Tenn. Studios,San diego -Chandler, Arizona – midwest metalsmiths,St. Paul,MO. – Portland,Or.

If you are looking for more- check out the Metalcyberspace site- you will find comprehensive lists of metals resources and workshops! (thanks to the hard work and dedication of Susan Sarantos) - and a long list of metals/jewelry degree programs all over the world. - A long list of jewelry/metals workshops in the U.S.and beyond.

A big Thank you goes out to Ralph Paruszkiewicz for doing the research and writing this week's blog post! Just a reminder- if you have an idea for a blog article for Metalsmiths Unite please contact me via Facebook messaging- I'd love to have more contributors!
Have a great weekend everyone
may the flux be with you- Maureen BZ


  1. Summer and Fall workshops and jewelry classes are also available at these venues:

  2. Metals Week, Idyllwild Arts Academy, Idyllwild, CA, June 27-July 1
    It is just the best!

  3. has anyone here ever been to Maker? the web site says that it is on hiatus- hope it finds a home and starts up again!

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