Silver jewelry making classes are taught by artist and designer goldsmith, Dan Balk. Dan is enrolling beginner students, hobbyists, and the artistically adventurous to hand make jewelry in sterling silver in his 1-day classes. Students discover new abilities to design and create their own piece of jewelry under the guidance of a professional jeweler.
Dan Balk, has opened his jewelry studio for basic silversmithing classes 7 days a week, Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. No experience is needed. Reservations are required. Each class is approximately 4 hours long. Students learn about jewelry in Dan’s fully equipped jewelry studio. Classes are one-on-one.
In the jewelry making classes, students will develop hands-on education in hand fabrication using raw materials. Students will gain awareness and practice in shop safety, design, creating silver sheets and wires, metal cutting, soldering and forming, and stone setting. Dan’s classes focus on projects that students can complete and develop confidence.
“America has a rich heritage of fine craft that is in jeopardy of being lost.” Dan offers his classes, “In an effort to preserve the traditional cultural arts of American crafts people. In an age where people are increasingly dependent upon computers, machines and mass produced goods, I believe it is extremely important to retain the time-honored skills of hand craftsmanship that have been passed down through hundreds of years from teacher to student.” -Dan Balk
Goldsmith and artist, Dan Balk, designs and fabricates every piece of jewelry from raw materials from his studio in Tampa, Florida. Each piece is one of a kind, designed by Dan, who creates his own sterling silver, 18K, and 14K alloys that he then fashions, mills, forges, fuses, and brazes into miniature sculptures for personal adornment. Dan selects and sets each stone, often performing his own lapidary work on select stones. Dan has complete contact and artistic connection with each piece of fine art jewelry from concept to collection.
The first class is $225.00 per person and includes all supplies. Students will go home with their finished silver piece after each class. This can be a one day basic introduction for the novice to a 5 day basic intensive for the crafter/artisan. A $50 non-refundable reservation fee is needed to reserve your date. The balance is due by the date of the class.
For more information call Nataly Balk at (813) 728-4325 and visit http://danbalkjewelry.com/jewelry-classes/