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Jewelry Classes – Check out our Fall+Winter Course Catalogue!

The leaves are turning, the air is crisp, it’s time to get back in the studio and take a class with us!

Make your own Holiday gifts this year in one of our 6-week classes like Intro to Silversmithing , or Intro to Wax Carving

FALL+WINTER 2016 COURSE CATALOG

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Inspiration Artist ~ Nicole Ringgold

After discovering her work on Facebook in the online group Aspiring Metalsmiths, we were so inspired we had to reach out to her about her Botanical Series.  Here’s some great advice from an incredibly talented metalsmith and artist.  Every piece is hand forged, shaped, soldered and finished- pieces by piece, every intricate detail.
Botanical Series
Name:  Nicole Ringgold. Some people ask if I changed my name to fit my profession. Nope, it’s just a happy coincidence.
LJS: Where are you from originally:
NR: I was born in Massachusetts, but grew up in Switzerland and France. I have since lived in various US states, as well as in Niger, W. Africa. My home for the last decade has been in the Methow Valley, a community situated in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington State.

LJS:  Favorite show/movie/song of late?

NR:  My favorite musician is Macklemore…I’m more of an audiobook addict since I spend so much time in my studio. My favorite book of late is The Nightingale.

LJS:  What was the first piece of jewelry you ever made using either metalsmithing or carving techniques?

NR:  I took a couple of silversmithing courses in college over 20 years ago. I made a really fun ring with lost cast wax that I was proud of at the time.

LJS:  What’s a bench tip you’ve learned or figured out recently that’s changed your life?

NR:  My recent collection of botanical jewelry has taught me a tremendous amount about complex soldering, how to use heat syncs, how to heat just enough of the surrounding silver for the filler metal to melt perfectly into targeted seams, and how to make the most use of my pick while soldering.

LJS:  In your botanical series you create so many wonderful pieces, do you have a favorite among them?

NR:  Yes…this one. It’s a larch cone. Soldering on each of the tiny layers presented a challenge.

LJS:  Which piece challenged you the most as a metalsmith?

NR:  These poppy seed pods, primarily because it’s easy to explode a sphere while soldering on the additional components.

LJS:  Who’s your favorite artist, and how do they inspire you?

NR:  I can’t say that I have just one favorite artist, but I’ve recently discovered the work of John Grade: http://johngrade.com. I would love to take him out for a glass or two of wine and listen to his story. As an artists, how did he reach where he is today?

LJS:  We can tell that you find inspiration in nature, do you have any favorite places you go or things you do when you’re needing a little artisitic push?
NR:  I live in the mountains and work inside a greenhouse, both of which give me endless artistic inspiration. I am an avid hiker. I love hiking to high alpine lakes where I can jump in. I take pictures and collect samples of native plants to bring back to my studio. There, I literally dissect the plants to understand how they’re constructed, and attempt to reconstruct them in silver.

LJS:  What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a student just starting out?
NR:  Dive in. Don’t worry about making mistakes. Most errors turn out to be happy accidents.

You can find more of her work at www.nicoleringgold.com

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From the Studio – Etching!

Next weekend we’re hosting a super fun Weekend Workshop on Etching!

Saturday + Sunday | Jun 25+26 |11am-5pm | $240 | Register Now!

In this two day weekend workshop students will discover how to create raised patterns in metal without using any special equipment!  You’ll learn how to transfer images onto metal to etch a variety designs using a low toxic and safe method.  Etching is the process of using chemicals to cut a design or pattern into a metal surface. Etching your own designs into metal is a fun and rewarding way to customize your jewelry!

Class covers a variety of resist processes including ink transfer techniques and free hand solutions. We will also be covering basic metalsmithing techniques like drilling, filing, refining, and a variety of polishing and sealing methods, so this class is open to beginners as well as intermediate and advanced students.

Extra materials will be provided.

We spent a little time in the studio perfecting the technique this week, here’s some fun action shots:

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Here’s the pieces after they’ve come out:

And here’s a couple styles of the final products!

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From the Studio – Salt Casting!

This weekend we’re hosting a super fun one day workshop on Salt Casting!

Saturday | Jun 11 |11am-5pm | $179 | Register Now!

Salt Casting is the art of melting metal to its molten form and then pouring it over salt. This creates spontaneous forms and unusual shapes. In this workshop we learn how to recycle metal, create many different alloys, pour metal into different forms, and fabricate jewelry out of the salt cast pieces.  Your old jewelry and scraps (gold, silver, copper) can be cast into new and wondrous forms. The salt cast pieces can be made into earrings, pendants, and pins during the workshop. Extra materials will be provided.

We spent a little time in the studio perfecting the technique this week, here’s some fun action shots:

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Here’s the pieces after they’ve come out:

Studio trials pieces 1b

And here’s the final products!

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Our 5th Annual Student Show

2014 Student Show Postcard Lg

Call for Entries

The Liloveve Jewelry School will present our fifth annual Student Show this September. The show will highlight the work of our students and celebrate the incredible work created over the past year.

We invite you to submit your work to be showcased.

Entry Deadline: August 15, 2014

Submit image(s) of your work to studio@liloveve.com with the following info:

Title(s), material(s), dimensions, and year created.

Student Show 2013: Exhibition Opening

This past Thursday we had the opening of our 4th annual Student Show and it was so fantastic! If you missed it, take a look at the incredible work of our participating artists….

Jennifer Salta

Uprooted Silver, Turquoise 2013

Uprooted
Silver, Turquoise, Wax Carving I Class
2013

King Brass 2013

King
Brass
2013, Wac Carving I Class

Hand crafted Brass 2013, Wax Carving I Class

Hand crafted
Brass
2013, Wax Carving I Class

What is your current occupation? Assistant jewelry designer at Satya Jewelry

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Wax Carving I

How does jewelry fit into your life? I would say that jewelry pretty much consumes my life. If I am not at work I am taking classes or creating on my own.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Mostly the places I visit and places I have created in my mind that may not really exists.

Ryan Swearingen

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacker Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline 2013

Watermelon Tourmaline Stacker
Silver, Watermelon Tourmaline
2013

 

Stamped Hexagon Silver, Brass 2013

Stamped Hexagon
Silver, Brass
2013

 

Orange Agate double ring Silver, Agate 2013

Orange Agate double ring
Silver, Agate
2013

What is your current occupation? Mental Health Counselor

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Ring making intensive

How does jewelry fit into your life? As a form of communication and expression

Where do you draw your inspiration? symbols, mysticism, organic process

Skip LaTronica

Buffalo Turquoise, Howlith, Silver set in Cocobolo 2013

Buffalo
Turquoise, Howlith, Silver set in Cocobolo
2013

 

Sea Turtle Green Jasper, Silver, Jade, Garnet, Labradorite, Sunstone, Prehnite, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Citrine, Fluorite, Leather 2012

Sea Turtle
Green Jasper, Silver, Jade, Garnet, Labradorite, Sunstone, Prehnite, Bloodstone, Moonstone, Citrine, Fluorite, Leather
2012

 

Hug Hand-dyed Soapstone, Black Fire Agate, Botswana Agate, Carnelian, Leather 2012

Hug
Hand-dyed Soapstone, Black Fire Agate, Botswana Agate, Carnelian, Leather
2012

Occupation: Office/Project Manager for construction company

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Intro to Silversmithing

How does jewelry fit into your life? The biggest part of “heart” is “art”. The Muse speaks, I obey.

Where do you draw your inspiration? I think maybe my Native American roots give me a sense of what’s in the slab before me, of which stones will harmonize, which will create a dissonance. While none of these particular pieces are for sale, similar ones can be created in your choice of a large variety of stones. Others can be seen on my Facebook  page, “Eclectic Omega.”

Cindy Horrigan

Vertex Ring Brass 2013, Wax Carving I

Vertex Ring
Brass
2013, Wax Carving I

 

Lunar Pendant Sterling Silver 2013, Wax Carving I

Lunar Pendant
Sterling Silver
2013, Wax Carving I

 

Hudsucker Ring Sterling Silver 2012

Hudsucker Ring
Sterling Silver
2012

Sue Keown

Kokopelli Flute Player PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, Oxidized 2013, PMC Workshop

Kokopelli Flute Player
PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, Oxidized
2013, PMC Workshop

 

Silver Wings Amulet PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, neoprene, Oxidized  2012, PMC Workshop

Silver Wings Amulet
PMC, .999 Fine Silver Clay, neoprene, Oxidized
2012, PMC Workshop

 

Mayan Priest Lost Wax Casting, Bronze, Greek Leather Cord, Oxidized  2013, Wax Carving II Class

Mayan Priest
Lost Wax Casting, Bronze, Greek Leather Cord, Oxidized
2013, Wax Carving II Class

What is your current occupation? Student

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Silversmithing, Wax Carving, Stone setting, chain making, & PMC (precious metal clay)

Where do you draw your inspiration? Myth, Native American Art and Spiritualism, Indian Art, geometrical designs, art deco

Rosanne Puchal

Antique Copper Wire Crocheted Bracelet Wire, Turquoise, Pearls, Brass Beads 2013

Antique Copper Wire Crocheted Bracelet
Wire, Turquoise, Pearls, Brass Beads
2013

 

Silver and Purpless Crocheted Bracelet Silver Wire, Silver Beads, Amethyst and Agate Beads 2013

Silver and Purpless Crocheted Bracelet
Silver Wire, Silver Beads, Amethyst and Agate Beads
2013

Occupation: Professional makeup artist for TV, film and print.

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Wire crochet workshop, Viking knit workshop, earrings intensive

 How does jewelry fit into your life? I like creating designs with color and shapes, not necessarily symmetrical, but aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Which, to me, is an extension of what I do as a makeup artist.

Where do you draw your inspiration? The color wheel and nature.

Erica Ffolliott

Filigree Ring Sterling Silver, Aquamarine 2013, Filigree Workshop

Filigree Ring
Sterling Silver, Aquamarine
2013, Filigree Workshop

 

Erica Ffolliot_Filigree Ring back

What’s your current occupation? unemployed

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Intro to Silversmithing, wax carving, chain making, Ring design, filigree, tube setting, flush setting.

How does jewelry fit into your life? Hobby, possible career interest

Where do you draw your inspiration? organic objects, ancient artwork, geometric shapes

Mary Feng

Leaves in Flame Silver 2013, Intro to Silversmithing

Leaves in Flame
Silver
2013, Intro to Silversmithing

What’s your current occupation? Interactive Producer

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Intro to Silversmithing

How does jewelry fit into your life? It is a wonderfully meticulous medium where most (if not all) of the creative output is manifested from my imagination.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Currently, most of my inspiration comes from nature and organic shapes.

Monica Ruzansky

Sun rise necklace 14K Gold & 2 pt. diamond 2012

Sun rise necklace
14K Gold & 2 pt. diamond
2012

 

Drop diamond necklace 14K Yellow with 13 white diamonds 2013

Drop diamond necklace
14K Yellow with 13 black diamonds
2013

 

Square diamond necklace 14K Gold and 9 white diamonds 2013

Square diamond necklace
14K Gold and 9 white diamonds
2013

 

Monica Ruzansky_Diamond Ring

What classes have you taken at Liloveve? Rose Cut Diamond Ring, Gold Alloying, Stackable Rings and Flush Setting

How does jewelry fit into your life? It is a drive for me! It’s like my happy pill, takes me from one place to the next one, always exploring and learning non-stop.

Where do you draw your inspiration? It really varies, it can start by looking at a stone – it’s color, or shape. Looking at patterns in nature is a very rich source of inspiration for me, and as well as I really take pleasure in looking at reflections or glimpses of light and I try to translate that into my work. Other great unexpected inspirational moments happen in the studio during the design and production processes, where mistakes become a starting point for a new idea or even become an actual piece themselves.

Jane Durand

Power Ring Brass 2013, Wax Carving I

Power Ring
Brass
2013, Wax Carving I

What’s your current occupation? Jewelry Production Assistant / Marketing

How does jewelry fit into your life? Intro to Silversmithing and Wax carving

How does jewelry fit into your life? Jewelry’s place in my life has evolved greatly since I took my first class at Liloveve. It started out as a much needed creative outlet, and for the past six months it has been the focus of my work life. My pursuit of learning more about design and production has led me to some of the most unexpected and fulfilling experiences of my life.

Where do you draw your inspiration? Architecture, modern design and the utilization of negative space.

Juan Carlos PrimoJuan Carlos Primo_2

 

The show is up through Sunday, September 22 from Noon – 5pm.