Small Batch Production

June 28 - July 2, 2024

Small Batch Production


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $770
Material Fee: $95

Whether a beginner jeweler or advanced metalsmith, it can be important to consider how to make pieces efficiently and experimentally while continuing to develop an emerging aesthetic. This can feel daunting when investigating new concepts, techniques, and ideas, especially if the ultimate goal is creating a new series or larger body of work! So, why not start with a small batch of production work? Over the course of 5 days, through guided conversation and technical demonstrations, you will explore the idea of small batch production within a focus of your choosing. You will investigate methods of producing artwork in multiples, including limited small batch production runs, which can then serve as reference for future series of works. Participants can expect an emphasis on sample making, iterations, and the continued development of skills. Technique demonstrations will include batching methods for fabrication, production style soldering, findings, and finishing techniques. At the end of the workshop, you will walk away with a small batch of items that could include rings, earrings, necklaces, or brooches. Participants should have some experience with basic metalsmithing techniques, but most importantly, come with an open mind and an interest in experimentation!

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
Lunch is included for all participants

Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Lydia Martin

Lydia Martin is a contemporary jeweler living, working, and teaching in Little Rock, AR. Her work, built upon the foundations of technical skill, is an exploration of surface, line, and movement. Through the use of traditional metalsmithing techniques, she creates pieces that become investigations of intentions and consequences. Lydia received an MFA from State University of New York at New Paltz in 2017 and a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. Lydia has taught at a variety of institutions including Baltimore Jewelry Center, Towson University, and Penland School of Crafts. Currently, Lydia is the Windgate Artist in Residence in Metals at UA Little Rock, where she heads the jewelry and metalsmithing program.

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