Well Connected: Beyond the Jump Ring

July 21 - July 25, 2023

Well Connected: Beyond the Jump Ring


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $735
Material Fee: $45

Jump rings are a classic jewelry finding used to make chains and connect one component to another. Still, many more exciting ways exist to connect one jewelry component to another. This workshop will move beyond jump rings to imagine and create strong connections that unify your jewelry design. We’ll start with tabs, rivets, screws, and stitches. Then we’ll heat it up with soldering techniques to create a variety of connections. Finally, you will design and complete a piece of jewelry with parts that are creatively well-connected.

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

Level: 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



Marlene True

Marlene True is the Executive Director of Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft in Columbia, NC. She earned a Master of Fine Art in jewelry design from East Carolina University. Her specialty is working with repurposed materials and designing functional and aesthetically pleasing connections to make one-of-a-kind jewelry. Marlene loves to teach and has led workshops at West Dean College (England), Arrowmont (TN), Haystack (ME), Peters Valley (NJ), and Pocosin Arts. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Metal Museum (TN), Racine Art Museum (WI), and the Arkansas Museum of Art (AR). Her work was recently published in Little Dreams in Glass and Metal: Enameling in America 1920 to the Present (UNC Press)

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