Creating One of a Kind Jewelry Pieces

at left a silver bracelet. At right tools surround a ring-shaped metal piece on a worktable
 At left a medallion with a bird in the center. At right, a necklace with a gem

Date: June 22-26, 2020 (Summer)
Medium: Jewelry
Instructor: Ginger Seiple (email)
Skill Level: Intermediate

Students will have three different areas of focus in creating one of a kind pieces. Beginning with casting silver elements using water, charcoal, beans and pine needles, students will focus on creating balanced asymmetrical earrings using these organic forms - soldering skills will improve as students learn to solder multiple components together at once.

Taking fusing to an advanced level students will design ring shanks that offer interest and dimension by fusing textured scraps into one unit, then embellish for even more design features.

The third area of design that students will focus on will be to use two and three-color mokume gane. Students can both gouge and forge for interesting patterns or can roll-twist for star formation in their mokume patterning. The finished patterns can then be added to the asymmetrical pieces or as ring elements, or something from their own design eye…

At this time, Creating One of a Kind Jewelry Pieces has reached the enrollment limit. If you would like to be added to a waiting list, please call the CraftSummer office at 513-529-7395.

Supply List

Supplies are subject to change. A final list will be emailed to each participant before the first day of class.

Studio Fee

All workshops have a studio fee. Fees are collected at the end of the workshop and payable by check or credit card. MU no longer accepts cash.

Estimated studio fee for this workshop: $10-20*

*The final cost may vary depending on the actual cost of materials at the time of the workshop. It is possible for fees to be less or greater than the range indicated depending upon individual student usage.

About the Instructor

Ginger Seiple’s first exposure and intrigue with metal forming was in 1970 at Kent State University where she was studying nursing. Her exploration into metal did not begin until 1987; prior to this time her creative energies were focused on the art of nursing and raising a family.

In 1987 when she lit a torch for the first time she ignited a passion that grew, and continues to grow, like wildfire. She left nursing behind and began a journey to learn and develop the skills she wanted to understand with metalsmithing. After a few community art center courses and becoming comfortable with a torch she built a home studio. Her desire to understand the effects of heat on metal resulted on her becoming extremely skilled at setting gemstones, and she began successfully selling her work.

She has spent the last 25 years studying with many masters. Over the years her focus has narrowed and for the last several years her studies have been mostly with masters Charles Lewton-Brain, Michael Good and David Huang, finding moving metal using their methods most enjoyable to her aesthetic sense.

Another facet of Gingers’ metal journey is her passion for teaching. Having been fortunate to learn from many masters has not only given her many great skills but the example of wonderfully giving educators. She has taught workshops all over the midwest, and currently teaches annually in Oxford, Ohio at Miami University's CraftSummer Program, and in Maine where she biannually teaches workshops and TA’s for master goldsmith Michael Good in his studio.

Creatively she still enjoys the fine intricate contemporary work she does with her gemstone creations as much as the larger more sculptural pieces she is experimenting with as she develops the anticlastic, raising and forging she is learning.