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Introduction to Silversmithing

Date and time: December 11; 9 am – 5 pm
Registration deadline: December 8

Learn the basics of metalsmithing and make a silver pendant in an all-day introductory class. We’ll explore different tools and materials and move from basic designing to finished fabrication, creating a simple silver and stone pendant. We’ll cover using a torch to solder, hammering, silver beads, simple clasps, and French hooks. All supplies are included, and each student will have a set of tools for their use during class. Participants leave with a basic knowledge of silversmithing and can build on those skills to continue creating independently.

Ken Schug is a resident and is the 6th generation to live and work in Northwest Lower Michigan. He’s an outdoor enthusiast who loves rustic camping, hiking, rock collecting, photography, metal detecting, and just exploring. A long-standing member of the Grand Traverse Rock and Mineral Club since 2006, he started silversmithing in 2008. He started his business, Down to Earth Designs, in 2011. Ken currently has jewelry in six local galleries and Alberta, MI, in the Western Upper Peninsula. He has taught people from 13 to 75 years of age. downtoearthdesigns.net

Minimum Enrollment: Glen Arbor Arts Center reserves the right to cancel any class or multi-day, sequential-day workshop that does not meet its minimum student enrollment prior to the first class session. If a class is cancelled by GAAC for lack of enrollment, GAAC will offer a full refund to the student in the manner in which tuition was paid (Cash payments will be refunded by check). Please be aware that GAAC is not responsible for losses incurred due to housing, travel or other arrangements.

Requests for cancellation by the student at least seven (7) days prior to the first day of class will be honored (minus a $20 processing fee). NO REFUNDS will be given for a student cancellation made less than seven (7) days in advance of the day of the class.

To ensure the safety of our students and staff, we have implemented new procedures for our 2021 programs, to mitigate the spread of COVID and still allow participants to have a wonderful time creating art.

  • Class sizes will be limited to 12 persons or less for outdoor programs and 8 or less for indoor programs.
  • All students must wear face coverings inside the center when social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Students and staff will wash and sanitize hands frequently throughout the day.
  • Common areas and touched surfaces will be sanitized regularly.

To keep pace with the evolving conditions related to the pandemic, any new policies or procedures for classes will be communicated by September 15, 2021.


December 11, 2021
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Glen Arbor Arts Center
6031 S Lake St
Glen Arbor, MI 49636 United States
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