Weeklong Intensive Workshop with Kristin Mein + Madison Kingery
July 12-18 2020
Wildacres Retreat in Little Switzerland, NC
In this class, we will cover an array of techniques, starting with basic skills like sawing and filing and working our way up to the more advanced techniques of soldering and setting cabochons. Students will explore jewelry design through these techniques and have the opportunity to work on personal projects or gain experience through instructor given assignments. Throughout the week students will have the opportunity to discuss the business side of jewelry making including materials sourcing, pricing, studio setup, and more.
We typically have a lesson with demonstrations in the morning followed by open studio work hours in the afternoon and some evenings. Wildacres Retreat is located in the mountains of North Carolina right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. There are many nature trails available to explore during free time.
No experience necessary, all levels welcome. The cost of the class is $900 + lab fee for the week. Meals and on-site accommodations are included in the class cost. Our class lab fee is $70 and covers your student tool kit as well as consumables that we will all be using as a class. This fee is paid directly to the instructors the week of the workshop and can be paid via Paypal, Venmo, Credit Card, Cash or Check. You may bring your own additional materials or you can purchase metals and stones from the instructor if you wish.
My experience at WildAcres exceeded my expectations. Kristin and Madison conducted a very thorough class, and were there to answer all of my questions. I walked out of WildAcres confident and happy with what I had learned, so much so that I started my own jewelry studio. I recommend this trip for anyone that is interested in the art of Metalsmithing and loves the mountains, because the views up there are to die for!
Cierra | Wild Silver Studio
My week last summer learning metalsmithing with M and K was awesome! I can’t believe we learned so much in such a short amount of time. We were able to watch them in action and then apply our new skills. They were available to help and answer questions as needed as we worked on perfecting our skills. Each of the students brought her own focus and interests and were encouraged to create, explore and design right then and there. We left not only with some amazing finished products but also with lots of new skills. I was motivated to go home, buy some of my own tools and keep going! Now I’ve got my own little side business going - thanks to the wild acres experience and these awesome metalsmithing teachers!