Imaginative Captures with Andy Cooperman

Thursday, March 31, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Friday, April 1, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Saturday, April 2, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Sunday, April 3, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)
Monday, April 4, 2022; 10:00AM - 5:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person

Cost: $1075

This class is already under way. Please see below for any other available workshop dates.

Got a stone, enamel sample or little found treasure that’s been lying on your bench just waiting to become something special? This information-packed workshop can make that happen by helping you develop new, elegant, more fully integrated setting (capturing) solutions and down some of the rigid walls between idea, process and material.

We’ll loosen up and liberate the problem solver within, examine the why’s along with the how’s and explore a variety of tricks, studio tips and some really bad jokes. Among the topics demonstrated and discussed: cold connecting, caging, back setting, the flex shaft and advanced soldering techniques.

Andy Cooperman says, “My goal in teaching this class is, in a way, nontraditional. I am not concerned that you leave this workshop with recipes or step-by-step instructions for executing a specific technique or a particular piece of jewelry. It is my hope, rather, that the days that we spend together will allow you to begin to approach your work with a fresh perspective and to view the studio and its processes in a different way.”

Although this is NOT a “Stone Setting” class, students will be focusing on the basic principles behind stone setting, reinterpreting them and then reapplying those principles to traditional and non-traditional setting situations and materials that could include gemstones. Using a small project like a brooch, Andy will demonstrate a variety of technical themes including soldering, a lot of “flexible shaftery”, riveting and some brooch findings. He will also demonstrate a specific tube setting that he likes.

Register for this workshop with Andy Cooperman today, and get ready to inspire your imagination and fire up your jewelry making.


A $30 dollar kit fee is due the first day of class and payable to the instructor. The rest of your materials and use of tools are included with your class fees. Each student has a bench of their own to use during the workshop, ant it’s fully equipped with your own soldering station, flex shaft and a complete set of tools.




Participants must have basic jewelry skills and a familiarity with tools and studio equipment, like successful completion of Basic Jewelry 1 or Basic Jewelry 1 & 2. Required skills include drilling with the flex shaft machine, sawing, filing, silver soldering and basic bezel setting. It’s also recommend that students should have experience with: the rolling mill, torches, hammers, and polishing with a buffing machine or flex shaft machine. Those who enroll must be able to solder unattended (help is available, of course, if you need assistance with soldering your class project).


Andy Cooperman (Guest)

If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.

If a kit is included with the class, online students will have them mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class. More information about the kit is included with the supplies list which is emailed after registration.

International students may be charged an additional amount for shipping, because of the increased cost to ship abroad. Also, shipments to other countries may incur a tariff payable by the student. International students are welcome to contact us re: these costs and options for their materials. Please be sure that the address with your payment is the correct one for shipping.

If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iPhone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).

Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.

Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.

For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.

And now the fine print. Payment in full for class fees is due at the time of registration to reserve your place. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal. Checks and cash are accepted only if you register at school. If you mail a check, your registration is not processed until it clears and the class may fill during the wait. 

If the workshop is canceled by our school for any reason, all class fees will be refunded, or you can transfer to another class, or you can keep a credit on account with us for future classes or purchases, 

Students can cancel, receive a credit or refund, or transfer to another class up to 21 days before a workshop, whether it is online or in person. No cancellations are accepted after the 21-day deadline, however, we will do what we can to try and sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you can receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee, keep a credit on account with us, or apply your fees towards a transfer to another class. 

If you can’t make it to class, you may send a participant who has the necessary prerequisites in your place. Please call or email us immediately with any changes in the student participant information. If a class includes an online section, your class will be recorded and you can watch later to make up a class you miss. 

Students must be at least 15 years old to attend a class, and students under 18 must have a legal guardian sign our liability waiver form. We have had younger students attend classes, on a case by case basis. If you’re interested in enrolling your child, please call or email us. 

If you sign up for a class and fail to have the required prerequisites as listed in the class description, you are still subject to the 21-day cancellation policy, listed above.

Lodging and meals are not included for in person classes.

If you don't come to class, there are no refunds, credits or transfers.

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.