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Ancient Egyptian jewelry is so beautiful and iconic that it has inspired design revivals and is still popular today. Want to learn more about it and make jewelry using techniques inspired by this iconic time in history? Then sign up for Egyptian Jewelry with Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick!
In this class, students will learn art and jewelry history with studio techniques from the era of Ancient Egypt. Items of jewelry and their meaning and use in Egyptian society will be discussed.
Carving, personalized hieroglyphic cartouches, chasing, and beadwork will be covered among the techniques. Students will learn the design hallmarks, language, and materials of the time and how to design works that use the era as influence.
What’s covered in this class?
• History of Egyptian jewelry and an overview of its designs and techniques
• Faience, a particularly Egyptian material - how to make it and use it
• Hieroglyphs (including making your name in hieroglyphs)
• Jewelry forms: collars, pectorals and bracelets, rings, earrings, hair ornaments and girdles
• How did Egyptians make jewelry?
• Chasing and inlay
• Beading for wesekh collars
• Make a stirrup ring
• The role of jewelry in Egyptian society: amuletic, honors, funerary
• Materials and their meaning in ancient Egypt
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.
This class has a 3 hour morning and afternoon session with a 1 hour break each day.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
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.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below).
Recordings of class.
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.
About our interactive online classes
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.
Students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. We always choose the safest materials, chemicals and tools for you and the environment.
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)
A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
Pliers; Needle nose, chain nose, or round nose pliers
Hammer - chasing hammer, ball peen hammer, regular claw hammer, or rawhide mallet
1mm drill bit
Pin vise drill or flexshaft/dremel
Wax or parchment paper
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
This class is for all levels. Beginners are welcome, too! There is a lot to learn in this class for any level, including intermediate students and beyond.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick
No upcoming occurences at this time.