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Growing Your Voice

Wednesdays, September 22, 2021 - November 10, 2021, 6:00PM - 9:00PM PT (Pacific Time)

In Person Class

Cost: $695.00

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

Online Class

Cost: $725.00

SOLD OUT! See below for other workshop dates.

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Have you taken several classes and are now wondering how to put all these new skills together? Maybe you’ve been making jewelry for a while and want to focus and hone your ideas, maybe you like so many different things you don’t know how to bring them all together- this class is for you! 

In this class students will learn to define and explore their artistic voice, and create a series of works that are all related and further their individual goals. Through group exercises, demonstrations, and one-on-one coaching, students will design and create the body of work in their chosen media- fabrication, casting, enamelling, beadwork, metal clay. 

This class is for intermediate to advanced students who are comfortable with their chosen media. 

Techniques taught:

  • Design exercises and creativity prompts
  • How to look at your work and analyze your visual aesthetic
  • How to troubleshoot and adapt your designs to reflect your aesthetic
  • Refining your aesthetic and visual vocabulary 
  • Incorporating a variety of techniques together in pieces
  • Order of operations for your chosen skills and materials
  • Critical thinking about your ideas and function of your pieces
  • Furthering your technical skills


This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.

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. 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 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.

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.


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).  Feel free to contact us with any questions.  

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.

  • Tools and supplies you normally use to create your jewelry 
  • Whatever your chosen jewelry medium is- lost wax, metal clay, metal fabrication, beading, etc, you will need all the tools you would normally use. This varies greatly depending on what you make! 
  • Materials for creating your pieces based on your medium
  • Bench pin
  • Assorted pliers incl: chain nose, round nose, flat/round
  • Files- hand and needle files
  • Flexshaft/dremel or other way to drill a hole
  • Sandpaper, scotchbrite, radials, or other finishing tools
  • Flush cutters
  • Steel block
  • Riveting hammer
  • Soldering setup and torch (if you solder for your work)

A computer, phone or tablet to use the free Zoom app for class

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 instructors are 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.

Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.


Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.



At least 4 previous classes or equivalent experience. This course is designed for intermediate to advanced students who have a good set of skills already and are comfortable with those skills. 

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA

Instructors: Anat Silvera or Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick

Upcoming Schedule

No upcoming occurences at this time.

Growing Your Voice

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