Thalia Keple‘s weekly Jewelry Open Studio is fabulous. Each Sunday morning, you’ll learn to make a new project that will give you a jewelry-making technique to add to a growing repertoire and a lovely, hand-crafted gift you can keep or give away!
So far, students have learned to make earrings and bracelets with various kinds of beads, earring hooks, wires, and structures.
For beginners, Thalia will get you comfortable with the basics, and as you progress you’ll find out how easy and addictive it is to make your own jewelry. If you’re brand new, Thalia starts you off with learning to make simple loops, a basic skill that helps you make almost anything.
For intermediate to advanced jewelry-makers, you’ll have a great time working with Thalia – she loves to experiment and share her knowledge and process with students. She’s currently experimenting with making her own polymer beads. Also, she is looking forward to making paper beads in the Open Studio.
Thalia is an AAC Studio Artist whose jewelry is gorgeous and easily recognizable. Her signature needlewoven necklaces are miniature tapestries mixed with beads and metals. Many are quite dramatic and have talisman-like qualities. She has worked with fibers for over 40 years and has had a fascinating journey from sewing her first apron as a child to her current interests in jewelrymaking, weaving, and fiber arts. Visit her studio at the top of the stairs at AAC and see her lovely work in the gallery.
Come check Jewelry Open Studio! It’s just $12 to drop in, or if you pre-register for any five classes they’re $10 each. Tools and some materials are provided, including basic beads, donated jewelry, wires, and more. But there are also some optional, project kits Thalia puts together for between $3 – $6. Want an easy way to get started? Grab some old beaded earrings, necklaces, or bracelets from home and bring them in to upcycle them into something wonderful. See you Sundays!
SUNDAYS, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
This Month’s Classes:
The next two Sundays, well-known Ashland artisan and AAC Studio Artist Stephanie Gould will be subbing for Thalia. Stephanie will be teaching cabachon beading basics in two parts. There will be a choice of cabachons already attached to a piece of material, and a selection of beads to choose from for a $4 material fee. This is an incredible opportunity to learn this beading technique while creating something lovely to take home.
Then, Thalia will be back March 31 to teach us how to make wrapped wire rings.