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Exploring Process, Building a Language


Join Amy Tavern to begin to discover and define how and why you make your work.

Course Description

Every jeweler has a unique way of generating ideas and creating work; discovering and understanding these methods is a helpful tool for making better work, and for dealing with studio challenges. In this workshop participants will learn about the creative process, and they will begin to discover and define their own. 

The class will include a series of lectures and demonstrations, followed by hands-on exercises and contemplative exploration. We will collect visual inspiration, write about the different aspects of the creative process, and create jewelry with everyday materials. We will also consider repetition in relationship to process as a way to generate ideas, design jewelry, and see things in unexpected ways. Group instruction and conversation will be complemented by opportunities for individual instruction. 

Basic sawing, filing, and soldering skills required. Intermediate to advanced levels. 






Artist Biography

Amy Tavern is an interdisciplinary artist and metalsmith whose work focuses on personal memory, emotional response, and place. Amy holds a BFA in Metal Design from the University of Washington and an MFA in Fine Arts from California College of the Arts. She has exhibited widely with solo shows in the US, Belgium, and Sweden. She has taught and lectured across the US and in Europe, and her work has been featured in many publications, including Metalsmith and American Craft. Amy is a former Penland School of Crafts resident artist and has completed numerous residencies in Iceland. 



Learn more about Amy Tavern and her work by visiting and checking out her instagram @amytavern.


Shakerag Workshops of St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School does not discriminate on the basis of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.