I love to craft. There I said it. I am a craftaholic, and I will scream it from the rooftops. Crochet, pottery, hell, even scrapbooking now and then when the urge hits. When I found out the Artisan Collective hosts the coolest craft classes around I had to jump in. The first one I took was the copper cuff class followed by a copper enameling class (which you can read about HERE), and our girl Candice took a watercolor class with her daughter. I wanted to take my daughter to a class that would empower her and makes her feel like a badass; silversmithing seemed like the best choice considering you get to use a blowtorch and hammer steel. I was pretty nervous, to be honest; I didn’t want my little one to be scared or accidentally set something on fire, but alas we put on our big girl britches and hopped to it.
Artisan collective is inside The Junction and right across from Sub Zero Ice Cream if you’re wondering what you should do after your class. Inside is a wonderland of locally made goods from soap to intricately crafted jewelry, furniture, leather goods and so much more. If you want to buy local, this is your spot. Besides locally made goods, Artisan Collective also hosts all kinds of cool classes for locals of all ages. Classes include glass blowing, pottery, painting, journaling, soap making, and, of course, silversmithing.
The classes are held in the back rooms, our silversmithing class is in the very back and equipped with tables, blow torches, tools and buffers. I was expecting a massive and overwhelming operation, but it turns out that basic silversmithing is a pretty small project. What a relief! My 9-year old let out a big sigh when she realized this was a project she could tackle and that a blow torch is much smaller than she imagined.
Amie Preston is an incredibly patient teacher; she went through every step clearly so that by the time we worked on our second rings, we could pretty much do it on our own. We each made one silver and one copper ring. It was so fun to see the finished results and show off our new jewelry to each other. Getting our hand dirty and using all our strength to shape the silver was a lot of fun and I think my little one left feeling a bit braver too.
We were able to create one copper and one silver ring during the class and we both wear ours with pride. It’s a fantastic feeling wearing something you made with your own two hands. If you want to sign up for a class to make your own cool jewelry, check out http://localartisancollective.com/ and sign up!