Jewelry and Metalsmithing Classes
Join us for a unique opportunity to learn jewelry and metalsmithing from Italian chasing & repousse' master and award-winning jewelry designer, Davide Bigazzi.
Maestro Davide is committed to promoting and preserving traditional Italian craftsmanship by offering jewelry and metalsmithing classes. With a maximum of six students, everyone receives intensive and tailored instruction. Each student follows an individualized plan of sequential projects that take into account personal goals, skill level, and individual interests. Both beginners and advanced students are welcome!
Beginners start with a sterling silver ring project which teaches basic fabrication skills such as piercing, filing, soldering, stone setting, and finishing techniques. It can take 3-4 classes to complete. Through hands-on experience students learn to use hand tools, torches, flex shafts, rolling mills, polishers, and more. Thanks to the small class size everyone receives a lot of one-on-one attention
Immerse yourself in metal. Davide is renowned for his mastery of chasing & repousse' and enjoys sharing his extensive knowledge of this diverse and expressive technique.
Classes are ongoing, 3 hrs each, and available on a drop-in basis. Join us as your schedule & class availability permits:
Tuesdays: 9-12pm, 12-3pm, 3-6pm
Thursdays: 9-12pm, 12-3pm, 3-6pm
In addition to weekly classes, six hour long classes called “DaviDAY” are also available on select Saturdays. DaviDAY Dates: Sept 14, Oct 12, Nov 16, Dec 7 - 2020 - Jan 18, Feb 29, Mar 21, Apr 25, May 30
All classes are offered from September to June.
The cost of instruction ranges from $36-$38 per hour and is dependent upon how many classes you purchase at a time. Packages of 4 or 8 classes are available. If you have never taken a class with us before we recommend purchasing 1 class to begin with.
Materials (copper, silver, gold, etc.) are not included. Materials can be purchased from us or at www.riogrande.com . The material cost for a beginner project in silver may range from $10-$15.
To register, purchase, and schedule a class click the Book Now button below. From there you may select the Book option for a single class or the Buy Package option. Please note, to check class availability before purchasing a class package click on the Book button for the single class, then go back to the Buy Package option. Once you have purchased a package you can access the schedule and begin reserving your classes.
* Students must be 18 years or older.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email or call us at the studio.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 650.323.1923
Read about Davide and the students that inspire him in Silicon Valley Magazine!
Danielle G: I wish I had discovered Davide's studio and classes years ago! Now, it's the highlight of my week. Davide is remarkably personable and super attentive to everyone, regardless of the student's skill level. And yes, it helps that classes are limited to 6 people. With every new project I take on, I am challenged to learn something new, encouraged to be creative and make the design mine, rather than replicating a creation of another artist. And the beautiful and unique jewelry I end-up with, is the icing on the cake.
Virginia H: I have been attending Davide's classes weekly for over 4 years. If I could add one more day a week I would. Davide is a fun, creative and patient instructor. My jewelry designer skills have definitely benefitted from his instruction.
James O: This class is absolutely first rate in all respects. Davide is a very careful craftsman and I have never approached him with a construction or design problem that he could not only solve but do so well and efficiently. He is an excellent teacher at both the beginner or advanced level. His small classes (5 students) are organized, are guided, as appropriate, and a lot of fun. That said, all of the students are serious and receive advice and direction from a true master goldsmith.