February 26, 2019 / Resources

Halstead's Preferred Studio Schools

Whether you're a beginner or experienced, these studio schools will help advance your jewelry making skills with a variety of class options. ...

We have developed great relationships with jewelry making schools all over the country. They offer a range of 1 day workshops to multi-week classes with experienced instructors.

If you are looking to expand your skillset or meet more makers in your community, we suggest you check out one of these educational studios. Each of these programs offers regular class schedules on technical jewelry skills, as well as masters workshops. Most have bench rental options or memberships available. Not in the area? Don’t worry! Many of these schools also have extensive online and digital options so you can learn from anywhere in the country.

B Golden Jewelry School

Salt Lake City, UT and Austin, TX


B Golden Jewelry School has two locations, one in Salt Lake City and one in Austin. They offer jewelry classes, a jewelry business certification program, and a 6-week metalsmithing program. In addition to their educational offerings, they have a tool store and studio time available for rental. To be eligible for studio time you must have completed 15 hrs of class time.

Baltimore Jewelry Center

Baltimore, MD


The Baltimore Jewelry Center is an educational nonprofit building a vibrant creative community for the study and practice of metalsmithing and art jewelry. They educate and inspire new and established artists, as well as promote metalsmithing and art jewelry to the general public through exhibitions, community, and educational outreach. They offer bench rental, a number of artist residencies, and work-study options. In addition to their in-person programming, they occasionally offer online courses.

Baltimore Jewelry Center

Danaca Design

Seattle, WA


Danaca Design is a small-scale metalworking and jewelry fabrication studio located in the University District of Seattle. They sell artisan jewelry and tools for jewelers and offer a full schedule of classes in the art of decorative metalwork and jewelry design. Their goal is to give every student the opportunity to be productive and creative at their comfort level, to hone skills and gain new abilities, and to grow and experience achievement. Explore the website for a full list of in-person and online courses.

Danaca Design

Flux Metal Arts

Mentor, OH


Flux Metal Arts is a small-scale metalworking and jewelry design studio serving the Greater Cleveland area with jewelry, metalsmithing, and enameling classes and workshops. They also offer open studio time, tools and supplies for students to purchase, and instructors of all levels. Their professionally equipped metalworking studio offers one-of-a-kind environment to nurture your passion and inspire creativity. Check out their website for a full list of available classes.

Flux Metal Arts

Harold Studio

Phoenix, AZ


Harold Studio offers jewelry making and metalsmithing classes and workshops, in addition to an extensive line of castings designed and created in-house. They also offer open studio to time to those who have completed the Jewelry 1 and Jewelry 1 Intensive courses.

Harold Studio

Ignite Jewelry Studios

Asheville, NC


Jessica Hall and Nora McMullen created Ignite Jewelry Studios to be a space that brings jewelers together. They offer weekly workshops teaching enameling, soldering, and more. In addition, they also have open studio times and resident jeweler space for those looking for long-term studio space. Explore their website for a full list of classes and the details of the studio membership program.

Ignite Jewelry Studios

Jewelry Creations Workshop

Miami, FL


JCW educates individuals in the art of jewelry making in a creative and collaborative workspace. Students, designers, and professionals come together to learn, create, and share. Their studio offers jewelry classes, open studio, and studio membership program with shared or private bench space. Classes are taught by trained professionals, resident instructors, and visiting instructors on a rotating basis to cater to all ability levels and interests. Explore their website for a full list of available classes.

Jewelry Creations Workshop

KP Studio

Phoenix, AZ


KP Studio is a jewelry studio that is committed to enhancing the arts community in Phoenix, AZ. They provide classes, workshops, and a place to work and share ideas. Classes cater to both beginner and experienced jewelry artists. Studio time is available to rent by the hour. They also have a well-rounded offering of online courses. A full Intro to Metalsmithing series is available online, in addition to other courses. Visit their website for both in-person and online course offerings.

The Makery

Bulverde, TX


The Makery is located in the historic Old Village of Bulverde, just outside of San Antonio, TX. They regularly host 1-to-5 day workshops in enameling, metal clay, jewelry fabrication, ad more. The Makery has a mission to offer a safe, welcoming and non-judgemental space where everyone from beginners to professional studio jewelers can pursue their own creative path and learn from some of the most experience creative artists and instructors working today. While they host an extensive list of in-personal workshops, their online offerings are some of the best. All in-person classes have the ability to be live streamed, so you can take them from anywhere! Participants get access to the course recordings for 30 days after the workshop has ended. Check out their website for a full list of classes.

The Makery

Melissa Muir Metalsmith

Draper, UT


Melissa teaches a number of virtual workshops through her own website and studio schools, such as Metalwerx. She also guest teaches at various studio schools around the country and has started a retreat program in Utah. Private workshops are available in her studio by appointment. Melissa’s YouTube channel is also a wealth of knowledge for those that can’t attend in-person workshops, with videos on various techniques, tools, and studio maintenance.

a jeweler using a jewelers saw to cut out a floral design. overhead view


Waltham, MA


Metalwerx promotes the art of jewelry and metals through exceptional classes, workshops, studio space, outreach programming and events for professional and personal enrichment within a supportive community of artists and learners. Our innovative school and community studio provide jewelry making instruction on topics ranging from introductory classes to professional level courses, in a well-equipped, supportive, and enthusiastic environment. Weekly classes are cutting edge and varied, and continue for three to ten weeks. Our workshops are geared to both professionals and beginners and run one to five days, or over an intensive weekend.


Michael Sturlin Studio

Scottsdale, AZ


Metalwerx promotes the art of jewelry and metals through exceptional classes, workshops, studio space, outreach programming, and events for professionals and hobbyists alike. Their innovative school and community studio provides jewelry making instruction on topics from introductory courses to professional level courses, and one-, two-, and three-day workshops. Metalwerx is a well-equipped, supported, and enthusiastic learning environment. In addition to in-person courses, private lessons, open studio, studio membership, and more. They also have an extensive selection of online courses for those not in the Boston area. Online options range from one to three-day long courses. Explore their website for a full list of offerings.

Michael Sturlin Studio

Peters Valley School of Craft

Layton, NJ


Peters Valley is a craft school located in the Delaware Water Gap that offers virtual and in-person programming. Workshops range in skill level from beginner to intermediate and more. They range in length from a few days to longer during the summer workshop season. Lodging and meals are available for summer workshops. Scholarships are available for in-person workshops. The Peters Valley campus also includes a gallery with jewelry, artwork, books and more.

peters valley school of craft logo

Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft

Columbia, NC


Pocosin is a craft school in North Carolina offering in-person and virtual workshops for jewelry and other mediums. Their online offering is extensive, with most workshops being 2-3hrs across 2 or 3 days, with a week between each session. This allows you to take what you’ve learned and apply it, as well as ask instructors for tips. Most online workshops are open to those with little or no experience. In-person course offerings include weekly adult classes, summer workshops, youth workshops, and more. Summer workshops include housing and meals and scholarships and work study are available.

two jewelers sitting at the bench sawing

Silver Peak Studio

Louisville, CO


Located in North Boulder (NoBo) Arts District, they provide small-group metalsmithing workshops, jewelry design classes, and jewelry business classes.  With a cap of 3 students per class, their classes taught by experienced jewelers set you up for an optimal learning experience! They also offer one-on-one private metalsmithing lessons and community open studio rentals by the half or full day. 

Silver Peak Studio

Studio JSD

Grand Haven, MI


Studio JSD is West Michigan’s premier metalsmithing facility, offering jewelry making classes, tools and supplies, hourly or monthly workshop access, and custom jewelry design. They have a retail space with work from over 30 local artists, as well as rough and polished gemstones. Additionally, you can book one-on-one private lessons to maximize your time at the bench and move to the next level. Visit their website or sign up for their newsletter for more information on classes and gem sales.

Studio JSD

Urban Metal Studio Inc.

Mesa, AZ


 Urban Metal Studio is a shared artist space offering memberships, classes and workspace. Aspiring makers can sign up for guided classes to build their skills. Studio members with experience can utilize the studios and specialty equipment.


More ways to learn:

The Craft School Experience for Jewelers

BFA’s for Jewelry and Small Metals

Studio Art Degrees with Jewelry Concentrations

Discover Jewelry Residencies 

Jewelry Events: Conferences, Retreats, and Symposiums

About Halstead

Halstead is one of North America's leading distributors of jewelry making supplies. The firm is celebrating its 46th anniversary this year. Halstead specializes in wholesale findings, chain, and metals for jewelry artists.

For further educational opportunities, be sure to check out our preferred teacher class list and upcoming jewelry retreats and symposiums list.

Written By: Ashley Maldonado
Ashley is the Content & Digital Marketing Specialist at Halstead. She grew up in the Prescott area and holds degrees in Strategic Communications and International Affairs. She and studio dog Mavis enjoy spending as much time as possible in the employee studio at Halstead.