The Sum of Its Parts

June 17, 2018 – June 23, 2018

Jess Tolbert

Students in this workshop explore repetition, pattern, and rhythm as a technical and conceptual method for creating jewelry. Design exercises and material experiments lead participants to discover the possibilities of taking one action or element and multiplying it into a whole. You will utilize a variety of techniques to translate and incorporate into ferrous and non-ferrous metal, including surface treatments, piercing, cold connections, fabrication with silver soldering, and small-scale welding in steel using the Smith Little Torch. Students can expect to finish several samples and elements to incorporate into their work. Open to all skill levels.


Jess Tolbert lives and works in El Paso, Texas where she is visiting assistant professor and head of the Jewelry + Metals program at the University of Texas, El Paso. She received her MFA in Metal from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Tolbert exhibits her work nationally and internationally, including exhibitions at Munich Jewelry Week in Munich, Germany and the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea.

Jess Tolbert

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

  • I would like to be contacted about housing in the new dormitory that will have all private rooms with private baths if it is ready for occupancy for workshop dates.
  • $199
  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2018. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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