Link It Together: Ceramic and Steel Jewelry

July 28, 2019 – August 3, 2019

Jennifer Allen and Maia Leppo

This workshop focuses on creating one-of-a-kind jewelry. Students will explore a variety of techniques associated with ceramic and metal adornments. You can expect to combine porcelain, steel and sterling silver to create earrings, necklaces and brooches. Daily demonstrations alternate between ceramic engineering and metal fabrication. Ceramic demonstrations center on bead making, engineering ceramic components with fired-in metal mechanisms, and adding color/texture/surface to porcelain. Metal demonstrations concentrate on the use of steel, using both soldering and cold connections to turn the porcelain elements into finished jewelry. The combined knowledge of the instructors will help participants problem solve their individualized design ideas. Expect a fun and productive class. Open to all skill levels.


Jennifer Allen lives in Morgantown, West Virginia where she operates a home studio and teaches Ceramic classes at West Virginia University. She received a BFA from the University of Alaska and an MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington. She worked as a production assistant to Kris Bliss at Bliss Pottery in Anchorage, Alaska. In March 2008, the National Council for the Education of Ceramic Arts recognized Allen as an Emerging Artist. She is also the recipient of the 2006-2007 Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.

Jennifer Allen

Maia Leppo operates her studio at the Brew House Association on the south side of Pittsburgh. She graduated from Tufts University with a BA in Biology and Community Health and received an MFA from SUNY New Paltz. Leppo received additional training in jewelry and metals from various craft schools including Arrowmont, Pocosin Arts, Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Maia Leppo

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

Registration is closed for this event.

For more information or questions, please call 865-436-5860

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