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October 20 - 25, 2024

Michael Nashef  ·  website

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, explore the possibilities and processes of introducing alternative materials into jewelry and small object making. Students will gain skill using concrete and cement in conjunction with color dyes to create colorful pieces. Students will apply traditional and advanced mold-making techniques with 3-D printed materials and spend time exploring and creating unique designs. Open to all skill levels.


  • Alternative materials in jewelry (concrete with metal)
  • Soldering and basic jewelry-making skills such as sawing and filing
  • Mold making with silicone
  • Concrete dying


  • Metals such as silver and copper
  • Concrete and cement
  • Dyes for concrete
  • Silicone for mold-making


  • Ability to work with concrete and metal
  • Learn how to color concrete
  • Solder metal, and other basic skills such as sawing and filling
  • Students will also learn how to create a mold from 2 part silicone



Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Born in war-torn Lebanon and moved to the United States in 1998, Michael Nashef earned his MFA in Metals/Jewelry Design from Bowling Green State University. Nashef has worked as a bench jeweler and managed a jewelry store, worked as a CAD jewelry designer, and launched his fine jewelry company Intersecting Hearts. He worked as the area coordinator and lecturer at Towson University in Maryland, and an instructor at Western Michigan University. Nashef has an extensive record of exhibitions including solo and international shows, and has won many awards, most recently being acquired by the MAD Museum in New York City, NY. He is published in books such as Jams and New Bracelets. Michael invented a few jewelry tools that are used in the jewelry industry, these tools are manufactured by him and sold by major jewelry supply companies in the USA and all over the world.

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

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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