Enriching lives through art and craft

From Raw To Refined

October 15 - 20, 2023

Anna Johnson  ·  annajohnsonjewelry.com

Workshop at a glance

Bring out the beauty of overlooked materials through the lens of jewelry making.


  • Object setting
  • Metal fabrication
  • Creative problem solving
  • Finishing techniques
  • Making connections


  • Found material
  • Copper
  • Silver
  • Stones


  • Multiple finished pieces
  • Samples
  • Creative problem solving skills

Artist Bio

Anna Johnson is a studio artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. Her work is exhibited internationally and appeared in numerous publications, including American Craft Magazine, Metalsmith Magazine, and CAST: Art and Objects. Johnson taught at Penland School of Craft, Haywood Community College, and Arrowmont.

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Workshop Description

Messy, rough, unrestrained encounters can often bring about rewarding insight. This week, students will be encouraged to step outside their comfort zones through short, playful exercises involving unconventional materials that we will merge with traditional metalsmithing techniques throughout the course. Object setting, fabrication, making connections, soldering, and MacGyvering will be among the techniques we will cover to bring our raw creations into refined wearables. Expect to leave with multiple finished pieces, a fresh approach to materials, and a broadened skillset in metalsmithing. Open to all skill levels, basic knowledge in metal smithing is encouraged.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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