Enriching lives through art and craft

Surface Beyond Polish

September 24 - 29, 2023

Deb Karash  ·  debkarash.com

Workshop at a glance

Add interest to your jewelry with texture and patinas while upping your finishing game for a more professional end result.


  • Texture metal
  • Using patinas to color metal
  • Cold connections


  • Copper
  • Brass
  • Silver


  • Texture and patina samples
  • Two finished jewelry pieces
  • A new way to rivet

Artist Bio

Deb Karash is a full time artist and workshop instructor is known for her colorful jewelry and her technique for drawing on metal with colored pencil. She received her MA in jewelry and metalsmithing from Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Most recently her solo exhibition “Beyond the Body” was shown at Wesleyan College and featured in Ornament Magazine. Her work was published in Lapidary Journal, Art Jewelry Magazine, Jewellery Arts Magazine (UK), and the Penland Book of Jewelry. Karash taught workshops throughout the U.S. and in the UK, Australia, Mexico, and Canada. Recently, she invented two tools for jewelers currently sold by Rio Grande.

  • Deb Karash
  • Deb Karash
  • Deb Karash
  • Deb Karash

Workshop Description

Go beyond high polished surfaces and stones by adding interest with texture and patinas. In this workshop students learn how to join disparate surfaces and materials and experiment to find their favorite techniques. Beginners are welcome, and if you are a seasoned maker you will work on how to add something new to your style. Bring your sketch pad because class includes working on design. Students should leave with some samples and at least two finished pieces. This is not a Prismacolor workshop. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $690  ·  materials list

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