February Mentored Independent Study MARU
Mentored Independent Study
Instructor: Maru Almeida
Dates: Monday mornings, 10pm – 1pm
Class Fee: $60 per week (Use the drop-down menu to add each date you will attend to your cart.)
Class format: In-Studio at Danaca Design
Prerequisite: Basic Metal Working Skills
Join a Mentored Independent Study group to tackle challenging projects, learn fresh skills and discover new equipment in a consistently supportive environment. Weekly classes allow students to explore a wide range of projects and techniques with instructor guidance. Demonstrations tailored specifically to individual students. Basic metal working skills are required.
Students MUST Bring:
All consumable materials including metal, saw blades, drill bits, sandpaper and solder.
Projects to work on!
Maru Almeida was born and raised in Mexico growing up surrounded by a rich silversmithing tradition and the work of local artisans. Her curiously of the artistic transformation of metal guided her to pursue both a BFA and an MFA in jewelry and metalsmithing from the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Oregon, respectively. Through her education she learned the necessary skills for working with precious materials as well as exploring non-traditional materials to incorporate on her one-of-a-kind work. In her work she develops ideas exploring movement, tactility and discovery through the senses; always looking for a true connection to the work through the body. Maru has been working as an artist and professional jeweler for more that 15 years and has taught at several institutions including the University of Oregon and the Seattle University. She also teaches private lessons at her Seattle studio. Maru’s work has been featured in Metalsmith Magazine and is part of the jewelry collection of the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, Oregon. Her wedding rings have been published in the book "500 Wedding Rings" by Lark Books.
What students are saying:
"I have been taking Maru's Monday Mentored Study at Danaca Design for several months now and am hooked. Maru is not just a fantastic, highly skilled, creative jeweler but is an incredible teacher. She has helped me with complicated stone setting, fold formed cuff bracelets, correcting mistakes, finishing techniques, and general tricks of the trade. I am looking forward to her teaching me keum boo (gold foil added silver). She also teaches wax carving. She is always a joy to work with and explains complicated concepts in a very clear, precise way. I highly recommend this class." Kathy M. 1/23
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