Testimonial: “I loved the beginners’ class! Molly is an excellent teacher who clearly enjoys sharing her jewelry making skills and knowledge. She is patient, encouraging, and instills confidence in her students. Molly limits the classes to a small group of students, which enables her to provide individual-level attention. Her studio is well-equipped and spacious, making it an ideal place to learn. I’ve taken several classes at other studios and this one was by far the best. Not only did I learn more, I also left with a beautiful piece of Jewelry”. Madeline Dalton

Metalsmithing Workshops

Note: Some workshops are scheduled at Molly’s home studio in North Carolina and some are scheduled at facilities out of state. Please read descriptions carefully.

Happy students!

Happy students!

Studio space with lots of light! Can accommodate up to five students!

Studio space with lots of light! Can accommodate up to five students!


Silveramics Jewelry Workshop at Hacienda Mosaico in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, February 9 - 15, 2020 

A Collaborative Workshop Taught by Husband and Wife Team, Molly Sharp and David Voorhees.  Total of 12 spots - Double occupancy - $1,875 which includes 5 full days of class time, all materials and supplies, room, gourmet breakfast and lunch. To register, go to www.haciendamosaico.com

Molly Sharp and David Voorhees, instructors

Molly Sharp and David Voorhees, instructors

 When porcelain clay meets sterling silver and sterling silver meets porcelain clay, “Silveramics” is born.  Merging the respective media of clay and metal, this playful approach to jewelry making has been created by husband and wife team David Voorhees and Molly Sharp.

David starts off having students “play” with the fresh, colored porcelain clay and then teaches them how to combine the colors to create marbled elements of various shapes and sizes which are then molded into pieces that are fired, sanded and tumbled into a silky smooth surface. Students will also be making an assortment of beads and have a chance to paint colored slips (very wet clay) onto other pieces which will then be scratched through with tools (Scraffito) to create patterns and designs.  All these pieces get fired in a tiny kiln.

Molly will then show students how to drill holes into the fired porcelain pieces and ways to create and attach sterling silver findings and chains to make into bracelets, necklaces, pendants and earrings.  She’ll also demonstrate how to file, saw, form, texture and solder silver to create prong and bezel settings and other various components.  Each piece will be refined and finished to completion.  Students will complete at least four or five pieces during the week.  All materials and most tools will be provided by either Hacienda Mosaico or Molly and David.

While no prior experience with clay is necessary, some soldering experience is helpful but not required.   Students should have good eyesight or bring magnification.  $1,875 plus air fare.  Room, breakfast and lunch included.  Contact www.haciendamosaico.com or mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com for more information and to register. 


October 19 & 20, 2019 - Full - Wait List Only

Beginning to Intermediate Metalsmithing Workshop

Molly Sharp’s Zirconia, NC Studio

Samples of pebble jewelry

Samples of pebble jewelry

Are you a little rusty with metalsmithing and need a refresher? Have you always wanted to try your hand at metalsmithing? Do you just want to practice your skills? Then this workshop is designed for you. All the basics will be covered including sawing, filing, stone setting, soldering, forming, texturing and drilling small pebbles. You’ll have the opportunity to work on specific projects designed by Molly, or experiment on your own designs using sterling silver, stones and pebbles. This will be a fun, fast paced class so bring your sense of humor and maybe a little patience. Limited to 6 students. Bring your tools and metal or use Molly’s.

Projects will vary.

Cost: $250 plus a $6 lab fee and materials purchased from Molly.

Register: email Molly at mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration. Checks can be mailed to 2212 Green River Road, Zirconia, NC 28790 or PayPal at Molly’s email address


November 9 & 10, 2019

Soldering Skills workshop at Ignite Jewelry Studios, River Arts District, Asheville, NC

Strengthen your soldering skills! In this two day workshop, students will construct three to five elements out of sterling silver which may be used as individual pendants or strung together to form a statement necklace. There will be no stone setting in this class. Emphasis will be on the soldering process including sweat soldering, butt soldering and pick soldering.

Some knowledge of metalsmithing is required and good eyesight or magnification a must. Tuition $250 for 16 hours and does not include $35-$50 material fee.

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To register for this workshop, go here: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=17156266&appointmentType=10957123


November 16 & 17, 2019

Beginning Metalsmithing for Beginners

Six Spots Open

Bezel set ring

Bezel set ring

This workshop is for beginners and rank beginners only. Often folks who take this class have been doing some beaded jewelry and want to take it to the next level by incorporating metals into their work. Or, if you’ve always been fascinated with metalsmithing, but don’t really have a clue what it’s all about, this two day workshop is for you. Students will learn the language of metalsmithing and will be given at least two specific projects to start them on their way. Techniques covered will be sawing, filing, texturing, drilling, rivets, stone setting (bezels), forming and finishing.

Cost: $250 plus a $6 lab fee and materials purchased from Molly.

Register: email Molly at mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration. Checks can be mailed to 2212 Green River Road, Zirconia, NC 28790 or PayPal at Molly’s email address


December 7 & 8, 2019

Christmas Present Making Workshop

Only one spot still open

This is a fun two-day workshop for those of you who have some knowledge of metalsmithing and want to wow your friends and family with some handmade sterling silver jewelry. All tools and materials will be available for use and purchase although you’re welcome to bring your own. Molly will be on hand to guide you through your design ideas and the execution of them. Since there will be no set projects given in this workshop, it’s being offered at a reduced rate.

Where: Molly Sharp’s studio in Zirconia, NC

Cost: $200 (reduced from $250) plus $6 lab fee and cost of materials purchased

To register: Email Molly at mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration. Mail to 2212 Green River Road, Zirconia, NC 28790 or PayPal at mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com.


April 17, 18, 19, 2020 - full!!

Pebble Jewelry at Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellry in Cornwall, U.K. www.csacj.co.uk

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June 7 - 12, 2020

Saw, Solder, Set a Stone: Six Element Bracelet

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Six element bracelet

Six element bracelet

This six element, linked bracelet will enchant and challenge students all at the same time. Using sterling silver, students will construct a very unique bracelet with six diverse panels. Many basic metalsmithing techniques will be explored including sawing, filing, soldering, setting a stone, rivets, patterning with the rolling mill and fusing 24k gold to silver (keum boo). Each bracelet will be an expression of the individual student. Some knowledge of metalsmithing techniques and terms is required and good eyesight or magnification a must.


August 23 - 29, 2020

Silveramics Jewelry

John C. Campbell Folk School

David and I are excited to be returning to John C. Campbell Folk School to teach our Silveramics Jewelry class. Read the above details in our Silveramics class in Mexico about the class and visit www.folkschool.org to register.


TESTIMONIALS

"I was very impressed that a rank beginner, under Molly's skillful teaching, create two projects in two days,with a little time left over for further experimentation - a great experience.”  Peggy O’Connor

“There are many reasons why I love taking jewelry workshops with Molly.  She has a well organized studio; she's close by; I always learn a new technique; and take home a finished piece of jewelry.”  Viola Spells

"Molly offers a kind, supportive, and an amazing learning experience when it comes to jewelry making!"   Allison Ratterree

"Instructive, challenging, dynamic and rewarding and so much fun with the other students and Molly."  Sheri Dougherty

"Molly's workshops are so focused on fine tuning craftsmanship that I never feel I've left without having added skills to take home with me. Being surrounded by other artists who have similar interests boosts my creative juices, and I always go home rejuvenated and ready to work."  Ellen Cowne

"I always enjoy taking classes with Molly.  When class begins, she is prepared with well-written instructions, and her teaching style is great for all skill levels.  Molly's studio is a lovely environment for creating!  It is spacious, bright and equipped to provide the right learning environment.  An additional treat is the camaraderie and supportive atmosphere that develops among the students and Molly in the classes!"   Candy Emerson

 

Hollow form pendant

Hollow form pendant

I’ve been teaching jewelry making workshops in metals for over 20 years. Word has it that I have a knack for teaching.  All I know is that I love doing it!  I share everything I know adding lots of tips and tricks along the way.  My work is fabricated (constructed) entirely from sheet and wire and I work primarily in sterling silver but have recently started a new workshop “Working with Gold.”  I love natural pebbles which I find on beaches, lakes, streams and rivers all over the U.S. and Europe.  These are incorporated in many of my pieces; either set in bezels or drilled with diamond encrusted drill bits.

Molly Sharp Studio, Zirconia, North Carolina

Please register by emailing Molly at mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com or calling 828-698-8775

All tools and materials will be provided or bring your own.

Student work

Student work

Silveramics Pendant

Silveramics Pendant

Hacienda Mosaico, Puerto Vallarta

Hacienda Mosaico, Puerto Vallarta

Silveramics Student Work

Silveramics Student Work

Not Your Ordinary Bracelet

Not Your Ordinary Bracelet