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 the 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.  $1,850 plus air fare.  Room, breakfast and lunch included.  Contact www.haciendamosaico.com or mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com for more information and to register. 

Students learning about porcelain clay at Hacienda Mosaico

Students learning about porcelain clay at Hacienda Mosaico



Beginning Metals Workshop - May 16 & 17, 2019, Thursday and Friday

Molly Sharp's Studio, Zirconia, NC - This class is full wait list only

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Student work

Learn or renew your skills and techniques to fabricate sterling silver jewelry in this two-day workshop. You will be taught how to saw, file, form, solder, set a stone, pierce, rivet and roller print to create at least two finished pieces (projects will vary). Little or no experience is necessary for this class, but good eyesight or magnification is a must.

$250 plus a $6 lab fee and materials ($35 to $50)

Held at 2212 Green River Road, Zirconia, NC 28790

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space

Contact Molly Sharp at mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com to register

A $50 check is to be made out to Molly Sharp and mailed to 2212 Green River Road, Zirconia, NC 28790. Want to pay with PayPal? Find Molly at mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com.



not your ordinary bracelet with molly sharp

May 26 - 31, 2019 - Appalachian Center for Craft Cookeville, Tennessee

spaces still available

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Construct a unique multi-element bracelet with six diverse panels. Explore many basic metalsmithing techiques including sawing, filing, soldering, stone setting, rivets and patterning with the use of the rolling mill. Gain an introduction to pebble drilling as well as the ancient Korean technique of keum-boo.
Beginner to Intermediate
$550 - Materials fee: $55 - $75

To register: Contact www.tntech.edu/craftcenter


Spaces Still Available

Spaces Still Available


Layered Colored Pencil Jewelry with Mary Karg

July 25 & 26 (Thursday and Friday) - Two Spots open

July 27 & 28 - (Saturday and sunday) - two spots open

Cost: $250 plus materials Molly Sharp’s studio, Zirconia, NC

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Contact Molly Sharp at mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com to register - Limited to 8 students per each two-day workshop.

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required upon registration.

Skill Level: All Levels

Using colored pencils, alcohol inks, markers, nail polish, and paint, students will learn the process to apply and retain color on copper and brass. Emphasis will also be on forming and shaping metal to create multi-layered dimensional jewelry that is beautiful, interesting and unusual.

Day 1

Students will begin with a blank canvas—copper sheet. We will cut it, beat on it, roll and fold it and then color it up. Each person will design a layered, dimensional pendant that will be riveted. The colored copper pieces will be combined with patterned brass to complete a layered pendant.

Day 2

Armed with these many techniques, students will then design a second project of their choosing. I will demonstrate pin backs, bracelet forming and riveting delicate objects (such as glass beads). Students will come away with a solid foundation of jewelry engineering, cold connections as well as coloring metal.


Working with Gold!!
September 7 & 8, 2019 (Saturday and Sunday)
Molly Sharp's Studio, Zirconia, NC - this class is full wait list only

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If you have some metalsmithing experience and are ready to try your hand at working with gold, this workshop is for you.  First, go through all your old or broken gold jewelry (14k or 18k only) and bring to class to melt down in a ceramic crucible.  It will then be run through a rolling mill to create sheet.  Each student will then fabricate a ring with their own gold and set a cabochon stone of their choice with 18k bezel wire.  Sound like fune?  Don't be afraid!  Just do it!

  • $300 plus a $6 lab fee and the cost of 18k bezel wire. 

  • Held at 2212 Green River Road, Zirconia, NC 28790

  • A $100 non-refundable deposit is required to hold your space

  • Contact Molly Sharp at mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com to register

A $100 non-refundable deposit check is to be made out to Molly Sharp and mailed to 2212 Green River Road, Zirconia, NC 28790.  Want to pay with PayPal?  Find Molly at mollysharpvoorhees@gmail.com.

More classes to be scheduled for June, July, October, November and December, 2019.

Please check back often.


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