Saturday Mar 23rd, 10am - 2pm
NYC Jewelry Lab by Carolina Iwanow offers jewelry classes and workshops that enable the students to explore and develop their inherent creativity as well as technical aspects of the craft. Metalsmithing is a very ancient craft that exist since the cave era, metal transformed human life. Beauty and body decoration are indeed a human obsession. Working with precious metals is one of the most versatile and amazing crafts you can ever experience. When you craft metal you deal with art, design, alchemy, mathematics, physics, nature, chemistry and patience. Crafting temples the spirit.
NYC Jewelry Lab is a green Jewelry studio. Carolina is very diligent about crafting jewelry in the safest way. She do not use hazardous chemicals.
At Carolina Iwanow’s classes, students will learn how to design, learn and earn ancient hand crafting skills and understanding modern tools and techniques. From introductory level courses to professional fine jewelry, contemporary jewelry & fashion jewelry, design & metal production. Carolina offers as well a big variety of skilled workshops. Her goal as an instructor is to teach the secrets and techniques of design & jewelry and how to make ideas come to life through one of the most amazing and versatile crafts in this earth: Metalsmithing.
Silabous of the class:
From the very first minute students will learn a design exercise and they will design their own first jewel from scratch ( it can be a pendant, earrings or a ring) students will learn the characteristics of precious metals and how they behave, they will also learn how to transfer it to metal, how to saw, file, sand, anneal, solder, clean, use the flex shaft and the polisher machine. In the second class student will learn how to carve a ring out of wax and then the student will have the amazing experience to outsource their very first wax carving at the wax casting supplier at the Diamond District. As the third exercise we will finish the casted ring so it is ready for taking iit back to the casting supplie for molding ( i wantthe student to have the first experience of casting a few more of that first wax carved piece ) in this third class the student will learn how to forge metal into a few cuffs or chocker or hoops, in the fourth class tthe student will learn how to do a fine silver bezel setting pendant or ring with a reticulated band in the fifth class the student will finish the bezel piece and depending on the student desire the student will learn gipsy or flushing setting on the first wax carved ring or we will work on any techniques the student would like to learn.
Carolina’s classes are very personalized and super hands on.
Carolina Iwanow was born in Argentina and she is a jeweler for 28 years and she teaches jewelry for 20 years. She studied fashion & textile design at the University of Buenos Aires and contemporary jewelry with jeweler Jorge Castanon, European and Argentinian folklore chasing & repusee silver Pottery with master jeweler Jorge Pablo Pallarols. Also she developed much of her knowledge of jewelry and the jewelry industry through first-hand experience designing, producing and manufacturing fine jewelry and high end fashion jewelry for the biggest brands and fashion brands in Argentina and worldwide (such as Bebe, Guess, Marciano, Disney, Eva Mendez, NYC & Co, Ona Saez, Vulk, Rusty, Invicta etc.) She had her first jewelry art gallery in Buenos Aires. In 1998 she started to teach jewelry & design at the University of Architecture of Buenos Aires and at her own studio forming a lot of jeweler. She has her pieces exhibited at galleries worldwide including Saatchi & Saatchi, London.
Materials: the materials are included for the first class and after this Carolina will send a full list of suppliers and also a very versatile list of materials that it can be customized based on each student budget.
Tools: Student don’t need to buy any tools for Carolina’s class. NYC Jewelry Lab it’s a fully equipped jewelry studio. The studio has 8 jewelry stations and can accommodate up to 8 students.
Notes: The class venue is located at the Art Factory that has its own parking at the back of the building where students can park. Plenty of parking space are also available in the neighborhood, along Metropolitan and Morgan Ave.
Carolina is such a wonderful instructor. I'd never tried any type of jewelry-making before, so it was a little intimidating to jump right into metalsmithing, but Carolina was able to give me hands-on experience at a pace that works for me straight from day one. I've completely fallen in love and want to continue learning!
Teacher is extremely knowledgeable, creative and does her best to acommodate students’ needs. Very cool Brooklyn studio is well equipped with an inspiring atmosphere. I liked how we jumped into hands-on activity on day one and got to work on several projects.
I learned new skills such as wax casting, as well as basics. All students work at their own pace. Expert instruction and support
This was a really fun class to take: Carolina is a warm and inviting instructor, and she was amazing at circulating through the shop to attend to everyone as they moved through their personal/class projects. Carolina was flexible and open to student ideas about what they wanted to make, even as she made a point of teaching the basics. In this class, I had the opportunity to learn to cut metal, attach metal to metal, polish, grind, wax-carve and cast (though this process is outsourced). I made a cut metal pendant, a cast ring, and a pair of earrings. I did not have enough time to learn to set a stone, though I could have if I finished my other projects more quickly. I disliked that I was left with a LOT of leftover materials. They are very expensive and I didn't use most of the materials (metals and saw blades) that I was asked to purchase for the class. I also wish that I had finished the class with a stronger understanding soldering (I didn't get to try it, just got to watch Carolina do it). I loved that it was such a small class, and that we shared the workshop space with her other, more advanced students. She played great music (Prince, R+B, soul) each week, and made it a convivial space. Carolina was also very accommodating of students needing to reschedule missed classes. In short, I'd recommend this class for someone who is interested in trying their hand at introductory jewelry making, especially if you don't want to invest in your own tools.
Carolina is an amazing and inspiring teacher. Absolutely loved this class and would take more with her.
I really enjoyed this class, it was a fun atmosphere and I really like the pieces I created.
I love this class & Carolina, she creates a buzzing creative environment while teaching the technics & science of metal smithing. I’m so happy I took this path!
The teacher is great! Really gives you a whole new appreciation for the art of making jewelry and is a lot of fun at the same time.
This class provides a terrific overview of many essential metalsmithing techniques. The instructor provides personalized attention to students' hands on development and tailors their learning to their level of experience. Students end the class with several pieces of completed wearable metal jewelry. Highly recommended!!!
Carolina is an excellent teacher. I really enjoyed this class and her studio.