Phoenix, the scalding hot desert sun and a very long drive…what could possibly be more fun than that?

Read about my three week crash course in jewelry making at Harold Studios in Phoenix!

Halstead Jewelry Blog - Arizona Desert

Turns out…absolutely nothing! Here’s how I ended up driving a total of 4 hours a day, into the Arizona desert while having the time of my life.

Halstead Jewelry Studio

I love jewelry making… let me just start with that. Last year the Halstead’s surprised us by turning a rarely used storage space into a brand new employee studio. Not a single one of us had any metalsmithing experience and only a select few knew how to bead, so when Hilary announced she would be holding jewelry classes for us we were thrilled! We had a total of 7 classes over the summer last year and by the time it was over I was hooked. Completely. (I even went so far as to build a bench and soldering station at home.) So when Hilary asked me a couple of months ago if I would ¬†be interested in taking some jewelry classes then teaching my newly learned skills to my fellow employees, I enthusiastically said “yes!”

First things first, we needed to find classes that I could actually attend. I looked into our local college but the summer session wasn’t being taught locally so we had to expand our search and that’s how I ended up at a fantastic little shop called Harold Studios. Owned by a talented jewelry designer and instructor, Johanna, who graciously agreed to train me with specific goals and a very short period of time. We split my time into three private classes, 4 hours per session. It was a whirlwind experience but I learned a lot from Johanna. Here are the projects that I finished during my three weeks:

Harold Studio - Projects

Johanna received both her Jewelry Technician and Graduate Jeweler diplomas from Revere Academy. Check out her upcoming class schedule if you’re in the area or just swing by and say hello to everyone there, you won’t be disappointed.¬†Harold Studios is a creative hot spot for talented jewelry artists renting benches in addition to the good music and great vibes!

Next stop for me… fall semester at Yavapai College!


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