2018 Jewelry Retreats & Symposiums

This week's blog is an overview of jewelry retreats and symposiums across the country. Are you planning to attend one this year? Leave us a comment. Maybe we'll see you there!

Halstead is proud to support jewelry retreats and symposiums across the country. Our amazing jewelry community is doing great things! From jewelry workshops to lectures, exhibitions and more, there are so many opportunities to gather and appreciate our favorite art form. Jewelry retreats and symposiums are great places to learn from your favorite instructors and recharge your creative batteries.

Do you have a favorite jewelry making event? We’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment and tell us which jewelry making events you love to attend. We just might see you there!

MINE: Material, Meaning, Making, the Duality of Presence Symposium

Jan. 11-13, 2018 at University of Texas El Paso/Stanlee & Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts.

Keep an eye out for the 2019 iteration of this creative event.


Halstead was proud to sponsor the ECU Material Topics Symposium, Jewelry edition.

January 12-14, 2018 at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.

This year’s theme was Deconstruct/Reconstruct. By deconstructing the boundaries of traditional processes, perceptions of value or the idea of adornment itself, each of the artists they selected have redefined what it means to be a metalsmith. Some have literally reconstructed disparate materials to create a new whole, while others have pushed the limits of metalsmithing processes to new heights.


Baltimore Jewelry Center presents Ornamenta, an annual fundraising party. The event features a raffle and silent auction with work from many art jewelers from around the country as well as donations from awesome local businesses and restaurants.

February 3rd, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.


 The Yuma Symposium is a series of demonstrations, lectures and slide presentations given by both internationally recognized and emerging artists who have demonstrated unusual talent. Activities include an exhibit of work by presenters and a student show, the National Saw, File, & Solder Sprints, the annual pin auction, shopping and eating in Algodones, Mexico, and a fiesta and dance on Saturday night.

February 22-24, 2018 in Yuma, Arizona


Arrowmont offers an opportunity for people of all skill levels to spend a weekend, a week or two weeks immersed in art-making – experimenting, learning new techniques, exploring a variety of media and forms of expression – or simply taking time to be fully focused and present in a creative manner without the distractions of daily life.

April-October 2018, Jewelry/Metals workshops in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

work by Victoria Altpeter


Michael Boyd, 2017 Keynote Speaker
Findings Jewelry Symposium.

Learn from renowned artists and network with other jewelry enthusiasts to explore the intersection between contemporary and traditional jewelry methods. A great blend of classes, demonstrations, artist talks and a catered panel lunch discussion – you can spend the whole weekend or just attend an individual session.

TBA at Grand Marais Art Colony in Grand Marais, Minnesota.


Penland School of Crafts students come from all walks of life. Some see Penland as a productive retreat, some as a source of inspiration for their personal creative lives, and others as a place to exchange vital information about material, technique, and process. What brings them all together is a love of materials and making, and the often transformative experience of working with intensity and focus in a supportive community atmosphere.

April-September 2018, Metals workshops in Penland, North Carolina.

Faceted Bronze Vessel by Erica Bello



CoMA Annual Metalsmithing Conference

“Raising awareness and encouraging development of metalsmithing as an artistic and professional endeavor, through education, exhibition, and cooperation.” – CoMA

At the annual conference in July, CoMA invites nationally and internationally known artists to share their knowledge and experience. A selection of those artists will also teach workshops both before and after the conference

Third weekend in July in Salida, Colorado.

                     Ring by Jeff Fulkerson

At Art Unraveled, join in the camaraderie and forge life-long friendships while learning and creating in workshops taught by internationally known artists. With dozens and dozens of workshops to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

August 1-7 in Phoenix, Arizona.

Meeting new people and forming meaningful business relationships is the hallmark of the Women’s Jewelry Association and its world-wide network of members. Jewelry Night Out is an annual event that brings people together.

TBA in cities across the country. 

Touchstone Center for Craft‘s mission is to advance excellence in the arts and crafts by educating and encouraging individuals to develop technical skills, good design, and innovative expression.

Summer 2018 Metals & Jewelry Workshops

June 1-3, 2018 Makers Symposium Series

Sept 28-Oct 1, 2018 Keystone Metals Forum V

Located in Farmington, Pennsylvania.

The Portland Jewelry Symposium offers a unique opportunity to consult with experts, enjoy powerful presentations, and meet up with old friends and colleagues from across the nation.

October 2018 in Portland, Oregon.

Seattle Metals Guild Northwest Jewelry & Metals Symposium is a once-a-year gathering of makers and speakers from different corners of the Pacific Northwest and the globe is an eagerly awaited tradition for metalsmiths, artists, and jewelers of all stripes. Everyone is warmly invited to attend – registration is open to members and non-members alike.

October 2018 in Seattle, Washington.

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