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Jewelry Workshop
Jewelry Workshop

The Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio is part of the Student Workshops, an innovative, co-curricular program through the Hopkins Center for the Arts that has been in existence for close to 60 years. The program has a well-equipped studio in Jewelry & Metalsmithing and is open to all currently enrolled Dartmouth students and faculty. Absolutely no previous experience is necessary. The studio has a staff of both professional and specially trained student instructors to help the participants make their objects. Because the program is voluntary and un-graded, creativity is nurtured in a very pure way. While the studios primarily operate in an "open-studio" format, there are also short "workshop-style" classes designed to accommodate students' busy schedules and regular guest artist events. The Claflin Studio also serves as a support structure for the academic needs of the college as well, with students, faculty and whole classes using the facilities and the knowledge of the Student Workshop's staff for academic projects and research.

Fall 2016

The Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio opens for fall term Mon • Sep 12 • 1 pm.
Open to Dartmouth students with a valid Dartmouth ID identifying them as such.


  • Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat: 1–5 pm
  • Wed, Thu: 1–9 pm


Dartmouth Students: $12 per term


Sign up for a Free Jewelry Orientation Tour and Get $5 in Jewelry Bucks to use towards a Jewelry Studio Project.

  • Wed • Sep 14 • 2–3 pm
  • Wed • Sep 14 • 6–7 pm
  • Thu • Sep 22 • 2–3 pm
  • Thu • Sep 22 • 6–7 pm

Email: jewelry@dartmouth.edu to sign up
Dartmouth Students Only



All materials included in fee. No Experience Necessary.
Email: jewelry@dartmouth.edu to sign up
Open to Dartmouth students with a valid Dartmouth ID identifying them as such

Celtic, Zodiac Or Creature Key Chains

Tue • Sep 27 • 6–9 pm
Fee: $15
Sawing straight lines, curves and corners, drilling and piercing
Project: Celtic knot, zodiac or creature keychain

Forged Collar Necklace

Tue • Oct 4 • 6–9 pm
Fee: $15
Learn basic forging techniques and create your own statement neckpiece
Project: forged brass or copper collar necklace

Cut And Polish Your Own Cabochon Gemstone

Tue • Oct 18 • 6–9 pm
Fee: $5
Project: hand cut and polished cabochon gemstone
Sign up for one session – Each session is limited to 3 participants
Session 1: 6–6:45 pm
Session 2: 7–7:45 pm
Session 3: 8–8:45 pm

Bezel Set Pendant

Tue • Nov 1 • 6–9 pm
Fee: $15
Learn the basics to set stones and some special tricks.
Project: Pendant w/stone



Marilyn da Silva
San Francisco Bay Area, Professor California College of the Arts

Color On Metal
Learn about Marilyn da Silva’s unique surface embellishment process
Sun • Oct 9 • 1–3 pm • FREE
Location: Claflin Jewelry Studio
Dartmouth Students Only - No Experience Necessary!
Pre-Registration Recommended
Email: jewelry@dartmouth.edu

Free Art Slide Lecture & Discussion by Marilyn da Silva
Don’t miss the chance to see the incredible sculpture and metalwork of this metalsmithing icon!
Sun • Oct 9 • 4–5 pm
Location: Hop Garage - Rm. 130, (across from Hop Café)
Free and Open to All
For more info: jewelry@dartmouth.edu, 603-646-3226

Marilyn da Silva’s work is based on telling stories through imagery and representational elements.  Her trademark surface treatment of gesso and colored pencil creates a rich palette for her sculpture and wearable pieces.  Her work has been displayed nationally and internationally, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the National Gallery of Australia. She is represented in public and private collections.  Also, she has been featured in numerous books, magazines and catalogues.  She was invited to be “Master Metalsmith 1999” by the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.  She recently received the honor of being selected as a Fellow of the American Craft Council. Marilyn da Silva is Professor and Program Chair of the Jewelry/Metal Arts Department at California College of the Arts in Oakland where she has been since 1987.  Before moving to California, she taught from 1978-87 at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.  She earned her MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana and her BS in Art Education at Bowling Green State University. marilyndasilva.com

1. Marilyn da Silva Portrait (photo - courtesy of the artist)
2. Second Nature: Sanctuary; sterling silver, copper, brass, wood, gesso, colored pencil (photo - courtesy of the artist)
3. Seranata Teapot 1; copper, sterling silver, brass, wood, gesso, colored pencil.
Click on the thumbnails to view full-sized images.
The Claflin Jewelry Studio is located in the basement of the Hopkins Center, across from the Paddock Music Library. 
For more information email Jeff Georgantes or call the Jewelry Workshop (603.646.3226) during studio hours.

Free Art Slide Lecture & Discussion by Marilyn da Silva
Sun • Oct 9 • 4–5 pm
Don’t miss the chance to see the incredible sculpture and metalwork of this metalsmithing icon!