Private in studio classes
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Now offering private, in studio, metalsmithing lessons!
Your goal is my goal!
As an instructor for over 12 years, I take great pleasure and pride in helping my students become proficient in the skill and craft of jewelry making. My goal is for my students to be able to design and create confidently, safely and independently. Your success is my success!
I offer private and semi-private jewelry making classes in my studio, in Sheridan, Wyoming. Sessions are tailored to each students needs and objectives. Before class, we'll discuss scheduling as well as techniques and projects to develop a lesson plan customized to your skill set and desired goals.
Each student is provided with workspace, student tool kit, access to shared equipment (rolling mill, soldering stations, etc.), and all chemicals and consumables. Each student is required to bring their own N95 mask, or respirator, and magnifying eyewear.
Private jewelry making lessons: for students looking for individualized, focused attention.
Semi-private/small group jewelry making classes: for groups of 2 to 6 students.
Fees and scheduling: A three hour minimum is required for private and semi-private jewelry making lessons. Raw materials provided by students will be determined before class.
For more info, please use my contact page to get in touch.
Want a creative getaway?
Retreat at Owl Creek Studio
Treat yourself to my annual metals retreat! Held for an exclusive, intimate group of students, at my studio in Sheridan, Wyoming, this is more than a jewelry making class, it's a real retreat experience. Each retreat features unique, special projects aimed at growing your skills. From the goodie bags, to the one-on-one attention, to the chef made menu, you'll be spoiled as we explore several days of creativity in jewelry making.
The Projects: rescheduled for spring 2022
I have some amazing projects lined up for this very special retreat.
Dancing with the Flame:
Butterfly Ring + Keum Boo Earrings
Butterfly Ring: Students will create a beautiful, hand-forged butterfly, with or without stones, that can then be made into a ring or necklace. This piece is hand crafted, from start to finish...no casting!
Keum Boo Earrings: These rustic and beautiful earrings are accented with real 24K gold. Students will learn the skill of keum boo (gold application) as well as explore texturing with a flame.
I can not say enough wonderful things about the Retreat at Owl Creek Studio! Deryn is a fabulous teacher and thought of every detail to make our time special in beautiful Sheridan, Wyoming. We learned to make a ring using an elks ivory and also a stunning unique deer antler necklace. The 4 day class was filled with learning, fun and camaraderie. We were also fortunate enough to enjoy delicious gourmet meals prepared by a professionally trained chef. It was more than just another jewelry class and I can’t wait to attend again. The unexpected bonus was making new friends in our small intimate group! Thank you Deryn for pouring your heart and soul into the class, and sharing your talent and passion for the art!
Last summer I got the unique opportunity to take one Deryn’s jewelry retreats at her home studio in Sheridan, WY. Her talent and teaching style are impeccable and we had so much fun working in her large beautiful workshop. Her son, a professional chef, cooked meals for us that were out of this world. Deryn’s teaching style is relaxed and loose making our learning experience very special. Both projects were so unique and I learned many techniques to further my jeweler's education. The opportunity to meet fellow jewelers was another highlight and I treasure those friendships made during the retreat. Thank you for your hospitality!
If you are looking for a great jewelry workshop experience that includes not only great metalsmithing tips and techniques but also great food and fun, look no further. I attended the very first workshop taught at Deryn’s Owl Creek Retreat and had a fabulous time. The necklace and ring that we made were beautiful and I ended up with two pieces that I absolutely love.
Besides the awesome time in Deryn’s studio space, there was a lot of time spent socializing with Deryn and the other students. We had a great time getting to know each other while enjoying fabulous food and libations. It was a truly wonderful experience and I hope to return for another workshop/retreat in the future.