Available Classes


This is a partial listing of classes I offer. Most of the classes I teach in studio are customized. My teaching style is fluid and flexible, so the classes adapt to the needs of the student.

I teach the classes below at my studio. Some of the classes I also teach at other locations. More advanced classes are generally taught at my studio so that we have access to all of the tools and supplies needed.

Classes in studio are generally limited to one to three people. You can register or schedule a class by contacting me at studio @ donamiller.com or 541.362.1237.

Types of Classes

There are four types of classes available: Technique based classes, project based classes, “You Create” sessions, and the new for 2024 Cornucopia Sessions.

Technique classes focus on specific techniques and build upon one another to create a body of skills that can be used to create jewelry. Past the introduction or basic classes, these will have prerequisites for skills you need to be familiar with.

Project based classes focus on techniques needed to complete the project. These classes will often have prerequisites of basic skills.

You Create sessions are project based classes and focused on your creating your desired piece of jewelry. This is for you if you want to create something very specific, and need guidance through the process. Basic skills are definitely helpful, but I will guide you through the skills specific to the project.

Cornucopia session are multi-day sessions that are taught in my studio in Joseph, OR. These are new for 2024 and more information will be coming shortly. Sessions will include a Beginners Cornucopia (no experience required), a Bezel Setting Cornucopia (simple hand setting through hammer setting) and much more.


Metal Smithing Classes – Technique Based

basic metal smithing

intro to soldering

working with Argentium

form folding

finishing and polishing

keum boo

rings & rings (using wire and sheet)

Metal Smithing Classes – Project Based

meditation / spinner ring

bezel set ring

embellished stack rings

granulation and fused earrings

torch and hammer earrings

Metal Smithing Classes – Stone Setting

bezel setting

  • bezel setting for round and oval stones
  • bezel setting angular and irregular stones
  • heavy wall bezel setting (hammer set)

flush setting

tube setting

prong setting

  • simple prong setting
  • basket setting for flat backed stones
  • prong setting for cabochons and rose cut stones
  • prong setting for round brilliant cut

tab setting

Metal Clay Classes

intro to Precious Metal Clay

setting stones in pmc

bezel setting round and oval stones

bezel setting angular and irregular stones

free form tab settings

free form prong settings

PMC rings

PMC and Argentium