I am currently scheduling one on one and small group classes in my studio in Joseph, OR and Missoula, MT. 

Metal Smithing and Metal Clay Classes 

Classes in the studios are generally limited to three people. You can register or schedule classes by contacting me at info @ or 541.362.1237. Watch here for upcoming classes or contact me with your interests.  

If you have a special class request or want to schedule a private or small group class contact me. A class list of many of the standard classes I teach can be found here to give you ideas. 

For more advanced classes, these are often taught one on one in my studio in Joseph, OR or in Sue’s studio in Missoula, MT. So if there is a specific technique you want learn, or specific project you want help on, let me know and we can get that scheduled too. 

You Create Sessions 

If you have a specific project you would like to create, a wedding band, earrings with the beautiful stones you found at a gem show… We can do that too. These are generally scheduled as private sessions where I help you through the project, learning the skills specific to your project. Contact me at info @

Sue’s Studio – Missoula, MT

You can sign up for the following classes by contacting me at info @

August 26 & 27 – Bezel Setting Intensive

This two day class builds on what is taught in the one day bezel setting classes. We will be looking at setting angular stones as well as hammer setting heavy bezels. We will also be looking at how to make the bezel settings into connectors for making a bracelet.

Please contact me if you are interested in a small or private class in Missoula, MT or Joseph, OR.

The Lifelong Learning Center – Missoula, MT

You can sign up for the following classes at The Lifelong Learning Center by going to their web page or calling (406) 549-8765.

Intro to Soldering Class. Dona Miller Studio

Intro to Soldering, April 26th

Learn the basics of soldering to demystify and simplify the soldering process.  Learn how the soldering process works and how it applies to sweat soldering, butt soldering and pick soldering.  We will cover tips and tricks and common problems, as well as how to troubleshoot problems when they arise.  Learning this set of skills will open a new world of opportunities for your jewelry making.  Go home with a new pendant or earrings to wear.

black onyx silver contemporary pendant

Bezel Set Pendant, April 29th

Do you love interesting cabochon stones? In this class you will learn how to create bezel set pendants by selecting the correct bezel wire, create and size the bezel to a cabochon, adjust the height of the cab, and set the cab with a clean, finished look. Cabochons will be provided for class projects. Students are welcome to bring in their own stones to class.

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture – Joseph, OR

You can sign up for the following classes at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology by going to their web page

silver hoop statement earring example for class

April 13: Silver Statement Hoops

These silver statement hoops are fun to create. You will learn to cut, shape and texture the silver hoops and use a wire wrap to attach them to ear wires. Simple, fun, and statement worthy. 

Sitka Center for Art and Ecology – Otis, OR

You can sign up for the following classes at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology by going to their web page

bezel set frame earrings using dichroic glass

May 31 – June 1: Bezel Set Frame Earrings

Add a bit of sparkle to bezel setting by usig dichroic glass in place of tradinal stone cabochons. don’t worry if you prefer thenatural look of stones, the techniques are the same for both and we will talk about sontes too. This type of setting is also great for pendant. Learn or refresh your skills for creating frames and bezels, soldering everything together and setting the cabachons.

embellished stack rings class

June 2 – 3: Embellished Stack Rings

Who doesn’t love the fun and flexibility of stack rings? We will explore several different ways to both create and embellish stack rings. The rings will be created from silver wire, and the embellishements will include simple standard bezels (you don’t even have to make the setting), shapes cut from copper circles, and silver bals (by melting silver). We will solder all the embellishments onto the stack rings. The techniques we will be ex;loring will open up the world of ring making.