Classes

Jewelry, Metal and Art Classes

Michele Judge is the leading private Jewelry and metalwork instructor in the Philadelphia area, offering both private instruction and small group classes. Participants work alongside Michele in her studio at the Cedar Works, a studio space for artists in West Philadelphia.

For those interested in developing and advancing jewelry and metal working skills, classes are organized in a clear progression that will allow the student to advance as they acquire skills, all the while developing their own custom jewelry and metal pieces.

If you are interested in creating a custom piece of jewelry in partnership with the artist, Michele offers jewelry making experiences where you develop a concept together and co-create the piece in the studio over the course of an entire session.  Any and all skill levels welcome! This is the ideal opportunity for couples wanting to craft their personalized wedding rings together or birthday / anniversary / special event for 1-2 people.

All classes are scheduled by the participant to fit their schedule. Classes can be booked online with an interactive calendar scheduler.

A full list of classes with links to each class description is below. If you don't see the class you're looking for, or are unsure about the class that most fits your interests, please email Michele at michelejudge@gmail.com.

Standard private classes are $150 per 2.5 hour block. Some classes are a series of two or three 2.5 hour blocks. Rates are for one person. Each additional student (up to 3 total), is $50 per class.

Experiences are priced below and with materials included. You can upgrade materials at cost or add additional time at the specified rate, if required by your design choices.

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Classes are held in historic West Philadelphia.  Experience working in a professional art studio, The Cedar Works

4919 Pentridge St., Philadelphia, PA


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Beginning Jewelry Classes: Techniques and Concepts


Intermediate Jewelry Classes (Level II)


Advanced Metals Classes


Jewelry Experiences

 
Hire the hands of an artist!

Hire the hands of an artist!

 

Making Your Own Engagement/Wedding Rings

There's no better way to begin the ceremony of unity and dedication, than to create your own unique rings to be used as a symbol of your everlasting love and commitment. Your session will begin with discussing what your preferences are in material, style, design and concept. In this private session, you will learn how to fabricate your custom design through sizing, forming and soldering your bands to last forever!

Wedding Bands for two with Standard Customization: 4 hours $300*

Customized artistic wedding rings for two: 6 hours $450 (available as two evening classes or one all day class)

*When you begin your experiences, you will work with the artist on a design and scope. She will advise you on your options within the given time window. If your design or desired work style will require additional time or materials, Michele will do her best to advise you on any additional costs as early as possible in the process. For more detailed work, Michele may provide you a quote for the piece to be finished by the artist herself.


Leather Working Class

Submit the form below if interested or call 215-316-1309

Learn how to hand fabricate your own personal leather belt straight from the hide!  Students will go through the whole process of making custom leather piece, from cutting a leather strip to tooling a design and dying.  Learn the process of belt making while creating your own personal belt and gaining the skills used to make many other leather works!  

In this class students will:

  • Learn about leather hides
  • Cut strips
  • Bevel and slick leather edges
  • Learn leather tooling, burning, and carving
  • Learn how to set snaps, grommets, and studs
  • Dye
  • Leather Construction

Custom Class

Build your own course!

 
Custom Art Class

Custom Art Class

 

Testimonials

  Lia designed and made her own leather belt with leather she brought in. “Totally Amazing One on the Best classes I've every experienced. Michele is so knowledgeable, great teacher, and super patient. I'll be taking another class. More than 5stars!!!!!!!!” -Lia (West Philly)

 

Lia designed and made her own leather belt with leather she brought in.

“Totally Amazing One on the Best classes I've every experienced. Michele is so knowledgeable, great teacher, and super patient. I'll be taking another class. More than 5stars!!!!!!!!”

-Lia (West Philly)

  Michael brought in two handmade knives and made custom leather knife sheaths. "Michele's custom class allowed me to transform my ideas into works of art. Her knowledge of art is amazing and the studio has every tool and material to make art happen.  I will continue to take classes to learn and make things I am proud of." -Michael (Bucks County) 

 

Michael brought in two handmade knives and made custom leather knife sheaths.

"Michele's custom class allowed me to transform my ideas into works of art. Her knowledge of art is amazing and the studio has every tool and material to make art happen.  I will continue to take classes to learn and make things I am proud of."

-Michael (Bucks County) 

  Carly learned to cut this amethyst crystal to fit into her belt buckle design!

 

Carly learned to cut this amethyst crystal to fit into her belt buckle design!

Custom watch band made by student for his SmartWatch.

Custom watch band made by student for his SmartWatch.

Silver hoops made by first time silver smithing student.

Silver hoops made by first time silver smithing student.

Student-made engagement ring made for his girlfriend; a lover of science.

Student-made engagement ring made for his girlfriend; a lover of science.


Wish to take a class but can't afford it? 

We are now offering discounted classes twice a month for people in need of financial assistance.  Click here to apply.


Questions, comments, or inquiry? Let us know!

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A minimum of 4 hours is required. Some material costs may need to be added to the cost of the project if the studio supplies materials.
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