JOGS 2017 – World Class Instructors

By on October 17, 2016
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by Judy Ellis,

Wire Jewelry Tip for October 17th, 2016

JOGS 2017 – World Class Instructors

Today we continue with our introduction of our 2017 JOGS Instructors – Gail Stouffer and Helen Driggs

Gail Stouffer:


For the last 15 years I’ve been an artist who loves to teach! I love the teaching process and my students are my passion! At first I thought that it was the love of my subject matter that excited me but after conducting almost a thousand classes and workshops, I’ve discovered that it’s really the process of teaching that I love. I’m overjoyed when a student feels a sense of accomplishment; when they connect to the information I’ve presented; when they choose go beyond their perceived limits.

I teach workshops in glass, metal clay-smithing and design at my studio in the Texas Hill Country, as well as at various venues around the country. I am privileged to serve as the Director of Educational Content for, an online resource for kiln education, equipment, and supplies, serving the glass, metals, and clay communities.

I have been fortunate to serve as a faculty member at The Southwest School of Art, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, as well as The Pittsburgh Glass Center, Phoenix Center for the Arts, and The Fired Arts Academy at Jen-Ken, Beadfest, Glasscraft Expo and at Creative Glass in Zurich and the United Kingdom.

To see more of Gail’s work visit her online at:

A few of Gail’s Classes:

Jump into Bezel Setting in Metal Clay! This workshop will introduce you to the exciting world of soldering and setting inclusions into your Sterling Silver Metal Clay. We’ll work with PMC 960 and fine silver bezel wire to add your choice of gorgeous semi-precious stones to make pendants that are truly inspired. Just pick which stone you want to work with and we’ll create something incredible! Don’t miss this hybrid approach to metal clay design. You’ll learn new techniques in soldering on metal clay that will open the door to loads of new possibilities in jewelry making.

Precious Metal Clay Silver 960 is an exciting medium that allows you to produce high quality, detailed hollow designs in sterling silver without the mess or equipment required for traditional jewelry casting. In this workshop we’ll work with a blend of clays that is stronger with less shrink than traditional fine silver clays.

Students will love the ability to create personalized, one-of-a-kind lentil focal beads encrusted with stones that they can wear alone on a chain, or add to their favorite beaded designs. In just one day students will create enviable heirloom quality silver pendants that work with any style!

PMC 960 Sterling Silver is an exciting medium that allows you to produce quality, detailed designs in sterling silver without the mess or equipment required for traditional jewelry casting. You will love the ability to create personalized, one-of-a-kind jewelry quickly and easily! In this workshop we’ll create gorgeous dangling earrings with great designs and beautiful bezel set semi-precious stones.

This is an introductory workshop, so not experience is required! Once you get started, you’ll love this rewarding medium!

To see all of Gail’s Classes – CLICK HERE!

Helen Driggs:


Helen Driggs is the former Senior Editor for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine and an experienced metalsmith and lapidary. In addition to her popular magazine column Cool Tools & Hip Tips, she has hosted six technique videos and her book, The Jewelry Maker’s Field Guide Tools and

Essential Techniques was published in October, 2013. Helen teaches metals workshops and classes across the U.S. and holds a BFA from Moore College of Art. Read her blog: Follow her on twitter @fabricationista


A few of Helen’s Classes:

This is the bracelet that started a cold-connection renaissance, and you can learn to make it directly from the artist who created it! You will learn to texture metal, use a disc cutter, drill and punch holes with precision, and connect mixed metal circles with rubber O-Rings and micro hardware to create an unusual, adaptable bracelet or necklace.

We will discuss tools, textures and design options plus several connection methods, and learn the importance of unit construction in jewelry design.

Metal formed Botanical Pendant

1/31/2017 10:30am - 2:00pm Helen Driggs Metal formed Botanical Pendant

Saw thin gauge metal and form it on a synclastic stake to quickly create these pretty botanical forms. You’ll be amazed at how fast these can be made and finished and you’ll have the option of forming a pendant or earrings with the option of creating several flower species. The ability to saw well will help you succeed.

We will work with copper and NuGold sheet, and you’ll have the option of adding a shimmering pearl to your creation. – This class will be offered twice on the same day.

To see all of Helen’s Classes - CLICK HERE!

Plan your 2017 Tucson trip around taking a class – or a few!


Happy Wrapping!


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