Studio Evolution

Where Magic Happens

I’ve see it! This space has held creativity and I’ve watched it ignite. It has been the backdrop to that spark that flares in the presence of an aesthetic challenge.

Jump ahead to see 2 sites every creative person will love!

It boggles my mind and can drain my enthusiasm at times, but my happy little garage has played the part of storage container, she-shed, party room, studio, and even garage…sometimes in frighteningly fast succession.

Covid-19 surreality, is a mental, political, logistic, economic, and health crisis that we WILL overcome. Still, nearly everyday I catch myself planning things that would tempt fate. Craving to create with others safely has launched JOE’S Garage into a studio evolution.

But gone are the days of quaint rafters and bare sheetrock. No more elbow to elbow crafting under one big fluorescent light. Social distancing brings a new opportunity to clean up and reinvent.

It has taken several false starts to settle into my current more open floor plan. The drawing board that I kept returning to was not a figure of speech. I rearranged every post-it note fixture over and over. One plan allowed 8 students spaced out along the walls, one allowed a car.

It started with a fresh coat of paint. I wanted a sky of tiny rice lights against a comfy blue ceiling, while still able to flood the work areas with excellent lighting surrounded by a clean and friendly glow.

I removed all non-essential everything, and replaced many buckets and stacks with cupboards and drawers. The result is wider passage and happier tools. Tim finished off a hidden mystery door into a anteroom for canvases and my own fuse box—very convenient. I have added wheels to several pieces allowing flexibility, too.

I settled on 2 work stations, plus my hutch bench, with wiggle room for more.

Yes, I’m breathing easier now, with my studio’s cosmetic upgrades, and from my new extractor ventilation fan moving over 400 cfm! I have been wanting this for some time. We can comfortably and safely solder all winter with the garage door up or down.

You will see most of my CLASSES listed as before. What has changed is class size. Think intimate: small groups of one or two, and each class will be individually scheduled, so you can choose a time that works for you.

You can’t see it very well, intentionally, but I’m wearing a full face shield.

Today JOE’S Garage is more inviting than ever, safer than ever, and open for business! 🇺🇸

I will continue teaching through Community Ed, and utilizing ZOOM, and Youtube to reach those beyond my studio.

You have been my light at the end of this tunnel. I hope you will find your path through with the help of creative outlets, from the support of other humans and the comfort of furry friends, and from the confidence we all feel from level-headed doers who jump in and care for us, or protect us, or plan for our safe and secure future.

I’ve felt your support over the past months. Know that I am here for you, too! Thank you especially for Kim York, who supports me on Patreon; Ali Ecklund, Deb Haar, and Nancy Hurley for helping me feel the creative love whenever that spirit calls, as well as Andy Bacharach for that and all the ways she keeps my studio producing and populated! And I am thankful for Sioux Falls Community Ed (and Melanie Erickson—remember the Bead Co.?), that shines above all my twinkle lights to spread healing to our distance-weariness.

I’m also thankful for these creative roads less traveled that never disappoint. These websites always take me somewhere I never imagined, and leave me contemplating something new. MyModernMet and Christies.com

I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for!

Stay well, my masked crafters!

Silversmithing

The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, BEGIN IT. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.

John Anster

BJMC

Do you want to make jewelry? Do you want knowledge to take away? If you want to know the skill so you can apply it to your own work, you are ready for a jewelry course that focuses on your creative goals.

JOE’S GARAGE CORE METALS COURSES

Basic Jewelry Metals teaches a complete series of foundational Jewelry Metals techniques with 40 hours over 10 weeks of instruction and studio time, including projects, technique samplers, and design challenges.

Learn silversmithing techniques in a garage studio dubbed the best place to base a zombie apocalypse.

J. M. CRASH COURSE

The Jewelry Metals CRASH Course at JOE’S Garage is 24 intensive hours of private instruction in metal arts. You will learn a broad array of basic jewelry metals skills, many of which are covered in the BJMC I & II, to apply to your own work. Expand your creative reach toward your financial or self-actualizing goals.

Every effort will be made to instruct in the student’s preferred area of interest.

COMMUNITY ED JEWELRY METALS

GROW your knowledge of metalsmithing in this special JOE’S Garage Basic Jewelry Metals Course. Learn foundational skills essential for all who create in elemental metals. 

Mid-year special!

USE THIS AS THE PREREQUISITE TO BJMC 2

Don’t miss out on taking the BJMC 2, beginning in April! Take this New Community Ed fast-track course to learn the most important lessons from the BJMC 1, usually 20 hours of instruction, it has been economically condensed to 6 hours, saving you time and money.

Get the tips and resources that you will need to get your own studio up and running. Complete 3 Metals Projects, each designed to further your skills fast, while preparing you for the full BJMC 2 spring term.

Private Instruction

Work one-on-one to create a lasting work in silver.

A jewelry dream begins with a spark of desire, an idea of form or function, and is made a reality with the right tools and guidance.

Make this anything you need to further your craft. Contact me for a personal studio tour.

January at JOE’S

It’s a new year, a new decade, and a fresh time to feed your right brain. Get ready because great things are beginning. Couples are encouraged, bring the kids, find your ME zone, or share with friends! There are many ways to add value to your life at JOE’S Garage—February will bring cozy crafts. Watch for what interests you and register to reserve your spot. Class sizes are always small, personal attention is what it’s about.

Japanese Apron

February 5, 2020, 6PM

You’ve been to  JOE’S Garage. Jewelry is probably not your only thing. I get that, I’m like that, too. When the jewelry studio is a bit chilly I focus on cozy things.
Sewing is one of those things for me. Aprons really work, and I love a functional apron, that protects and carries, and looks good while doing it. Jewelry designers, as well as cooks, crafters, shoppers, and gardeners, will love my Japanese Apron! Its no-closure design, straight seams, and easy construction, make it a pleasure to sew. The design is one of my favorites, a stylish wardrobe go-to in 100% linen, making it beautiful and incredibly durable.

Wear your apron with jeans and a T just for fashion.  Choose from two solid colors: Sand Dove, and Blue Autumn. Please request other colors if you have a preference! Share the Japanese Apron Facebook Event with your sewing friends. 

Once you complete your Japanese Apron, you may be interested in a new EMBROIDERY PRIMERMarch 18, 6PM, offered through ComEd. Crewel embroidery is fast and unfussy. Learn key stitches in this class, and then use them to charm the pants off your apron! Apron charming not required!

If you are receiving this as an email it is because of the great time we had together at JOE’S Garage, or through a mutual meeting of creativity and sharing that helped you find your way to my list. It’s all in the MAKING, and I thank you for your past support!

Egg Gathering Apron

Egg apron

Join me in making this practical Egg Gathering Apron, though a Sioux Falls Community Ed class that I will be guiding. In 2 afternoons you will get instruction on creating the parts and assembling the pockets and ties. But mostly, we can talk CHICKEN, community, and how to be part of what’s good in this world.

The pattern will be available at class, but can be found online for free at Heart Hook Home. I recommend checking it out. Ashlea Konecny has been widely published for her homey site, her husbands recipes, and her loving HEART support.

The Mitten

Wrap and Turn

This is for those working on the traditional Scandinavian mitten pattern as new Knitter’s.

As an alternative to a Purl row, and to stabilize the point where you turn your work inside out.

Continue knitting—no purling necessary!

A New Spin

It could be said that Spinner Rings have been the backbone of JOE’S Garages jewelry classes. Over the years there have been many basic styles, with countless opportunities on which to head into another design direction. My students and commission requests have been inventive and daring. Not everything became a reality, and many of my techniques have evolved.

I still use standard plumbing copper pipe as my go-to base. It’s always nice when this can be a recycled piece =] I have tried several ways of flaring. Currently I flare with a large dapping punch. The spinners have always supplied the most opportunity for design, but recently I have begun adding color through enameling. The flared shank is unusually stable and makes an excellent base for enameling, and the colors set off the spinners beautifully!

Here are a few of my favorites:

See also this Spinner story.