CONNIE FOX - Maker Magic: How to Develop Your Voice Designing Art Jewelry

  • 16 May 2015
  • 9:00 AM
  • 17 May 2015
  • 5:00 PM
  • 4326 N. Via Bellas Catalinas, Tucson AZ, 85718. Contact Chris Egges for addtional information 520-906-1420


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This two day class will show you how to:

  • Define your design voice
  • Identify and expand what inspires you
  • Learn how to uncover meaning in your work
  • Clarify your creative strengths in jewelry design
  • Discover ways to express your voice in your work
  • Learn to think and talk like a designer
  • Develop a process for designing your work

Excerpt from Connie’s book: “Maker Magic: How to Develop Your Voice Designing Art Jewelry.”

If you are making jewelry without the benefit of design information, you are a bird trying to fly with one wing. I know, because in the beginning I was clueless. At some point during the process of gathering technical skills, I realized I couldn’t design. Having no art background, I rarely came up with a composition that was pleasing to my eye. The colors were wrong, the constant symmetry made me yawn - there was no life to my work. This early frustration led me to study design.

If you resonate with this story, know that you can transform your work into art that is deeply satisfying and visually pleasing. I bet you too have taken your share of classes, seen plenty of instructional videos, and have an abundance of jewelry books on your shelves. You are doing what you thought was necessary to develop your skills.

The problem is: technical instruction rarely teaches you how to compose a piece of jewelry. Nor does it teach you how to put your heart, your thoughts and your experiences into your work. You need design information to acquire a second wing. When you have it, you will fly.

The class is fun, insightful, and interactive with plenty of hands-on practice. You will not be fabricating a piece of jewelry in the class. Instead, you will be using a number of alternative design methods that are applicable to jewelry making. You will be able to get feedback regarding your jewelry to further develop your design abilities (this is optional). With these skills, you can transform your work into art that is deeply satisfying.


This is a brooch I made based on “Maker Magic” design principles in my own aesthetic. The explanation below is a shortened version of the process I used to create this design.

Sterling silver, copper, enamel, glass

A few of my early ideas…

I was inspired to make something playful. I had been working hard, and it was time to use a lighthearted approach in this design. My message: “Don’t forget to play!” Based purely on a carefree whim, I selected an abstract genre to convey my message. To help express the theme, I chose lavender, a youthful color with silver in the background. To add variety and interest, I layered the elements. The result was not particularly playful or interesting so I added a textured surface to the silver. Still dull, I tried numerous options to bring my theme into the piece. Nothing seemed to work which left me feeling anything but playful. I set the problem aside until the next morning when I opted to add a wire embellishment. Better, but still ho-hum, I popped a red bead on the end, the perfect playful touch!


Connie Fox learned jewelry making like so many contemporary artists today. Years of weekly metalsmithing classes, workshops, retreats, books, videos, and self-study have made up her “university.” Connie has taught wire jewelry and sheet metal fabrication classes nationally and her work is in numerous books and magazines. She has taught at Metals Week, a weeklong jewelry making retreat in Idyllwild, Ca.

Connie has studied design since 2002. She has drawn from a wide field of design related subjects and applied them to jewelry making. These include graphic design, interior design, architecture, printmaking, Japanese floral design, and painting. Connie has been teaching jewelry design classes since 2006. Her self–published e-book titled “Maker magic: How to Develop Your Voice Designing Art Jewelry” will be available in January 2015.

SKILL LEVEL: No drawing skills or art background required
WORKSHOP FEES: $175. ADC Members/$150. Non-Members

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