Summer is the Perfect Time to Take a Class at the Yard!

Summer courses at the Yard are just around the corner; and there are a bunch of blacksmithing, welding, jewelry, and ceramics classes open for enrollment. We’ve selected a few of our favorite upcoming courses, but be sure to visit our website to view more information about our course offerings

Do you have an unused gift certificate? Call the office at 401-273-7101 to put your gift certificate towards a course tuition!
Steel is a very hard, and inorganic material…until you heat it up in a forge. In this class, we will be focusing on techniques for forging leaves, flowers, and other swirling and wild forms. Students will learn tapering, bending, spreading, and forge welding in order to realize natural forms in steel. Creativity and experimentation is strongly encouraged so each student can bring home their own steel bouquet.Click here for more info.

“Willow was great, very patient and knowledgeable. The demos were concise and we had plenty of time to practice new skills. “

Learn the “how to” for metalworking and explore the process of turning ideas into three-dimensional objects. We will spend the first portion of the course developing plans and learning basic metal fabrication techniques, such as welding, torch work, bending, cutting, and cold connections.Click here for more info.

“I enjoyed learning something new. It was also very helpful that the instructor was very patient in explaining things. Model building was something I had never done before and will really use in the future. “

 In this class, students will design, create, heat treat, and finish a 4″ fixed blade utility or paring knife using the equipment and tools found in a standard jewelry studio. Many of the techniques involved in the knifemaking process will be familiar to metalsmiths, with attention towards the use of different materials. Design considerations will be addressed in relation to form and function, as well as the aesthetics of the finished piece. Click here for more info.

“Steve was very helpful and was an excellent teacher who went out of his way and above and beyond to help! I really appreciated how much he seemed to care.”


 Come get down and dirty while learning to make functional and sculptural forms on the potter’s wheel! In this course, students will learn how to use the potters wheel to create cups, bowls, plates, vases, and pouring vessels. Students will practice throwing, trimming, making handles and spouts, and finishing and firing their pieces. Click here for more info.

“I enjoyed the access to the materials – it made me feel like I could experiment freely. Open Studios were also great! I definitely would not have been able to dive in enough or learn as much without the added Open Studio Time! “
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