Setting Stones with Ryan Gardiner 21st and 22nd August 2021
Stone Setting with Ryan Gardner
In this workshop, Ryan will demonstrate various ways of fabricating settings for different types of stones. He will show students how to make your own bezel wire and then how to fabricate bezel settings for cabochons and faceted stones. Ryan will also demonstrate how to fabricate a tab setting, and tube settings and flush settings.
A basic understanding of metal fabrication and soldering would be suggested.
Participation in the arts was always important to me growing up. A strong arts program in high school influenced my decision to pursue a degree in the arts. I chose the arts program at Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio where I discovered and fell in love with metals. I was introduced to many artists, including Michael Boyd, who became an inspiration for me.
Upon graduation I apprenticed for Michael Boyd at his studio in Colorado. That experience turned into an eight year adventure that continues today. It was with Michael that I learned to work with and manipulate stone, adding a new element to my love of jewelry design.
Since being in Colorado I have started my own business, Ryan Gardner Designs. I now showcase my work in galleries across the country. I love working with combining stone and metal in new ways creating works of art for people to enjoy in their daily lives.