MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
OUR EXPERIENCED SILVERSMITHS WILL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE EXCITING AND FUN WORKING PROPERTIES AND BENEFITS OF ARGENTIUM.
Projects will enable beginners and experienced silversmiths to develop their skills through experimentation and the enjoyment and love of creativity.
Ronda Coryell is a Jewelers of America Certified Master Bench Jeweler and one of the world’s most well regarded expert on the use of Argentium. Ronda left teaching at the Revere Academy to establish Jewelry Studies International (JSI) and a curriculum for Argentium Instructor Certification (AIC). She has licensed Creative Side Jewelry Academy in Austin, TX to teach her curriculum and host AIC/JSI certification testing.
Ronda teaches and lectures both nationally and internationally and has taught in such places as Bali, Switzerland, Italy, Germany and England. She won First Place in the prestigious Saul Bell Design Award and continues to gain recognition in competition and exhibition. Ronda has also created an extensive collection of Argentium 'how to' DVDs.
Cynthia Eid's hammered metalwork has won awards for creativity and design, featured in many publications, and exhibited extensively. Eid's sculptural jewelry and hollowware is primarily made in Argentium Silver and formed through the creative use of hammers and/or a hydraulic press.
Currently an independent metalsmith and educator, she is a Jeweler and Silversmith based in Massachusetts USA, teaching weekly classes at Metalwerx and the De Cordova Museum School, and workshops and short courses all over the USA. Cynthia earned her Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing and Jewellery Design from Indiana University in 1980 and has a B.S. in Art Education.
Vickie Hallmark draws inspiration for her jewelry from the fauna and flora that gather around the stock tank pond in her central Texas garden. The scenes that appear in her work are based on studio views of the treetops, where warblers and wrens flit from branch to branch, or adapted from close examination of the native plants she cultivates. Each bird, leaf and flower is hand-sculpted in silver or gold clay with the individuality that nature imparts, with details interpreted through an artistic eye. Once reduced to pure metal, these tiny elements are then combined with Argentium Sterling Silver, high karat gold and colorful gemstones to create charmingly individual vignettes meant to be worn and treasured.
Trained as a research scientist, Vickie studied gold and silver in the laboratory for many years before returning to her birth name's heritage of metalsmithing (a hallmark is a maker and purity mark for fine metals). She sought training from recognized master jewelers to learn the craft, but combined the techniques they taught with her own experimental and artistic nature to develop a unique combination of high tech materials and processes.
Elizabeth studied silversmithing and jewellery design at Sir John Cass School of art, part of the Guildhall University. Her degree covered not just the use of precious metals but also mixed materials including ceramics and glass. On completion of her degree she was offered employment by world renowned ceramics company Wedgwood. One of her combined silver, ceramic and diamond set designs was shortlisted by De Beers for the Diamond Day stakes Trophy at Ascot, whilst she worked with the company. Her roles within the group included Marketing Manager for the retail division, Merchandise Controller for over 250 stores and finally International Product Development Manager for the company’s jewellery division, where she was part of the driving force that increased company sales 7 fold and delivered products with the highest profit margin within the group.
Her career in the jewellery industry has also included self employment where she worked with clients as diverse as Jaguar cars, Aspreys, Mappin and Webb, The Goldsmiths Group and Argent Provocateur - developing products and lines for their broad customer bases.
During the early 2000’s Elizabeth worked in Hong Kong handling Qc and factory liaison for Vivienne Westwood, Karen Millen, and Paul Smith amongst other clients of Simon Harrison Jewellery, then latterly as Head of Design at Gems TV’s head office in Bangkok, here she ran a team of 20 designers and CAD developers - working closely also with their gems buyer and gemologist.
Returning to the UK from Thailand, Elizabeth has been involved with Argentium since 2011 and has loved the material since she first returned to making. Elizabeth has just taken on a new studio for her work and will be offering one-to-one classes (in line with Covid restrictions), as well as ongoing monthly demos and classes with Jewellery Maker TV.
“I find working in Argentium an exciting and stimulating experience and love sharing the unique benefits and attributes of this wonderful material“, says Elizabeth "I so wish it had been available when I was studying at college as it opens up so many amazing possibilities.“
My designs are based on natural forms including leaves, flowers, buds, seed pods, and shells, and the secret spaces found within them. I like to incorporate texture, and the sounds of pebbles on the beach, wind rustling through the leaves, or water running over stones.
In 2013, I was very fortunate to be awarded some funding by Arts Council England, which enabled me to do some research and develop new work in Argentium silver. This has enabled me to spend time experimenting with Argentium, and I have developed a new range of pieces - the Frond collection, which exploit the wonderful malleability and ductility of this metal. I showcased pieces in my solo exhibition ‘Immaculate’ at Ruskin Arts and Crafts during the Galvanize Festival. I sell my work through exhibitions and galleries, and undertake private commissions.
Annette runs Argentium classes in her studio in Sheffield, England.
Roger Taylor M.Des,R.C.A
With a background in product design and silversmithing - graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1967, Roger's career journey has crossed over between engineering, product design, jewellery design and education.
His own jewellery design business attracted many prestigious clients including Andre Bogaert, Theo Fennell, Gucci, Leo De Vroomen, De Beers, Platinum Shop, Troika (to name a few).
Roger's pneumatic inventions have been introduced into many well-known companies, whilst his 'RT Blanking System' has been sold widely in America and the UK and published by the Goldsmiths Company as a technical document. This technique is now used by many jewellers to elevate their work into volume production and a number of US businesses supply this type of tool under the name of 'Pancake Tooling'.
Roger is no stranger to Argentium - during his roles as Senior Lecturer and Course Leader of Applied Arts at Middlesex University, he worked alongside Peter Johns during the early development of Argentium. It was during this time that Roger discovered and explored the fusion properties of Argentium Silver.
Nowadays, Roger is a consultant for Ti Sento and Tirisi Jewellery, while continuing to do private commissions and specials for Theo Fennell, Stephen Webster and others. A lot of his work is based on CNC precious metal cutting.
Roger has been invited to offer his skills to the promotion of Argentium, initially through the Jewellery Maker programme... "This will now allow me to come back to inspiring people to the creative and magical world of working in metals, especially with the magic of Argentium."
Roberta Ann Weisenburg started her jewelry career as an apprentice to a goldsmith in 1981. She moved to San Francisco in 1984 and set up a studio that she maintained for over 28 years. She attended schools including GIA International, the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, City College of San Francisco, Jewelry Studies International, The Enamel Society of Northern California and various workshops given through the Metal Arts Guild of the Bay Area.
In 1999, Roberta's life changed through learning the ancient craft of granulation - she fell in love with this technique and her 22k gold granulation work has been featured in the Lark book publication '500 Earrings'. In 2012 Roberta became an Argentium Certified Instructor of Argentium fusing techniques. She currently teaches classes for adults and high school students at the Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center in Makawao, Hawaii and also teaches privately. Roberta is continually inspired by the beauty of her surroundings and is grateful for being able to give back to the community through teaching. You can see her work in local exhibitions and galleries.
It's a pleasure for me to create clean jewelry designs for everyday use. I enjoy using high quality materials such as gold and Argentium Silver, they are wonderful materials to work with, and they compliment and support the beauty of my designs.
I have a classical education as a goldsmith. During my early years of training, I worked in goldsmith workshops in North Germany and was always very fortunate to learn so much from highly talented goldsmiths.
I took a big step across the Atlantic to San Francisco, where I had a studio in Noe Valley. Back in Germany I opened my own studio near Munich and this is where I also give Argentium classes. In 2018, I passed the 'Argentium Instructor' examination. I enjoy teaching and introducing people the magic of Argentium in German and English.