Project Description

JEWELRY

COVID IMPACT

Our campus is closed until further notice.

Students who are currently in a class will be offered substitute time when classes convene again, or a refund for remaining days left in their session. Students enrolled in upcoming classes will be notified by their teacher when we reopen and when the new class dates are determined. If there are conflicts with the new dates for the class session you registered for, we can offer you a refund or can accept your payment as a donation. Thank you for your support of the Pioneer Craft House, let’s all be safe out there! If you have further questions contact us at 801-481-7131​ or thepioneercrafthouse@gmail.com.

Welcome To Jewelry

​Interested in learning the art of jewelry making? Then you’ve found yourself a home! We offer a variety of jewelry making classes that’s sure to add a little bling to your style. From cutting stones to bezel setting them as well as forming, wrapping, and pouring metal. Beginner to advanced students welcomed. Space is limited so sign up today! ​Just click on a class below for more details and to register.

WIRE WRAPPING

LAPIDARY

COURSE TUTORS

JAN HARRIS SMITHDepartment Head
Jan Harris Smith is an artist working primarily in glass and metal, creating dimensional art. Her art has been shown locally and she is a member of the Glass Arts Guild of Utah and Society of North American Goldsmith (SNAG).

Jan began working with metals in college, working with non-ferrous metals to create jewelry and other small objects. She has continued to work with metals since then, both as a hobby and a business.

In 2006, Jan began working with fused glass after completing a series of classes. She has since expanded her knowledge of glass and loves to explore reactive glass to create stones to set in her jewelry.

​Jan has been teaching art classes to adults for the past 22 years. She has instructed classes in the community, art retreats and art centers and stores across the US and as far away as Australia. Jan also teaches at University of Utah Lifelong Learning and is founder and co-chairman of the Metal Arts Guild of Utah. Her art has been published in magazines and books and she has won awards for her work several times over the years.

COLLEEN ASHTONCourse Tutor
“I like silver because it’s versatile,” she says. “You can create things that nobody else does. And I enjoy teaching people something they can enjoy doing. I especially love it when my students go on and do well.”

Colleen took a casting class at PCH when her kids were young, then moved into lapidary and silversmithing. She taught casting with Myron Chidester, then took over his classes when he passed away. She has been teaching at Pioneer Craft House for over a decade.

If you bring stones to Colleen, she will help you slice and cut them, then shape, grind, and polish them, and help you mount them in silver. “You never know what’s inside until you cut them.”

JAMIE C. WINTERS
JAMIE C. WINTERSCourse Tutor
Born in the Rocky Mountains in Salt Lake City; my young work history started with me teaching first aid, communications, and conservation to Cub Scouts as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America.

Soon after high school, I joined the United States Navy as a Seabee learning extensive machinery and equipment. During this time, I also found myself teaching; this time as the detachment Senior Military Instructor.

I have been a lifelong rockhound and took that passion further and learned to cut and polish the stones I had gathered for years. Now I make jewelry from my work as well and collect more stones to cut open. I also, love to see what people make with raw stone and in the end, learn about their world a little more.

COVID IMPACT!

Our campus is closed until further notice.

Students who are currently in a class will be offered substitute time when classes convene again, or a refund for remaining days left in their session. Students enrolled in upcoming classes will be notified by their teacher when we reopen and when the new class dates are determined. If there are conflicts with the new dates for the class session you registered for, we can offer you a refund or can accept your payment as a donation. Thank you for your support of the Pioneer Craft House, let’s all be safe out there! If you have further questions contact us at 801-481-7131​ or thepioneercrafthouse@gmail.com.