Coming out of Mothball

Greetings all,

I am a metalsmith who has been off the bench for way too long - and
I am looking to start working again. I recently moved to NW
Washington DC from Vancouver and am looking for schools, open
studios, etc. where I could find a place to do some work evenings and

Although my skills are/were reasonably advanced, I would be willing
to take some classes if that was a requirement for access to a space

  • I also have all my own tools and could make a contribution to
    shared equipment if someone had a corner they could spare. I work
    mostly in silver and copper with a lot of forging, forming, riveting
    and roll-printing.

Since this can be considered just a hobby for the moment,
I can’t justify full-fledged studio space but I would appreciate any
you might be able to offer. Hopefully my next post will
be to ask for suppliers!


Check into the Thomas Edison Community Center in? Arlington, VA.
It’s connected to an elementary school, but a very nice set up. One
of those hidden gems.

Also, check into the Art something League at the Torpedo Factory in
Alexandria, VA.

Good luck,
Elaine Luther
Metalsmith, Certified PMC Instructor

Hard to Find Tools for Metal Clay

Dear Peter,

Montgomery College has some metal working classes, but I do not know
about open studio time. You might also want to look into the Gem
Cutters Guild of Baltimore and the Patuxent Lapidary Club.