Agate, Bloodstone, Corundum: Small-scale Semi-precious Stonecutting

Summer 2022 First Session
Olympia
Evening and Weekend
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 18
2 Credits per quarter
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This course will cover the fundamentals of cutting small semi-precious stones to create adornment, small objects, and tools. We will focus on transforming rough stones such as quartz, chalcedony, jasper, and some corundum using lapidary tools such as stone saws, cutting wheels, flat laps, and small flex-shaft carving burrs.

Students who commit to all in-person classes and campus studio independent work sessions can expect to finish cutting at least one cabochon (smooth round or oval domed stone) and one alternate stone project, such as a bullet-shaped stones for an agate burnishing tool, or a flat ‘buff’ shaped stone carved with a stone stamp or signet-like design.

We will not cover complex faceting of stones, stone setting, or fine-metalsmithing in this 2-credit course. A separate introductory 4-credit stone-setting course titled “Capturing Gems: Metalsmithing Techniques for Setting Stones” will be offered in the second half of the 2022 summer term.

Registration

Summer 2022 Registration

Course Reference Numbers

Fr - Sr First Session (2): 40066

Academic details

Preparatory For

Design, Art, Craft.

Credits
2
Maximum Enrollment
18
Class Standing
Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Fees

$150 total fee: $100 supply fees will cover rough stone slabs and cutting tools for all required projects, $50 required studio fee.

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
Evening and Weekend
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First Meeting

Remote/Online
Location
Olympia

Revisions

Date Revision
2022-05-04 Required fee increased to $150 (was $100)