Gallery Events, Pearl Society

Collecting and Designing with Pearls

Buying & Collecting Pearls with jewelry designer Eve Alfille
2 lectures, 1 great weekend in Door County, WI with Eve Alfille

Eve J. Alfillé will be taking her show on the road to the Peninsula School of Art in Fish Creek, WI; offering both a workshop and lecture on Collecting and Working with Pearls.

Fish Creek is located in Wisconsin’s Door County area with plenty of accommodations and area attractions to make your trip an unforgettable one.  Visit the Peninsula School of Art’s search by instructor page for complete class information, pricing, registration and travel information; or call 920-868-3455.

Designing with Pearls (Course JE1215)
Date: Aug 3-4, 2012
Time: 9a – 4pm
Cost: $320 + materials for members, and $345 + materials for non-members (Supply List | Registration Form)

Concept: Always an elegant element in jewelry, pearls are surprisingly easy to incorporate into your work. Learn a wide variety of approaches to designing with pearls from Eve Alfillé, founder of the international Pearl Society. Eve will present two pearl project designs using both metal wire and sheet, followed by an opportunity to work on your own designs with her assistance. Learn the most contemporary of techniques, such as caged pearls, in addition to creating a non-traditional clasp and the basic technique of drilling pearls. Eve will also contrast her applications to those of other exotic pearl designers.

Experience: Eve begins the workshop with a presentation on the different types of pearls, their habitats, farming techniques, and economic facts as they affect jewelry designers. She will also bring advanced ideas for future projects. Eve will supply pearls for the workshop projects, with additional pearls available for purchase for later work. You should be confident with your fabrication skills to get the most benefit from this workshop.

Collecting and Buying Pearls (Course LE1210)
Date: Aug 4, 2012
Time: 1 – 5pm
Cost: $65 for members, $75 for non-members (Supply List | Registration Form)

Concept: Join Eve Alfillé, the founder of the international Pearl Society and passionate collector, for an in-depth look at the world of pearls and pearl jewelry. Learn of the pearl’s ancient history, their collection by flamboyant characters throughout time, as well as practical knowledge about determining pearl’s authenticity, their care, their worth, when to re-string, and redesigning contemporary jewelry from heirloom pieces. Examine and handle a sampling from Eve’s rare, varied collection gathered from throughout the world, including natural pearls, cultured pearls, faux pearls and simulated pearls. Explore past and present pearl fashions and learn how they are connected to pearl origins and occurrences. Discover new pearl colors, and other recent innovations in the industry brought forth from China and Viet Nam.