Patterning Mokume Gane Billets

Course Description

About this course

Mokume Gane is an ancient decorative metalworking technique characterized by bold lines, swirls, and curves that look strikingly similar to wood grain. It has fascinated and vexed craftspeople for generations due to a beauty that was notoriously challenging to produce. However, with modern material science and better equipment this stunning metal technique is more attainable than ever! In this three-day workshop, students will explore the world of solid-state diffused mokume gane by patterning laminated billets and then using them to create a unique and exotic piece of jewelry.

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Meet the Instructor

William Vanaria

William Vanaria is a Massachusetts based artist with a penchant for oddball materials. His work utilizes traditional metalsmithing techniques and a wide verity of non-traditional materials to produce jewelry which both questions and comments on notions of romanticism, value, fakery, and the hierarchy of materials present within modern day consumer culture. Through his work he pushes for a broader system of value which has been formulated though experience, consideration, and critical thinking.

William received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing" in 2012. Afterwards, he spent time working within the jewelry industry and volunteering as a teacher's assistant for various art institutions. He found that the latter was much more fulfilling, so he went on to further his education within the arts and to pursue a career in teaching. William received his Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts: Dartmouth in 2016; once again with a concentration in "Jewelry & Metalsmithing."


Materials & Tools 

There is a $52 materials fee for this course which is payable upon registration. The materials kit includes a laminated copper/silver billet, sterling silver sheet metal, sterling silver wire, 2.9mm round bur, and other micellaneous items needed for course objectives. 



Materials Cost



William Vanaria


August 6 -8, 2021


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


3 days

Basic and above
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