Sculptural Jewelry and Metalsmithing with Jesse
  • Three Tree Point, Seattle, United States
  • 16 hours over 4 days

Sculptural Jewelry and Metalsmithing with Jesse

Learn sculptural jewelry and tool making from re-purposed materials in the small maritime village of Three Tree Point from Jesse, a dedicated teacher and studio artist based near Seattle. Be inspired by the forms and shapes of the natural world around you as you create alongside Jesse in a place where ocean, trees, and mountains meet.
  • Snacks, Coffee, & Tea


One Guest
USD $1640
Additional guest(s) (max 2)
USD $720

Meet the Artist

Jesse is a sculptural jewelry artist and teacher. Having a mother who weaves and a father that does woodwork, Jesse started working with his hands at a very early age. He developed a deep interest in intricate metal work during 3 internships in high school and decided to formally study jewelry and metalsmithing for 7 years. Before moving to Seattle, he spent 14 years living in Mexico and teaching around the world creating artworks with copper, silver, steel, porcelain, bark, plastic, used and repurposed materials. He also creates unique fine handmade tools and equipment that give his work distinction through delicate texture and design. Continuing to be a part of collaborative environments where teaching and learning is always present on some level is very important to him. One of his favorite quotes is “The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.” - Stephen McCranie. When you visit, you'll learn that in addition to being a maker, he also knows a lot about bees and loves exploring outside with his eyes always open for the possibility to collect unique, dynamic materials for his work.

VAWAA Includes:

  • Depending on time and your skill level, you'll be –
  • Creating jewelry using traditional techniques and materials, including re-purposed materials.
  • Designing and making your own tools to create unique pieces of jewelry.
  • Making traditional tools such as hammers or punches for unique textures.
  • Techniques to combine dissimilar and distinct materials with cold connections such as rivets.
  • Hot connection methods for non-ferrous metals such as soldering.
  • Discussions about process, design, and pattern making.
  • Form, shape, and cut a large variety of different materials with jewelers tools.
  • Learning how to add texture, volume, and color to metal and wood.
  • Sand cast small forms in bronze.
  • Make your own unique handmade sculptural jewelry.
  • Beach combing (a 5 minute walk from the studio) to find inspiration or raw materials such as shell or drift wood.
  • Going to an exhibition opening (based on availability)

Explore Three Tree Point, Seattle

About a 25 minute drive from Seattle in the small maritime village of Three Tree Point, Jesse’s studio sits on a bluff above the picturesque Puget Sound. Historically known as a trading spot on local Native American trails, Three Tree Point was an old time ferry gateway. Guests can still walk the beautifully preserved trails which weave in between the gardens of local houses and are graced by the surrounding beauty of enormous Northwest conifers. The studio patio has a view of Vashon Island and the Maury Island lighthouse, and guests can watch the many boats that pass through the Sound each day. There is excellent hiking in the nearby mountains, arboretum, and countless parks. Guests can enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, and island hopping by ferry. Depending on the season, one might see a bald eagle, hear seals barking, or on a clear day catch an incredible glimpse of the Olympic Mountains, Cascade Range, or the towering Mt. Rainier.

Additional Details

Summers in the Northwest are legendary. Come for the bloom in April & May, and enjoy the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival in April.

It is recommended that guests have their own car or method of transportation. Moving around the city is not hard if you are used to driving but there is no good reliable public transportation to the village where the studio is located.

This VAWAA is available for a longer duration, up to 15 days. If interested in extending your time, just let us know by how many days and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Jesse's studio is on the ground floor and could be accessed by wheel chair or people with special needs.
Jesse's Availability 4 days

Guest Reviews

  • Carrie W., United States

    This is an amazing experience. As an instructor, Jesse is knowledgeable and very giving. His willingness to work with a teen novice was very appreciated! Beyond jewelry making, Jesse and his partner are very gracious hosts - offering lunch each day, tour guide services around Seattle and a unique tour of his cousin's neon art shop.

  • Elaine W., United States

    You are in for a treat if you choose to work with Jesse in San Miguel de Allende. Jesse is that extraordinary and rare combination of highly accomplished and skilled artist and excellent teacher. He is unfailingly patient, calm and whenever I felt confused or uncertain about something I was learning, he came up with several ways to approach a solution. At every moment, I was supported as well as Read more