2018 Schedule


Taos School of Metalsmithing is evolving and there are going to be a lot of changes in the future. Marilynn plans to do more of her own work and travel while teaching some classes in between. Students are invited to write and give suggestions mentioning favorite classes they want to take and when. At the moment it is possible to book individual study workshops during the months listed and later during the winter. Some courses included in past summer schedules will no longer be available. Please read everything carefully and call to check options and details. Marilynn is looking forward to working with former students and meeting new ones.

Scheduling Guidelines

Independent study courses may be arranged on weeks that do not already have scheduled classes.

If a workshop is under–enrolled with only one student it may be possible to join another student and each follow separate studies at a group rate. Please ask questions about this opportunity. Scheduling is done with care and full consideration of each student's needs so that your time is well spent and gives you the information you want to learn in a supportive atmosphere. Because there are only a maximum of three students in a class students always get individual attention.

When students register for a workshop and pay a deposit the class is guaranteed to run. If plans change and students need to cancel a class after payment, notice of 30 days must be given to get a full refund. A processing fee of $35 will be deducted from that refund. In the event that there are no students enrolled 30 days before the workshop is scheduled to begin, the topic of the class may change to another title if there is demand for classes in another area of study. Once a student attends part of a workshop there will be no refund paid for cancellation of part of that week. The particular circumstances involved will be discussed and make up time may be scheduled with the instructor when it is possible. Tuition from an unfinished workshop is not transferable to another workshop.


A next to a scheduled workshop indicates that there is a festive event taking place on a weekend either before or after the workshop. These events are listed after the teaching schedule. Be sure to allow time to visit galleries and suppliers in Taos, Santa Fe and Albuquerque! Remember that Taos and Santa Fe are famous art communities with a lot of galleries, museums and shops. Please plan extra time during your visit to enjoy local events and see all the inspiring art work in Northern New Mexico. There is a lot to do here and if you are travelling a long distance it is worth planning to spend extra days of your vacation being a tourist.


April 30 – May 4 Introduction to Jewelry Design


May 7 – 11 Intermediate Jewelry Design
May 21 – 25 Ring Design
May 28 – June 1 Stone Setting, Soldering and Basic Lapidary


June 11 – 15 Introduction to Jewelry Design Made Easy
June 18 – 22 Earring Design


July 2 – 6 Necklaces, Pendants, and Lockets
July 30 – Aug. 3 Hinges, Catches and Mechanisms


Oct. 8 – 12 Introduction to Jewelry Design
Oct. 15 – 19 Intermediate Jewelry Design
Oct. 22 – 26 Stone Setting
Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 Belt Buckles, Bracelets, and Bolos


Nov. 12 – 16 Introduction to Jewelry Design Made Easy

Other Workshops to be Announced

Option for Individual Study Available on Open Dates

Workshop Hints

Upon registering you will receive several attachments by e–mail or in a letter sent by regular mail giving you suggested places to stay, directions, and details about workshop procedures. Please read them carefully. Print directions to have when you arrive in Taos. Please ask questions if you feel you need further information.

During your week long workshop everything will be done to insure that your class and stay in Taos will be a pleasant one.

Please do not hesitate to ask questions about the course and come prepared to work hard and have a wonderful time!

Festive Events Calendar

July 13 – 15 Taos Pueblo Pow Wow
Fantastic costumes, drumming and dancing … colorful and fun … great food and art as well!
July 13 – 15 Santa Fe International Folk Market Museum Hill
Colorful and exotic with arts and crafts from all over the world … Craftsmen in native dress travel from far away places to display their wares.
July 28 – 29 Spanish Market
Hispanic arts and performance event on Santa Fe plaza.
August 10 – 12 Santa Fe Ethnographic Show
August 17 – 19 Sante Fe Indian Market
In Santa Fe on the plaza and other locations in Santa Fe. A huge event with wonderful jewelry and art!
October 6 – 7 Taos Wool Festival
A wonderful event featuring all things made from wool fibers. Weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, felting, fiber, yarn. And all the animals involved … Very colorful and a treat!
October 6 – 14 International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque
The largest Balloon festival with wonderful unshaped hot air balloons.
October 27 – 29 Taos Mountain Balloon Festival
Smaller than the festival in Albuquerque but very colorful and intimate … You can get right up next to the balloons when they are inflating them … Pilots and passengers are nearby and friendly. Ask questions and talk to everyone involved.

This is just a small sampling of events that take place during the summer and autumn. A much longer list of craft fairs and other festivals and performances are listed on the web. Santa Fe is only an hour and a half from Taos so it is possible to see more than one event on a weekend and travel to different places. There are numerous Studio Tours in near–by towns during the autumn. Please ask if you want more information about these and other events. I would be glad to answer questions and help if I can.