Jewelry Boot Camp
An Exceptional Jewelry Making Experience
This year’s Jewelry Boot Camp features 13 jewelry workshops taught by a diverse group of dynamic artists all in town at the same time. This lovely weekend of workshops is just in time for Mother’s Day. Plan to treat the special women in your life with a handmade gift you create, or join us for the Saturday JBC Showcase — special creations by our instructors, students, and volunteers. It’s a sparkling celebration of the Shake Rag Alley community!
Registration deadline is April 24.
Jewelry Boot Camp Instructors
For over 20 years, Ali Kauss has been creating pieces of jewelry with precious metals, like sterling silver and gold, that speak to the essence of an individual’s journey. Finding the metalsmithing studio on campus all those years ago felt like coming home because it was a way for Ali to connect with and communicate about her true soul’s purpose, which is to support others on their spiritual path.
Ali’s transformational adornments begin with Ali listening to her client’s intention, whether that client is going through a challenging time and needs a token of her inner strength, celebrating a life event and wants to create a modern heirloom, or simply looking for a one-of-a-kind statement of who she truly is. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted using Ali’s unique creative process, one that involves traditional tools and techniques and her intuition. The result is a beautiful, customized, and powerful symbol of empowerment and encouragement to express individuality and claim self worth.
Julie Lukosaitis has been making glass beads for many years, and has been a glass flameworking instructor for almost 20 years. She is the owner of Beadazzled By Julz, and travels with her glass art studio around Wisconsin. She has many years of experience working in public education and teaching to different learning intelligences. She believes the best reward for a teacher is seeing the joy her students feel with their own creativity and building on their skills. When that happens, she can see their confidence grow and it shows in their work.
Leslie Perrino is an artist and “art evangelist” who loves to share the power of art and creativity with people, particularly in her beloved areas of metals and enameling. Her artwork is a quirky mix of traditional and found objects, most recently combining computer/electrical components with enamels. She is a charismatic and effective teacher who encourages skill building and exploration of the medium.
Julie Raasch is a jewelry artist who works in copper, often using a technique known as fold-forming. She has always been a creative person, loving art and making since she was a child. Julie studied anthropology and biology in college, but after graduation realized she enjoyed creating the covers and making the graphics and diagrams for the papers she turned in more than writing them. With that in mind she returned to school to study graphic design. Julie has worked for years as a graphic designer. While working as a designer she began making jewelry for herself as a form of self-expression. She started making rosery-style chains to combine with and embellish repurposed vintage jewelry. She soon found she enjoyed making them and couldn’t possibly wear (or gift) everything she made, so opened an Etsy shop in 2008. While working as a designer/artist at UW-Madison she took her first metalsmithing class. The 8-week course set her on a path to working with metal. After exploring traditional metal techniques, Julie started to slowly build a home studio. She started only with a few basics and therefore was limited to what she could make. These limitations led to the exploration and discovery of a fairly young form of metalsmithing…fold-forming! Julie now combines her love of nature and her love for fold-forming to create nature-inspired handcrafted jewelry. She may include etching and traditional metalsmith techniques in conjunction with the folding, but at the heart of much of her work is fold-forming. Through the use of fold-forming she is able to create small sculptural pieces of wearable art that celebrate the natural world.
Luann Smith began making jewelry to help with school expenses while studying figure painting and illustration at the American Academy of Art in Chicago. After moving to Madison, she worked as a freelance illustrator, portrait painter, and taught watercolor for the UW Extension.
Years of painting realistically has morphed into more sculptural work, which incorporates vintage and found objects into her jewelry, mosaic water pieces, and bird sculptures. Luann’s jewelry can be found at River Arts on Water Gallery in Prairie Du Sac, and Longbranch Gallery in Mineral Point.
Sherry Viktora is a senior instructor in silver metal clay. She brings a love of nature and gardening to her art and an enthusiasm for sharing to her teaching. She combines metal clay with glass and organic materials to create unique work. After receiving PMCC certifications and art clay instructor certification, Sherry retired to become a full-time senior instructor. Sherry’s work has been published in national art and jewelry magazines and can be found at Longbranch Gallery in Mineral Point.
Katie White grew up on a farm in Stockton, IL. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2012 with a BFA degree in ceramics. She has participated in ceramic residencies throughout the country including the Cub Creek Foundation in Appomattox, VA, Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, MT, as well as at Wichita State University in Wichita, KS. Katie moved to Mineral Point in June 2017 and worked as studio assistant at Bruce Howdle Studio. She continues to create her pottery and sculpture at the Globe Clay Center and wood fires in the Mineral Point area.
Denise Anton Wright
Denise Anton Wright has made three really good decisions in her life: becoming a librarian, marrying her husband, and dabbling in jewelry-making. Since retiring from Library Land in 2015, Denise spends her days creating, taking care of two high-maintenance cats, and watching lots of classic old movies while working on jewelry projects. Her growth as an artist and creator has been helped immeasurably by the wonderful classes that she’s taken at Shake Rag Alley (a big shout-out to Lorraine Reynolds). Her jewelry business is Salve Regina Tchotchkes; the name is a combination of Latin and Yiddish and can be very roughly translated as: shiny objects with no practical purpose for our Heavenly Queen.
A Jewelry Making Retreat
May 5 - May 7, 2023
Explore a new art form, or grow your skills with new techniques! Beginners and experienced students alike can choose from a variety of classes with a range of styles from funky to fine. Use this weekend to explore new materials, be inspired anew, and network with other jewelers. You’ll leave with new ideas and something stunning. Come for the weekend and enjoy our gem of a town.
Jewelry Boot Camp Schedule
Friday, May 5
9 am-4 pm Power Pendant & Chain Making Ali Kauss
9 am-4 pm Form-folding Basics Julie Raasch
1-4 pm Messy Memory Wire Bracelet Denise Anton Wright
Friday Social Hour
4:30-5:30 pm in the Lind Pavilion
Saturday, May 6
9 am-noon Broken China Pendants Katie White
9 am-3:30 pm Making Glass Beads Julie Lukosaitis
9 am-4 pm Fused Loop Earrings Leslie Perrino
9 am-4 pm Repurposed Charm Bracelet Luann Smith
9 am-4:30 pm Intro to Silver Metal Clay Sherry Viktora
1-4 pm Broken China Pendants Katie White
6-8 pm in the Lind Pavilion
Sunday, May 7
9 am-3:30 pm Making Glass Beads Julie Lukosaitis
9 am-4 pm Micro-mosaic Pendants Luann Smith
9 am-5 pm Fine Silver Rings in a Day Sherry Viktora
Campus Map: Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts
18 Shake Rag Street
restrooms4 of 33
restrooms5 of 33
restrooms6 of 33
Open Air Parking7 of 33
Lind Pavilion Parking8 of 33
allowed on Commerce Street
Smejas’ Studio parking10 of 33
30 Doty Street
with curb cut
with curb cut
Alley Stage15 of 33
1830 Log Cabin
Federal Spring21 of 33
Monarch Garden22 of 33
411 Commerce Street
two blocks to
High Street & Commerce Street
Restaurants, Shops & Galleries
To Grocery Store
622 Dodge Street
Street Parking with Additional Parking behind Smejas’ Studio26 of 33
open air park
Cabinet Shop & Lind Pavilion
to Alley Stage
223 Commerce St.
The Sardeson is home to the
Sardeson Pottery Studio,
and Tuckpoint. 31 of 33
Weaving & Fiber Arts Studio
Cannery Row Arts Incubator
121 Water St.
Footbridge33 of 33
ADA accessible buildings: Lind Pavilion, Coach House (first floor), Smejas’ Studio