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Beginning to Intermediate classes
in bookbinding and metalsmithing

Classes with Christine Cox

Bookbinding and Metalsmithing

Immerse yourself in a powerful learning experience and get the individualized one-on-one instruction that you just can't get in a class with 20 other people. Move up to the next level in a dynamic class of intense instruction and hands-on work. It's usually a great social experience too!

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We have arranged for students to receive special rates from several local hotels. We'll make all the arrangements. Just tell us when you sign up that you need a hotel room.

Volcano Union Inn
includes scrumptious cooked breakfast

Days Inn/Sutter Creek
includes "continental" breakfast

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Photos from Previous Classes
Basic Marbling
Basic Metalsmithing
Metal, Leather and Wooden Artist Books
Enamel Technic
Torch Soldering Classes


In your words:
Many thanks to all of you for the wonderful food - it couldn't have been better. --
Val H.

Book Jewels: Fastenings and Furnishings
for Bookbinders

Scheduled Classes

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December 1, 2017
Star Book class

You'll make a wonderful book with layers and layers of colored pages. When it's finished, you can turn and read the pages, or you can open it all the way to its full 11" diameter star shape and use it as a home decoration!


Book Jewels: Metalsmithing for Bookbinders

January 18 - January 22 April 26 - April 30
Jun 7 - June 11

I find the history of bookbinding fascinating. Before we had book board and machine-made paper we had wonderful, non-production materials. Metal corners and clasps were designed to adorn, protect and preserve the written word. Of course our artistic side wasn't content with just "protection," we have to show our skills, ingenuity and individuality!

Not seeing the class you want? Consider a private class, or email me with a suggestion.



Take a Private Class with Christine Cox
Learn in my studio and use my tools and supplies. Let me design a private class for you, or for your group.

This amazing book has fired and bead-blasted glass covers and historic stitching. I love to mix traditional techniques with contemporary aesthetics. -- Christine Cox

Christine's students enjoy coming back for classes again and again.

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Class prices include lunch,  instruction and materials only (unless otherwise noted).

Classes cannot be purchased with discounted gift certificates.

— From Lonely Planet
“Tahoe and Yosemite get all the mountain love in California, but an hour closer to San Francisco (and cheaper and less crowded) is Gold Country.
“Towns that ooze century-old ambiance are strung out like throw-back pearls along Highway 49, a fun drive that passes stops like Jamestown's historic train, a tiny gold town called Volcano (with no volcano), wineries (some even consider the region a contender to Napa and Sonoma), caves, gold-panning spots . . ."


Breakfast is served Monday through Saturday at both hotels and is included in the hotel cost. Days Inn and St. George Hotel serve a "continental breakfasts," so those staying there are welcome to join those staying at the Volcano Union Inn for a cooked breakfast ($10 per day and only if we have students booked at the Volcano Union Inn - be flexible).

For 5-day classes, we serve lunches here at the studio and the price is included in the class cost.  They tend to be home-cooked, deli and/or buffet style so that students can pick and choose foods that fit their diets. We try to accommodate everyone (within reason - you're on your own for tofu - blech).

We supply lunch, but it's important to let us know ahead of time if you have any food issues.

We will supply water, tea, coffee and other non-alcoholic drinks during class hours.

Wine, beer and other beverages are available at or near the hotels most evenings. Since this is a small town, not everything is open every night. Be flexible. It is essential that you discuss with us in advance any special food needs or requests. Plans are made in advance and can't always be easily changed at the last minute. Help us to make you happy!

Dinners are not included in the package, but beside the Volcano Union Inn and the St. George, there are other restaurants only 8 to 15 miles away in Sutter Creek, Pine Grove and Jackson.

Be sure to read all the small print, where we are, cancellation policy, etc.

 General Information

Classes are first come, first served and tend to fill early. Until we talk and your deposit is paid your seat is not reserved. 

Classes are very small (7 student maximum for 5-day classes and 10 students for 1- and 2-day classes, semi-private classes tend to be one-on-one).

Please, do not sign up unless you are very serious. With so few students in a class I cannot be generous about cancellations. The cancellation policy is here.

We supply everything, though there may be some optional items you want to bring along. If you have specific items (like photos or personal embellishments) you'd like to use in a project, bring them and we'll see if we can incorporate them, otherwise, rely on me for all supplies and embellishments.

The classes are designed to be taken once or to be taken repeatedly. Students work with Christine to plan projects that will advance their current skills. Beginner to intermediate artists will be comfortable yet challenged in most classes. The classes complement each other nicely, moving gracefully between mixed-media and altered art, jewelry, bookbinding, paper marbling and much more. One of the benefits of the classes is learning from what other students are working on. As students work on individually designed projects, there is always cross-pollination. And working in a room full of handmade art is inspiring!