Stone Carving at the Bench: Online Workshop with Ryan Gardner

Three examples of what students of the Stone Carving at the Bench workshop will learn: a pendant with glass cabachone with gold leaf inverse bubbles; a ring with a carved purple cabachon and center cabachon, a carved turquoise stone with an inset round diamond, "Oct 28-29, 2023; 10 am - 1 pm"

$215 per student

Workshop Cancelled

Gain a new understanding of working with stone and incorporating it into your designs. Learn techniques involved for carving and drilling stones at your bench without large lapidary equipment!

You’ll be shown a number of different diamond bits to achieve a variety of designs and textures in your stones, alter the shape, drill holes, and how to polish those carvings. Ryan will show students the process for creating laminations as well as his technique for applying metal leaf to the carvings.

The workshop will be entirely online through our private Zoom website. Participants agree that they will not share their login information or the post-class video with any non-registered students. For more information on virtual classes, see our Online Workshop Information pageYou will receive a video of the workshop a few days after it ends so you may review the class and practice along with the instructor. The video will be available for 60 days after receipt of the link.

We welcome beginners.

Tools & Materials List (downloadable PDF)

Beginners to metalsmithing are welcome!
Access to Zoom meetings via phone, tablet or computer
Workshop participants must be current MBMAG members (Join or Renew NOW)

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Midnight PDT on Sunday Oct 15, 2023



In the event we have to cancel a workshop, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund.

Cancellations more than 4 weeks prior to the workshop are refundable less a 6% service fee.

Cancellations more than 2 weeks prior to the workshop are refundable less a 15% service fee.

Cancellations two weeks or less prior to the workshop are not refundable unless there is a wait list for the class and the seat is filled.

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About Ryan Gardner

Portrait of workshop instructor, metalsmith Ryan Gardner wearing a striped long sleeve polo shirt

Participation in the arts was always important to me growing up. A strong arts program in high school influenced my decision to pursue a degree in the arts. At Bowling Green State University, I discovered and fell in love with metals. Michael Boyd became an inspiration for me. Upon graduation I apprenticed for Michael Boyd at his studio in Colorado. The experience turned into an eight year adventure that continues today. With Michael I learned to work with and manipulate stone, adding a new element to my love of jewelry design.

I showcase my work in galleries across the country and on Ryan Gardner Designs. I love combining stone and metal in new ways to create works of art for people to enjoy.


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Members have first dibs at filling guild sponsored workshop seats and pay less than non-members for the workshops.

Free seminars for members are available to watch later via this website.

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Betty Helen Longhi Workshop – September 14-16, 2012

Betty Helen Longhi, Floating Free
‘Floating Free’ by Betty Helen Longhi

Don’t Miss this Rare Monterey Bay Visit

Forming Techniques for Jewelry
September 14, 15 and 16, 2012
Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
Cost $375, materials included
Limited to 12 students

Join us in a once in a lifetime workshop opportunity while Betty Helen is here on a very rare West Coast visit to the Monterey Bay area. Learn from the master herself in a small intimate atmosphere.

Betty Helen will be able to give each student individual attention and guidance as she teaches how to use the shell forming techniques of synclasting and anticlasting as well as ways to make transitions from one form to the other. You will gain new insight into ways to manipulate sheet metal into a unique group of jewelry items.

Betty Helen Longhi is a nationally recognized metalsmith who creates finely crafted jewelry and sculpture. She attended the University of Wisconsin and Cranbrook Academy of Art and has studied with Heikki Seppa and Michael Good. Ms. Longhi has given numerous workshops both in the United States and Canada including Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Parsons School of Design, Arrowmont, Peters Valley Craft Center and Penland School. A master craftsperson, Ms. Longhi incorporates various texturing techniques with forging, shell forming and die forming in her pieces. Her work is recognized for it’s sculptural quality and flowing lines.

For more information about this talented artist please visit:

To reserve a space, send checks made out to: MBMAG, Attn: Mary Luke