Classes & Events

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Wire-wrapping Class Dec. 21, 2013, at Graceful Customs Studio, Gilroy, CA

Learn basic techniques of wire-wrapping with Jennifer Le on Dec. 21!  You will learn to wrap a natural stone and learn about the necessary wire materials used in wire-wrapping.  $85.00 all material supplied;


Lapidary class on Dec. 14, 2013, at Graceful Customs Studio

If you ever admired a polished natural stone and appreciated the beauty of its colors brought out by its shine, come learn the very simple techniques of lapidary!  We will provide you with a pre-shape stone and show you how to bring out its beauty!  $85.00, all materials supplied,, Gilroy, Ca

Monday, October 21, 2013


 It certainly was a fun class, Wes is amazingly creative in his detailed creatures.  We learned many new techniques, the "students" (most already accomplished in their art), made their own little bugs!   Thanks to all the participants for making it an enjoyable event! 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Metal working workshop open house-Nov. 9, 2013

For those who like to solder, form, and create projects out of metal, you are welcomed to stop by on Sat., Nov. 9, 2013 here at Graceful Customs Studio.  We will be working on  projects, you can ask questions like how to make rivets, products to polish metals, setting cabachons,
electro-forming supplies, and see demos, or demo a technique yourself.  Carmen Martinez, our instructor for the silver-soldering classes will be here to show us her latest projects and help you move forward in your metal art.  We will have soldering torches available for your use and a huge anvil to hammer!  Hours:  12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. drop in anytime.  No cost.  e-mail Grace at to let us know what your interest is!  And feel free to share with us what you have been working on!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Look what WE did! Dragon Beads with Mary Lockwood 2013

Needless to say, the Dragon Beads took time and concentration!  With 9 torches and burners going, it was pretty warm in the studio!  But all had fun, learned many techniques that Mary shared with all, and her patient and confident style was appreciated by all!  She is a very talented lampworking artist!  Thank you Mary, Come again to Graceful Customs! 
Mary Lockwood "Dragon Class" at Graceful Customs Studio 2013

Monday, June 10, 2013

"Meet the Artist" openhouse Friday, June 21,2013, Mary Lockwood

You are invited to our open house at our studio to meet Mary Lockwood, a very talented Lampworking artist.  She will be here to teach a 2 day class, Sat. & Sun..  This is an opportunity to meet her if you are not taking the class, she will be demonstrating some of her techniques and have her beads on display!  Refreshments served.  Questions:

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Holly Cooper, Lampworker Glass Bead Artist, Class Sept.7 & 8, 2013

Holly Cooper will once again be here for a new 2 -day class on Surfaces & textures.  Here is her description of what she will be teaching:
"we will open ourselves to the exploration of a variety of special materials and techniques which I have developed in my own work over the last decade. We'll explore the use of enamels, metal leaf, texture and patina, flame chemistry, special properties of certain colors and other unique techniques. All of this is done to stimulate the imagination and generate new ideas by experimenting with technique and inspiration.
There will be plenty of personal attention with much time to practice and explore. Questions and discussions are encouraged." Class is $475 for Sat.&Sunday, Sept. 7 & 8, 2013.  E-mail for a registration form Here is her studio for you to see her beautiful work!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lapidary & Wire-wrapping Classes 2013

Check our calendar for monthly Lapidary & Wire-wrapping Classes this year.

Lapidary Class March 16, 2013

Once again, Jim and Jennifer will be here to teach lapidary techniques using rough and pre-shaped stones!  We will have all our equipment set up, all materials included!  If you have experience, you can use our equipment for your stones for $15.00 hr. and one of the instructor will be available for assistance as time allows in the class.   Class is $75.00, starts at 10:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm.  .  You will learn how to select, shape and polish a rough stone into a finished, polished cabachon to make into a necklace or bracelet or ring!  e-mail  or the instructors at:

Wire-Wrapping class with Jennifer, Feb.23,2013

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 10 am. to 4:00 pm., Jennifer Lee will be here to teach a basic wire-wrapping class.  The cost is $75 and practice wire will be provided.  You may bring your own stone cabachon or we will provide you with one.  You will take home a completed wire-wrapped pendant.  Written instructions are provided, a small class size is planned. If you have already taken this basic class and would like to work on a specific project, Jennifer is available on other days.  E-mail her at if you have questions on wire-wrapping; E-mail Grace for registration for this and other classes and our location.