2021 Western Silver Jewelry Clinic – Amy Raymond and Jill Skinner
Raymond Silver Co and The Classy Trailer
AKA Amy Raymond and Jill Skinner
Art of the Cowgirl Silver Class
January 13 and 14, 2021
Limited to 12 Students
This class will be set up for beginners and people that want to learn new techniques.
Our goal with the class is that each person leaves with their own set of large Southwest style earrings incorporating multiple techniques to further their skillset. Jill and I both love what we do, and sharing makes it even better.
We will go over soldering, sawing, forming, setting turquoise stones, building bexels, Finish work, building your own french hooks, setting post backs, tools needed, and what you need to get your own studio started. We also discuss modern age technology/social media and its uses in today’s studio.
All materials and tools provided.
Date and Times: Wednesday 9am-5pm Thursday 9am-5pm
Location: Horseshoe Park and Equestrian Center
Queen Creek, Arizona
Partial proceeds benefit Art of the Cowgirl Fellowship program.
Please email Amy Raymond with questions.
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About Amy Raymond
Amy Raymond is a ranching mom of two boys, Pace (15) and Colter (12). They love riding, roping and spending time gathering cattle with their parents. Amy and her husband run cows for his fifth-generation ranch in eastern Oregon.
“I became a silversmith because it gave me the freedom to raise my children and help around the ranch,” Amy says. “Being a silversmith fulfilled my need to build cowboy gear and art with my hands. I also love to make out-of-the-box things in addition to the usual belt buckles and spurs. For example, my fun, one-of-a kind earrings; Thistle Hat pin; and Let Er Buck pendent.”
Amy got her start on her silversmithing journey by working with ring builder Travis Stringer. As the years passed, she wanted to progress to the next level. To learn more about making bits and spurs, she worked with local reputable makers, Hugh Coffelt and Jim Baltzor.
Knowing there is no end to what you can learn in this craft, Amy wanted to keep pushing her skills and artistic style. She hit a point in her journey where she felt stagnate and needed to push to the next level. That’s when she sought out masters in the trade.
Amy trained with Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee and master engraver Diane Scalese; and world-renowned bit and spur maker Ernie Marsh, both great teachers.
“I think of myself as a sponge,” Amy says. “If people are willing to teach me, I love to learn.”
For the last eight years, Amy has headed up the Pendleton Cattle Barons Bit, Spur and Engraving Contest. She also teaches classes with maker and silversmith, The Classy Trailer – Jill Skinner.
“My personal goal is continuing to develop my skills, making and engraving techniques; keep my designs fresh and exciting, and teach people all that I know,” Amy says.
About Jill Skinner
Born and raised in Napa, California, Jill grew up riding and showing both quarter and paint horses in all around and reining. She has spent numerous years around show cattle, and currently raise club calves. She and her husband reside in Madras, Oregon with their two children. Jill started her own jewelry company, The Classy Trailer, back in 2014 with a heavy focus on creating meaning pieces for ranching families. Her favorite accomplishments include attending NFR a few times as a vendor, teaching a class at Pendleton Cattle Barons, and having a collaboration clutch with Allie Falcon in Cowboys and Indians.