Outlaw Studio

Outlaw Studio Presents

Ongoing Workshops

Open Studio for guided metal working – Friday Afternoons 2 – 5pm

Announcing Open Studio for guided metal working
Friday Afternoons 2 – 5pm $45 
a session

You must sign up by the day before – Thursday. 

If interested email Nancy at 


Looking forward to seeing you in the studio!


Upcoming Workshops

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Pervious Workshops


Start date: Friday, May 19, 2023
End date: Sunday, May 21, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

MAY 19th – 21st, Friday – Saturday 10:00 – 4:30, lunch provided 12:30 – 1:30

This three-day workshop will be a brainstorming, problem solving, and skill building session tailored to each student’s current work.
Bring your half finished pieces, tossed away projects that are still lurking about, and an open mind. Sandra will be assisting each
individual student to push through design and technical issues in their work. She will also be introducing a few hollow forming techniques
and the demonstrating the delights of stick soldering. This workshop will be great for a student wanting to hone their hollow forming and fabricating techniques.
Sandra is extremely well versed in cold & hot connections, designing mechanisms and resolving findings issues, as she has been fabricating
her line of architectural inspired jewelry with simple but sophisticated connections and custom findings.

Workshop Fee $375 – To register, email Nancy at outlawstudio@mcn.org


Start date: Friday, April 14, 2023
End date: Saturday, April 15, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

APRIL 14th & 15th 10:00 – 4:30 lunch provided 12:30 – 1:30 $270.
Fabricate – to construct or build with parts. During this two-day workshop, students will learn to construct a setting for their own found or acquired object. Whether it be a piece of shell, pebble or gem, together we will discuss your ideas and figure out how to realize your design in sterling silver. The focus of this workshop will be to enhance your fabrication skills and get comfortable with soldering.


Start date: Friday, March 24, 2023
End date: Saturday, March 25, 2023
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

MARCH 24th & 25th, 10:00 – 4:30 lunch provided 12:30 – 1:30 $270 Kit Fee $50
Sand casting offers a unique opportunity for jewelry makers- from experienced professionals to enthusiastic novices- to unlock new dimensions of creativity and artistry. By learning how to create a Delft sand mould, participants will cast pieces of jewelry in sterling silver. With this ancient process, it is easy to add a stunning aesthetic edge that you won’t find with other methods. During this two day workshop, you will receive in depth instruction on sand casting and have plenty of time to experiment, creating your very own finished piece to take home. Kit includes: Sterling Silver (enough for 2 rings), casting materials

Metal Smithing Workshop – Focus on soldering

Start date: Friday, December 9, 2022
End date: Sunday, December 11, 2022
Time: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

December 9, 10, 11 10:30 – 4:30 one hour break with lunch provided – $385.00 

Fabricate a pendant or other piece of jewelry with your found object ~ abalone shell pieces ~ beach glass ~ pebbles or anything other treasure you have and if you don’t have one I’ve got a few to choose from! 

The focus of this project will be to practice and get comfortable with propane / propane/oxygen torches. Basic fabrication skills will be reviewed and a few tricks of the trade will be imparted during this 3 day workshop.

Enrollment is limited to 5 students ~ materials and tool list will be provided after signing up. 

This is the tool I first learned to drill holes with in the early ’80’s when I studied in Portugal.


Date: Saturday, October 22, 2022
Time: 2:00 am
Location: Loulé, Portugal

Nancy Gardner is a renowned North American jeweler based in Mendocino, California. Nancy obtained her training in design at the University of New York and took courses in goldsmithing with master craftsmen in Italy and Portugal. She participated in several international exhibitions and is currently dedicated to teaching jewelery both in Europe and in the USA.

In this workshop she will guide the students in the execution of a silver pendant with mother-of-pearl application. Mother-of-pearl comes from the sea and is the inner layer of the shells of many molluscs, characterized by a strong pearly sheen and iridescence, much appreciated in jewellery.

An event organized by @loule_criativo and @pontosiguais

Note: The workshop will be held in english.
More information: https://fb.me/e/335myaLUJ

Registrations: pontosiguais@gmail.com

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Nancy Gardner é uma conceituada joalheira norte americana, radicada em Mendocino, Califórnia. Nancy obteve a sua formação em design na Universidade de Nova Iorque e efetuou vários cursos e formações em ourivesaria com mestres artesãos em Itália e em Portugal. Participou em várias exposições internacionais e dedica-se atualmente ao ensino de joalharia tanto na Europa como nos EUA.

Neste workshop irá orientar os alunos na execução de um pendente em prata com aplicação de madrepérola. A madrepérola provém do mar e é a camada interna das conchas de muitos moluscos, caracterizada por um forte brilho nacarado e pela iridescência, muito apreciada em joalharia.

Um evento Loulé Criativo e Pontos Iguais – Workshops de Joalharia – Faro.

Nota: o workshop será dado em inglês.

Mais informações: https://fb.me/e/335myaLUJ
Inscrições: pontosiguais@gmail.com

Fabricating in Sterling Silver

Start date: Thursday, September 8, 2022
End date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Time: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
event image caption: Student Piece

September 8, 9 & 10 Thursday – Saturday. 10:30 – 4:30
One hour lunch break ~ Lunch included


In this three day workshop I’ll be covering the basics of sterling silver fabrication – focus on soldering. This is a come as you are workshop ~ meaning no matter your level of experience you will learn the basic skills needed to build or construct a piece of jewelry. Given the fact that my workshops are limited to 5 students each person receives the individual attention to the extent they need to be successful. The suggested project is a ring with either a cabochon cut stone (dome cut) or piece of sea glass, abalone shell, or other found pebble. Students can bring their own precious found object or I will have a few choices available. Some experience with hand tools is a plus but not required. For those with more experience I encouraged you to bring designs for that fabrication piece you’ve wanted to make but have been reluctant to try on your own. I will help you plot out the order of construction and plan the most efficient way to realize your piece. And be at your side for the challenging soldering process. 

Payment is due upon registration. Email me at outlawstudio@mcn.org for more information or to sign up.

Looking forward to seeing you in the studio!


Fabricate Your Dream Piece !  Focus on Metal Construction & Soldering

Start date: Friday, July 29, 2022
End date: Saturday, July 30, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

July 29th & 30th ~ Friday and Saturday ~ 10:00 ~ 4:30 ~ $275. Lunch included!

Students are encouraged to bring their design of a piece or a series of pieces that they want to construct in copper, silver or gold. Together we will lay out the various steps and plan the most efficient way to build your design. If you do not have a particular piece already in mind we will come up with a project that will challenge your soldering skills and exercise your your technical layout abilities. 

Choice of metal is yours and appropriate solders will be available for purchase. In preparation for this workshop I will have one on one consultations with each student to be sure you are prepared to accomplish you’re individual goals. 

Beginning Metal Smithing

Start date: Friday, July 15, 2022
End date: Saturday, July 16, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday and Saturday ~ 10:00 – 4:30 ~ $250.00 … Lunch included!

This two day workshop will cover the basic skills needed to begin working in metal – copper and/or silver – sawing, filling, sanding and finishing/polishing, cold connections and introduction to soldering. We will start with an over view of the various ways to work with, and the properties of, precious metals. I have titled this beginning Metal Smithing and not beginning  jewelry making as jewelry is a very big word that can represent a wide variety of materials and techniques. That being said I am a jeweler and the skills taught in this workshop are the foundation of precious metal jewelry making! 

All tools and copper sheet will be available in class. Students are encouraged to bring any tools and materials they have and would like to use. I will have sterling silver stock in a number of forms available for purchase. At the end of class we will look at various tool and material suppliers and go over how to identify your needs and how to order things efficiently. We can also place a group order and will receive applicable discounts.

Please email at me at outlawstudio@mcn.org  to register for the class.
Enrollment limited to 5 students

Looking forward to seeing you in the studio!

Intermediate Metal Smithing – focus on soldering

Start date: Friday, April 22, 2022
End date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Friday – Sunday 10:30 ~ 4:30  with an hour break midday. This class is best for those that have some experience and want to hone skills, build confidence with soldering or focus on individual projects.

Tuition ~ $375.00  Optional materials fee of $35 for a soldering kit. Complete tool and materials list will be provided once signed up  for class. 

For More info please contact:

Nancy Gardener


Beginning Metal Smithing – including soldering

Start date: Friday, April 1, 2022
End date: Sunday, May 1, 2022
Time: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Friday – Sunday 10:30 ~ 4:30 with an hour break midday.

This three day workshop will cover all the basic processes and the tools needed to begin working in sterling silver including soldering. Sterling stock for 2 different projects will be available for purchase or students are welcomed to provide their own materials/metals and project ideas. As there will only be 5 students in this class, I will be available to discuss your specific needs and goals in advance and there will be lots of personal attention over the weekend. 

Tuition ~ $375.00  Optional fee of $35 for a soldering kit. I will also be offering a complete beginners tool kit price tbd.