Jewelry has the ability to dress up any ensemble, much like a chic pair of heels, a designer handbag, or a tuxedo cape. Learn the art of accessorizing with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a wire-wrapping jewelry class at McGowan and McClain (a $65 value). Classes take place on Tuesdays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Boutique jeweler McGowan and McClain's pedagogues of wearable art teach classes in jewelry making. During a beginning wire-wrapping class, instructors furnish students with diamond-encrusted thinking caps and all the necessary materials—including beads, wire, and sterling-silver findings—to craft their own unique bauble. Teachers will inculcate the knowledge necessary to loop and coil wire and connect beads in a chain-link pattern, and broken or old jewelry can make a cameo by coordinating with new gems to find a second chance at wearability. Classes accommodate a maximum of eight students, granting jewelry fashioners plenty of hands-on instruction to finagle tricky closures or fight the malleability of shape-shifting beads.
McGowan and McClain
When they were just little girls, Marian and Laura Jones cooked up the dream of working together once they were old enough. Years later, after both had undergone classical training in metallurgy and jewelry making, the dream became a reality. Today, the duo draws inspiration from organic textures such as the surface of seeds and the shape of raw stones as they sculpt wax, batter metal, and cast objects in bronze to create custom necklaces and earrings. In just four years, their designs have made a splash, leading to collaborations at Chicago Fashion Week and a LA Oscar gift-bag giveaway.
Their collections center on specific themes, such as with earrings and bangles that echo the texture of banana leaves. They also shape pendants whose sterling-silver and semiprecious-stone arrangements evoke antique architecture or New York windows that haven’t yet been cracked by Santa.
Marian and Laura also share their passion for and understanding of the process of jewelry making through classes. During in-studio workshops, they delve into the skills needed for beading, basic metalsmithing, and casting. Their pupils form shapes imitating organic materials such as leaf pendants or strawberry-smoothie bracelets.
100 Cherokee Blvd.
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37405