Workshops at Wolf Designs

In-Person Classes

2024 calendar will be posted on November 15, 2023
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Wolf Workshops adhere to Covid safety measures. See Covid Policies HERE

2023 Calendar

2024 calendar posts on November 15, 2023

Which class is best for you?

The Wax Carving Intensive Workshop is–ummm–intense. This fast paced workshop covers the broadest range of techniques and is our most popular. Expect to finish a couple of projects, and to leave with a piece or two unfinished– but you’ll know how to continue when you get home. Many students take this class more than once–they apply what they can the first time, and come back for more.

The other workshops–Rings and Figurative Carving, dig deeper into each subject–and are not as fast paced.

For the safety of our students, all participants must sign a Wolf Designs COVID-19 Health & Safety Agreement, and Waiver of Liability and Release Agreement and be fully vaccinated.

Wax Carving Intensive Workshop

with Kate Wolf, 5 days, All skill levels welcome

May 22-26, 2023 Mon-Fri
Jun 19-23, 2023 Mon-Fri
Sep 11-15, 2023 Mon-Fri

9am – 5pm
$990 includes materials

Wolf Workshops Wax Carving Intensive

Wolf Wax is an amazing material. In this hands on workshop we will explore innovative approaches to wax carving with an emphasis on encouraging confidence and creativity. We will explore transferring patterns and direct layout; carving flowers; rings, bezels and partial bezels for cabochons and facetted stones; contour fit shadow bands; hollow forms and mirror images; flame techniques; textures; faux granulation; pierced out work; hollowing; finishing, repairing; toolmaking and more. Learn how to rapidly and accurately remove excess material using the flex shaft for affordable lathe and milling processes. We will be working with Wolf Milling Wax™. There will be live, highly magnified demos of many wax techniques. This workshop covers many techniques. Expect to finish a couple of projects, and leave with a few pieces in process.

Rings, Rings, Rings

with Kate Wolf, 4 days, All skill levels welcome

Jul 17-20, 2023, Mon-Thu

Aug 22-25, 2023, Tue-Fri

9am – 5pm
$795 includes materials

Wolf Workshops Rings

In this 4 day, hands on workshop we’ll carve a variety of rings. Working with Wolf Milling/Carving Wax learn techniques including: layout, trimming, milling, textures, faux granulation, Relief Wax. Projects include a bypass ring, a textured band, a multiple stone ring using round cabachons and faceted stones, and stones that have points. Workshop price includes materials and stones.

Figurative Carving Workshop

with Kate Wolf, 4 days, All skill levels welcome

Oct 2-5, 2023, Mon-Thu

9am – 5pm
$795 includes materials

Wolf Workshops Figurative Workshop

Carve something representational–like flowers, animals, skulls… We’ll go from concept to rough art to resolved designs and carve a piece that is ready to be cast. Includes direct layout, transferring patterns, trimming, sculpting and finishing. Learn about hollow forms and mirror images.

Counter Sketching Jewelry

with Rémy Rotenier, 5 days, all skill levels welcome

Jul 31-Aug 4, 2023, Mon-Fri

9am – 5pm
$1200 plus materials

Remy Rings

This course is broken down into 2 ½ days of  pencil sketching and 2 ½ days painting with transparent and opaque water color– rendering true-to-life metal and gemstones. We will cover the whole process: from a rough sketch to a wonderful colored painting and how to interact with your customer to go from concept to finished design– turning a quick drawing into a reality without losing its energy.

No experience necessary. This class is for students wanting to develop the skills necessary for custom design as well as create jewelry collections or to prepare drawings for CAD. These techniques help build confidence to create powerful drawings which will help communicate ideas, work out problems, and refine designs on paper.

Paris-born jewelry designer and artist Rémy Rotenier is well known for his extensive experience working for some of the most famous jewelers worldwide, including Tiffany & Co., Cristofol, Van Cleef and Arpels and Kabana. His collections have been sold through QVC and Jewelry Television. He holds a graduate gemologist degree from the French Institute of Gemology in Paris and passed Diamond Grading with GIA.

Rémy’s  DVD sets include Counter Sketching of Jewelry, Color Rendering of Jewelry and Advanced Jewelry Design; Design in Colored Pencils and 6 Lessons in Jewelry Design. www.remyrotenier.com

Whether you are seeking the enhancement of your professional skills or the accomplishment of personal growth and enrichment, a Workshop at Wolf Designs delivers the creative charge you need to thrive in your craft.

Kate Wolf Teaching at screen

Classes are limited to 11 students (Counter Sketching is limited to 13). Instruction is hands-on, and individual attention is a priority. In between live video demos, Kate circles the classroom and helps each student, making sure everyone gets one-on-one instruction. Students receive extensive notes, and access to technical articles. The studio classroom is pleasant and well equipped. Each bench is ready with a flex shaft, wax pen, and all the hand tools you need to have fun while exploring new techniques.

Our goal is to meet each student, at their level, with the utmost of respect, to help them improve their skills and creative processes, and have fun along the way. It’s helpful to have basic bench skills–that being said–newbies have had great successes. All levels are welcome. 


Portland is a delightful harbor town. Cruise the Casco Bay by tour boat or ferry. Visit the galleries, shops, restaurants and bars in our historic district the Old Port Exchange. Stroll, run, bike or rollerblade on the beautiful trails that wrap around Back Cove and the Eastern Promenade. Explore nearby lighthouses, islands, beaches and parks. Enjoy our music and theatre scene. Take in a show at The Portland Museum of Art.

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