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Learn how to metalsmith jewelry and enjoy the best of the Colorado outdoors all in one weekend!  No prior experience needed! At the end of the two days, you will walk away with two pendants and two pairs of earrings, memories of hiking and kayaking/SUP in the Rocky Mountains, and making new friends! Our retreat is limited to 5 students. 

Price includes *all* instruction, materials (including copper, silver, and gold), tool use, meals as described below (gluten, dairy-free, vegetarian options will be available), and carpooling options. All you need to do is bring your positive, can-do attitude! We do ask that you participate both days so you get the most out of the experience.  All participants will be required to sign a waiver and a photo/video release.  (Lodging/transportation for out of town participants is not included).

Here are the dates and location: 

May 28-29, 2022

Sat. & Sun.: 609 S. Taylor Ave Suite D Louisville CO 80027

Daily schedule:

Saturday, May 28

7:45 am: meet at trailhead (TBD)

8:00-10:30 hike

11:30-1:00: lunch at Silver Peak Studio (provided)

1:00-5:00:  Torch fired enamel class with Kenzie. Project: Pendant and earrings

5:00-630: Happy Hour at studio (provided)

Sunday, May 29

945: Meet at Boulder Reservoir (entrance fee included)

10:00-11:00: Kayak/SUP

11:15-12:15: Picnic lunch at Boulder Reservoir (provided)

1:00-5:00: Keum-boo Attached Gold with Michele or Jen.  Project: earrings and pendant

Check out our photos to see what you will be learning and making as well as a few photos from past land and water adventures. Questions? Please contact Jen today!  

Last day to cancel for a full refund is May 21,2022.

About our team: 

Jen Lesea-Ames, owner of Silver Peak Studio:

A former personal fitness trainer and triathlete  (B.S. Exercise Science, UC Davis and M.S. Kinesiology, CU-Boulder) with over 18 years of teaching experience, Jen retired from her fitness and coaching career after receiving a diagnosis of hip dysplasia and underwent two major hip surgeries. Wanting more of a challenge after stringing beads for three years, she studied metalsmithing at the Denver School of Metal Arts (now called Denver Jewelry Studio) from 2012-2016. She decided to go full-time with her jewelry business in 2014 and opened Silver Peak Studio in July 2020.

Her idea about starting the world's first Jewelry Adventure School Retreat came to her when she was in Hawaii and saw a lot of advertising for surfing and yoga retreats.  She thought "why can't I do this in Colorado where I can combine my love for metalsmithing jewelry and Rocky Mountain adventures?"

Her fun and friendly nature is apparent in everything she does, whether its teaching metalsmithing, talking to art show patrons, or motivating people to try something new, like stand up paddleboarding!  

A few of Jen's favorite things: cats, happy hour with friends, and trail running.


Kenzie Nelson, Enameling Instructor

Kenzie Nelson Instructor Silver Peak StudioKenzie has been enveloped by art and art making her entire life and loves nothing more than connecting with others through the act of creating. After taking an introduction to metalsmithing class in her first year of college, she became infatuated with the medium. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Colorado State University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in metalsmithing and jewelry making. She loves sharing her passion with others and has teaching experience ranging from K-12 art, museum education classes, as well as collegiate level metalsmithing courses.

Her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. in curated and juried exhibitions, most recently in The Feminist Art Museum’s Protest and Protect and the Greater Denton Arts Council’s Materials: Hard and Soft.

Some of Kenzie’s favorite things are colorful eyeshadow, animals, and coffee. Making art is her favorite activity, but she and also enjoys going to flea markets, gardening, and being outside.

Keum-boo Instructor: Michele Throne

Michele Throne Silver Peak Studio Instructor

Michele’s first dip into metalsmithing started with a high school class. She then picked it back up after getting her BFA at Florida State University. She’s been a full time jeweler for 11 years, (Sidhe Designs), and has been teaching art since 1998 and metalsmithing since 2012.  Her specialty classes are enjoyed by students of all levels.

Her deep love and appreciation for everything outdoors and love for people inspire her to create jewelry focused on nature and the human experience. 

A few of Michele's favorite things: rock climbing, unlikely animal friendship videos, and chai tea on her back deck on a summer morning.