Jewelry adventure school retreat Silver Peak Studio
Jewelry Adventure School Retreat
Jewelry Adventure School Retreat
Jewelry Adventure School Retreat
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Jewelry Adventure School Retreat

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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 a gorgeous, custom-designed, one-of-a-kind pendant necklace, a pair of sterling silver earrings, memories of hiking and doing yoga at the base of the iconic Boulder Flatirons, and making new friends! Our retreat is limited to 5 students. 

Price includes *all* instruction, materials (including copper and silver), 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: 

October 15-16, 2022

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

Daily schedule:

Saturday, October 15:

8:00: Meet at studio, intros, and breakfast

9:00-5:00: Champleve Enameling with 45 minutes for lunch (lunch provided)

5:00-6:00: Happy Hour at studio (provided)

Sunday, October 16:

8:00: Meet at Chautauqua Park, Boulder

8:00-10:30: Hike

10:45-11:45: Yoga in the park

12:00-1:00: Picnic lunch at Chautauqua Park (weather pending)

1:30-5:30: Fusing Sterling Silver

5:30: Closing, evaluations

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 October 7, 2022.

About us: 

Jen Lesea-Ames, owner of Silver Peak Studio and Fusing Silver Instructor:

Jen Lesea-Ames

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

Jen Lesea-AmesKenzie 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.