The Metal Museum offers studio classes in blacksmithing, casting, welding, and other metalsmithing techniques. Learn more about each process below! Please note that proof of vaccination is required to attend a class.


Someone using a hammer and anvil to forge metal.

Blacksmithing is the process of heating steel in a forge and using a hammer and anvil to bend it into different shapes. In the past, blacksmiths were responsible for creating items such as nails, furniture, locks, horseshoes, weapons, and other tools. Today, contemporary blacksmiths still create functional tools and architectural elements as well as decorative art pieces.

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Dirty hands holding a resin sand mold for metal casting.

Casting is the process of heating metal in a furnace until it melts, then pouring that metal into a pre-made mold that sets and hardens the metal. At the Metal Museum, artists use green sand and resin sand molds for pouring molten metal.

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Welding is sometimes referred to as the "hot glue gun" of steel. It is used to join two pieces of similar metals together through high heat. MIG welding is the only method currently taught in our studio classes.

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In addition to ferrous metals, or metals that contain iron, there are a number of other non-ferrous materials and ​processes to be explored in our studios. Copper can be used to create works of jewelry and containers, and enameling is a process of fusing powdered glass to the surface of metal. Other classes may cover topics such as riveting, sawing, and bezel setting.

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Private studio classes can be scheduled for small groups of up to four people. These two-hour sessions cover the basics of a specific metalworking technique, the materials used, preparation, and safety. 

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Make Your Own classes are short, two-hour workshops in the Learning Space that teach introductory metalsmithing techniques and concepts. Minimal tools and equipment are required for this class. Each attendee will take home at least one completed project.

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  • All employees and students will be required to wear face masks.

  • Classes will have reduced registration to allow for social distancing.

  • All shared equipment will be sanitized before and after each class.

  • Welding helmets and jackets will be sanitized after each use.  

  • Proof of vaccination is required to attend class.

If you are feeling sick, symptomatic, or have been exposed to coronavirus, we ask that you do not attend class. If you cancel due to illness, you will be eligible for a refund or a credit for a future workshop of the same value if the Museum is notified prior to the class or within 48 hours after the class has taken place.


Online registration is available for all classes. The prices include all tuition and materials. Members who are Supporting Friends and above receive a 10% discount off classes.


Most classes are designed at a beginner level with no experience necessary. Individual classes will list any prerequisites or experience needed. Master Classes require intermediate to advanced metalworking skills in the area of the class, unless otherwise noted.

For more information, email classes@metalmuseum.org