The region now known has Oaxaca has a rich tradition of metal arts going back some 2500 years to the establishment of Monte Alban, one of Mesoamerica's first cities. The production of lace-like metal filigree has flourished since colonial times, captivating viewers with its combination of fragility and strength: For openwork filigree, jewelers require a minimum of metal: delicately twisted wires may make up less than half the surface; the rest is air.
Study abroad students will receive instruction on the traditional methods of Oaxacan-style filigree in the workshops of El Oro de Monte Alban, the city's most prominent jewelry company. Our instructor Rafael Bautista has been creating filigree since the age of eighteen. In 2013, El Oro de Monte Alban invited Maestro Bautista to develop a basic filigree course in an effort to promote and maintain jewelry manufacturing as a sustainable activity among locals. He has since taught students from all over Mexico, as well as England, Japan and the United States.
Our home base for the week is a charming courtyard hotel in the historic colonial district. From there it's an easy walk to El Oro de Monte Alban for class each morning. After breaking for lunch, the group will spend the afternoons and some evenings exploring other aspects of Oaxaca's metal arts scene. We will tour inspiring museum collections, shop for supplies and souvenirs, and visit both traditional and cutting-edge craftspeople--including women participating in a microfinance program.
Prerequisite: None. This workshop is open to students of all levels. Students need to be comfortable with a moderate level of physical activity, including standing for periods of time and walking over uneven surfaces.
CLASS FEE: $1420
7 nights hotel in a private room
20 hours of instruction and all workshop materials
2 field trips
2 group dinners
CANCELLATION REFUND POLICY
25% non-refundable for withdrawal until January 2
50% non-refundable for withdrawal after January 2
Pratt recommends purchasing trip insurance.