Santa Fe jewelry makers and other metalwork artists who complete a college level or private metalsmithing course often retake the classes just so they can have access to all the equipment necessary for their art.

Lauren Tobey is determined to change that — to create a space in Santa Fe, a community really, where artisans who work in silver, other metals and gemstones can learn, work and share side by side.

“A lot of students who take metalsmithing classes will graduate from a program and they just don’t have access to the tools anymore,” said Tobey, a transplanted Louisianian speaking from her own experience. “All this stuff can be a little bit pricey to put together.”



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