The First Annual
Chesapeake Bay
Jewelry Retreat 2021


August 10-15th


A Six Day Jewelry - Making Event

With Eva Sherman & Debora Mauser

We are excited to announce the first annual Chesapeake Jewelry Retreat 2021.  Six amazing days of jewelry classes on Kent Island in Maryland. Join two very talented instructors while they journey you to a new level in metalsmithing at our studio on the beaches of the Chesapeake Bay.

Only 8 bench seats available!

Meet the Instructors

Eva Sherman

Eva Sherman began creating jewelry as a way to spend time with her daughters, but soon became hopelessly addicted. In 2005 she traded in her architectural career for the opportunity to become a full-time metalsmith, and launched Eva Sherman Designs in Cleveland, Ohio. Eva now happily spends most days in the studio creating, writing and teaching, but has been know to take her show on the road. She has discovered an affinity for working with wire and metals  and prefers to design in an organic and unstructured style. Eva has authored two books on jewelry design: "Organic Wire & Metal Jewelry" and "Cool Copper Cuffs." 

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Debora Mauser

Debora Mauser is a self-taught jewelry artist working in mixed metals, stones and enamel. She  is a nationally known instructor teaching at large venues, schools and bead stores. You can find her work in magazines like Step by Step Wire; Craft, Paper, Scissors; Enameling by F&W publishing, as well as online video and classes with Craftsy and Craftcast. She is a certified Wubbers Instructor, and a former member of Nunn Design Team.  Her classes are low key but packed with important techniques designed to advance your jewelry knowledge.


Five Days of Class

Fancy Beach Glass Earring -Weds. 8/11 10-1 PM

with Debora Mauser

Day 1: Combine soldering jump rings, beach glass and a little bling and you will have a unique pair of colorful earrings. Students will design a base of jump rings that can be behind or in front of the beach glass. Then learn to solder each ring and add a dangle with tube set stone. 

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Sticks & Stones -  Fri. 8/13, 10-5 PM

with Debora Mauser

Day 3: Design your own individual components to make a statement necklace. Learn to create unique prong settings that capture the beauty of interesting gemstones, sea glass or rocks. Students will complete at least 3 sections of a necklace; one focal stone, one silver component, and one accent piece with a CZ tube, pearl or even a complimentary gemstone.

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Challenge Day -  Sun. 8/15, 10-1PM

with Studio Owner Melissa Kay-Steves 

Day 5: Melissa will challenge you to push the limits of what you have learned throughout the week and design a piece using one or more of the techniques you have learned during the week. She will guide you through the process with tips and tricks and help you to think beyond what you have learned to reach a new level of skill in your design process. Prizes will be awarded. This is a fun day that will take you to knew levels in creativity.

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Hot Wired Rings - Thurs. 8/12, 10-1 PM

with Eva Sherman

Day 2: Create two dramatic rings by fusing multiple layers of sterling silver wire in an organic weave pattern. Embellish the ring with tube set CZ's and solder them in place for and added pop of glam. Previous soldering experience is recommended but adventurous beginners are welcome.

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Gallery Wire Ring -  Sat. 8/14, 10-5 PM

with Eva Sherman

Day 4: Explore the ins and outs of gallery wire as you learn to contain a piece of seaglass or a cabochon gemstone with fancy bezel wire. Then add decorative wire to the shank to make a gorgeous statement ring that is sure to wow!

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Plan Your Stay

For your convenience, we have blocked rooms at the Best Western Kent Narrows Inn in Grasonville, MD (5 miles from the studio)

Booking Link:

Hotel: Best Western Kent Narrows Inn
Arrival Date: 10-Aug-2021

Departure Date: 15-Aug-2021

There are 4 other hotels available for booking:

The Hilton Garden Inn Kent Island- 3206 Main Street, Grasonville, MD 410-8273877

Holiday Inn Express - 1020 Kent Narrows Road, Grasonville, MD 410-827-4454

The Inn at the Chesapeake Bay Beach Club & Spa, Stevensville, MD 410-604-5900

The Quality Inn, 101 VFW Ave., Grasonville, MD 443-863-6496

There is an airport shuttle service available

Enterprise Rent-A-Car 1418 Stevensville, MD 216666 410-604-6154.

Day 1 - Rock Talks & 

                  Meet & Greet

Tuesday 8/10

2 - 3:30 PM - Rock Talks with Dragon : How to Select the Perfect Cabs at a Gem Show- Join us on the front lawn for a discussion and Q & A about selecting the perfect cabs and slabs. (refreshments served)

5-7 PM - Join us at the studio for a light reception to welcome Eva and Debora. Get a sneak peek of the studio, check out the workshop samples and participate in the white elephant swap, receive a "welcome" goody bag. Complimentary wine and cheese and nibbles will be served.

Day 2  1/2--day class

Weds. 8/11

10-1 PM - Fancy Beach Earrings with Debora Mauser

1-3 PM - Open Studio (optional)

3-5 PM - Nature walk to Terrapin Beach for beachcombing and picture-taking of the gorgeous views of            the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. 

6-9 PM Gypsy Woman Cuff (optional and additional workshop)

Day 3  1/2-- day class

Thurs. 8/12

10-1 PM - Hot Wired Ring with Eva Sherman

1-3 PM - Open Studio (optional)

2-4 PM  - Visit historic Stevensville to poke in the shops, get a late lunch at Almalfi Coast, an ice cream at                   Tasty Toucan a or a coffee and pastry at Peace of Cake.

6-9 PM  - Warrior Shield Pendant (optional & additional workshop).

Day 4 Full--day class

Fri. 8/13

10-5 PM - Sticks and Stones with Debora Mauser

1 PM      -Lunch Break (lunch from local deli will be provided).

5:15 PM     - Optional sunset cocktail hour and kayak excursion on gorgeous No Name Creek at the lovely home of one our studio members. (wine and appetizers included)

7:30 PM - Dinner at Kentmorr Restaurant (a waterfront venue and tiki bar) - dinner optional and not included

Day 5 Full--day class

Sat. 8/14

10-5 PM   - Gallery Wire Ring with Eva Sherman

1 PM        - Lunch Break (lunch from local deli will be provided).

6 PM       - Optional sunset happy hour boat ride through Kent Narrows. (BYOB but snacks provided)

Day 6 1/2-- day class

Sun.. 8/15

10-1 PM    - Challenge Project (TBD)

1-3 PM     - Open Studio


We have added two exciting a la carte evening workshops!

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Gypsy Woman Cuff

with Eva Sherman

Get the look of multiple bangles without all the jangle!


Wednesday 6-9 PM


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Warrior Shield Pendant

with Debora Mauser

An exciting introduction to cold connections & moveable bails.

Thursday, 6-9 PM


                         What's Included:

  • Wine and cheese welcome reception with goodie bags.

  • 2 half-day workshops.

  • 2 full-day workshops.

  • 1 half-day challenge workshop with prizes.

  • Free open studio time during non-class hours.

  • All tools and consumables will be provided. Bring nothing but a notebook and your creativity!

  • Lunch will be provided during both full-day classes. Students responsible for all other meals.

  • (TBD) Rock Talk Lecture with Thunder Spirit Designs (refreshments provided).

  • Transportation to off-site activities (space limited/reservations required).

  • Evening sunset, Happy Hour boat ride. (weather permitting)

  • Coffee, water and cookies.


              What is not included

  • Hotel accommodations but we have blocked water view rooms at the Best Western Kent Narrows Inn in Grasonville, MD or you can book at 3 of the other hotels. More details when booking retreat.

  • Workshop kits and materials. All kit fees are due to instructors at start of retreat or each workshop. 

  • The 2 evening workshops but you can book on our website before or during the retreat if space is available.

  • Dining at restaurants is not included.

Cancellation Policy
We reserve the right to cancel the retreat at any time due to unforeseen circumstances and students will receive a full refund. 
**Due to very limited bench seats, we can only hold your spot with a deposit of $587.50 If a student should need to cancel their seat at the retreat they may do so up until June 1, 2021 for a  refund minus a $100 cancellation fee. If you should need to cancel after June 1, 2021 it will be your responsibility to fill the seat. If you cannot fill your seat you will lose your deposit (less the $100 cancellation fee) and not be issued a refund. However, you will receive a credit to be used for any other workshop or class at the studio, minus the $100 cancellation charge for up to 6 months.