DO: SILVERSMITHING IN YOGYAKARTA, INDONESIA
The idea of taking a silversmithing class occurred to me in artsy Ubud, my favourite town in Bali but it wasn’t until I made it to artsy Jogja, my favourite town on Java that I was able to find one. It was the adorable ViaVia cafe (which I recommend highly) that pointed me in the direction of Studio 76 and I’m glad they did.
Located in a nondescript villa in the Kota Gede neighbourhood which houses Yogyakarta's silver industry, Studio 76 is a workshop offering brief, full day, and weekend silversmithing courses to interested locals and travellers. I’ve always loved jewellery and I was super excited to finally be able to make it (and not just assemble it).
I picked Studio 76’s taster class, a hands on three hour lesson that had myself and three other travellers, hammering, soldering, engraving (with stamps) and polishing (with fruit) little sticks or sheets of metal into unique pieces of jewellery. You can bring your own design, make it up as you go or choose to recreate a ring from their own collection. I made the silver ring pictured above for my best friend Jenny!
It’s a fine way to spend an afternoon, and although it is merely an introduction to silversmithing (no smelting here!), it's a fun, interesting and super good value one. A three hour class is between $12-$16 depending on the number of students, and includes 5g of silver.
For more details, check out Studio 76.