Gem Carving Workshop

  • July 29 - August 26, 2023
  • Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals

    26385 Northwest Groveland Drive
    Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
Ticket Price $36.00-$40.00 This event is now over

How to Cut a Curve


An introductory gem carving workshop with international award winning designer Naomi Sarna. 


If you think carving a curve is simple, wait until you get going in an introductory gem carving workshop!  Curves have many dimensions and we will investigate how to carve and polish complex curves.  This exercise will get you going in gem carving and understanding how light is bent and shaped by curves. 


Important Details About the Workshop: 

  • Every student must bring their own dremel (in working order). If battery operated, bring extra batteries. Plug in? Bring a 12' electric cord.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must have their parent or guardian's permission to attend. Under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a supervising adult.
  • If you have protective eye gear please bring it. The museum has extra, if you don't.
  • For those with long hair, remember to bring a tie back.
  • No bracelets or rings while working.
  • Optional, if desired, a magnifier (i.e. an optivisor), waterproof apron.


All other supplies will be provided!


About Naomi Sarna: 

Central to Naomi’s work is the play of light and shadow, movement, texture and the use of bold color combinations. According to Naomi, carving is a relatively simple process using a stationery arbor. What she says is more complex is creating the art that become the carvings seen in her jewelry and precious objects. Naomi's work is inspired by the sensuous curves and flowing curls of the Pre-Raphaelite and Art Nouveau periods.

Date & Time

Jul 29 - Aug 26, 2023

Venue Details

Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals

26385 Northwest Groveland Drive
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124 Rice NW Museum of Rocks & Minerals
Rice NW Museum

The Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals houses a world-class collection recognized as the finest in the Pacific Northwest and one of the best in the nation. Located just west of Portland, Oregon, in Hillsboro, the Museum showcases not only fine rocks and minerals, but also fossils, meteorites, lapidary art, and gemstones from both the Pacific Northwest and all around the world. The Museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places for its unique architectural style, natural stonework, and the extraordinary native Oregon woodwork found throughout the building.  


Our mission is to engage, inspire, and educate on the wonder and complexity of our earth. 

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