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Workshop - Lapidary for Metalsmiths

Join us for our Spring workshop and learn how to modify cabochons and do stone-on-stone settings!

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Workshop - Lapidary for Metalsmiths
Workshop - Lapidary for Metalsmiths

Time & Location

May 06, 2023, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Cathy Prieto-Smith's Studio, 331 North Burr Street, Houston, TX 77011



Have you ever been ready to set your stone and dropped it, braking it beyond repair? Have you ever calculated wrong and your stone is just a teeny bit too big? Or you need a small bevel on the bottom of your stone to fit with that meniscus angle? What do you do now? Do you scrap your setting? No! I’ll show you a few tricks to reshape a new one or make that stone a perfect fit. In this workshop we’ll be creating a small cabochon, trimming a stone down to fit an existing bezel cup, and learning the fundamentals of lapidary design. All while working at your bench. You will also learn how to properly drill stones. With this knowledge we will create a fun stone-on-stone pendant. And if time permits, lapping more stones. My goal is to send you home with the knowledge and ability to be fearless toward stone grinding, shaping, polishing, and drilling. And handouts! I love handouts … with lots of pictures.  Lapidary work is one of my passions. I’m excited to share that with you!


Cathy Prieto-Smith


Cathy Prieto-Smith is a Houston-based artist. She has adorned herself with her handmade creations since she was a child. In 1998 she went “official” with Charisma Designs. By 2001 she was studying under Master Jeweler, Val Link, at the University of Houston. She specializes in metal but loves cutting stones, fusing glass, and ceramics. Cathy creates and teaches in her amazing studio in Houston’s artistic EaDo.

Lunch: Please bring a bag lunch.  Some snacks and beverages will be provided by HMAG.

Parking is included and available in the lot next to Cathy's studio.

All materials are included.


  • Member Registration

    Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm BOTH days Lunch: Please bring a bag lunch or a list of nearby restaurants can be provided / is included. Parking is included / not included / available on the street. All materials are included. / A material fee of $___ is to be paid to the instructor. Please bring the following tools/supplies:

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  • Non-Member Registration

    All materials are included in the Workshop fee. Please bring a bag lunch.

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