Monday, January 7, 2013

Create Beautiful Jewelry at Fritz and Friends

Monday, January 7, 2013

If you’re in southeast Michigan and have ever thought about making beautiful metal jewelry, you’ve got to check out Fritz & Friends!  About 10 years ago, I learned how to make a Byzantine chain bracelet.  I needed to buy supplies, and the people at the jewelry supply place told me about Fritz & Friends.  (Back then, it was Fritz Willis.)   And I’ve been there ever since!

Fritz and Friends is a stand-alone jewelry studio in beautiful Franklin, Michigan, where your creativity has no limits.  It offers a fun, friendly and well-equipped learning environment for the study of both basic and advanced techniques in metalsmithing and jewelry making.  Lead instructor, Susan Hoge, has multiple qualifications, including a Masters in Fine Arts from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bachelor of Arts (Studio) from the University of New Mexico, Bachelor of Arts (Creative Arts) from the University of Michigan and Associates in Applied Science (Jewelry Studio) from the Fashion Institute of Technology at the State University of New York.

The studio offers specialized workshops on the weekends, as well as a 10-week session of three-hour day and evening classes (cost is $27 per class; tuition for all 10 weeks is due in full before the session starts).

Fritz & Friends is unique in this region. Students of all ages and walks of life come to learn and work at different levels and paces.  And it’s the kind of place where you can’t help but enjoy yourself.  I like to say that I stick with it because it’s cheaper than therapy.  That’s because I can come in exhausted after a bad day, and by the time I leave, I’m energized and smiling.   

Don't miss out!  A new session begins this week, September 9.  It's not too late to start!    Or you can reserve a place for the Winter session, which starts in January.  Call Jayne at 248-762-4810, or visit  for more information.