By Lillian Bowe
Freedom to make whatever jewelry is in Michael Sanchez’s mind is one of the reasons he took Art 271 on jewelry making this summer at Eastern New Mexico University.
Sanchez, from Las Vegas, New Mexico, has made a key chain and a ring during the four-week course and is now working on gauges for his ears.
“This class, you get to work with your hands and create whatever your mind can imagine,” Sanchez said.
Sanchez and 13 other students are taking the jewelry-making class. The class is taught by Greg Senn, who has been teaching the class for 28 years. It’s one of several unique classes offered during the summer semesters.
“The first half of the class, I teach them different techniques on how to make different types of jewelry. The second half they can go on their own and create what they want,” Senn said.
Mary Ella Caviness, from Bovina, Texas, said she took the same class in 1986. She is retaking the class to get reintroduced into jewelry making.
“I really like making jewelry, but I forgot some of the techniques, so I wanted to come back and relearn it,” Caviness said.
Caviness said she has made two bracelets, a necklace, a ring with stone inlay and a key chain. On Wednesday, Caviness was making a ring for her son.
Before the ring is actually made, the student must make a mold out of plastic for the ring. Caviness’ ring has her son’s cattle brand carved in it.
“I have been working for weeks getting the brand carved perfectly,” Caviness said.
Caviness said this is one of the best classes she has taken and it is a lot of fun.
Senn said he has fun every time he teaches this class.
“I like the fact that the class has a lot of variety. It’s never the same,” Senn said.
Senn said it is the perfect summer class, because the students can make anything they want and it is relaxed.
Jason Nielson from Tucumcari said he really enjoys the class and was surprised how much he liked it.
“It is a lot of fun and we learned a lot of different ways to make jewelry,” Nielson said.
These are some of the other unique summer courses ENMU is offering this semester:
• Professor Charles Broz is teaching an online course called the History of Cooking. The class goes over the origins of modern day foods and its impact on civilization.
• Music Appreciation: A survey of Rock ‘n’ Roll has students listen to music and gain an appreciation of music from several cultures and times. The online class is being taught by Donnie O’Hare.
• Global Health Care: The course evaluates the health care systems in other countries and goes over the many global health issues including ethics and economics. The online class is being taught by Irma Goodrich.