Wild Rice Retreat Announces Dedicated Jewelry Studio

Bayfield, Wisconsin. Wild Rice Retreat continues to celebrate the successful launch of its 2018 season and is thrilled to announce the formation of a dedicated jewelry studio as part of its mission to nurture and empower creativity through the “expression” pillar of its programming calendar.

Lissa Flemming, metalsmith, owner of Silverwaves Jewelry, and jewelry instructor, approached Wild Rice Retreat with an idea to bring jewelry arts more permanently to the Chequamegon Bay area. Ms. Flemming led Wild Rice Retreat’s first jewelry workshop in May 2018 and it was welcomed with great success. The natural lighting and beauty of the space for creating art, and the interest and enthusiasm of her students at the workshop fueled Lissa’s vision for creating a dedicated and permanent jewelry studio at Wild Rice Retreat.

The dedicated jewelry studio space provides a wonderful facility for classes, workshops, retreats, demonstrations and jewelry labs. Precious Metal Clay (PMC), soldering, forging, beading and designing are just a few of the jewelry-focused topics that will be taught by local and national instructors. Currently, the studio has two oxy-propane torches as well as butane torches, an enameling and PMC kiln, buffing wheel, hand tools, task lamps, jeweler’s benches, Foredom Flex Shafts, magnetic mass finisher and a jewelry-specific photography station. And this is just the beginning; further development of the studio space will include additional equipment over time.

Winter metalsmithing workshops are scheduled to take place in January, instructed by Lissa Flemming of Silverwaves Jewelry. Open Jewelry Labs will make a comeback, supervised by Lissa and other local metal-smiths. In Spring of 2019, Donalee Kennedy joins the teaching faculty with assistance from Lissa Flemming. In October 2019, Wild Rice Retreat will welcome internationally known instructor, Richard Salley for a multi-day jewelry retreat. Additional retreat and workshops dates are in process. Wild Rice Retreat is honored to be working with Ms. Flemming and other respected jewelry artists to bring additional education about jewelry making to the area.

A full calendar of upcoming events can be found online.

About Wild Rice Retreat

Rooted in the idea of exploring and supporting artistic expression in nature, Wild Rice Retreat is a space for artistic and healing workshops, classes, meeting space, and special events. Wild Rice Retreat focuses on nurturing individual creativity and human development with space supporting programming in the areas of nourishment, expression, and movement.

Attracting high quality local, regional, and national instructors, the Wild Rice Retreat team works to create the most vibrant, creative and beautiful destination retreat center in the upper Midwest. Local partnerships foster and support the Chequamegon Bay arts community, businesses and residents.


Jennifer Albrecht, Director
Wild Rice Retreat
(715) 779-0178

Heidi Zimmer