Add a DIY flair to your look with your own custom-made jewelry. Join a laughter-filled and memorable experience where you’ll learn the basics of jewelry construction, like how to string, crimp, and finish your work. Find out how to bring balance and harmony to your piece so it doesn’t droop, and unveil the secrets of color theory to make your jewelry pop! Walk away from the evening with a necklace and earring set of your own making.

  • Age: Adults and mature teens 16+
  • Session: One-Time Workshop
    • Session 1: Tuesday, March 19 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Session 2: Tuesday, April 16 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Session 3: Tuesday, May 21 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Instructor: Dawn Grady
  • Cost: $80/student
  • Class Size: minimum of 6 students registered to run class; no more than 20 students total
  • Class Location: CCAC’s new home (3412 Clifton Ave)
  • Registration Deadline:
    • Session 1: EXTENDED! March 15
    • Session 2: April 12
    • Session 3: May 17

Dawn Grady
Dawn L. Grady is the owner and designer of Junebug Jewelry, a handcrafted artisan jewelry boutique located in Over-the-Rhine. A mostly self-trained artist, she fell in love with jewelry making after a simple bead-stringing class at the University of Cincinnati’s Communivesity program 14 years ago. Her passion for learning new skills led her to the classrooms of renowned master metalsmiths who taught her the ancient and modern techniques she uses to create her vision of wearable art – combining copper, Argentium silver, and semi-precious gemstones for a truly signature look. In addition to its storefront in Over-the-Rhine, you can find Junebug online at

Deb enjoys teaching art and sharing her love of art-making and its countless therapeutic effects with people of all ages. She has taught and led community-based art projects through the Ohio Arts Council, community arts centers, schools, art museums, and many other organizations. She has created artwork for commissions (including for the Taft Museum of Art and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), and exhibited her artwork made with many media and approaches including, painting, textiles, and installation, in the midwest (including at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center), and occasionally other parts of the country and the world. In college, Deb studied French, art history, and fine art, culminating in a masters degree in fine art in painting. Although her work often appears abstract, or non-representational, the sources of Deb’s inspiration draw on both her inner life and the outer world, and range from nature to human nature.