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Learn Jewelry Making Today

Meltdown Studio is a fully-equipped jewelry making school and open studio workspace offering a wide variety of classes, private instruction, jewelry-making tools, and studio access.

Hands-on Jewelry Education

Meltdown Studio’s jewelry making classes are led by professional jewelry artists and instructors who have real-world experience. Learn tips and shortcuts from experienced professionals.

Communicate with Jewelers

Learn and share your ideas with local students and professionals. Meltdown Studio is an open studio that allows students work with each other for a greater learning experience and inspirational environment.

Popular Classes

Spring is Here Albuquerque!

Meltdown StudioOpen Studio Hours:
Tuesday – 10:00am-8:00pm
Thursday – 10:00am-8:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am-4:00pm
(check calendar for Saturday schedule)


Jewelry-making Studio and Classes

Meltdown Studio, located in downtown Albuquerque, NM is a jewelry/small metals school and open studio workspace. In addition to offering jewelry classes at all levels, Meltdown offers a working studio space, houses five permanent “Bench Mate” artist benches, and is the working studio of jewelry artist Lauren Tobey. Follow us in our journey of creativity!

Meltdown Studio – Jewelry artists during a jewelry-making class

Jewelry Instructor

Lauren Tobey

Jewelry Artist/Instructor

Lauren began working as a bench jeweler in 2001 under a local Albuquerque artist.  During this time she was exposed to the business aspect of crafting for a living and began her own entrepreneurial endeavors.
Her artistic spirit compelled Lauren toward exploration, and she spent the next years traveling in Spain and Central America.  After living in Costa Rica for two years and taking inspiration from natural materials, Lauren was able to incorporate these collected materials and use them in her designs.  She continues to seek inspiration in her surroundings.



“Fabulous studio, fantastic artist and best teacher anyone could have. This is a special place of creativity and support all the way around.”


“Hi Lauren, I just want to say I’m real proud of you! you have grown up so much and It’s been a pleasure to watch you grow. See you Monday so I can move in.”

—Cheri Walker

“You’re the bestest!”

—Tim Sheriff

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From our Blog


Wednesdays are for…WIRE!

The most fun and creative place to be is Meltdown Studio. Today I witnessed pick soldering trepidation turn to confident mastery, as my students turned wire into beautiful chains.