Susan Ryza Jewelry Classes

Santa Monica, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

In the past 8 years or so, I've taught over 500 students. Many of them have been coming back to my classes year after year. I am constantly studying new jewelry-making techniques & materials and adding to my repertoire of classes.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love when students tell me that learning to make jewelry has improved their lives. I've had people tell me they were depressed or had low self esteem or no direction in life before, and now they are excited about this new skill. It's my tiny way of helping the world.


Santa Monica, CA 90402

Years in business


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12 Reviews
  • Shane P. Jun 26, 2016
    Custom Jewelry
    Verified Review
    awesome experience - very professional and people friendly. thanks for the amazing necklace and bracelet shane
  • Antonia D. Jun 21, 2015
    Custom Jewelry
    Verified Review
    Susan is terrific! She is very attentive, personable and her prices are very reasonable. Most important, she is very knowledgeable about jewelry making and repair. So happy to have found her on Thumbtack. 40 years of accumulated jewelry needing repair are now getting new life.
  • Frances R. Jun 9, 2015
    Susan is an extremely knowledgable person and she is a great teacher. She's patient, creative, and very accommodating. I highly recommend her classes.
  • Peggy J. Jun 6, 2015
    Susan's classes are accompanied by very comprehensive instructions with photos that make doing a project much easier. Her demonstration is clear and her bead selection and tool and materials selection is excellent and reasonable.
  • Kim C. Jun 27, 2013
    Susan is kind patient and an awesome teacher! She can show you how to make almost any kind of jewelry. I love her.
  • Barbara J. Jun 13, 2013
    I have taken classes from Susan for four years now, and have so much from her. The day of her class is the best day of the week for me. She is always coming up with new designs and techniques so that we are constantly learning new things.
  • Marlyn K. Jun 11, 2013
    Susan Ryza is a teacher who is a master of her craft. She presents projects that are interesting and diversified, with the appropriate materials readily available. She is patient and thorough and is aware of individual differences and modifies her lessons accordingly. She is outstanding.
  • Denise O. Jun 10, 2013
    I love Susan Ryza Jewelry class and all the unique and different projects she provides for us. It is wonderful to get together with other creative people and make these designs together. Being creative helps be productive and stimulates my brain. Thank you
  • Renee A. Jun 10, 2013
    Susan is extremely knowledgeable about the subject of jewelry making, and is a very patient teacher, especially with new students.
  • Rosemary L. Jun 10, 2013
    Susan is patient and knowledgeable. Have taken classes in jewelry making for a long time from her and still learning new useful techniques. You can also get tools and other supplies from her and learn how to use them. She teaches simple to more advanced jewelry making techniques in a pleasant learning setting and will answer any questions one might have. If there is a technique you want to learn let her know she will teach you how to do. Susan's classes achieve a 5 star rating.
  • Nadine N. Jun 10, 2013
    Susan's classes are so much more than I ever expect. As I'm working, I see the possibilities because she's given us the foundation to build upon. By the end of class, you've learned the technique because you've completed a project. Susan's classes are relaxed and informal. I've taken many and will continue for as long as Susan teaches them! She's great, her classes are great. I get lost in the work!
  • Judi F. Aug 10, 2011
    I have taken many different jewelry making classes from Susan Ryza and she has really helped me develop alot of different styles and techniques. Susan is very easy to learn from, and very helpful to all the individuals in her classes. I have really enjoyed taking lessons from her and would highly recommend her to anyone who is interested in classes.


What types of customers have you worked with?
I teach weekly classes at Emeritus College (part of Santa Monica College), and I also teach through Santa Monica College's Continuing Education program. My most recent classes have been Kumihimo, Wire Rings, Chain Maille, Making Chains & Clasp from Wire, and Bead & Jewelry Basics. In my home studio classes, I have recently taught Sheet Metal Stamping & Texturing, Metal Patina, Viking Knit Bracelets & Necklaces, Spool Knit Necklaces & Leather/Chain Weaving. I usually teach jewelry-making techniques through the completion of specific projects, and my project list includes about 240 different techniques. Please let me know what particular type of jewelry-making methods you are interested in.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
The recent Metal-Stamping & Viking Knit classes I've taught at my home studio have been so popular that I've had to break them into 2 or 3 groups rather than the original single class I had planned.