About Us

Albuquerque’s fully-equipped jewelry making school and open studio workspace, Meltdown Studio offers a wide variety of classes, private instruction, studio access, and also houses ten permanent bench rentals to local jewelry artists who enjoy 24-hour access to the studio as well as a creative and supportive working environment. Located at 601 Menaul Blvd. NW, Albuquerque NM 87107, the studio was founded by jewelry artist Lauren Tobey in 2006.  Meltdown Studio features:

  • State-of-the-art Equipment
  • Professional Jewelry Instructors
  • Fun and Collaborative Environment
  • Open Studio and Jeweler Benches
  • Hands-on learning and Education

Lauren Tobey

Lauren has been a jewelry and metals artist for the past fifteen years, and has been an instructor for the past ten years. Her experiences range from teaching private instruction to large classes. Lauren has had the opportunity to teach both at Meltdown Studio and at other facilities, including Rio Grande Jewelry, and The Baton Rouge Bead Company, The Bosque School, Cottonwood Gulch, and more. She has judged and juried several art shows and competitions in New Mexico.

Lauren’s passion for metalwork is paired with her enthusiasm for sharing its many fascinating qualities with her students. Her teaching methodology includes up-close demonstrations, and ample opportunities for her students to use their own creativity in conjunction with the skills they learn during classes. Lauren encourages her students and offers support in technique, design, and gallery representation.

Constantly looking for challenges in the construction of her work, Lauren believes in taking the most fundamental techniques and using them in intriguing and complex designs. Each piece of jewelry Lauren creates demonstrates quality craftsmanship and she believes that every piece should make a statement as it reflects the beauty that surrounds us. Her custom designs manifest these beliefs.

Currently, Lauren’s work is largely based on organic materials she finds in her surrounding environment. These materials include bones, skulls, twigs, seeds, pods, and native New Mexico grasses and plants. Cast in sterling silver, gold, and antique bronze, these materials are transformed into stunning adornments, as their beauty is captured and made permanent.

View Lauren’s collections


101 Amherst Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106
Phone: (505) 265-8352

103-C Bent Street (Near the top of Bent Street, across from the Taos Inn, Downtown Taos)
Taos, New Mexico 87571
Phone: 575.758.8590

National Ornamental Metal Arts Museum
374 Metal Museum Dr, Memphis, TN 38106
(901) 774-6380

Albuquerque Art Museum Shop
2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104
(505) 242-4600

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    1. Hi Janet! The next Intermediate Small Metals class is scheduled for Wednesday evenings in April: April 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 5:00-8:30pm. Please contact me if you have any additional questions, thank you! Best, Lauren

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