Jewelry books as inspiration: As mentioned earlier, “Jewelry Making
and Design” by Rose and Cirino from the 1940s is great (Dover
Publications). Not only does it show the design process and
construction of lots of Arts and Crafts and Deco looking jewelry, but
it also conveys a very classical approach to sculpting and making
jewelry in general.
Tim McCreight’s book, “Complete Metalsmith” is so full of information
and easy to read that it cannot be left off my list.
But probably my all time favorite is Phillip Morton’s “Contemporary
Jewelry” from the 60’s (Holt Rinehart Winston). It may be difficult
to find these days. It was my inspiration and I poured over every
photo and procedure until the book fell apart and I kept it together
with rubber bands.
And then there are the non-jewelry books that get my mind clicking.
Books on architecture, graphic design, fashion design, interior
design and high tech design. Between those and the world around us, I
have never run dry of ideas, just the time to bring them to fruition.
Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
760 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102