I just got back from teaching Professional Stone Setting at
Idyllwild Arts in Idyllwild Ca. http://www.ganoksin.com/gnkurl/ep81xs
OMFG! It was so beautiful up there. An entire campus dedicated to
the arts set in the beautiful tree covered mountains above Palm
I was so impressed with the selection of tools and machinery in the
tool room. I had a full time assistant, Carol Kornievsky, who set my
classroom up, ran errands, kept me from getting lost on campus, and
always had a nice bottle of wine handy back at the dorm. The entire
staff were so supportive and helpful. The other teachers were all so
much fun to hang with and swap tech tips and ideas with.
Not too often that I get a week of full time art, good food,
wilderness and big fun.
I am so proud of my 12 students. All of them were Studio/arts
They all buckled down and really worked hard to meet my high gem
setting expectations. By day two they could easily look at a jewelry
magazine and tell me what was wrong with the setting techniques of
the jewelry in the photos.
By day two they were also setting v-caps on pear shaped stones. They
learned how to prep gravers properly, alter pliers for stone setting
and make pushers.
If you have the chance I can't recommend enough going up there for
Deb Jemmott was instrumental in inviting me to teach. I can't thank
her enough. She's a great teacher and big fun to hang and teach with.
So next year sign up and go. You wont regret it.
Have fun and make lots of jewelry.