I don't know if traveling outside of NYC for jewelry school would
work for you, but I am a recent student of the Revere Academy in SF
and highly recommend their school. I have attended two other fine
jewelry schools -- GIA for their Applied Jewelry Arts Program and
New Approach for their Graduate Jeweler Program. I had great
experiences at both schools, but as I am working independently and
wanting to create finely crafted, hand-fabricated jewelry, I felt I
needed more training.
The curriculum at the Revere Academy really catered to my needs. It
is very flexible, providing two intensive programs and two open
sessions per year, in addition to their April Master Symposiums. The
talent they bring to teach at the Academy is amazing and there is so
much to learn from them in and out of the classroom. They are all
jewelers working independently of the school and each has unique
experiences to share. One of the things I really enjoyed about the
faculty was just picking their brains to learn more about the
business. And being able to visit some of them in their own studios
was very enlightening.
Because I already had a lot of the basics of bench work, wax
carving, etc., I elected to attend during an open session where I
could pick and choose my classes. That way I could really focus on my
fabrication skills and get the most bang for my buck. Each class in
the open session is typically three days long and very intensive.
Many students attending the open session have jobs back home and
travel to SF during vacations. Also, most of the classes are
scheduled so that you can attend by taking a long weekend.
In addition to learning bench work, Revere has classes to learn
about other aspects of the business such as gemology and trade
practices. And one of the most beneficial was the marketing class
taught by Michael Sturlin. It was just a one-day workshop, but filled
with and resources that will help me launch my business.
One of the most helpful aspects of this class was the on
pricing. Michael really demystified the process and put it into a
formula that anyone could do without having to hire an accountant!
Without a doubt, investing my time and money in the Revere Academy
will really give my business a head start. But I also realize that I
still have much to learn and will return to SF to attend Master
classes whenever I can.