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Jewelry classes in Maryland?


#1

Can anyone recommend a good metalsmithing/stone setting teacher in
Maryland? I’m going to be relocating to College Park, MD in a month
or so, and I hope to find a teacher or school at which to continue my
studies. I’m a relative beginner (I’ve been studying metalsmithing
for about 6 months), but I am serious about learning the craft.
Ideally, I’d like to learn from a working metalsmith in an informal
environment, rather than attending a school. I will have access to
jewelry-making equipment at a place near my home to practice by
myself, but I will definitely need further instruction with more
advanced projects. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!

Karin
Karin Drew
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HEALTHWORLD COMMUNICATIONS GROUP
A CCG Group Company
100 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
TEL: (212) 625-4247
FAX: (212) 925-0178


#2

Call Jim Burick at the Jewelers Wharehouse on 16th St. in Silver
Spring, Md tell him Lee Spurlock sent you. Sorry I don’t have the
number handy they are a major supplier in the D.C. area with
classrooms inside.


#3

Towson University, just a few miles north of Baltimore, MD, offers
classes at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in
Metalsmithing & Jewelry, as well as hosting workshops sponsored by
the Community Art Center (at Towson University) and The Metals Guild
of Maryland. The curriculum at Towson University is comprehensive
with a diverse student body.

The contact for The Metals Guild of Maryland is Janet Huddie,
Chairperson: janethuddie@netscape.com.

I would be happy to answer additional questions about the
program/curriculum at Towson University: @Baum_Jan and (410)
704-2800 is my direct line.

Jan Baum
Program Coordinator, Metalsmithing & Jewelry
Towson University


#4

The community college in in Montgomery County Maryland has a program
headed by Komelia Okim. (check the archives, this has come up
before.)

Also, the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington, VA has a
nice metalsmithing studio.

Check the Union School at the Torpedo factory in Alexandria, they
have beading type classes and may have some metals.

Elaine Luther
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Certified PMC Instructor
@E_Luther


#5

The community college in in Montgomery County Maryland has a program
headed by Komelia Okim. (check the archives, this has come up
before.)

Also, the Thomas Jefferson Community Center in Arlington, VA has a
nice metalsmithing studio.

Check the Union School at the Torpedo factory in Alexandria, they
may have something, they have had beading in the past.

Elaine Luther
Chicago area, Illinois, USA
Certified PMC Instructor
@E_Luther


#6

Hello Karin,

I have taken many classes in the Baltimore-Washington-Northern
Virginia area. By far the best classes I have ever taken have been
through The Maryland Institute College of Art continuing studies
program in Art jewelry (410) 225-2219 Shana Kroiz is the Director of
the program. I entered a whole new realm of obsession when I took an
epoxy resin class with Betty Heald. I just wanted an inexpensive way
to introduce color to my basic metal designs and ended up taking
about a six month detour into the delights and horrors (HA HA ) of
epoxy resin(aka glue). I just completed a beginning stone setting
class with Julie Koebbe. Julie has worked for some of the more well
known Art Jewelers, Thomas Mann to mention one. She is open and
willing to share her hard earned experienced with those who are just
beginning. My skill level bumped up several notches in the 13 weeks
of class. I cannot recommend Julie and the program at MICA more
highly. Towson University has a program in art jewelry the director
is Judy Baum. I only know of her work which is exceptional, I am not
familiar with the program. Montgomery College in Rockville has a
metals program the Director is Camellia Okim( I have never seen her
name spelled so please forgive me orchidites if I have massacred it.)
I took a forming class with one of the instructors who works there
but the class was not through the college. The forming class with
Michael Breul was fabulous, excellent instructor, reasonable projects
for the rank beginner were introduced and completed within an 8 week
framework. Contact me off list if you would like more or
just want occasional contact with a fellow metal maniac.

Irene C. White
@Rene_White
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