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Pittsburgh Jewelry Attractions


#1

I will be moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in a few months, and
I’m wondering if anyone has about the jewelry and crafts
scene in Pittsburgh. I am a beginner metalsmith, and I would love
to know which local art school / craft center offer jewelry &
metalsmithing classes and workshops. Also, are there any good trade
shows, jewelry suppliers, or bead shops in the Pittsburgh area that
I should know about? Any would be greatly appreciated.

Teresa Lin


#2

Teresa Lin Pgh. is my home town. My first interest in jewelry making
was there way back at the young age of 12 around 1962. The
neighborhood I grew up in had and I believe still has a craft, art
and painting center. It’s in Mellon Park in the Shadyside /
Pointbreeze area Forbes & Shady Ave. Its known as the Mellon Art
Center. I loved hanging around at the classes and the monthly shows
held in the gallery. Also the area of Shadyside is known for it’s
boutiques, art and craft galleries, metal/jewelry smith shops. This
is also next to Oakland and University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie
Mellon University and the Frick Art & History Museum. And of huge
interest is the massive gem stone mineral collection at the Museum.
An annual Gem Society meet is held there every year I believe.
Pittsburgh is a very cultural town and these neighborhoods are the
center of it. Also, there is a building in downtown Pgh. named the
Clark Bldg. It’s about 8 floors of jewelers, supply houses and trade
shops. I moved away in 71 but get back about every two years to visit
family. I then moved to another great Penn. city, Philadelphia. That
is where I got my formal education in Metal Work and Sculpture. At
the then named Philadelphia College of Art & Pennsylvania Academy of
Fine Art. Now enjoying the good life in S. E. Florida for the past 20
years. I wish you well in The Burg as the locals call it. A beautiful
city with much going on. Let me know the community you will be
living in, maybe I know something about it and proximity to the above
areas. I also know a few in the jewelry biz there who might be of
assistance.

Also, my brother has a business in Pgh. He’s a Luthier (makes
guitars) as well as repair, teaching and playing stringed
instruments.

Jim Mannella