First question to ask yourself, what skills are you lacking? What
knowledge and techniques are the gaps in your education? Then seek
out where to achievethose skills.
We started Jewelry Studies Intl with the concept of teaching a good
foundation of basic skills to build on (which you have already
gained in through your degree in metals). But then, in our Advanced
Jewelry Arts section, we takeyou further into production for the
studio, CAD/CAM, and advanced model making. One of my favorite
classes to teach is Fabrication for Production. Youneed to
understand the shrinkage factors if ever duplicating your work.
After I graduated from college with a degree in metals and Art
Education, I found my skills to be very lacking. I sought out those
that could teach me what I dreamed of: Jean Stark, John Cogswell,
Heiki Seppa, among many others. All were major influences in my
life, each giving me the invaluable knowledgeI so desperately
And advice from my mentors: Be careful of your influences when you
are trying to develop your own voice.
Jewelry Studies International