Hi David, Although John Paul Miller did indeed do granulation before
Jean Stark, as far as I understand he did not teach it to many
My father, Robert Kulicke experimented with and worked out a
teachable technique for doing granulation during the 1960’s. He then
taught it to students at his school, originally called the Kulicke
Cloisonne Workshop. Bob is very enthusiastic and taught granulation
to anyone who would listen. His policy was to hold nothing back,
teach all you know.
After getting together with Jean Stark they became more involved
with jewelry making and teaching granulation. My (then) husband
Joseph English and I became their apprentices. Bob and Jean opened the
Kulicke-Stark Academy of Jewelry Art(1972), with 6 of us teaching
Bob Kulicke had a vision to introduce modern jewelers to the ancient
jewelry arts that were largely being ignored at the time.
He had a plan to change the modern jewelry industry, to upgrade the
jewelry being produced, by giving jewelers a sense of history
I believe it is correct that most people doing granulation today
were taught at, or by someone who went to the Kulicke-Stark Academy.
When I look in jewelry galleries and magazines, at web sites, I see
that Bob’s plan has worked wonderfully. I love to see all the
imaginative ways jewelers are using granulation today.
Bob Kulicke has always been a painter primarily and his paintings
are better than ever. He is now 76, living in NYC.
He always says that his jewelry students have way surpassed him with
their granulation skills, which was exactly his plan.