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[Welcome] New Members for July 5, 2008


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Please welcome our newest members!

Jennifer Leigh James
Durham, NC. USA

http://www.jennileighcreations.com

Jewelry designer (predominantly stringing) of 15 yrs. Recent new
student in metalsmithing. Loving learning new techniques.

Vinh Tran
Orange, CA. USA

Hello,

I have been jewelry instructor for the City of Huntington Beach, CA
for 6 years. Gemstones, natural motif, colors… are my passion. I
like to put them together to see how they transform into another
life.

Jewelry making with me therefore a hobby first. Then gradually comes
to a part-time job that can release stress from my legal job.

Sincerely yours
Vinh

Bradley Bowers
Savannah, Georgia. USA

Industrial Designer and Jewelry Designer

Kim D Fox
Mayer, AZ. USA

http://www.findingsdesign.com

I entered the jewelry industry as an adult. Starting jewelry as a
hobby I determined I wanted it as a career. I went to GIA to get my
GG and to study design and then to Revere to take their jewelry
technician intensive.

In 2005 I opened my studio. I have won two international design
awards, one in Hong Kong and another in Denver. I show at juried
artisan shows, but also work at designing unusual jewelry findings
and clasps which I use for my pieces and also sell to other
designers.

Since I have over 4 years experience using CAD as a design tool and
over 25 years in the computer industry before joining the jewelry
industry I would say that a computer is my strongest tool.

I love more traditional jewelry manufacturing techniques and have
taken classes each year to add to my skills. Many people have been
kind and generous to me since I have joined the jewelry industry.
All have known full well I am a newby, but one that wants to learn
and improve. I thank them all.