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In the Studio Visit series, see how well-known jewelry makers equip and organize their workspaces. Get inspired and build your own dream studio.

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Sansone Studio

Sometime around 1989 or 1990, I got a call from a friend, Steve Kissler, who owned a small gift shop in Old Town, Mariemont, Ohio. The store was called The Shaker Seed Box and featured furniture, boxes and accessories made in the Shaker style.…

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Studio Beyond Walls June 2010

The show season had come and gone. With my kids still in school, I was unable to participate in the winter fairs in Flordia. I made a promise to myself to find somewhere to put my art. So for the first time in years, I unloaded my van. I figured……

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Studio Visit – Patty Spiro

Although Patty Spiro of Live Oak Studios in Chipley, Florida, doesn’t earn a living making jewelry full time, you wouldn’t know that by looking at her studio. She and her husband have transformed a spare bedroom in their octagon-shaped…

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Studio Visit – Milt Fischbein

Safety is key in Milt Fischbein’s studio. Milt Fischbein of Milt Fischbein Metal Arts in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, recently moved his 20-year-old business into a new studio location. While he reused most of what he had in his original…

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A Conversation with John Marshall

John Marshall was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1936. After serving in the Armed Forces and doing construction work, Marshall began his college study in 1958 with one year of business administration. By 1960 his attention had been redirected…

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Studio Jewelers Sabbatical

Studio Jewelers Sabbatical. You know the feeling. No matter what you do there’s never enough time! Well, after 17 very long years I finally managed to “buy” some. Here is how, and why, I did it. Where it will lead me, only time…

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Tom Markusen: Holloware Maker with Integrity

It may surprise some, judging from Tom Markusen studio output, that the production objects are handmade, without the use of dyes, props or molds. The objects are smithed straight from the forge, from red to black heat, from the mid-section…

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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Toronto

In the Ojibway language, Toronto means “meeting place.” At this site on the northern shore of Lake Ontario 18th-century French and English traders met native Indians to barter for fur pelts. Today Toronto is a city of over two…

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Master Metalsmith Alan Adler

I first discovered Allan Adler’s Silversmithing Shop about 23 years ago when I arrived in Southern California to begin my metalsmithing teaching career at California State University, Long Beach. His shop was located on Sunset Boulevard…

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The Goldsmiths: Studio & Shop

Reviving the virtually dead enameling technique plique-à-jour, which means “the light of day as seen through a membrane,” has been a challenge to Jean Sampel and Susan Noland since the late 1960s. Their interest in this technique,…

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Successful Artists Collaboration

When Theo Janson and Vanessa Compton moved into the winding basement studio space on Toronto’s Markham Street in May 1978, they were not thinking that a short four years would find them moving again to a larger windowed storefront, that…

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Master Metalsmith Dorothy Sturm

Entering the enameling studio, one is struck by its openness. Light fills the space. Shelves are lined with organic vessel forms and dense architectural silhouettes. Glass and pools of color illuminate the density of these shapes, creating…

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Large Scale Enameling at The Enamel Foundation

The Enamel Foundation provides the furnace and offers the use of their standard workshop tools, equipment and workshop enamels. (A word about workshop enamels, considering the investment of time and expenses, one might want to supply his/her…

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Large Scale Enameling at JSW Studio

After a long break we have restarted the JSW Enamel Studio, Vashind, Mumbai. A major effort was made in October 2004 to set up this facility for large scale enamel on steel with the combined efforts of Ms. Sangita Jindal and Ms. Veenu Shah of…

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Studio Visit – Gary Noffke

Remote by design, the home and studio of Gary Noffke do indeed take you to that ‘other place.’ Once you have cleared the formidable driveway, you are on a rise that resonates with the echoes of the active creek below. The smell of fresh ginger in…

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Studio Visit – Andrew Goss and Sandra Noble Goss

Some artists leave the big city reluctantly, chased out by high rents. For Owen Sound, Canada-based jewelers Andrew Goss and Sandra Noble Goss, living away from an urban center was a conscious choice that has driven their careers. The pair…

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Studio Visit – Doug Wilson

Sarah’s Way is the name of the short dirt road leading up to Wilson’s studio and home. He, his wife mixed-media artist Jennifer Morrow Wilson, their eight-year-old daughter Sarah, and ‘Dog’ the dog live here. It is a two-story wooden frame home…

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Studio Visit – Jeffrey Herman

Jeffrey Herman is an accomplished silversmith, master of holloware repair, and the founding director of the Society of American Silversmiths. His live/work space includes areas devoted to each of these specialties. The front door opens…

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Studio Visit – Abrasha’s Studio

Abrasha occupies about 300 square feet of neat, well organized space. Unlike many jewelers, who make do with garages, kitchen tables, barns, and industrial offices, often characterized by a lack of light, he enjoys a corner office with large…

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Studio Visit – Daniel Brush

The intimate bond between Brush’s creative and personal life is evident upon entering his Manhattan loft. The kitchen and dining area abut a well-equipped machine shop, while bedrooms peak out from behind a white gallery wall. The loft’s…

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Studio Visit – Metalpeople

Artist’s with shared sensibilities and needs often come together to form co-operative studios in order to reduce overhead, share equipment, and develop a greater sense of community. In 1989, with these goals in mind, Paulette Werger, Lynn…

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Studio Visit – Christina Smith

Keeping a life in balance isn’t easy, and for the studio artist it’s a push-pull between dealing with the outside world and making time and space for creativity. California artist Christina smith manages to do both, at the price of working a…

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Studio Visit – Tom Joyce

The anvil anchors his studio. Rows of hammers and tools along one long wall communicate with the storage of rolling stock on another. Hung from the ceiling, a forged iron spike pierces a fluted-edge home of newspaper. That is a Joyce sculpture,…

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Studio Visit – Cynthia Eid

Consisting of three small rooms crammed with tooks, boxes, and books (including a spare bathroom complete with shower stall/patina spray booth), the studio is part and parcel of Eids home. This is not a grand sanctuary, it is the workspace…

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Studio Visit – Daniel Jocz

Upon reaching the porch of Daniel Joczs Cambridge studio and home, I recalled having been there briefly for a party during one of Mass Arts successful symposiums more than seven years earlier. Jocz and I met again at Haystacks New Works workshop…

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10 Key Ingredient of Retail Success

After 30 years in the jewelry industry working as a bench jeweler, sales professional, manager and owner, Michael Gerwig had a very clear image of how he wanted to establish and build his new store in Fayetteville, AR. He envisioned Michael-Seigler…

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Studio Visit – Fred Fenster

With barely a square inch unoccupied, Fensters studio is tightly
packed into that basement space. The setup reflects the breadth of
his love affair with metal, with areas designated for spinning and
other lathe work, forming,…

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Studio Visit – Nanopod Hybrid Studio

At Nanopod Hybrid Studio in Toronto, owner and chief alchemist Tosca Terran forms metal and glass into elegant adornments of otherworldly beauty. Under her leadership students learn to manipulate materials, and follow her path in the creation…

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Studio Visit – Namu Cho

Set in a deeply wooded area of Bethesda, Maryland, Namu Chos brick house at first appears to be similar to those of his neighbors. Yet this resemblance stops abruptly at his front door, hand carved with an imposing image of two eagles, the larger…

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Studio Visit – Jack and Marilyn da Silva

Most jewelers and sculptors are quite satisfied to have one studio of their own. Between them, Jack and Marilyn da Silva have four — each have one for their day jobs, Jacks Metals Design Studio in El Sobrante, California is a third, and then there…

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Clasp with an eagle and its prey

Clasp with an eagle and its prey Gold, turquoise inlay Parthian (Iran) ca. A.D. 1st2nd century This solid gold ornament is in the form of a roundel with two projecting elements that have slots for the attachment of a strap. The rim of the roundel,…

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Robin Waynee and Ryan Roberts – For the Love of Jewelers

For the Love of Jewelers. Award-winning independent jewelers Robin Waynee and Ryan Roberts open up their studio to give us a glimpse at their process behind their work. Both are Spectrum and Saul Bell Design Award winners who have reached the…

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Ronda Coryell – For the Love of Jewelers

For the Love of Jewelers. Go inside the studio of award-winning jewelry artist, Argentium expert and beloved instructor Ronda Coryell to learn a little about how she got her start in the industry and what it is about making jewelry that makes…

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Shane Hendren, What Makes You a Jeweler?

We believe it starts with the spark of an idea. And becomes the insatiable desire to turn that idea into a work of wearable art. To shape metal into a thing of beauty. To transform nature’s raw elements into something greater than the sum…

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Inside Auriou Toolworks – How Files are Made

Produced by Auriou Toolworks, this 10-minute video reveals the fascinating world of traditional rasp-making at Forge De Saint Juery in France. Since 1858, Auriou Toolworks has been making free forged hand tools for wood, stone, and plaster.…

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Sculptures by Noah Deledda

Irony & Aluminum The hidden beauty of the can’s polished aluminum surface is revealed. By hand, I apply dents to sculpt patterns of shapes onto the can’s surface. The designs are made possible by the structural properties…

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Metal Mirrors – Mr. Akihisa

From 2012-2013 Gucci Japan produced an online video series called “Hand” that payed homage to 35 artists and designers who eschew modern mass-production in favor of traditional techniques.

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Tsuji and Kenichi – Wire mesh artists

From 2012-2013 Gucci Japan produced an online video series called “Hand” that payed homage to 35 artists and designers who eschew modern mass-production in favor of traditional techniques.

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Mr. Takahiro Yagi – Copper Tea Containers

From 2012-2013 Gucci Japan produced an online video series called “Hand” that payed homage to 35 artists and designers who eschew modern mass-production in favor of traditional techniques.

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Mr. Shigeo Aoshima – Gold foil artist

From 2012-2013 Gucci Japan produced an online video series called “Hand” that payed homage to 35 artists and designers who eschew modern mass-production in favor of traditional techniques.

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Forming Tin Holloware (Hand)

From 2012-2013 Gucci Japan produced an online video series called “Hand” that payed homage to 35 artists and designers who eschew modern mass-production in favor of traditional techniques.

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Utsushi – in search of Katsuhira’s tiger. Part 2

A short documentary film that follows classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a lost masterpiece by the 19th century Mito tsuba artist, Hagia Katsuhira. The project and filming was funded by Mr Bob Morrison and took place…

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Utsushi – in search of Katsuhira’s tiger. Part 1

A short documentary film that follows classical Japanese metal artist Ford Hallam as he recreates a lost masterpiece by the 19th century Mito tsuba artist, Hagia Katsuhira. The project and filming was funded by Mr Bob Morrison and took place…

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Charles Lewton-Brain, Artist-goldsmith

Artist-goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain describes his approach to jewellery-making and how he finds inspiration in nature. Governor General’s Awards in Visual and Media Arts 2012…

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MAISON CHAPLIN – Van Cleef & Arpels – The Process

Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels, the most comprehensive exhibition ever organized of Van Cleef & Arpels’ masterworks. This unprecedented assembly of 350 pieces from Van Cleef & Arpels’ collection…

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Coiling tube

I made this tube coiling device based on a post by David Cruickshank. The drawbench I made up myself.

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Anodizing Titanium and Niobium

http://TitaniumRingsForever.com and Chris Boothe demonstrate the coloring of titanium and niobium through electrical anodizing. A process combining science and art, it is used in the creation of titanium wedding rings and other titanium…

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Process: Beach Glass Jewelry with Wildpen

I have met a few cockatoos in my day, but on this day, in early June, I met Sunny and FlaxMan, two Umbrella Cockatoos who help run wildpen, an Etsy shop where they sell handmade (er… beak- and talon-made) gifts. Unfortunately, Hope, a Moluccan…

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Process: Fused Dichroic Glass Rings by zulasurfing

zulasurfing is comprised of husband and wife duo, Gil and Irena, based in New York. Gil is originally from Israel and Irena was born in Russia. They fashion a variety of brilliant jewelry pieces in their small, but well equipped studio in the…

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Spinning

Spinning a silver chalice base. Ditchling, East Sussex…

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Call for entry – 10,000 Hours

We need your metal to realize our Nuit Blanche 2009 installation of 10,000 metal objects symbolizing the hours of dedication and practice needed to become a master craftsman. If you really want to send us brass knuckles please make sure they…

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Metal Arts Guild of Canada 10,000 Hours

This stop motion film has been created with the metal contributed to the Nuit Blanche 10,000 Hours project. An installation of 10,000 metal objects symbolizing the hours of dedication needed to master an art or craft. Visit http://www,metalartsguild.ca…

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Beach Glass Jewelry with Wildpen

I have met a few cockatoos in my day, but on this day, in early June, I met Sunny and FlaxMan, two Umbrella Cockatoos who help run wildpen, an Etsy shop where they sell handmade (er… beak- and talon-made) gifts. Unfortunately, Hope, a Moluccan…

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Fused Dichloric Glass Rings by zulasurfing

We bring you this video featuring Gil, a former jackhammer operator who now grinds and fuses glass. zulasurfing is comprised of husband and wife duo, Gil and Irena, based in New York. Gil is originally from Israel and Irena was born in Russia.…

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Ziptie Rings by Metalnat

The studio of Natalia Gomensoro, aka Metalnat, walks the line of serene organization and cluttered potential. Natalia grew up in Uruguay and comes to jewelry with a background in design and architecture. She got started making jewelry in…

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Sustainable Wooden Jewelry by PrasseinDesignStudio

Seattle native Shawn Taylor of prasseindesignstudio is sharing her process of making a wooden wrist cuff with us in conjunction with our themes of woodworking and jewelry making. As a designer, Shawn works with architects designing spaces,…

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Handmade Portraits: Bruce Metcalf

Bruce Metcalf has dedicated almost forty years of his life to the creation and historiography of American Studio Craft. He makes his exquisite jewelry with the utmost care and precision. On average most of the pieces take two months to create,…

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La Desirade

La Desirade – Bijouterie, atelier artisan joaillier…

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