Monday, December 20, 2010

JETs on the Move: Jennifer Smith-Righter at The Revere Academy of Jewelry Art

Our very own Jennifer Smith-Righter of WearableByDesign is a magnificently talented jewelry artist. Back in June, Jennifer was honored with an Honorable Mention Award in the 2010 Silver Accessories Contest in Tokyo, Japan. Her winning necklace, Equilibrio , was the only US entry to win an award out of 647 worldwide submissions in this year’s competition. The piece was held on display at the National Art Center, Tokyo from June 23 – July 5, 2010. Recently, Jenn took a course geared toward perfecting techniques for the professional jeweler. The course Jenn took was the Jewelry Technician Intensive course at the Revere Academy . It was a total of 320 hours of instruction and lab time. The classes were 8 weeks, 5 days a week, where they learned the basics of the jewelry trade. The courses were broken down into the following components with materials to learn and to practice with: Casting Fabrication 1: Beginning Fab 2: Chains & Carving Fab 3: Construction Polishing & Finishing Repair 1: Basic Repair 2: Intermediate Setting 1: Basic Setting 2: Prongs Setting 3: Beads & Pave Trade Practices The sessions were split up into morning and afternoon sessions. Students were taught mainly by Alan Revere himself as well as Vaskin Tanielian and occasional instruction in other subjects by various members of the staff. It was very cleverly crafted so that each new subject taught built directly upon the previous project and felt very natural. The largest and most time consuming project they did was a box ring. This was one of the few projects where students were able to incorporate their own design. The project was to create a box ring and to decorate it using a sheet of roughly 1 inch square 14 k gold. They were to use less than 8 hours total time spent and could incorporate any other components or processes that they felt comfortable with. You can see the entire class' finished rings here. "My box ring was not the most creative ring -- there were several who were far more creative, but I was in a very serious frame of mind and wanted to focus on doing the task at hand rather than being a clever designer. I figured I could do that when I had my solid foundation of principles to draw from (insert giggle here!). "~Jennifer Smith-Righter

"So now, I'm eager to use my newly minted skills to create designs that incorporate gold and gems in ways I was unable to accomplish before. If anyone is even considering taking this course, I cannot recommend it highly enough!"~ Jennifer Smith-Righter

Congrats Jenn on your award and on completing such a rigorous course! You are an inspiration to the whole team!

15 comments :

LittleBrownBird (Mary) said...

Gorgeous work, Jenn! Congrats! You're a rock star!

SilverSmack said...

Amazing work, Jenn! You were already fantastic. . . You will really blow us away now with your new skills!

SendingLoveGallery said...

Wow! I always knew you were amazing but now you've proved it!

marciejanedesigns said...

This is simply amazing. I am in awe of the talent and amount of work you have put into your training and jewelry. Congratulations on such a wonderful achievement!

Jennifer said...

Thanks, ladies!!

Dawanna Young said...

So excited to see what you create in the coming months! The ring is stellar~

capitalcitycrafts said...

Fabulous ring! I can't wait to see how you put your new skills to work!

Erika Price said...

What a gorgeous ring, Jen! Well done on completing the intensive course - you are such a talented artist, and I love your work so much I just can't wait to see what you come up with next!

SatinDollCo said...

Absolutely gorgeous ring. You are such a talented artist.

AbacusBeadCreations said...

Great article. Jennifer is so talented!

What a gorgeous ring!

Dashery Jewelry said...

Wow! Wonderful ring!

Lisa @thebeadgirl said...

wow jenn, this is so awesome! we are proud to have you as a JET! your talent is amazing!

Designs by Victoria said...

That ring is amazing!

DG Jewelry Designs said...

Fabulous ring.

jemsbyjb said...

A wonderfully gifted artist for sure. Love the ring.