Tuesday, September 29, 2009

MJSA Expo West Seminars Posted!

MJSA Expo West Seminars Posted!


At the Bench demoThere’s nothing like learning from the masters—and jewelers who attend MJSA’s At the Bench Live seminars do just that. Featuring the industry’s most renowned experts, At the Bench Live offers a blend of best practices and innovative ideas. It creates an atmosphere in which questions can be posed, solutions offered, and problems solved. And it ensures that attendees can walk away with new ways of solving common problems with uncommon solutions.

But you don’t have to wait to attend a session before you begin participating. Suggest a topic now for a future At the Bench Live demonstration.

MJSA At the Bench Live takes place at MJSA Expo New York, MJSA Expo West (at AGTA GemFair Tucson), and JCK Las Vegas. All seminars are FREE of charge. The current listing of seminars is given below. Please check back for updates!

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All demonstrations below will take place outside the Grand Ballroom of the Tucson Convention Center. For more information, e-mail Rich Youmans, or call 1-800-444-6572, ext. 3025.

Tuesday, Feb. 2
Beginners’ Way to Micro-Pavé

Presenter: Lisa Krikawa

Award-winning jewelry designer Lisa Krikawa will demonstrate a pavé setting technique that, through the use of unique gravers, can help you to bead-set small diamonds and gemstones securely and accurately. Suitable for work on any scale, this information will set you on your way with your pavé practice.

Lisa Krikawa is the founder, designer, and CEO of Krikawa Jewelry Designs Inc. Her designs have won numerous awards, and in 2009 the company was named one of “America’s Best Jewelers” by National Jeweler magazine and received a Southern Arizona Ethics Award from the Better Business Bureau.


Wednesday, Feb. 3
Craft and Creativity: Improvisation at the Bench

Presenter: Alishan Halebian

Alishan RingA master goldsmith renowned for bold and often provocative designs, Alishan will demonstrate how he improvises at the bench to create designs that best showcase specific gems.

Alishan Halebian is a self-taught goldsmith who brings Eastern and Western world cultures together in his distinctive designs. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including several AGTA Spectrum awards, the Contemporary Design Group High Achievement Award, and “Designer of the Year” honors from the Armenian Jewelry Association.


Thursday, Feb. 4
Setting Fancy-Cut Gems 1: A Traditional Approach

Presenter: Lee Krombholz

Lee Krombholz pendantFancy-cut gemstones, with their subtle cut variations, present setters with numerous challenges. In this session, custom designer Lee Krombholz demonstrates traditional wax-working techniques to create cast settings that are appealing, secure, and lasting.

Lee Krombholz is the owner of a third-generation jewelry studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he spends most of his time designing jewelry using computer-aided design and interacting with clients to create “heirlooms of the future.” He has won several major design awards, including awards from the Columbus Jewelry Show and Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America.


Friday, Feb. 5
Setting Fancy-Cut Gems 2: A CAD/CAM Approach

Presenter: Lee Krombholz

Lee Krombholz pinLee Krombholz has won numerous awards for his computer-aided designs. Here, he shows how he uses CAD technology to create a wax model, then applies traditional bench techniques to ensure that model becomes a finished piece that safely and securely holds a fancy-cut gem.

Lee Krombholz is the owner of a third-generation jewelry studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, and he spends most of his time designing jewelry using computer-aided design and interacting with clients to create “heirlooms of the future.” He has won several major design awards, including awards from the Columbus Jewelry Show and Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America.


Saturday, Feb. 6
Working on Heirloom Jewelry: Recycle, Repurpose, Rejuvenate

Presenter: Gary Dawson
More and more customers are asking jewelers to re-work the heirlooms they’ve inherited—jewelry that often has endured years of abuse, faulty repairs, and overall neglect. Goldsmith/designer Gary Dawson shows how to identify the hidden challenges in such pieces, safely remove the gemstones, and either recycle or repurpose them to create modern jewels.

Sunday, Feb. 7

Unique SettingsCreating Unique Settings for Unusual Stones
Presenter: Gary Dawson
Jewelers often must fabricate their own settings to accommodate unusually shaped gemstones. Gary Dawson shows how to make the wire or sheet metal they need for a specific job, and how to create a secure and attractive setting.

Gary Dawson is the founder and co-owner of Goldworks Jewelry Art Studio in Eugene, Oregon, who specializes in creating custom designs that capture the personalities and stories of his customers. A master goldsmith, he is a frequent contributor to MJSA Journal and has delivered seminars and presentations at numerous events, including AGTA GemFair, Portland Jewelry Symposium, and the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology.

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