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03: Tim McCreight, Books from the Bench
While working on his iconic volume, The Complete Metalsmith, Tim McCreight imagined, “What if silver was writing this?” In 1985 he started Brynmorgen Press to provide practical, bench-tested textbooks on metalsmithing and design. Decades later his experiential approach to research led him to co-found the Toolbox Initiative, which delivers new and gently-used tools and silver to jewelers in Africa.
Join Tim and Courtney as they discuss what makes a great jewelry book, the generosity of the jewelry community, and “partnering with metal.”
(P.S.: You’ll also get a sneak preview of an upcoming book by Toolbox Initiative co-founder Matthieu Cheminée!)
|Jan 10, 2020|
02: Karin Jacobson, Keep Throwing Darts
Karin Jacobson confesses to screaming when she learned that she’d won a Saul Bell Design Award. She compares entering contests to “throwing darts and hoping one is going to stick,” and believes in embracing and learning from failure.
In this episode Karin shares her competition experiences, ponders hiring an apprentice, and remembers her own teenage jewelry apprenticeship.
|Dec 23, 2019|
01: Rémy Rotenier, Passion and Lucidity
As a designer, Rémy Rotenier “loves collaborating with good hands.” His own education as a bench jeweler began at age 19—“too old” by the standards of the Écoles de la Rue du Louvre in his native France. During his first time at the bench he drove a diamond bur through his finger, an experience that influenced his decision to “stick with design.” That, and looking through the iconic Tiffany Blue Book: “I thought, ‘Americans are really wild, they design all these crazy things!’”
In this premier episode of For the Love of Jewelers, Rémy takes a break from a week of teaching at Creative Side to share stories from his journey in the jewelry industry, from “discovering” sterling silver as a young designer at Tiffany & Co., to his eponymous line for Bella Luce and JTV, to watching the “walls and ceilings disappear” around his students.
|Nov 25, 2019|