Handmade jewelry classes since 1974
The founder of Jewelry Arts Inc, Robert Kulicke was fascinated by granulation and other ancient arts like Byzantine enameling and was determined to learn the processes. Starting in the late 1950s, he experimented and drew other like-minded individuals to work together in his home studio. It took Bob and his then wife Jean Stark 23 years to understand and be able to teach granulation. Teaching was something Bob was particularly passionate about. He felt that keeping secrets in art was wrong, and he was determined to teach granulation and the other skills he mastered to all comers from his studio, which began formally in 1974 in New York City and still continues today as Jewelry Arts Inc. Bob’s students taught others and Jewelry Arts itself has continued to teach generations of students who, in turn, teach others. All modern granulation in America can be traced back to Robert Kulicke, who believed art was for the betterment of us all.
We continue today in the spirit of exploration, adding new skills and new school projects constantly.
Jewelry Arts specializes in one-one instruction, with a team-teaching approach that results in a student-teacher ratio of 4 to 5 to 1. All instructors are highly trained and experienced jewelers and teachers. Instructors work with students at each step of production and are thoroughly equipped to discuss and demonstrate techniques and help solve problems encountered by students at all levels.
Why isn’t there a set curriculum?
The primary reason we don’t have a set class curriculum is you. It was clear to the founders of JAI in 1974 (as it is to us today) that a set curriculum only benefits the teacher. Having all students do exactly the same thing, at the same time, regardless of their comprehension level is not good for students. It leaves beginner students lost and more advanced students bored. Every student learns at their own pace, so that is how we teach you. We have one teacher for every 4-5 students so each student gets individualized attention and can work on the jewelry projects that spark their interest. We strive to provide the very best learning experience for each student and that means letting you create at your own pace.
Our studio at Jewelry Arts is fully equipped to facilitate your learning experience. There is one kiln and one Smith acetylene torch for every two students. All of our rolling mills, hammers, drawplates, lapidary equipment, draw benches, flexible shafts, anvils, and grinding and polishing equipment are free for student use. Lockers are available for a rental fee. We also provide free wireless internet access. To-the-trade stone dealers are available.
What are some of your most popular classes that you offer on CourseHorse?
Our most popular workshops are Lens Setting, Prong Experience, Soldering Demystified, Pearl Knotting and Forged Cuffs.
How long have you been in business? Can you share a bit more about your history?
Robert Kulicke, the founder of Jewelry Arts Inc, started experimenting in the late 1950s and drew other like-minded individuals including his wife Jean Stark to work together in his home studio. His studio began formally in 1974 in New York City and still continues today.
What is your average class size?
Our weekly classes have 4-5 students per teacher.
What is your typical student like? What are their goals?
Our students are typically those who desire for personal creative growth, wherever that may lead.
Can you recommend activities to do in the neighborhood before or after class?
We are located near Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Overall the class was good. Valerie as a teacher was very patient especially since I was an absolute beginner. For some reason I thought it was going to be a simple earring project using basic supplies. No way did I envision having to use a torch to anneal the metal, pickle to clean it, a drill to make holes, a jeweler's saw and blade to cut out the design and then solder and flux to attach a jump ring etc. In order to make more of these I would either have to pay for bench time or invest in some costly materials and tools. This is not a simple make at home project but I walked away with a pair of lovely handmade earrings and jewelry-making techniques that I had only seen and read about in books prior to taking this class. I would definitely recommend this school and their classes and workshops if you are serious about learning the fundamentals of jewelry design. Thanks!
Fantastic instructor, Melissa was very knowledgeable and passionate about her craft. It was a pleasure taking the course, I learned much more than expected. I love the fact that she gave us clear directions, she stressed safety while encouraging our creativity. Highly recommend this class to all.
Really great class. Lots of personal attention and a great facility.
I had lots of fun, and learned great techniques, tips and tricks for bezel setting a faceted stone. In one day I was able to make a beautiful ring. All the students seemed to enjoy the class as much as I did. Jeanette was great and enthusiastic as always. I think she really loves to teach, and her enthusiasm is contagious. Highly recommended!
I have taken several workshops at JAI and they have been well organized, including all pertinent details to help you achieve a beautiful piece of jewelry.
I loved my class and am about to sign up for a package of classes. The group was small and we all had different levels of ability, so Jeanette, our teacher, was able to give us the individual attention we needed. The workspace was well lit and well equipped. You can purchase all your tools and supplies right there , including metals and stones. I am thrilled I found this school and would highly recommend it.
The class was very small, so we received a lot of individual attention. The instructor was excellent and very pleasant. The space was well equipped and comfortable. I would highly recommend it.
The individualized teaching was superb (thank you, Jeanette) and the environment was wonderfully supportive. You work at your own pace. You learn by doing and by repetition when watching other students undertaking similar processes. It was truly intensive and I learned so much. Thank you again!
JAI is really a jewel in NYC. Jeanette, who is the chief instructor and proprietor, has found her vocation ( aside from being an unbelievably talented goldsmith) in teaching and mentoring students, with an endless supply of patience and encouragement. She never loses her cool, no matter how many times she has to repeat herself; she is always funny and upbeat, and she understands that students progress at their own pace. Also, she has filled her staff with jewelers/instructors who are like in spirit-- patient and clear. All her teachers will always stop and answer your question; everyone is very kind. The studio has a nice mix of professional jewelers who sell their work and students learning the craft. Jeanette seems to attract people who are really nice, friendly people and helpful as well. It is a very supportive space, which is important for beginning students who need to be around accomplished jewelers but dont want to feel intimidated. The studio is extremely well-equiped, and well maintained, and feels spacious. Melissa, who is the receptionist and office administrator as well as a professonal jeweler, is unbelievalby helpful with anything you need to know. Both Savannah and Valerie ( other instructors I have had ) are top notch. I would give JAI 10 stars if I could. Great place; you cannot go wrong here.
I love love love love love this place. Everything about it is wonderful. Jeanette is such a kind, caring, and smart teacher. I highly recommend taking this class.