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Jewelry Arts Inc

Midtown East, New York, New York
(58 Reviews)

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. 

Reviews of Jewelry Arts Inc

(58 Reviews)

Johanna W.

Attended: Bezel Settings for Faceted Stones

Jeanette is amazing! Her class was not only fun, but I learned so many much, much better techniques than the ones I had been using for so long. This studio is really an invaluable resource. I will definitely be back for more classes!!!


Attended: Bezel Settings for Faceted Stones

Class size was large- at least 11 people. We started 20 mins late as usual and ran out of time towards the end and felt rushed. They really need to cap the class size and offer more classes of the same, not squeeze everyone into one.


Attended: Jewelry Making: The Prong Experience

Class advertises 4-5 students but there were about 7 for one teacher. It over-crowded, and rushed towards the end because we were running out of time. We shouldn't have started 20 minutes late!

Diana D.

Attended: Lens Setting

The class was terrific and I learned a lot. The teacher was so patient and made sure we all received the help we needed.

Diana D.

Attended: Argentium 101

I have been taking classes for about a year at Jewelry Arts. I have learned so much and love that I have so much freedom to make things I want instead of being assigned some specific project. I have chosen to tackle some more complex tasks forcing me to analyze the challenges I have set for myself while at the same time teaching me a variety of skills. It's a much more interesting way to learn. The teachers are so encouraging and knowledgeable . I can't imagine taking class anywhere else!

Johanna W.

Attended: Wax Carving 101 Summer Intensive

Savannah King is an amazing instructor -- I could not have asked for a better one! Savannah was attentive and patient and super-encouraging and sweet. She was always there to offer her expert advice and show you the best techniques to achieve the best results! SO glad I took this class! I learned so much!!!

Diana D.

Attended: Argentium 101

I love this studio! I am about to sign up for another group of classes using Argentim. The classes are small and you get lots of personal attention. The teachers are very nice and very knowledgeable.


Attended: Molten Bracelets

Teacher is very helpful and flexible with students.

Alexandra D.

Attended: Lens Setting

I greatly enjoyed my experience at JA! The instructor, Savannah King, was very patient and thorough, taking time to show each step and making sure the entire class was able to follow along.

Alison F.

Attended: Lens Setting

Savannah was a great teacher - understood the importance of going through each step of the technique with the group as a whole. The class was very well timed. Great facilities.

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22 E 49th St 4th Fl, New York, New York 10017
Jewelry Arts Inc
Midtown East, Manhattan
22 E 49th St 4th Fl
Btwn 5th & Madison Avenues
New York, New York 10017