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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Revere Academy Announces 2009 Master's Symposium

The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts reveals Masters classes in the 2009 class:

Each spring the Academy invites prominent master craftsmen from across the country and overseas to teach workshops in their areas of specialization.

A reception and slide lecture by visiting masters is open to the public each Wednesday evening during the Symposium.

We are excited to present our special 30th anniversary, all-star line-up including David Yurman, Michael Good and Bernd Munsteiner, Kent Riable, Jean Stark, Fabrizio Acquafresca, Harlan Butt, Christo Kiffer and Suzanne Pugh.

Registration began on October 22, 2008. To register, call 415-391-4179. Payment in full required at time of registration.

National Jewelers Network (NJN) announced the Master's Symposium:

San Francisco--The Revere Academy will hold its 30th Anniversary Masters Symposium next spring, bringing together leading goldsmiths and jewelry experts from around the world to teach 14 master classes.

The symposium will be held at the San Francisco-based school from April 3-29, with most of the two- to five-day workshops open to students at all levels, from absolute beginner to advanced.

Featured among an all-star lineup is designer David Yurman, who will share for the first time his passion, knowledge and creativity in a class called "The Complete Designer." In addition, Michael Good will teach his signature techniques in two classes on anticlastic raising; Jean Stark, a leading force in ancient jewelry-making techniques, will teach classes on ancient rings and loop-in-loop chains; Harlan Butt will share his expertise on cloissone enameling as well as basse taille, stencil and straffitto; Suzanne Pugh will helm a class on working with steel; and Kent Raible will teach granulation in 18-karat gold.

Finally, two jewelry experts will travel from Europe to teach courses at Revere. Bernd Munsteiner will make his way from Germany's famed lapidary center, Idar Oberstein, to teach one course on designing and cutting included gemstones, and a second course on optics and reflections. Fabrizio Aquafresca, who comes from a long line of Italian master craftsmen, will travel from Italy to share his techniques in chasing and repousse.

In addition to the workshops, the Revere Academy will host a Wednesday evening lecture/reception that will be open to the public each week during the Masters Symposium.

As the school prepares to welcome new students this spring, it also recently sent off 25 students with diplomas from its Jewelry Technician (JT) Intensive program, which commenced this year with a juried competition. Students were asked to present a fabricated box ring, with jurors taking note of each student's technical mastery. The following award-winning students received gift certificates donated by industry supplier Otto Frei: Kyle Greenman, Best Design; Fern Thaweechaithaworn, Technical Excellence; Srikanth Rao, Best Stone Setting; Tom Colson, Best Engraving; Corey Egan, Most Dramatic; Aline Vanzin, Best Finish; Michelle Stock, Most Marketable; and Donna Olmstead, My Favorite.

For more information about the Revere Academy and its programs, call (415) 391-4179, e-mail or visit the school's Web site,

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