Shaping Mother of Pearl in Jewelry with Jesse Bert

Workshop  /  Technics   ProfessionalPractice   Making  /  06 Jan 2020  -  07 Jan 2020
Published: 01.07.2019
Silver ring with Mother of Pearl made by Jesse Bert..
Silver ring with Mother of Pearl made by Jesse Bert.

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Nacre, generally known as Mother of Pearl, is a beautiful iridescent material that originates from a variety of different molluscs such as abalone, mussels, and even oysters, in both salt and fresh water.
In this class, students will be taught the basics of how to cut, form, and perforate raw Mother of Pearl shell using diamond burs, discs, and files. Regular or irregular shapes can be cut from this material so as to easily be incorporated into your jewelry projects. Participants will be shown how to set a cut piece of Mother of Pearl with silver, and instruction on soldering techniques will be offered as needed.

For complete information about tool list, Lab Fee and other questions please contact the 92nd Street Y Jewelry Center directly:

When: January 6th and 7th, 2020.
Monday and Tuesday 10 am - 4 pm both days.
Course Price: $311 USD (275 EUR approx.)
Language: Workshop taught in English or Spanish.

Mexico based artist Jesse Bert holds a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from RIT in New York, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from ECU in North Carolina. 3 years spent as an apprentice in a tool and die shop before beginning university gave Jesse a strong interest and appreciation for fine hand made tools, which he now uses to embellish his work with delicate texture and design. Over the past 13 years, Jesse has taught metalsmithing and jewelry techniques to students of all skill levels at his own studio in San Miguel de Allende, as well as annual workshops in other cities around the world. Jesse is an adjunct professor at the Technological Institute of Monterrey in Guadalajara. Some prestigious venues where his work has shown include the Franz Mayer Museum, Mexico City, and the Museum of Art and Design in NYC. In 2014 he was a fellow at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts residency program, and in 2019 he participated in a 2-month residency working with a world-renowned German instrument builder.
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