Baltimore Jewelry Center

Published: 04.10.2022
Baltimore Jewelry Center mural..
Baltimore Jewelry Center mural.

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The Baltimore Jewelry Center, located in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, is a 501c3 educational nonprofit building a vibrant creative community for the study and practice of metalsmithing and art jewelry. We educate and inspire new and established artists, as well as promote metalsmithing and art jewelry to the general public through exhibitions and community and educational outreach. The BJC was established in 2013 in the wake of the closing of the Maryland Institute College of Art Jewelry Program and continues MICA’s legacy of offering a rigorous metalsmithing education while expanding opportunities for more people to learn metalsmithing. 
The BJC is the preeminent independent jewelry and metalsmithing program in the Mid-Atlantic. We offer a curriculum that is on par with programs offered at art colleges across the country at a deeply discounted price. Through our studio access program, both new and established metalsmiths and jewelers can access excellent equipment and knowledgeable support. Through our gallery and exhibitions program, we expose the public to the breadth of contemporary jewelry.

About classes and certificate:
Classes at the Baltimore Jewelry Center are open to anyone with an interest in learning metalsmithing and jewelry skills. Classes are offered on a quarterly basis and our offerings rotate each session.
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The Baltimore Jewelry Center certificate is a structured plan for taking classes that ensures students receive the education most suited for their jewelry-making goals. The certificate program is suited for students who are interested in one or a combination of the following goals: developing a fulfilling personal practice; creating a body of production work and applying for shows; creating a body of one-of-a-kind work suitable for exhibitions. The certificate program assists students in the development of their craft, helps students increase their competency in creating high caliber work, and ensures that students leave the program in the skills and craftsmanship of jewelry design and fabrication and knowledgeable about the contemporary jewelry field.

The three certificate tracks that the Baltimore Jewelry Center offers will assist students in streamlining their education. The directed nature of each track will allow students to focus on the areas and skills most of interest to them and further the development of their studio practice. The certificate program will help students set goals for their work, analyze progress toward their goals, and ultimately, achieve those goals, all with help from knowledgeable instructors at the Baltimore Jewelry Center.

Students in the certificate program will receive course advising to assist them in choosing the classes appropriate to their skill level and timeline. After an initial goal setting session, students will receive ongoing mentorship with BJC instructors and a formal mid-level review, as well as assistance in finding opportunities for selling and exhibiting work. The program will ensure that students have guided support throughout their education and exit the program with a strong set of hand-skills, a developed sense of design, and a cohesive body of work. A final review and exhibition will be the culmination of the certificate.
More information about the specific classes and each certificate track.

Scholarships and work-study position:
The Baltimore Jewelry Center offers scholarships and work-study positions in each session. Scholarships cover the full tuition of the course and provide unlimited bench rental for the duration of the class. Work-study provides a 50% discount on class tuition and requires 2 hours of service to the studio a week for the duration of the class.
More information about scholarships and work-study.
Studio rental:
Studio access can be purchased through rental. Renters are not required to be in a class at the BJC, but must have some experience in a metals/jewelry studio to rent if they are not enrolled in a class.
More information about rental and studio access.

List of Instructors:
Shane Prada, Director
April Wood, Studio Manager, Exhibitions Director, Instructor
Elliot Keeley, Studio Manager, Instructor
Erica Bello, Instructor
Everett Hoffman, Instructor
Shana Kroiz, Instructor
Lydia Martin, Instructor
Jenn Parnell, Instructor
Kristal Romano, Instructor
Kirsten Rook, Instructor
Molly Shulman, Instructor, Youth Programs Instructor
Katja Toporski, Instructor

Events      View / hide events

Exhibition  07 Oct 2022 - 19 Oct 2022  ARKIVET Ice Cold in Baltimore.
Workshop  26 Apr 2022 - 17 May 2022  Bead Weaving: Chain Necklace in CRAW by Mara Colecchia.
Workshop  06 Oct 2021 - 27 Oct 2021  Explorative Practices for Jewelry by Dongyi Wu. Online course.
Open call  28 Apr 2021 - 15 Jul 2021  Open Call for Position of Studio and Program Manager.
Workshop  30 Jan 2021 - 31 Jan 2021  Double Trouble by Lydia Martin.
Exhibition  05 Jun 2020 - 10 Jul 2020  Site Effects: Jewelry on both sides of the Atlantic in Baltimore.
Exhibition  17 Apr 2020 - 24 May 2020  Object Permanence.
Exhibition  14 Apr 2017 - 02 Jun 2017  Touchy Feely.
Student Gabi Giannina fusing links in an Ancient Chains class..
Student Gabi Giannina fusing links in an Ancient Chains class.

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Student Moira Horowitz showing off an enamel decal belt buckle in visiting instructor Andrew Kuebeck’s workshop..
Student Moira Horowitz showing off an enamel decal belt buckle in visiting instructor Andrew Kuebeck’s workshop.

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Visiting instructor Gabriel Craig demoing solder inlay..
Visiting instructor Gabriel Craig demoing solder inlay.

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