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In the Making: PilgrimWaters

On Thursday, October 14, 2021, we talked with artists and artisans Susy Pilgrim Waters and Keith Waters, founders of PilgrimWaters. We were also joined live in their studio by Liz Shepard and NBSS alumna Rebekah Lord Gardiner BB '93, co-owners of Shepherd & Maudsleigh Studios in West Newton, MA. It was an insightful conversation on the unique process of creating large and small scale silk screen work in a variety of media.

Creativity in Jewelry Design Starts with the Basics

The art of jewelry making is rooted in precision—combining expert fabrication skills and stone setting techniques to craft a piece that will endure. So, whether you are drawn to the creative design process or to the technical skills required to make and repair jewelry, the science and math knowledge needed to do it well are rooted in centuries of jewelry design and will continue to propel the art of jewelry forward for centuries to come.

In the Making: We Wield the Hammer

On Thursday, September 23, 2021, we talked with Karen Smith, Founder and Executive Director of We Wield the Hammer, along with Ann Cahoon JM '02, NBSS Jewelry Making & Repair Department Head. It was a powerful conversation on the beauty and uniqueness of working with metal, joys and challenges of teaching others, and work still left to do to bring more access and inclusion in the metalsmithing and jewelry making industry.

Learning Happens Everywhere

Every year, our Carpentry and Preservation Carpentry programs tackle real-world projects outside of the classroom, whether in partnership with museums, nonprofits, private clients, and everywhere in between. Catch up with new and old projects from recent years here.

In the Making: Emmet Van Driesche

On Thursday, September 9, 2021, we livestreamed from the spoon carving shop of Emmet Van Driesche in Conway, Massachusetts. Our a late summer discussion spanned human enterprise, how Emmet has opened himself to new skills while leveraging his existing ones, and how he's carving out a self-sustaining life for himself and his family. View a video of the full conversation here.