The Penland Book of Jewelry: Master Classes in Jewelry Techniquesby Marthe Le Van
From Penland, the premier academy for fine crafting, comes a jewel of a volume: a splendidly photographed combination of how-to manual, coffee table book, and reflective essays. On breathtaking display are the skills of 10 contemporary jewelers who have taught at the school, each possessing a special expertise. From John Cogswell's handsome forged metal to Heather White's innovative casting, the material here is inspirational.
“The Penland Book of Jewelry is a remarkable book showing the work and techniques of master artisans. Believe me when I tell you this is a MUST have book. Every master in her or his own craft has incredible information and wonderful images..” Lorena Angulo blog
"I cannot do justice to these inspirational books! Every single page evokes emotion! I must admit it is the same deep emotion that wells up in me, whenever I wander through an art museum. Each page causes me to pause and admire it for more than a moment. I promise, the caliber of artistry will take your breath away! There are hours upon hours of motivational brilliance in each of these books." Metal Clay Today
“The esteemed Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina has produced an incredible book by ten master jewelers who are also Penland instructors. This glossy, 9 x 12-inch book explains in detail multiple metalsmithing processes, including electroforming, etching, and hydraulic forming, through beautiful photography in a step-by-step format. The book also covers forging, steel fabrication, lost wax casting, gold alloying, mold making, the use of alginate molds, and goldsmithing basics of rolling sheet and wire from ingots. In addition to its too-pretty-to-be-used-in-the-studio appearance, the book offers a Gallery section in each chapter, where each instructor shares work by fellow artists whom he or she admires. This book is a must-have for anyone who likes to connect written information with clear illustration. The Penland Book of Jewelry fills in crucial information often lacking in this genre, primarily due to each instructor's willingness to share the tricks and techniques that have brought him or her acclaim.” Art Jewelry
“I love The Penland Book of Jewelry. It has been a favorite of mine since it was first published in 2005. Lark recently released it in a sturdy paperbound version. In this book, you'll experience the teaching of Marilyn da Silva, John Cogswell, and Tom McCarthy to name a few, along with seven other wonderfully talented instructors. The book is filled with page after page of inspiration. If you're a jewelry lover, you won't be disappointed..” Catherine Davies Paetz blog
“Ten jewelry artists who have taught at the Penland School of Crafts--Marilyn da Silva, John Cogswell, Jaime Pelissier, Rob Jackson, Heather White van Stolk, Jan Baum, Tom McCarthy, Maria Phillips, Mary Ann Scherr, and Douglas Harling--instruct in their area of expertise and give insight into the creative process. Each artist's chapter contains an illustrated hands-on section; an essay describing the person's history, inspirations, and working method; and a gallery of other artists' work. Overall, more than 75 artists' works are pictured.” American Craft
“Each artists’ profile describes not only the roots of their inspiration but photos of many of their beautifully crafted pieces to inspire others to start their own journey of learning, collaborating, and teaching others.” Craft Gossip
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If you like feeling like you have been in a personal 'technique' interview with each artist, you will love this book. I found it very interesting learning about how each artist and how they arrived at where they were. They had struggles and learning experiences just as I do. Each artist also has an individual project to share. I look forward to trying some of these projects. This book was great for me because it verified they creating is a journey and they you only improve with application.
Wonderful book to inspire your creative soul.