Penland Book of Jewelry
A collection of 10 Master Jewelers
Introduction by Jean W. McLaughlin,
Director of The Penland School of Crafts
review by Therese Martin
232 pages | Lark Books October 1, 2005 | ISBN-10: 1579906982
Book of Jewelry, Master classes of Jewelry Techniques, is a amazing visual
book of techniques from some of the best known masters who have taught at
the school. Located in Penland, North Carolina, the school offers
instruction in all things craft. This book offers abundance of information
and insight into the world of jewelry making.
The ten masters offer an
assortment of techniques from fabricating with steel, stone setting to
nontraditional color on metal, this technique will blow you away.
Right off the bat the opening picture of Tim McCarthy’s “Julia
Necklace” gives you a hint of what is to come. With its simple design
his piece has dazzling flow, this photo alone will entice you to read on.
As you work through the book first just awing the photographs through out,
you will find yourself wanting to try these techniques.
Each chapter gives
great detail on how to do each technique with close up photographs,
careful instruction and inspiration with the gallery photos. In each
chapter the master instructor talks about his or her work and passion,
giving you intimate details of their thought process and journey in
discovering the technique. Following the stories the “Hands On”
portion of each chapter gives the reader the fine points of the process.
There is also an “About the Artist” section at the end of the each
chapter right before the gallery section.
This part tells of their
schooling and achievements helping the reader get to know the master
jeweler even more. The last part of the book is the gallery section at the
end of each chapter. The photographs are most beautiful and one of my
favorite parts. The master’s works are very exciting, opening up a world
of possibilities for you to stride for and achieve.