The 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

A photo of the unique book cover from "The Penland Book of Jewelry".

Hardcover: 232 pages | Lark Books October 1, 2005 | ISBN-10: 1579906982

The Penland 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.

 


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