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MAA was born out of a desire to train and educate in the art of fine jewelry fabrication, design and the metal arts. Our goal is to provide students with the skills and guidance needed to venture into the world of metal sculpture, to begin a career as a bench jeweler or to just enjoy continuous learning and working with their hands, all while bringing forth their creative ideas. At MAA, we take pride in the knowledge that our instructors bring to each student. Attention to detail and the finished product is as important to each piece as the design and the materials. Students learn the basics of jewelry making through repetition which facilitates perfecting skills and strengthening technique. Our jewelry program includes fabrication, design, stone setting, wax carving, casting, carving, chasing and piercing. The jewelry curriculum includes beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. The metal arts curriculum includes chasing and repousse, sculpting, raising and coppersmithing. In the future we will offer jewelry rendering, jewelry appraising, tool making, and blacksmithing. We are proud to offer students the opportunity to learn a skilled trade in the time honored craft of handmade jewelry and the metal arts. We are eager to teach the next generation of craftsmen and women who honor their field with knowledge, skill and passion.

For over thirty years I have strived to preserve the art of handmade jewelry making. My experience began in high school where I participated in a Regional Occupation Program at the Institute of Jewelry Training in Sacramento. After graduation, I was employed at a jewelry store where I worked at the bench and did repair and some custom work. The desire to extend my training took me to San Francisco where I was hired as an apprentice at Van Craeynest Inc. It was there where I was taught the art of carving, chasing, tool making, fabrication and  stone setting, all within a traditional apprenticeship. Along with learning the skills to manufacture handmade jewelry, I gained a passion for honoring the craft. I left the factory in 1986 to care for my father. I was then employed at Executive Jewelers in Roseville, Ca. There I was again working at the bench doing repair and manufacturing custom pieces. I also gained experience working directly with retail clients. After nearly two years there I returned to Van Craeynest to continue my apprenticeship. I still strive to apply the skills of the past to add value to a piece for today.
EXPERIENCE
SELF EMPLOYED-1999-PRESENT
Design and manufacturing of custom work for retail stores and private clientele.
CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF JEWELRY TRAINING-4854 SAN JUAN AVE. CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA- JULY 2015-JUNE 2016
Instructed students in all aspects of jewelry manufacturing from design to finish including basic skills in fabrication, stone setting and casting.
GREBITUS AND SONS JEWELERS-2580 FAIR OAKS BLVD. SACRAMENTO, CA -1994-1999
Bench jeweler, design, manufacture and repair work.
EXECUTIVE JEWELERS-NO LONGER IN BUSINESS-ROSEVILLE, CA 1986-1988/1989-1994
Bench jeweler, design, manufacture and repair work.
VAN CRAEYNEST-SAN FRANCISCO LOCATION (www.vancraeynest.com) -MARCH 1983-AUGUST 1986/SEPTEMBER 1988-SEPTEMBER 1989- Apprenticeship
EDUCATION
SIERRA COLLEGE-METAL ARTS/JEWELRY CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF JEWELRY TRAINING 2014-2015 1981-1982
GRADUATED SAN JUAN HIGH SCHOOL  1982

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