Brooch by Thomas Gentille Photo: Steven Brian Samuels

Master Class with Thomas Gentille

This week long master class intensive with world renowned jewelry artist Thomas Gentille will take you on a journey of investigative making. The focus of your time will be spent considering how to process and develop ideas and elements. The goal is to transcend a raw material into something completely new and exciting.  Color theory will be emphasized throughout the class, as well as engineering solutions such as cold connections for combining multiple materials.

Your first class meeting will be a day of discussion, drawing and reviewing past work. A presentation of images will be shown to help you discover an idea for your project.  Please bring raw materials of interest to potentially work with, but not found objects, to this first class.

The second class will be a drawing day to create blueprints for your ideas.  Design considerations will be discussed and a plan of action devised for your project.

The remainder of the course will be spent working in the studio at the bench and watching demonstrations of techniques, as well as participating in conversations relevant to the topics at hand (and sometimes others.)

This course will allow you to take a jewelry piece through the design and process phases to full completion of the work. A final group critique will close the session. Students should already be skilled in the making of jewelry, intermediate to advanced, and must be open to adjustments of their normal working habits.

Please bring 3 pieces of your own work and a raw material that you would like to work in for the first day of class for a group discussion.  You should also bring your basic tool kit and regular supplies for working  in the studio.  A wide assortment of hand tools and equipment will also be available for use.

July 22-26

4pm-9pm daily


Thomas Gentille is widely recognized for a lifetime of contributions to the world of contemporary jewelry.  In 2006, he was the first American artist to be designated “Klassiker der Moderne” by the prestigious Schmuck Art Jewelry exhibition in Munich.  In addition, he was the recipient of the renowned Herbert Hofmann Prize in 2001 and also received the Bavarian State Prize in 2004.  Gentille’s work can be found in some of the most important museum collections worldwide.  These include: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC; Cooper- Hewitt Museum, NYC; Museum of Arts and Design, NYC; The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada; The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Pinakothek der Moderne, Germany; Schmuckmuseum, Phorzheim, Germany;  Victoria and Albert Museum, London.