|A presentation from the 2015 Portland Jewelry Symposium|
The Portland Jewelry Symposium, billed as “a great think tank for jewelers who are passionate about their craft,” will be held October 2 and 3 at the Sentinel Hotel in Portland, Ore.
The annual event brings together jewelry manufacturers and designers to learn about the newest technologies and artistic trends in the making of jewelry.
“Methods for jewelry manufacturing are changing rapidly,” said PJS founder Teresa Frye, president of TechForm Advanced Casting Technology. “This is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together custom jewelers, designers, and retailers for knowledge, inspiration and networking.”
Topics will examine new jewelry manufacturing innovations, artistic expression and jewelry-making techniques. As of August 12, speakers and topics include the following:
Hill Management Group
Hill has been working on Lean Manufacturing concepts specifically tailored to jewelry production for nearly 20 years, and she will share some of the most beneficial applications with during this session.
Pomeroy—a designer, goldsmith and an activist for a shift in social and environmental responsibility within the jewelry industry—will discuss the power of context and how it can make a remarkable difference in self-expression, businesses and daily lives.
Chris Ploof Designs
Ploof, an award-winning jeweler, will showcase the history and the technique of mokume gane from its beginnings in feudal Japan to its use as a jewelry material by modern smiths around the world. This is a practical “how-to” presentation, and is the first time the full process in daily use will be presented.
James Binnion Metal Arts
Binnion, a metalsmithing and goldsmithing instructor and jeweler who developed his own technique for making mokume gane using an electric kiln, will discuss the process steps to fully harden and then prepare 3D-printed acrylic photopolymers for investing and casting.
Hoover & Strong
Stewart—who has 26 years of experience in alloy, product and process development, technical support and process troubleshooting—discusses the underlying principles and goals of responsibly sourced artisanal metals and will highlight two mining communities in Peru that operate under the Fairtrade and Fairmined systems.
Giles—director of Operations and Sales at Thinkspace Jeweler, a digital marketing and software development company—discusses the importance of being visible online and easy to find via Google and other search engines. Despite that necessity, he will explore effective methods of improving visibility online through basic SEO work.
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