Studio Notes: Going for Another Grant to Further my Jewelry-Making Education

I’ve applied for a $1,350 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs through Art in the Loft so I can take another class — this time in St. Louis. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes. But the course is the kind of thing that’s perfect for your own professional development as an artistic jeweler. See below:

Noted jeweler Don Friedlich is teaching a Designing in Multiples Workshop October 7 – 8, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Maryville University, St Louis, MO. The cost is $400.


Making a living producing one-of-a-kind jewelry is a challenge for many of us. We put so many hours into crafting something gorgeous. A separate line of production jewelry can enhance our one-of-a-kind collection, offering an affordable choice for entry-level customers. In Don’s workshop you use hand processes to design and fabricate production prototypes. Then, he helps you to make creative use of industrial processes, including casting, laser and water jet cutting, commercial photo etching, to create these cheaper pieces. Investing in his class provides you with short cuts to vendors and the language you need to communicate with them. To see more of Don’s work, go to

Betsy Lehndorff has been writing for Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist since 2010. Her story on Colorado diamonds appears in the September-October issue and she will be writing about her experience in Kate Wolf’s class in 2018 along with her grant writing adventures as a silversmith. You can reach her at

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