James Binnion

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Jim's love of craft started in his grandmother's home. A furniture maker and weaver, Jim's grandmother inspired him to use his creative talents, which he's been doing for more than 30 years as a jeweler. Though he learned jewelry basics in high school, Jim has spent his entire adult life expanding his knowledge of jewelry making. 
Jim was always drawn to the beauty and workmanship of Japanese craft. And once he saw mokume for the first time in the early 1980s, he knew he would make mokume; he even pioneered a technique for making electric kiln-fired mokume gane. 
In 1991, Jim established James Binnion Metal Arts (JBMA), working exclusively in mokume. He has consulted with other mokume artists and metallurgists to develop his theoretical and practical knowledge of metallurgy. 
Today, this metalsmith, engineer and periodic beer-maker continues to refine his lamination process and designs while also passing on the knowledge he's gained to the next generation of jewelers. The first piece of jewelry he made? "A lost-wax cast ring. "I was 15 or 16, and an adult actually commissioned me to make a ring with a pearl in it," he remembers. "That was pretty cool for a kid!"

Check out Jame’s website https://mokume-gane.com/


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2019 CLASS SCHEDULE IS HERE & WE ARE NOW ENROLLING!! **AND** We Have Moved Into Our Beautiful New Campus ** KEEP CHECKING IN............MORE EXCITING CLASSES TO COME!



NASJ CORE CLASSES 


Graduate Bench Jeweler Program (12-week intensive program with Blaine Lewis)

 Aug 27-Nov 16, 2018-  CLASS JUST GRADUATED - CONGRATULATIONS!!

Mar 4-May 24, 2019- CLASS IS FULL  

Aug 26-Nov 15, 2019- ENROLLING SOON

 

Bench Comprehensive (5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis)

Jan 28-Feb 1, 2019CLASS COMPLETED
June 4-8, 2019 CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List
July 29-Aug 2, 2019NOW ENROLLING - Only 8 Open Benches Left
 

Stone Setting Comprehensive (5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis)

Feb 4-8,2019 - CLASS COMPLETED

Feb 11-15, 2019 - CLASS COMPLETED

June 10-14, 2019 - CLASS IS FULL- Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

July 8-12, 2019 - CLASS IS FULL- Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List 

Aug 5-9, 2019 - NOW ENROLLING  - Only 7 Open Benches Left               

 

Advanced Stone Setting (5-day advanced workshop with Blaine Lewis)

 Feb 18-22, 2019 - 1 BENCH HAS OPENED UP!

June 17-21, 2019- NOW ENROLLING - Only 3 Open Benches Left 

 

 

**ADDITIONAL CLASSES with VISITING GUEST INSTRUCTORS:

 

Wax Carving

(5-day workshop with Kate Wolf 

November 18th-22nd, 2019- NOW ENROLLING 

 

 Mokume Gane with the Masters 

(5-day workshop with Chris Ploof & James Binnion 

October 21-25, 2019 - NOW ENROLLING

 

 

ORNAMENTAL HAND ENGRAVING

(5-day workshop with Jason Marchiafava )

May 13th-17th, 2019 - NOW ENROLLING - Only 6 Open Benches Left

August 12th-16th, 2019NOW ENROLLING

 

Counter Sketching & Color Rendering

(5-day workshop with Remy Rotenier)

July 15th-19th, 2019- NOW ENROLLING 

 

 Advanced Jewelry Design and Rendering

(5-day workshop with Rémy Rotenier)

July 22nd-26th, 2019- NOW ENROLLING

 

 The Fundamentals & Application of Chasing & Repoussé

(4-day workshop with Kimberly Vaughn)

August 5th - August 8th, 2019- NOW ENROLLING

 

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