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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NASJ CORE CLASSES 


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

Aug 26-Nov 15, 2019- CLASS IS IN SESSION - *ALMOST FINISHED!!

Mar 2-May 22, 2020NOW ENROLLING - Only 8 Open Benches Left

Aug 31-Nov 20, 2020- ENROLLMENT ACCEPTED SPRING 2020

 

Bench Comprehensive (5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis)

Jan 27 - 31, 2020- CLASS IS FULLPlease Call To Be Put On Waiting List

June 1-5, 2020- NOW ENROLLING

August 3-7, 2020- NOW ENROLLING

 

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

Feb 3-7, 2020CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

Feb 10-14, 2020 - NOW ENROLLING - Only 5 Open Benches Left

June 8-12, 20120NOW ENROLLING

July 6-10, 2020- NOW ENROLLING  

August 10-14, 2020- NOW ENROLLING                       

 

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

 Feb 17-21, 2020NOW ENROLLING - Only 12 Open Benches Left

June 15-19, 2020- NOW ENROLLING

 

 

**ADDITIONAL CLASSES with VISITING GUEST INSTRUCTORS:

 

Wax Carving

(5-day workshop with Kate Wolf 

Nov 18th-22nd, 2019- CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

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 Mokume Gane with the Masters 

(5-day workshop with Chris Ploof & James Binnion 

October 21-25, 2019- CLASS COMPLETED

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ORNAMENTAL HAND ENGRAVING

(5-day workshop with Jason Marchiafava )

May 11-15, 2020 - NOW ENROLLING

August 10-14, 2020 - NOW ENROLLING

 

Counter Sketching & Color Rendering 

(5-day workshop with Rémy Rotenier)

July 13-17, 2020- NOW ENROLLING

 

Advanced Jewelry Design & Rendering 


(5-day workshop with Rémy Rotenier)

July 20-24, 2020- NOW ENROLLING 

 

Taking Shape: The Fundamentals & Applications of Chasing & Repoussé

(5-day workshop with Kimberly Vaughn)

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