About Us

 

Blaine Lewis is the Owner and President of New Approach School of Jewelry Arts

 

Owner, President and Lead Instructor Blaine Lewis has been at the forefront of jeweler education for more than 20 years. In that time, he has changed the landscape of the industry with his hands on approach, real world examples and revolutionary techniques, graduating over 6,000 students into successful jewelry careers.  Initially based in Virginia, New Approach School for Jewelers is now located in Arrington, Tennessee, just 20 minutes from Nashville. 

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Our mission at the New Approach School for Jewelers is to offer both fresh and experienced bench jewelers visually intensive, hands-on jewelry design, fabrication, bench and repair skills and stone setting training to help them increase their productivity and profitability as professional jewelers.

To achieve this, NASJ employs innovative visual teaching methods, such as high magnification video of live demonstrations in a user-friendly and interactive workshop environment to help students rapidly grasp and implement bench techniques, practices, and tricks shared by our team of expert instructors.

 

 

Drew Hadley teaches alongside Blaine Lewis in many of our core classes and is instrumental in helping students learn core concepts and stone setting skills. After graduating from New Approach School for Jewelers Graduate Bench Jeweler program, Drew went on to work for Tiffany & Co, quickly earning a coveted 100% pass rate, even at ever increasing demands for quality and speed. Drew is a natural teacher, with a quick sense of humor that puts students at ease, and an impressive background, expertise, and talent that translates into a creative, well-rounded and popular instructor. Drew recently traveled to Belgium to study with Master Alexander Sidorov, increasing his already solid understanding and practice of pave, micro-pave, bead-setting, thread-setting and more. Look for more classes from Drew Hadley.

 

 

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 GRADUATED - CONGRATULATIONS!!

Mar 4-May 24, 2019- CLASS IN SESSION  

Aug 26-Nov 15, 2019- NOW ENROLLING 

 

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, 2019CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List
August 12-16, 2019-  CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

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             

July 15-19, 2019 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

Aug 5-9, 2019 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List              

 

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

 Feb 18-22, 2019 - CLASS COMPLETED

June 17-21, 2019- CLASS FULL- Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

 

 

**ADDITIONAL CLASSES with VISITING GUEST INSTRUCTORS:

 

Wax Carving

(5-day workshop with Kate Wolf 

Nov 18th-22nd, 2019- NOW ENROLLING - ONLY 1 OPEN BENCH LEFT  

 

 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 2 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

 

Have a Question about any of our classes? Click What Class is Right For Me? or Feel free to give us a call

1-800-529-4763