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.

 

 

2020 CLASS SCHEDULE IS HERE **AND** ** KEEP CHECKING IN FOR............MORE EXCITING CLASSES TO COME!



NASJ CORE CLASSES 


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

Aug 26-Nov 15, 2019- JUST GRADUATED - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Mar 2-May 22, 2020NOW ENROLLING - Only 3 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 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List

June 8-12, 20120NOW ENROLLING - Only 6 Open Benches Left

July 6-10, 2020- NOW ENROLLING - Only 6 Open Benches Left

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 

PLEASE VISIT  KATE'S WEBSITE FOR HER 2020 SCHEDULE

 

 Mokume Gane with the Masters 

(5-day workshop with Chris Ploof & James Binnion 

October 21-25, 2019- CLASS COMPLETED

2020 DATES COMING SOON....

 

 

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)

2020 DATES COMING SOON.....

 

  

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