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Chris Ploof

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About Chris Ploof:

Growing up in a small town in Massachusetts, award-winning master jeweler Chris Ploof was a skinny boy lurking around the local living history museum and watching, awestruck, as the craftspeople manipulated materials that had previously seemed unyielding: glass, tin, iron. 
After traveling the world trying a variety of hands-on careers that spoke to his historical influences and technical skills, Chris found himself back on his boyhood path, attempting to improvise a forge using a 55-gallon drum, some firebricks, and a hairdryer. Eventually, his knowledge-seeking lead him to jewelry-making classes. At last, he was home.
Chris has studied with many well-known artists and apprenticed under a master goldsmith. He has an insatiable curiosity and drive that leads him down long roads even after the challenges at hand have been met. 
The Santa Fe Symposium has chosen Chris twice to receive the Industry Leader Award; his work is seen on the cover of Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry (Lark, 2012) as well as in countless other publications; and he travels frequently as a consultant to the jewelry industry. He loves sharing the knowledge he's accumulated over the years with students. And Chris watches for the wide-eyed "I get it!" look in students' eyes; those are the teaching moments he remembers. 
Chris's studio is located in Massachusetts, where he works with a carefully chosen team of fun-to-work-with, like-minded talent.

Visit Chris’s website

Listen to Chris’ interview on National Public Radio: “Day in the Work Life”

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Bench Comprehensive:

5-day workshop withBlaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

  • Jan 27-31, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
  • June 1-5, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19
  • August 3-7, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
  • August 17-21, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

Stone Setting Comprehensive:

5-day workshop with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

  • Feb 3-7, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
  • Feb 10-14, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
  • June 8-12, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19
  • July 6-10, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19
  • July 13-17, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19
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  • August 10-14, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
  • August 24-28, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

Advanced Stone Setting:

5-day advanced workshop with Blaine Lewis & Drew Hadley

  • Feb 17-21, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED
  • October 26-30, 2020 - CLASS IS FULL - Please Call To Be Put On Waiting List


Mokume Gane with the Masters:

5-day workshop with Chris Ploof & James Binnion

2021 Dates TBD

Coin Ring Making Using Seamless Ring Construction:

3-day Workshop with Jason Stinchfield

2021 Dates TBD


5-day workshop with Jason Marchiafava

May 11-15, 2020 - CLASS RESCHEDULED - Due To Covid-19
August 10-14, 2020 - CLASS COMPLETED

Counter Sketching & Color Rendering:

5-day workshop with Rémy Rotenier

2021 Dates TBD

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