About Portland Jewelry Academy

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The instructors and staff are recognized as leaders in the professional jewelry industry.

Old school technical instruction and latest state of the art technology.

At Portland Jewelry Academy we teach not only the right way to create quality jewelry but why it is the right way.

The jewelry you make will last for generations. Portland Jewelry Academy teaches a strong foundation of skills

for mastering bench jewelry that can be built on for a lifetime of rewarding creative work. We

work with the local tool and material suppliers so our students learn how to develop

relationships with business in the jewelry community.

Portland Jewelry Academy will give you the foundation needed to begin making quality jewelry in Introduction to Jewelry Manufacturing.

Introduction to Jewelry Manufacturing teaches the skills to get and keep a job in the jewelry industry. Additional courses in advanced wax carving, advanced CAD, and advanced fabrication build skills from foundation to Master.

We provide one on one training so that your individual needs are met.

Jewelry Manufacturing Instructor Jason Chandler

Jason has been studying jewelry manufacturing since 1994. He has a well rounded professional career working in shop settings, retail and private custom designs. He has worked on jewelry for movie stars and politicians, cast hundreds of grams of gold at a time daily, and worked in family owned custom jewelry stores. Most recently Jason has been working as an independent trade jeweler, fabricating and repairing jewelry for several different retail stores as well as making custom jewelry for many clients.

Jason loves the process of making jewelry. He enjoys learning how the old masters made jewelry as well as keeping up to date on the latest techniques.

Gary  Dawson of Gary Dawson Designs

CAD Instructor Gary Dawson

Gary Dawson is owner of Gary Dawson Designs, an online custom design operation that was once featured as a "Best of the Best" by Instore Magazine , He is also an Accredited Rhino Trainer by
McNeel & Associates and has been teaching Rhinoceros 3D for several years. Dawson has 45 years of experience in creating designs that capture the personalities and stories of his customers, and he is a frequent contributor to MJSA Journal, and has delivered seminars and presentations at numerous events, including AGTA GemFair, Portland Jewelry Symposium, and the Santa Fe Symposium on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology. With his working knowledge of design, jewelry manufacturing procedures, and small-part engineering, Gary focuses his CAD training on manufacturability.

More information Gary and Rhino Cad training opportunities can be found at rhinojewelrycad.com educational site.