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92nd Street Y’s Jewelry Center is in a class of its own, widely renowned for its stellar faculty and boasting the largest program of its kind in the nation. Offering 60 classes a week, in addition to weekly weekend workshops and visiting artists, the Center operates four fully equipped Jewelry studios for specialized training in techniques such as enameling, goldsmithing and silversmithing, general jewelry making, and the only formal Judaica metalsmithing program in the nation. The wide variety of courses and levels allow students to pursue comprehensive courses of study, whether it’s a basic introduction for the absolute beginner or advanced workshops and studio time for pre-professionals and professionals refining their skills. Former instructors and visiting artists include: Philip Crangi, Lola Brooks, Michael Good, Bettina Speckner, Jamie Bennett, Kenneth Jay Lane and Heikki Seppa. Notable students include; Dean Harris, Shirly Ephriam and Ninh Wysocan. In 2009, 92Y’s Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts, including the Jewelry Center, was featured in the PBS series “Craft in America.”

Students are required to purchase their own basic tools. Suggested tools, supply lists or a department calendar are available online or upon registration. Call 212.415.5564 for information or to visit our facility.

Jewelry Studio Benchtime

Bench time is an opportunity for independent work without instruction, available to currently enrolled full semester students for a fee of $4 per hour. Bench time schedules are posted the second week of class. Partial term classes and workshops participants are not eligible to participate in Benchtime.

92Y Jewelry Center Committee

The Jewelry Center Committee works closely with the leadership of the Center and is an important advisory and fundraising group for Jewelry Center staff. Members of the Committee serve as a sounding board for new ideas, function as ambassadors within the 92Y patron and larger New York cultural communities, and support the Jewelry Center in meaningful programmatic and financial ways. As cultural guardians and philanthropic leaders with a passionate interest in the arts, all members contribute to direct and indirect patron and financial development.

Denise V. Benmosche, Chair

Susan Brooks Ruskin
Jennifer Brownstone
Kathy A. Chazen
Antonella Fabri
Mary Freeman
Sandra Leong
Margie Loeb
Stacey S. Mayrock
Amanda Megibow
Jacqueline Mirabel
Karen Putterman
Hila Rosen
Aline Shapiro
Janet Silverstein

92nd Street Y Art Center’s Jewelry Program receives major support from Denise V. Benmosche, Jennifer Brownstone, Kathy A. Chazen and Larry Miller, Mary and Harvey Freeman, Sandra and Michael Hecht, Michael and Margie Loeb, Stacey S. Mayrock, and Aline Shapiro.

Director, Jewelry Center

Jonathan Wahl

Jonathan Wahl’s art work ranges from drawing to sculpture and the decorative arts. His work has been featured or reviewed in publications as diverse as The New York Times, Art in America, The New Yorker, Architectural Digest, Oprah Magazine, W Jewelry, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Metalsmith magazine, Harpers Bazaar and the Advocate, among others.

Faculty

 Danielle Ansley

Danielle Ansley

Danielle Ansley has been a faculty member of the Art Center, Jewelry and Metalsmithing Department at 92nd Street Y, NYC, since 2006. She has created and taught workshops for ...

Susan Barth

Susan Barth has professional training in jewelry making and design that spans back over the last thirty years. In the start of her career she apprenticed for five years at a jewelry firm in New York City that often produced pieces for Tiffany's, after which she went to work f ...

Michele Berman

Michele Berman has thirty years of experience as a professional jeweler. She studied at various schools in New York City before working several years for renowned jewelry designer, Barry Kieselstein-Cord. She then became a freelance model maker for other companies before moving o ...

 Klaus Burgel

Klaus Burgel

Klaus Bürgel received his training at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich and at the Goldschmiedeschule Pforzheim. He has had one person exhibitions at Oliver Art Center, California College ...

 David Butler

David Butler

David Butler's work has been included in several exhibits, including The Art of Gold, a traveling exhibit showing at many venues, including The Crocker Art Museum, Sac ...

Marsha Davis

Marsha Davis is a professional jewelry instructor with over 20 years of experience - teaching beaded jewelry utilizing numerous techniques. She has been on the faculty of The 92nd Y Jewelry Center since 2000, teaching 5 classes per week. Previous experience includes the Craft Students League, Th ...

 Reed Fagan

Reed Fagan

Reed Fagan is a metalsmith and artist working mostly in traditional silversmithing and goldsmithing processes. Reed graduated with a Masters of Fine Art at State University of New York (SUNY) at Ne ...

 Pamela Farland

Pamela Farland

Pamela Farland was raised in France. Her early passion for ancient civilization led her naturally to the "Ecole du Louvre" where she studied art and archeology, while als ...

 Janice Fiore

Janice Fiore

Janice Fiore has been involved in the jewelry industry for over 30 years, including manufacturing, and one of a kind handmade jewelry. The last 6 years she has specialized in working in CAD using R ...

 Brice Garrett

Brice Garrett

Brice Garrett received his MFA from Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden and a BA from San Diego State University. He is the recipient of several awards and ...

 Janna Gregonis

Janna Gregonis

Janna Gregonis received her MFA in Metals from East Carolina University and her BFA in Metals from Kutztown University. Janna has taught at Kutztown University, St. Johns Universit ...

Janice Grzyb

Janice Grzyb has been a jewelry designer and fabricator of one of a kind pieces, limited editions and custom work for over 25 years. Her work encompasses a wide range of techniques using precious metals and a variety of precious and semi-precious gem stones. Often her pieces inco ...

 Valerie Hall

Valerie Hall

Valerie Hall has worked with metals and precious stones for many years, but over the last 10 years she has worked with polymer clay and finds it to be another fascinating medium in making jewelry. ...

Jiwon Han

Jiwon Han, BFA, Parsons School of Design; exhibits nationally and internationally.

 Amy Haskins

Amy Haskins

Bio coming soon.

 Russell O Jones

Russell O Jones

New York-based jewelry designer Russell Jones graduated as an illustrator from Rhode Island School of Design, but always had his sights set on mastering the art of metalsmithing. H ...

 Denise Karas

Denise Karas

Denise Karas-Abraham has the unique prospective of a jeweler/gem dealer with over 25 years in the field. After receiving her MFA from Pratt Institute she went on to train as a gold ...

Paul Kim

Paul Kim is an independent jeweler, graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology and Gemological Institute of America. Studied Jewelry Design and fine Arts. He works with wax and precious metals. To make jewelry, Paul hand carves each model from wax by utilizing the same tools ...

 Honey Jeanne Laber

Honey Jeanne Laber

Honey Jeanne Laber, MFA, University of Georgia; studied: Penland School, Parsons, Japan, China; exhibitions include American Craft Museum, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum ...

 Ann Paly Loonan

Ann Paly Loonan

Ann Paly Loonan is a professional jeweler with over 20 years experience. She works and resides in NYC and has a diverse and loyal following. Her work can be found in upscale boutiques, galleries, j ...

Harold Rabinowitz

Harold Rabinowitz, MA, New York University; Fellow Tobe Pascher Workshop; chairman, USDAN Center '73-'78.

 Shella Robinson

Shella Robinson

Shella Robinson currently teaches Jewelry I, Jewelry II, Independent Study and various workshops at the 92nd Street Y School of the Arts. She is also ...

 Mary Beth Rozkewicz

Mary Beth Rozkewicz

Mary Beth Rozkewicz received her BFA at SUNY, New Paltz. She is a studio jeweler living and working in Brooklyn, NY. Mary Beth teaches jewelry making at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn ...

 Sydney Scherr

Sydney Scherr

Sydney Scherr is an internationally renowned jeweler and educator. She began teaching at Parson’s School of Design and went on to become head of the jewelry/metals department at Savannah Coll ...

 Emilie Shapiro

Emilie Shapiro

Emilie Shapiro's work is inspired by natural elements and heavily driven by experimentation and process. She incorporates natural, rough gemstones celebrating beauty in imperfection. Her work i ...

 Susan Sloan

Susan Sloan

Susan Kasson Sloan also teaches at OCCC School of Art in Demarest, NJ. She has taught workshops nationally, in such places as Haystack, Penland, Brookfield and Southwest Craft Cent ...

Lisa Spiros

Lisa Spiros was born in New York City, where she is currently teaching jewelry making at 92nd Street Y, as she has for the past fourteen years. Some of the schools she has taught at include Parsons School of Design, New School for Social Research, New York University and The Stat ...

 Beth Ann Tokoly

Beth Ann Tokoly

After graduating from the University of Arts in Philadelphia, Elizabeth Ann Tokoly worked for both an art jeweler and a commercial jeweler. She knew deep down that she wanted to develop her art and ...

 Kathy Wood

Kathy Wood

Katharine Wood received her BA from Boston University. She has taught at the Newark Museum, Craft Students League, Museum of Arts and Design, and Princeton University. Her work has ...