Gemological Science International (GSI) is hosting a series of free, two hour jewelry design workshops from January through the month of April. Available to entrepreneurs, beginners and students through to advanced professionals, said courses teach practical techniques for jewelry design including drafting, shading, design theory and how to
illustrate shapes and forms using several mediums (and more).
GSI’s Head of Education, Raja Gondkar (also a 30 year industry veteran) said, “Our workshops introduce those interested in a possible career in jewelry design to the basic skills of this great art form in an easy and interesting manner. We hope students leave with the encouragement and confidence to use proper form when designing their own piece of jewelry.”
The first workshop, held on January 23rd, was focused on free-hand jewelry design and helped students think out of the box as well as take inspiration from various forms. Through freehand sketching, students were able to visualize their creative ideas and modify them quickly and confidently via different stencils and tools. Students used their unique flair and inventiveness, learning speed and adaptability before they even step foot into a formal studio setting.
In response, Rohit Lahoti, a student attendee said, “Today’s course was an especially enriching experience where I was able to work at my own pace without feeling the pressure of being in a typical, formal classroom environment. The staff was helpful and I am excited about coming to future sessions.”
The third session on Saturday, February 17th also featured a career talk with award-winning Indian designer, Sushma Kalzunkar Sawant, followed by a workshop on manual design.
Participants can create necklaces and bracelets and leave with a least one finished piece. These free workshops are meant to be an introduction to five level technical courses that will be offered at GSI beginning in June. Additional information about those courses can be found