Nanz Aalund - Nanz Aalund Art Jewelry, USA
Nanz Aalund holds an M.F.A. in jewelry/metals from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an M.Ed. (College and Technical Teaching Curriculum) from Western Washington University. She is the business owner of Nanz Aalund Art Jewelry in Poulsbo, Washington, as well as a jewelry consultant, an educator, and the author of Masters: Gold and A Jeweler’s Guide to Apprenticeships, for which she received the 2018 Silver Excel Award from Association Media & Publishing. She holds certifications in rapid prototyping and as a graduate diamond grader. Nanz is a two-time finalist in the Saul Bell Design Award competition and also a two-time winner of the Gemmy Award, Platinum International Design Award, American Pearl Company Vision Award, and DeBeers Diamonds Today. In addition, she has received an AGTA Spectrum Award. She considers her greatest accomplishment to be that one of her high school students won the Saul Bell Emerging Artist Award in 2013. This is her third presentation at the Santa Fe Symposium®.
Jewelers: The Next Generation
With the current generation of master craftspeople preparing to “age off” the bench, the jewelry industry needs to know where to look for trained workers. This paper will present the survey data collected from the top jewelry trade schools, university metals programs and other jewelry field programs in the U.S. and Canada, which currently serve as pathways into the jewelry industry. Programs like GIA, Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology and New Approach School for Jewelers will be addressed as well as how MJSA’s BeAJeweler program is progressing. Demographic data, technical skills, training levels, and the need for updated nationally recognized training certifications beginning at the apprentice level are included.