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Sunday, September 9 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
INSTORE's Bench Pressure Challenge: Engraving

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Four jewelers receive the same engraving project to embellish in their own style. Each will approach this challenge in a unique way with only two hours to complete the job. Who will be the artist best able to create art in such an "engrave" situation? Come find out. All pieces will be on display for the opportunity to admire the artistry and style of each competitor. Benches, bench supplies and tools supplied by Stuller.


avatar for Linus Drogs

Linus Drogs

Linus Drogs is a Casting Consultant for Palladium Alliance International (PAI). With more than two decades of casting expertise, his role at PAI include appearing at trade conferences, advising manufacturers on how to cast Palladium, and overseeing the creation and dissemination of technical information on the uses of Palladium.  | “I see my role as a conduit and technician to the jewelry manufacturing trade to help with the process... Read More →
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Isaac Kornhauser

Isaac is a second generation jeweler who has perfected the art of flower casting and is skilled in CAD/CAM and hand engraving. He is the shop manager and jewelry designer at Bella Cosa Jewelers in Willowbrook, IL.
avatar for Jason Marchiafava

Jason Marchiafava

Jason is a third-generation jeweler with a specialty in engraving. He was awarded professional status by the Firearms Engravers Guild of America at 24 years of age. Jason presently works with a private firm specializing in ultra rare, colored gemstones, and museum-quality handmade jewelry. Jason's projects often feature his elaborate hand-engraving and special creative flair.
avatar for Joel McFadden

Joel McFadden

Owner, JMD Designs
Joel McFadden Designs | Joel McFadden is a third-generation jeweler, born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. He learned to be a bench jeweler under the tutelage of his grandfather and the other old-time jewelers in Charleston and from there began working as a journeyman throughout the South. Since then, he has operated his own trade shop, a large-scale retail jewelry store, and more recently, a custom-design jewelry boutique in Red... Read More →
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Chris Ploof

Owner and Designer, Chris Ploof Designs
Hailing from a small town in Massachusetts, award winning master jeweler Chris Ploof was once a skinny boy lurking around the local living history museum, watching awestruck as the craftspeople manipulated what had previously seemed unyielding: glass, tin, iron. All the while, his spirit was fusing itself to the use of heat and tools to ingeniously create utility and elegance.  After traveling the world trying hands-on careers that spoke to... Read More →
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Marc Williams

Owner, MarcCo Custom Jewelers
Marc grew up in the jewelry business and always loved working with his hands, so he followed in his father's footsteps as a master craftsman and jewelry designer. Marc was one of the first in the United States to adopt CAD, or computer assisted design, thus mixing old world craftsmanship with modern technology.
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Amber Worley

Amber graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle with a focus in industrial design, though quickly discovered a true passion for designing and fabricating jewelry. Amber found a home at Green Lake where originally hired as a designer for the sales floor, working on rough sketches and the conceptual stages of custom jewelry. But it wasn’t long before she was getting her hands dirty at the jeweler’s bench, where she's now one of our... Read More →

Sunday September 9, 2012 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Bench Experience Zone