Meet Michael

I began making jewelry with precious metal around 1970.  I started out  as a self taught goldsmith until 1986, when I went to the Revere Academy in San Francisco for formal goldsmithing instruction.

I have maintained a private studio practice for over four decades, creating a body  of work that has won awards from the World Gold Council, the American Jewelry Design Council, and Jewelers of America New Designers Gallery. My jewelry focuses on minimalism in precious metal and has been represented in select galleries across North America.

In 2005 I joined the faculty of the Revere Academy, where I taught marketing and goldsmithing classes through 2017 when Alan Revere retired and closed the school.

I currently teach workshops and master classes in applied techniques of goldsmithing and silversmithing, as well as design, creative and professional development classes and seminars internationally as a visiting guest artist. In addition to offering my annual winter series of In Depth Retreats and private  instruction in my Scottsdale Arizona studio, I am available for personalized individual consultation and mentoring.

My work has been featured in more than 90 magazine articles within the past two decades.

I am honored that my jewelry and studio are featured in these publications:

  • Crocheted Wire Jewelry by Arline Fisch
  • The Jeweler’s Bench Book by Charles Lewton-Brain
  • Profiting by Design by Marlene Richey
  • Lark Books Masters: Gold highlighting 42 of the most innovative goldsmiths of the current age
  • Good Bones: The Elements and Principles of Design for Jewelry Makers by Sharon Elaine Thompson
  • Metal Artist’s Workbench: Demystifying the Jeweler’s Saw by Thomas Mann
photo by Jon Balinkie/ Camerawerks photo by Jon Balinkie/Camerawerks

For 40 years I have been creating jewelry and adornments with precious materials. I currently devote my time and energy to teaching applied techniques in the arts of goldsmithing, jewelry making, and professional development for studio artists.

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Suanough Zentell November 5, 2009 at 8:08 am

Hi Michael,

I want to thank you for steering me toward the Adorn America movement. I picked up the link on our Yahoo! Group as you told a lady about the meaning of giving…

I am a retired graphic artist and love working in metal. My funds are quite limited but I manage to scrape enough together to buy the wire and findings I need. I have considered selling my work but remember how I felt about my art when it was my job, I just don’t want to sell my pieces even though the income would be nice. It would take away the joy, the freedom of creating just for the fun of creating…

The thought of giving away some of the pieces I have made (which are in a dark little box on my workbench) to people who would enjoy them is exciting to me.

I know my first recipient, my Doctor’s nurse. She admired a Byzantine bracelet I wore one day and I would like her to have it. I’ll see her today and I know it will be a wonderful experience for us both.

Thank you for your art, your sensibility, and your vision.


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