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Industrial Revolution 4.0: Cultivating and Perpetuating Old World Skills

On Friday, April 13, 2018 Andrea Hill will lead this panel discussion at Initiatives in Art and Culture's Gold Conference in New York City.

ann cahoonAt one time in history, every human labored to survive. Later, survival without labor was possible, at least for the powerful and wealthy. Classes of society were born, as the many labored to support the few. In the United States today, the labor math has been flipped: relatively few people do real labor, because we have automated and exported much of our labor requirements.

This has had a pernicious effect on our industry, where the art of making jewelry is so intimately tied to the labor to crate it. And because of the class implications of labor, it can be difficult to find, motivate, train, and keep the people that we need to join the jewelry industry.

This panel will discuss these issues from the perspectives of jewelry educators, jewelry makers, manufacturing owners, and industry advocates. We will explore the ways in which jeweler pay scales undermine our ability to attract new talent, challenges in extending the value structures from individuals to business owners to consumers, and the need to create environments that appreciate, respect, and reward labor.


Ted Doudak, Owner, Riva Precision Manufacturing

Rich Youmans, Publisher, MJSA Journal

Anne Cahoon, Department Head of Jewelry Making and Repair, North Bennet Street School, Boston

Katrin Zimmerman, goldsmith, jewelry designer, lecturer at Pratt Institute

Patricia Madeja, goldsmith, jewelry designer, jewelry program coordinator at Pratt Institute



Tickets are still on sale at Initiatives in Art and Culture. Use the code WERX to save $150 off ticket price.