Faculty & Assistant Chairperson, Jewelry Design
Instructor John Ahr began taking jewelry-making classes at the local community center when he was just twelve years old, eventually earning his Masters of Fine Arts in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing. He has worked as a jeweler for over 20 years and an instructor for eleven. When he isn't teaching, John is a photographer and fine artist, incorporating metal and stone into his work.
He teaches rendering, metalsmithing, and design workshop classes in the intensive Jewelry Design program. “It's unique, given the fact that we are paired with the Fashion Design program and, unlike other colleges, our students have state-of-the-industry tools and materials to use – they don't have to share.”
What is your favorite class?
“Metalsmithing III: It gives students the opportunity to really engage in metalsmithing with a level of difficulty that mirrors what they will be doing professionally. I also really enjoy the Alternative Materials for Jewelry Design class, where we work with paper, felt, resins, found objects, and other materials.”
What do you like most about the Jewelry Design program?
“The best thing about the program is that it gives each student the opportunity to work at a professional jeweler's bench with brand new equipment.”
What is your approach to teaching?
“I strive to exercise as much patience as possible and be as proactive as I can. For a majority of students this is the first time they are using these tools and I want it to be a good experience for them.”
John Ahr is an Outstanding Faculty Award winner, an award given by the student body to outstanding faculty members.
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