Mentorship Program for Black Jewelry Designers

I am very proud to announce the launch of our Jewelers Mentorship Program.

This six month mentorship program will consist of monthly 1-on-1 virtual meetings to discuss collection development, technical advice for production, sales & marketing strategies and more. The goal of this mentorship is to help emerging designers progress their jewelry lines, reach new goals and confidently learn the next steps for how to grow their business. This will be an ongoing mentorship opportunity where I’ll take on a new artist every 6 months and hope to continue to grow and expand this program throughout my entire career. The purpose of this mentorship is to help an emerging designer move towards their goals, feel supported and make space for more Black designers in the jewelry industry.

To apply, submit your application byJuly 31, 2020. Please submit your application in a PDF form along with3-5 images of your work with the subject “Mentorship Application.”This is a completely free mentorship program and will not cost the mentee any money. The first round of this mentorship program is open to Black jewelry designers only. This program is for students and emerging designers who have some knowledge of jewelry design and are actively working on learning and designing a collection and looking for a mentor to help grow their business.

Emilie Shapiro is a jewelry designer, educator and author living in NYC. Emilie has been making jewelry for 20 years and has been involved in many facets of the industry for over 10 years. Her own line of handmade jewelry is sold worldwide through select galleries, boutiques and department stores and retailed through her own website. Emilie also teaches classes, mainly in wax carving, jewelry business & production and other techniques. She is the author ofHow to Create Your Own Jewelry Line andCreative Wax Carving.Emilie has mentored High School students interested in a life in the arts through Smackmellon’s Art Ready Program and directly seen how arts education can change the trajectory of someone’s life.

Find the application and submission information here.

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