Granulation
with Kathy Kinev

In-Person  |  4 Weekly Class Sessions

Fridays, April 15 - May 6, 2022

10:00 am - 1:00 pm EDT

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Class Description

What is Granulation? Is it a technique or a decoration? In modern terms it is a technique to place small beads of metal onto a surface in a decorative pattern.

There have always been two methods of granulation employed since ancient times. The first technique is hard soldering as we currently practice it today using a lower melting temperature alloy. The other method is by eutectic soldering using localized diffusion to attach the granules.

We will practice granulation in silver and use the technique to add texture and interest to our designs!

Kathy Kinev

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., Kathryn Kinev moved to Atlanta with her family at an early age. She attended Georgia State University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in fine arts, specializing in jewelry design and silversmithing. At GSU she discovered metalworking. “Once my hands touched metal, I never wanted to do  anything else but design jewelry,” said Kinev, who studied under Professor Richard Mafong. 

Kinev began her professional career working for Atlanta-area jewelers. She opened Jewel Creations in her apartment in 1982. She incorporated Jewel Creations and moved to Buckhead on Peachtree Road in 1985.  During this period she discovered the unique art of granulation and chain making, which had been of interest to  her since her GSU days. She was inspired by the work of Smithsonian artist John Paul Miller of the Cleveland  Institute of Art and attended classes with Jean Stark. Kinev studied ancient jewelry technology in London in 2005.

Kinev is known for her strengths in creating original designs, fabricating, casting and stone setting. She works  in platinum, 18K and 22K, including granulation.

 

She is a graduate gemologist and an Alumni member of the Gemological Institute of America. She is a Fellow  of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. She is a current member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers and president of the Georgia Chapter of the Gemological Institute of America.