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Hello, I'm Michael. 2024 marks my 51st year as a goldsmith.


After 30 years as a professional practitioner, I've devoted the past two decades to teaching this noble pursuit to the next generation of jewelry makers.

I have created a studio environment that is a sanctuary where I am able to share my decades of experience and insight with my students and protegees.


As a creative person, my greatest fulfillment has come through the hands-on transmission of my craft to others, and the satisfaction of watching them develop and excel.

The investment of time and resources to become skillful at anything that brings beauty into the world, is a very worthwhile and rewarding endeavor. Being able to pass that skill onward and enable others to experience the joy of their own creativity, is

truly a wonderful and satisfying experience.

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, San Francisco, CA 1986 – 2014


Professional Experience
Michael Sturlin Studio, Jewelry Designer/Goldsmith, Professional Services, Consultation 1975 – Present

Design Competition Awards

Excellence in Jewelry Artistry Award, Kalmbach Publications 2014
New Designer Gallery, Jewelers of America 2004
AJDC New Talent Competition, runner-up 2004
Mort Abelson Award, New Designer of the Year, finalist 2004
AJDC New Talent Competition, finalist 2003
Gold Trends 2000 Jewelry Design Awards, World Gold Council 2000

Teaching Experience
Faculty, Revere Academy, San Francisco, CA 2005 – 2017
Faculty, Bead & Button Show, Milwaukee, WI 2007 – 2016
Adjunct Faculty, Mesa Arts Center, Mesa AZ 2008 – 2011
Adjunct Faculty, Metalwerx, Waltham, MA 2005 – 2007
In Depth Retreats, Michael Sturlin Studio 2013-present
Individual Private Instruction, Michael Sturlin Studio 2005-present

Visiting Artist Workshops/Seminars/Presentations
Master Class Vessels and Hollowware, Bead & Button Show, Milwaukee, WI 2018
Masters Symposium Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, San Francisco, CA 2016
Jewelry Class DC, Washington DC 2017
Studio JSD, Grand Haven, MI 2011 – 2019
Myra Perrin Studio, Indianapolis, IN 2010 – 2016
Cornwall School of Art, Craft and Jewellery, Cornwall, UK 2014, 2016
Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL 2009, 2014
Metal Arts Guild of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 2013
BeadFX, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada 2009 – 2013
Mid Cornwall School of Jewellery, St Austell, Cornwall, UK 2011
Whaley Studios, San Diego, CA 2009 – 2010
Metal Clay World Conference, Keynote Speaker, Chicago, IL 2009
MJSA- At the Bench Live, Tucson, AZ 2008
MJSA- At the Bench Live, Las Vegas, NV 2007
Silver Clay Studio, Corfe Castle, Dorset, UK 2007
Metal Arts Association of Silicon Valley, Cupertino, CA 2007
Metal Arts Society of Southern California, Laguna Hills, CA 2007
MJSA- At the Bench Live, New York, NY 2006
SF Bay Area Silver Clay Group, San Francisco, CA 2007
NE Ohio PMC Guild, Chagrin Falls, OH 2006
Arizona Designer Craftsmen, Tucson, AZ 2006
Tucson Parks & Rec Metals Studio, Tucson, AZ 2006
Scintillant Studio, San Francisco, CA 2005
MJSA- Experts in Jewelry Education, New York, NY 2005

Writing – Authored Publications
Columnist, Metalsmithing 101, Art Jewelry Magazine 2009 – 2016
Columnist, Studio Insights, Metal Clay Artist Magazine 2010 – 2015
Essential Techniques: Metal Jewelry, Kalmbach Publications 2014
MAGazine – Metal Arts Guild of Canada, Feature Article 2013
Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, Feature Articles 2009 – 2016
MJSA Journal, Feature Articles 2010 – 2013


Press – Editorial Publication – Books
Masters: Gold, Marthe LeVan, Lark Books
Profiting By Design, Marlene Richey
The Jeweler’s Bench Book, Charles Lewton-Brain
Metal Artist’s Workbench; Demystifying the Jewelers Saw, Thomas Mann
Secret Shop Weapons, MJSA Press
Good Bones; Elements and Principles of Jewelry Design, Sharon Elaine Thompson
Crocheted Wire Jewelry, Arline Fisch

Press – Editorial Publication – Magazines/Newspapers
Jewelers Circular Keystone
Modern Jeweler
National Jeweler
Professional Jeweler
Jewellery World Review
Colored Stone
Lapidary Journal
MJSA Journal
Crafts Report
Scottsdale Magazine
Phoenix Business Journal
Arizona Republic


Metal Arts Guild of Canada 2009 – 2016
MJSA 2010 – Present
Society of North American Goldsmiths 1986 – 2013

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