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The 11th Annual Portland Jewelry Symposium Announces its 2018 Speaker Line-up

The 11th Annual Portland Jewelry Symposium Announces its 2018 Speaker Line-up Bates Rob headshot%5b1%5d-23The Portland Jewelry Symposium, an annual educational event for jewelry manufacturers and retailers, will be held September 30 and October 1, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. The theme for this year’s Symposium is: Craft Meets Technology: Keeping it Real in a Digital World, featuring expert perspectives on how makers can navigate between art and science in their work. “This is a theme we hear over and over again” says Teresa Frye, founder of the Portland Jewelry Symposium. “We are an industry immersed in art with a long tradition of skilled handcrafting that now requires the thoughtful use of technology. We seek to explore technology not as the primary driver of design and process, but rather as a very powerful tool in the jeweler’s toolbox.”

The Symposium kicks off Sunday evening with dinner and a Keynote Address delivered by Rob Bates [pictured], News Director of JCK and industry blogger renowned for JCK Online’s Cutting Remarks. Mr. Bates will share his wide-ranging perspectives on where he sees our industry heading in a technologically driven world.

Monday’s program features talks spanning from high-tech casting methods to novel approaches in digital marketing and more. Professor Anne-Marie Carey from the Birmingham City University will present her joint project with the Museum of London demonstrating the digital reproduction of a 17th century artifact from the Cheapside Hoard. This year will also feature two panel presentations including open Q&As with precious metals metallurgists and experts in the casting of 3D resins. Bench demonstrations are sponsored by Rio Grande and feature Ann Cahoon from the North Bennett Street School. A full line-up of all the sessions can be found at

Sponsors for the event include TechForm Advanced Casting Technology, Stuller, Platinum Guild USA, Gemological Institute of America, Rio Grande, MJSA, Instore Magazine, Johnson Matthey, Hoover and Strong, Otto Frei , Metalsmith Magazine, United Precious Metals Refining, Envisiontec, Red Sky Plating, Laminated Metals Technology, and the Santa Fe Symposium.

For further information or press inquiries please contact Sarah Loveland via email at
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