Mark Nelson Stars in PBS's Beads, Baubles, and Jewels

Mark Nelson, MFA 1999, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, will star in a jewelry demonstration series coming soon to PBS. He has worked with Rio Grande for four years. (Rio Grande is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of jewelry making findings and tools in North America.) PBS and Rio Grande will offer 12 original episodes of the season, each featuring a different full-length project, now available online! Check your PBS listings for dates and times, or call your local station to request the show air in your area. 

 Professor Robly Glover  taught and mentored Nelson in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing while he was at the SoA. Glover explains,”Mark is becoming quite a celebrity. . . He does do scholarly development and research and is a good studio artist!”


    • Laura
    • January 30th, 2010

    Yeah! So glad to hear Mark is having a series! His segments are always so informative. Just when I seem to be learning a new technique or vocabulary, there’s Mark on BB&J to explain it. I especially love the new 1100 series dealing with the setting up of a studio. Thank you so much Mark Nelson & PBS!!

    • Susan Apelt
    • March 9th, 2011

    Hi, just viewed Mark Nelson’s U-tube (1944) on jump ring making. He showed how to make lots of uniform jump rings by using a winder and electric blade saw and a jig or two. Can you tell me the cost of all this equipment and how I can purchase? I am retired and am looking for cost effective ways to continue fabricating jump ring jewelry.
    Thanks so much for your time – Sincerely, Sue Apelt

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