For Sale: The Jean Stark Personal Studio Collection

The Jean Stark Personal Studio Collection

There is an opportunity for your students and interested faculty to get a piece of history. Jean Stark’s numerous studio tools, enamels and teaching samples are being sold. The profits go to Jean Stark, who is now retired from Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Mindy Spritz, Art project coordinator, is currently in Chicago with Stark’s Studio collection. Her personal tools and equipment are here and available to be viewed. The enamels are of special interest, many no longer obtainable. The quality tools were all used and touched by Stark. They are in Chicago through August 10.

Stark has been called “The Guru of Granulation, the Goddess of Chains” (Randy Smith). She was a major force in popularizing and practicing ancient goldsmithing techniques, especially granulation, enameling and chain making. She co-founded the Kulicke-Stark Academy of Jewelry Art in New York City, taught at the Revere Academy, the Parsons School of Design and for many national jewelry groups and organizations across America. Her book “Classical Loop in Loop Chains” is the most comprehensive work on the subject. The book has been called “the ultimate resource for making fabulous chains of ancient cultures”. Ettagale Blauer’s book ‘Contemporary American Jewelry Design’ credits Stark with “bringing granulation into the vocabulary of the American Goldsmith and changing the face of high-karat gold jewelry”.

To book a pop-up viewing at your school contact Mindy Spritz at 404-245- 0311 or email: mindyspritz @ yahoo . com

Mindy Spritz, a Chicago native, is an Atlanta-based Art Administrator, Educator and Arts Program Management consultant. She developed and managed BURNAWAY's Emerging Art Writers Mentorship Program. Spritz taught art & design and was in administration at several Midwest and Southeast Colleges. She also coordinated education at the Spruill Center for Arts in Atlanta.

What is needed to show the collection:

  • A classroom space or a large room with at least 8-10 tables.

  • Some lighting. Power plugs for laptop display.

  • A place to load and unload.

A dolly/handtruck and any helpers would be appreciated but are not necessary.

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