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Goldsmiths Apprentice Program 

FALL 2023

October 3 - December 21, 2023


February 13 - May 9, 2024

During this comprehensive 12 week program, equip yourself with the skills needed to enhance your jewelry techniques or if you are a beginner, start your journey in the jewelry trade.

This program, with a focus on fine jewelry fabrication, is designed to train the student as an apprentice, as it was throughout history when apprentices were taught the age-old practice of repetition to develop and master a skill while working under a master craftsperson.

GAP (Goldsmiths Apprentice Program) has a beginners program, GAP1, and an intermediate program, GAP2, which continues training the apprentice in the skills needed to work in the trade. 

Scholarships and payment plans available.

For more information and to apply, contact


Intro to Chasing: Art of the Chisel 

October 28-30

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$525 per session

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Events coming up in Old Town Auburn...


Sept 21    5pm-9pm

Auburn Wine, Ale and Food Festival

Oct 7 and 8

Ghost Tour

October 21 and 28

Placer Artists Studio Tour  (MAA is on the tour!)

November 10, 11, 12 and 17, 18, 19

Old Town Christmas

December 16     5pm-9pm

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Larry Van Craeynest Goldsmiths Apprentice Scholarship Continues....

The above photo was taken in 1982 or 83 at Van Craeynest, Inc. in San Francisco. This is where I apprenticed for 6 years under Larry Van Craeynest. Larry passed away on January 15th. He was my teacher, my mentor and my friend. When I began my apprenticeship at Van Craeynest, Inc., I was 18 years old. I studied under Larry and so many other talented craftsmen at that factory. My days started an hour before everyone arrived when I would prep the shop for the day, it was my job to warm up the die ball for the die cutter, and my days ended an hour after everyone left. I would mop and sweep and make sure the shop was just so for everyone for the next day. I would spend the first few weeks of my apprenticeship just watching. As per Larrys instruction, I would sit next to each craftsman and study….then I would practice what I had witnessed. When I had become proficient, Larry would have me move on to the next skill, all the while practicing. Repeating the skills until they were in my body and my brain. This went on for years and years.  Larry and all of the talented craftsmen that I learned under shaped who I am as an artist. It is an immense loss to the craft of handmade jewelry to lose Larry who was such a dedicated teacher and skilled craftsman, not only in jewelry fabrication but in woodworking and tool and die making.

The craft of handmade jewelry is such a gift. I am thankful for the training that I received as an apprentice. In the photo above, I am on the far left, Larry is the one looking to the side, and each one of us are there because of him. We were all there to do our part in the process of jewelry fabrication. It was a golden age.

We have created a scholarship in Larrys name. Here at MAA we offer a scholarship to study as an apprentice, just as I did with Larry. The Goldsmiths Apprentice Program is our way of keeping the traditions and skills alive and in the hands of jewelers. To apply for the Goldsmiths Apprentice Program, or to donate to the scholarship,  please see our Classes page.
I miss Larry dearly but in his honor, I continue to reach to the past and teach for the future.
Michael R Kosinski

How long does it take to master your craft? 60,000 Hours. Below, find a fascinating documentary on the Japanese Takumi, the master craftsmen and women who have devoted 60,000 hours + to their craft.

How do you add value to your everyday life? Do you create? Do you harvest? Do you render? Do you build? Share your handmade story, let us all create a dialogue for a handmade future.

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Photo of Aidan Breen and Michael in Ireland. Learn more about this wonderful artist at