I'm available for freelance and contract work. Feel free to contact me at sam.gratz@gmail.com

Work Samples

  • Chameleon Hand Piece

  • Shell Earpiece

Work History

Experience Product Developer, Ganderfly, Philadelphia PA November 2013 – Present I research and design new product lines based on my clients ideas. Product concepts are translated though a series of 3D models, technical drawings, and photorealistic renderings. I also develop the product packaging and website graphics. Men’s Jewelry Designer, Barton Como Accessories, Philadelphia PA, August 2013 I fully developed jewelry designs and technical packs reflective of the creative vision of various brands. My design concepts were communicated through 3D models, hand renderings and rendering software. I also offered fresh ideas and researched current trends. Teaching Assistant, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, August 2011- May 2012 I helped students understand metals and jewelry techniques at a sophomore and junior level. I also assisted students with questions they had in regards to modeling in Rhinoceros, rendering in Bunkspeed Pro and Flamingo NXT, and fixing STL files in Magics. As well as giving advice on design aesthetics. Secretary, Comparative Cultures Department/NAU, Flagstaff, AZ, 2010 This job exposed me to a variety of office skills, such as preparing documentation, scanning materials, and answering phones. Moreover, I directed teachers and department heads to meetings and made sure the professors received their mail and were aware of their schedules/deadlines, and phone messages. Jewelry Artist, Sam Gratz Designs, Flagstaff, AZ 2007-Current I produce and design silver jewelry with semi-precious gemstones, as well as answer questions from www.samgratzjewelry.com. Moreover, I manage the jewelry inventory, fulfill sales, and market the web site and my jewelry designs to galleries and customers. Education B.F.A Jewelry/Metalsmithing, May 2010 — Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ M.F.A Jewelry/Metalsmithing/CAD-CAM - 2013-Tyler School of Art, Temple University Computer Skills Modeling Software: Rhinoceros 3D, Zbrush, Magics Rendering Software: Bunkspeed Shot, Flamingo, KeyShot General Programs: Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator Hand Skills Fundamental metalsmithing techniques: using a jeweler’s saw, soldering, stone setting, sanding, buffing, forming, lost wax process and casting. More advanced forming methods: anticlastic, spiculum, raising, and forging. Plus, chain weaving, mokume gane, reticulation, and married metals.

Education

  • Temple University, Tyler School of Art

    • MFA Jewelry/Metals/CAD-CAM
    • 2011 - 2013
  • Northern Arizona University

    • BFA Jewelry/Metalsmithing
    • 2008 - 2010

Specialties

Awards

Sedona Hopi Endowment Scholarship

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