About me

I’m Gordon Wainwright, Master Silversmith, Jeweler and Jewelry Instructor.

I majored in Art History at Albany State University in New York and studied silversmithing under Kenneth Welch, who trained at the Worshipful Guild of Goldsmiths in London. After graduation I served as the Resident Silversmith for the Historic Deerfield Association in Deerfield, Massachusetts, where I produced hollowware in the Early American Style, ca. 1740 – 1820. (That’s me in the Deerfield shop in the photo on the right, ca. 1970.) I also produced custom crafted hollowware for members of the Historic Association, as well as for private clients including Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

After two years in Deerfield I joined the Gold & Silversmiths Union in New York City, where I worked for Eastern Silver and later the Abbey School of Jewelry. In 1976, I opened my own shop on Chrystie Street in Lower Manhattan, which I operated through 1985. My clients included Jean’s Silversmiths, Tiffany’s, museums and private collectors.

In 1985 I relocated briefly to Florida, where I worked for Palm Bay Jewelers. In 1987, I settled in Los Angeles, where I opened my own shop in Echo Park. In addition to custom commissions and repair work, I produce one of a kind items in the classical style, as well as work of my own modern design, with a strong 1960’s influence. I also train aspiring jewelers, jewelry designers and silversmiths. For almost 20 years I taught classes  through Los Angeles City College; now I offer small group lessons and private lessons. My students enjoy learning at their own pace in a relaxed yet professional environment.

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