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"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." ⏤ Stone Cooper x CCP Workshop Series

Giving back and inspiring others is a core value of mine, so when a friend and professor at the Community College of Philadelphia approached me about teaching a workshop, I was honored and excited about the opportunity! The workshop was hosted by the Fashion Merchandising, Marketing Retail department (which I actually volunteer with, as a board member!) 

The workshop was structured in four parts: the first was a panel discussion focused on sustainability in the industry as well as different approaches to working in the field. I invited Ellyse Bendillo, fellow Philadelphia jeweler and occasional part-time worker for Stone Cooper, who specializes in restoration and enameling, to join.

The second session was a zoom lecture I hosted, where we outlined the history of jewelry, differences in metals and materials, the intricacies of value and pricing, as well as a bit about my background and the journey of my company. One of my favorite questions from a student was about the types of jobs in the mineral and jewelry world; we were able to think of dozens!

The third workshop was a site visit to our beloved stockist, Ali’s Wagon, located in Fairmount near the college campus. Students got a chance to tour the shop and learn how we merchandise, display, and sell in a retail setting. 

The final workshop was held at the college, and students got a chance to either redesign a piece of their own, or create earrings, a necklace, or a keychain. We touched upon the fundamentals of beading, wire-wrapping, and jewelry design using pliers, wire, jump rings and headpins. I brought my personal collection of vintage charms and components for students to use, and we discussed the value of reducing waste and upcycling materials. 

All in all, it was a huge success. I loved getting to engage on various platforms, and highlight multiple aspects of my business. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to share my love of adornment and craftsmanship with others, especially the next generation of creatives.

Kat assisting students in making jewelry in the final workshop.Kat demonstrating jewelry making techniques during the workshop

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