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Sterling Quest Jewelry School Shows Student Work at YAM Gallery

By Marie Moébius

Sterling Quest jewelry school is the heart of metalsmith design and production education in San Miguel. Many students have found their calling in this workshop and become recognized jewelry artists. Students come from all over the world and for a myriad of reasons, but time spent at Sterling Quest consistently makes a deep and lasting impression.

Sterling Quest Jewelry School
Thu, Nov 5, 6pm
YAM Gallery
Instituto Allende
Ancha de San Antonio 20 int.1

When looking at a finished piece of jewelry, it is difficult to imagine the number of steps necessary to get to the result and the variety of techniques involved. Cutting metal, folding, hammering, soldering, setting stones, and polishing are all complex and delicate craft procedures engaging a precise know-how.

Leading the students through the learning and execution of those steps is Billy King, founder of the school and one-and-only instructor. Talking about Sterling Quest School without mentioning Billy King makes no sense. Once a diamond cutter in Canada, then a commercial silversmith, and later the head of the silversmith department of Instituto Allende. Billy King founded his own school, currently located in Guadalupe neighborhood, in 1999. Since then he has received thousands of students in his workshop and taught each of them with the same dedication and passion. Being a student at Sterling Quest requires full commitment and seriously open-minded spirit. If King puts absolutely no solemnity in his teaching (his manners are rather straightforward) it does not follow that he lacks rigor (especially when dealing with security rules!), but King has his way to take you to the creative field, and this means to think out of the box. “I don’t make art, I make artists,” says Billy. And he has made many out of his students.

Sterling Quest show at YAM Gallery is an opportunity to see an outstanding selection of jewels reflecting the skills and talent of former and current students. Many of them will be present, as well as Billy King, celebrating the joy and pride of creativity. The show will be held for four days, until Sunday, November 8.


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