HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBRA DAVIS

DIANA CONARD

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 7-31-02

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Giovanni Corvaja Presents Jewelry Granulation Workshop on HCC Campus

Giovanni Corvaja recently held a week-long jewelry granulation workshop on the campus of Haywood Community College. Corvaja, a maestro of brilliantly constructed jewelry pieces, met newly retired HCC Professor Arch Gregory at a jewelry conference. For this reason, as well as HCC’s jewelry department’s outstanding nationwide reputation, Corvaja traveled from his home in Italy to conduct the workshop.

Corvaja is a self-taught artist married to the English artist Jacqueline Ryan. His works may be seen in galleries throughout Northern Europe.

Granulation makes up one of the most specialized techniques in jewelry-making. Corvaja uses his deep understanding of materials to portray his craftsmanship through one-of-a-kind pieces. He strives for authenticity sometimes spending months on a single piece. Corvaja says, "Technique is language."

The workshop was presented in a relaxing atmosphere. Diannah Beauregard attended the classes and said, "It was the best workshop I’ve participated in. The instruction was great. I hope he’ll come back."

HCC’s jewelry program prepares graduates to operate their own studio or work for an established jeweler. For more information, call Student Services at (828) 627-4500 or visit us at www.haywood.edu ion the web.

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(Cutline:) Italian jeweler, Giovanni Corvaja held a jewelry granulation workshop on the campus of HCC. Corvaja, left, consults with Ruthie Cohen, right, on her granulation project.