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Artist Profile
Professional Summary
Awards & Merits

Artist Profile

My career as a Jewelry Designer and Goldsmith began 32 years ago. My earlier days were filled with education from government loans that ultimately led to a Secondary Teaching Credential with the Los Angeles Unified School District and a Master of Arts Degree, specializing in Metal-smithing and Jewelry making. I taught jewelry making in high schools for 8 years and set up a jewelry program for inner city youth for 2 years.

I began exhibiting my own work using craft fairs as my main vehicle. The craft fairs allowed me to sell directly to the public and still explore new and creative design ideas as well as experiment with new techniques. What began as a passionate hobby blossomed into a full time career.

Creating original pieces for individuals and couples is a very special process. There is a bonding that usually occurs from the first meeting. Trust is silently established and then comes the exciting evolution of a concept followed by imagery. The customer takes an active role in all these phases so they are able to watch and participate in the development as the project progresses.

What separates my profession from many others is that I am creating something special that hopefully makes a difference in a person's life for a long time. Whether the gift is motivated by a birth, a wedding, a job promotion or any other significant occasion there will always be a special piece of jewelry the symbolizes the momentous occasion.

Professional Summary

NAME:Judy Lazar
PLACE OF BIRTH:Los Angeles, California

1998Gem Enhancement and Filling-Gemological Institute of America
1996Diamond Grading, Gemological Institute of America
1992Pearl Grading and Identification, One Week, Gemological Institute of America
1990Anticlastic Raising, One Week, Revere Academy of Jewelry, San Francisco
1988Color Gem Identification, One Week, Gemological Institute of America
1986Diamond Identification, Home Study, Gemological Institute of America
1984Stone Setting, One Week Intensive Training, Gemological Institute of America
1982Stone Setting, One Week Intensive Training, Gemological Institute of America
1975Masters of Arts Degree, California State University, Northridge
1973Bachelor of Arts Degree, California State University, Northridge
1973Secondary Teaching Credential, California State University, Northridge
1970Associate Art Degree, Chouinard Art Institute, Los Angeles, California

1981-PresentFull-Time Jewelry Designer and Goldsmith
1981-1983Part-Time Teaching Inner City, Specializing in Jewelry Making
1977-1981Full-Time High School Jewelry Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District-University High School, Los Angeles
1973-1977Full-Time High School Jewelry Teacher, El Camino Real High School, Woodland Hills, Ca
1973Opened Business- J.L. Custom Jewelry Design and Entered into the Craft Fair Circuit of Exhibition and Custom Work.
1968-1973Full-Time Art Student - Part Time Jewelry Designer

Awards & Merits

  • Best of Jewelry Hermosa Beach Fiesta del Artes Labor Day - 2003, 2001, 1996, 1994, 1993
  • Best of Jewelry Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts - 2002, 2003
  • 2nd Place Affair in the Garden Beverly Hills - 2001, 2000
  • Best of Jewelry Studio City Spring - 2002, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992
  • Best of Category Flagstaff Festival of the Pines Frank Maguire/Festival Production, Tempe AZ - 1995
  • Best of Show Fourth St. Merchants Assoc., Tucson, AZ - 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991
  • Blue Ribbon Award of Excellence in Jewelry Festival of Pines, Flagstaff, AZ M.A.M.A., Tempe, AZ - 1993
  • Best of Show Winner-Jewelry 23rd Annual "Fourth Ave. Spring Street Fair", Tucson, AZ - 1993, 1992
  • Best of Show Woodland Hills Spring Art Festival and First Place Jewelry Woodland Hills Rotary, Woodland Hills - 1991
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