Meet Our Team

James Lynn

James Lynn

Jewelry Department Co-Chair, Professor

James Lynn was instrumental in starting ACC’s Jewelry Department and is currently one of the department’s two full time faculty members. He is self-taught with 40 years of experience in jewelry fabrication, and more than 20 years teaching experience. He became a Certified Master Bench Jeweler in 2000 and continues to hone his craft and develop new techniques to achieve his designs. James is proficient in the ancient technique of Mokume Gane (wood-grain metal) and will teach the technique to students if they show interest. His jewelry is heavily influenced by Art Nouveau and natural forms.

jlynn@austincc.edu

www.jameslynn-goldsmith.com

512.223.6684

 

James Teaches:

 

Jewelry Techniques I

 Jewelry Techniques II

Stonesetting I

Chasing and Repoussage

Precious Metals II

Enameling

 

Bill Evans

Bill Evans

Professor

Bill Evans is the former ACC Jewelry Department Chair, as well as an instructor and Certified Master Bench Jeweler. He has accumulated over 45 years of custom jewelry design experience as an independent jeweler. Bill has been the sole owner of a retail jewelry business, a trade shop bench jeweler, and the jewelry designer of custom pieces for several different retail businesses. He has been an instructor at ACC for over 20 years and continues to find reward in working with the students on their path towards a career in the jewelry industry.

revans@austincc.edu

512.223.6088

 

Bill Teaches:

 

Jewelry Casting I

 Jewelry Casting II

Metal Forming for Jewelry

Precious Metals II

 

Dwayne Bandy

Dwayne Bandy

Adjunct Professor

 

dwayne.bandy@austincc.edu

 

Dwayne Teaches:

 

Jewelry Techniques I

 Jewelry Techniques II

 Jewelry Repair/Fabrication I

 

Philippe Dewailly

Philippe Dewailly

Adjunct Professor

Born in Belgium, Philippe trained under the best of the Continental masters. His mother, grandfather, and their ancestors began making jewelry before the turn of the 19th century. Philippe apprenticed under the Crown jeweler to King Baudouin I of Belgium. He has helped fabricate jewelry for royalty in his homeland of Belgium and brings the knowledge of six generations of jewelers to ACC, and is also a Certified Master Bench Jeweler. Philippe views craftsmanship as the essential ingredient of fine jewelry.

pdewail@austincc.edu

www.artisans-jewelry-shoppe.com

 

Philippe Teaches:

 

Jewelry Techniques I

 Jewelry Techniques II

Stonesetting II

Introduction to Metal Engraving

Precious Metals II

 

Steve Kriechbaum

Steve Kriechbaum

Adjunct Professor

Steve Kriechbaum is an award-winning goldsmith who has been in the jewelry industry since 1972. He is a board member of the Texas Jeweler’s Association and maintains an international client base. He loves teaching because of the interaction with the students, and seeing the pride on their faces once they realize what they can achieve. He is also a rockin’ harmonica player and will often inspire students with musical accompaniment as they work.

skriechb@austincc.edu

www.skriechbaum.com

 

Steve Teaches:

 

Jewelry Techniques I

 Jewelry Techniques II

Jewelry Repair/Fabrication I

 

Rachel Pervin

Rachel Pervin

Adjunct Professor

Rachel Pervin teaches both Drawing for Jewelry Design and Wax Forming. She received her BFA in studio art from the University of Texas at Austin, and has been a professional wax carver for over 30 years. She teaches students the vital skill of sketching practical custom jewelry designs using simple techniques. This aids in the design process by allowing ideas to be realized and modified on paper before work begins in wax or metal. By sketching a design first, potential design problems can often be identified and corrected very early in the overall process. She also plays the conga drums!

spervin@austincc.edu

Rachel Teaches:

 

Drawing for Jewelry Design

Special Topics: Wax Modelling for Jewelry

Ricky Wilson

Ricky Wilson

Adjunct Professor

Ricky Wilson has over 35 years of experience in the jewelry industry, including studying for eight years under Stanley Young, a former Tiffany’s master stone setter. He is a graduate of Paris Junior College with specializations in Horology (watch making), Stone Setting, Jewelry Repair and Gemology. He founded his company, Ricky Wilson Manufacturing, in 1989 and is also a Certified Master Bench Jeweler.

rwilson2@austincc.edu

www.rwilsonmfg.com

Ricky Teaches:

 

Jewelry Techniques I

 Jewelry Techniques II

Jewelry Repair/Fabrication I

Jewelry Repair/Fabrication II

Stonesetting I

Stonesetting II

Precious Metals II

Rachel Hinojosa

Rachel Hinojosa

Adjunct Professor

rachel.hinojosa@austincc.edu

Rachel Teaches:

 

Jewelry Casting I

 Jewelry Casting II

 Introduction to Computer Aided Design and Manufacture for Jewelry

Deborah Wilson Taylor

Deborah Wilson Taylor

Adjunct Professor, Social Media Director

Deborah Wilson Taylor graduated with honors from the ACC Jewelry program in 2009, and spent time working in both jewelry retail and manufacturing before pursuing her own jewelry business full time in 2012.  Since then she has seen astounding growth in her business and has developed a strong internet following for her brand, Femailler.  Deborah is passionate about teaching artists to create businesses that offer meaningful value to their own lives.

deborah.taylor@austincc.edu

www.femailler.com

Deborah Teaches:

 

Business Practices for Artisans