|My training initiated with a Los Angeles workshop that was the contract (or outsource) manufacturer for Van Cleef and Arpel’s, Gump's, Pierre Touraine and many others that were the foundation of the West Coast's fine Art~Jewelry establishment.
I have formal apprenticeships in Pave' setting (Gerardo Terranova) and ancillary training in platinum-smithing, machining, and antique musical restoration.
My business , J.Grahl Design, was founded at the outset and has been in continuous operation for 48 years. (as of 2012). I'm a maker-builder at heart.?All of the items shown in the photographs and illustrations here are Custom Made.
When you view my website at JGrahlDesign.com ,you will see many cross over categories in metal, wood, glass and illustration-art.
I am deeply involved with both vintage autos and surfing, so items relating to those topics are exposed here as well.
There are generally a few of my projects available for live viewing at the Museum at the Gemological Institute of America as well as The San Diego Natural History Museum.
?So enough of me, one's work should speak for itself.?Having a piece of work custom made is an enjoyable process if communication is clear, to that end, a phone call, short check list of objectives, mutually agreed upon budget and a few rough sketches are useful in beginning a project. To move forward accurate renderings and a deposit ( along with a delivery date) start the process in motion.
A great deal of my work has been commissioned out of state and out of country, so again, clear communication has been critical to those successes.?To explore my work further, please refer to my website:?JGrahlDesign.com?
It is an evolving, on line, library of projects.?Feel free to contact me through my email at: ?JGrahlDesign@earthlink.net?
Thank you, ?
My business offers services in the following areas;?
Project and product development?
Art, originals and prints (Automotive )
Automotive design (vintage restoration)
Metal smithing?Bronze, brass, aluminum, titanium, steel fabrication?Custom wood working, design, prototyping, (small scale)
Production development for line items?
Pewter & white metal design & production?
Cast Iron design and production?
Organizing outsourced production for direct client turnover
I have a particular specialty in Natural, South Sea and collectable cultured pearls. Please view,?www.NaturalPearlSociety.org
My Artist Statement
Hi,â€¨My name is Jim Grahl. I'm nearing 65 years old, 48 of those years have been continuously devoted to jewelry and industrial design.
Artsy Home is my palate for presenting Silhouette Arts to you.
For the last ten years I have been developing a method of capturing the images of your loved ones (and your pets!) and reproducing them in precious metals and photographs. This has been done exclusively here in the Newport Beach, California area until now. I have now expanded the project to work using your images, I will send a simple walk through to explain the process (you can even do it with your â€śSmart Phoneâ€ť).
The starting prices for sterling silver are quite reasonable and custom orders are encouraged. Please visit the SilhouetteArts.com website for pricing and a great gallery of past projects, and , while youâ€™re exploring, please visit JGrahlDesign.com to see the background work that allowed this project to come to the public.