OJA is creating Instructional Videos on Making Jewelry
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As of May 2019, the OJA is discontinuing its release of weekly videos, but plans on continuing to produce videos less frequently and without a designated schedule. Thanks to our patrons for all of their support.  

The Online Jewelry Academy (OJA) was established in 2012 by co-founders John Ahr and Don Hunt. Working with just a cell phone camera, the two produced their first videos for YouTube. The response to their initial videos was encouraging. So, Ahr and Hunt decided to continue to produce educational videos for anyone interested in making jewelry. As their access to video recording and editing technology increased, so did the number and quality of their videos. But, the two men have remained consistent in adhering to three principles in each of their videos:
  • Safety First
  • Step-by-step instruction that's easy to follow
  • Concise and interesting lessons
Jewelry training has historically been the realm of apprentices and journeymen working under the direction of a master. But with the popularity of both do-it-yourself programs and personal technology devices there are now many self-taught jewelry designers and craftsmen.
The OJA seeks to bridge the extremes of today's jewelry training. Using detailed video instruction and demonstration, students will be able to have a virtual first-hand visual learning experience. Our hope is to eventually offer other services and products as well. 

John Ahr divides his career between artistic exploration and arts education. His work as an artist explores the silly to the sublime in a variety of media to form a uniquely expressive hybrid. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ahr now lives in Southern California. He regularly teaches jewelry design and fabrication at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) where he serves as the Creative Director of the Jewelry Program.

Ahr has worked as an artist and a designer for over 30 years. He has produced a wide variety of fine art and commercial work in both traditional and non-traditional materials. Ahr's work has been exhibited in the US as well as Europe and Japan. He is especially known for the skillful eclecticism of this work that often incorporates his photos. In 2003, Mr. Ahr designed the featured decor elements for HBO's Emmy Awards and Golden Globes after parties.

In 2001, Ahr earned a M.F.A. in metals from California State University, Long Beach. He has appeared on both the "Lifetime" and "DIY" networks where he has shared his knowledge of crafts.
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HELP THE OJA KEEP VIDEOS COMING
$1 or more per month
Know that your support helps keep the OJA 
producing expert jewelry instruction.
ENTHUSIAST
$5 or more per month

Early Access To Video Releases
Your Name On Our End Credits During Your Support

LOVE THE OJA
$10 or more per month
  • Access to our paid courses
  • PLUS
  • Early Access To Video Releases
  • Your Name On Our End Credits During Your Support
As of May 2019, the OJA is discontinuing its release of weekly videos, but plans on continuing to produce videos less frequently and without a designated schedule. Thanks to our patrons for all of their support.  

The Online Jewelry Academy (OJA) was established in 2012 by co-founders John Ahr and Don Hunt. Working with just a cell phone camera, the two produced their first videos for YouTube. The response to their initial videos was encouraging. So, Ahr and Hunt decided to continue to produce educational videos for anyone interested in making jewelry. As their access to video recording and editing technology increased, so did the number and quality of their videos. But, the two men have remained consistent in adhering to three principles in each of their videos:
  • Safety First
  • Step-by-step instruction that's easy to follow
  • Concise and interesting lessons
Jewelry training has historically been the realm of apprentices and journeymen working under the direction of a master. But with the popularity of both do-it-yourself programs and personal technology devices there are now many self-taught jewelry designers and craftsmen.
The OJA seeks to bridge the extremes of today's jewelry training. Using detailed video instruction and demonstration, students will be able to have a virtual first-hand visual learning experience. Our hope is to eventually offer other services and products as well. 

John Ahr divides his career between artistic exploration and arts education. His work as an artist explores the silly to the sublime in a variety of media to form a uniquely expressive hybrid. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ahr now lives in Southern California. He regularly teaches jewelry design and fabrication at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) where he serves as the Creative Director of the Jewelry Program.

Ahr has worked as an artist and a designer for over 30 years. He has produced a wide variety of fine art and commercial work in both traditional and non-traditional materials. Ahr's work has been exhibited in the US as well as Europe and Japan. He is especially known for the skillful eclecticism of this work that often incorporates his photos. In 2003, Mr. Ahr designed the featured decor elements for HBO's Emmy Awards and Golden Globes after parties.

In 2001, Ahr earned a M.F.A. in metals from California State University, Long Beach. He has appeared on both the "Lifetime" and "DIY" networks where he has shared his knowledge of crafts.

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HELP THE OJA KEEP VIDEOS COMING
$1 or more per month
Know that your support helps keep the OJA 
producing expert jewelry instruction.
ENTHUSIAST
$5 or more per month

Early Access To Video Releases
Your Name On Our End Credits During Your Support

LOVE THE OJA
$10 or more per month
  • Access to our paid courses
  • PLUS
  • Early Access To Video Releases
  • Your Name On Our End Credits During Your Support