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Instructor Interview and Giveaway: Max Goodman

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In today's post, I interview Craftsy instructor Max Goodman, instructor of online jewelry-making course Jewelry Workshop: Bead, Wrap, Chain & Etch. (Sign up for Max's course today through this blog post and take it for only $29.99!)

Keep reading to see how you can win a pendant created by Max herself.

A Philadelphia native, gifted artist and teacher, Max Goodman earned her BFA in jewelry and painting from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. A lover of travel, she moved to Italy for two years upon graduating and became a wondering horse trainer before returning to the states and settling in Brooklyn, NY.

There she created the jewelry program at 3rd Ward, a community artist studio that provides classes in many forms of art making and provides sixteen different jewelry classes, in a fully loaded jewelry studio. In addition to heading the jewelry program at 3rd Ward, where she both teaches and makes her own work, Max founded Uproar Art, a non-profit art program in Brooklyn, which offers extracurricular art classes to kids and teens. When she has the time, she still enjoys riding horses in the NYC metropolitan area.

Max took a little time out of her busily creative schedule to answer a few questions:

Me: Tell us a little bit about yourself, how old were you when you started being craftsy? Was crafting something that was going on around you at home? Did you learn to craft at school? From friends?
Max: I have always been a maker, though my road into crafts was through fine arts. I was accepted into the prestigious Tyler School of Art with a painting portfolio. However, because the program was so small, they didn't have a 3D foundation year, so instead of what happens with 2D foundation (Intro to Drawing class, Intro to Graphic Design etc.) they just placed you randomly into a 3D class. I was lucky enough to be placed into a Jewelry class, and loved it. I couldn't wait to keep soldering. I learned most of the techniques I teach in this class while studying for my BFA in Jewelry/Metals at Tyler, or while working for a commercial designer called Elaine Tse while designing for her brand Tselaine.

Me: What was your first project? Tell us about it, was it a success? Do you still have it?
Max: My first project was a place setting - plate, bowl, glass, knife, fork, spoon and place mat. It was based on the work of Gustave Klimt. I do still have it. I guess it was an aesthetic success, but didn't work very well. My favorite part was the cast aluminum flat-wear. This casting project was what launched my lifelong love of casting molten metals.

Me: What led you to crafting as a profession? Did you go to school to learn your trade? Did you fall into it later in life? What does your family think of your crafting?
Max: During school I began working as an assistant fabricator and designer for Tselaine. I also began selling work at local craft shows. I always wanted to teach, but I liked the excitement of the business side of crafts when I first became involved. My family enjoys my craft work, for the most part, I think - it makes shopping for gifts easier - they just call me up whenever someone's birthday comes around! But I think some of the men in the family are getting a little tired of always receiving cufflinks.
Me:  What about teaching online do you like most? Have you found that it’s very different from teaching in person?
Max: I guess I like the idea that I can reach people far, far away, who might not have access to classes like mine locally. I like the idea that somebody who may be home bound because of an illness or injury can still make craft work, and be a part of this community. It is a little different from teaching in person - much harder to crack jokes and be sarcastic through written commenting.
Me: What’s coming up next for you?

Max: Well, we've just added a few more advanced classes at my home studio, 3rd Ward. I'm also finishing incorporating my children's program, Uproar Art as a non-profit, so we're just starting to look for partner schools in NYC for the next school year. I'm looking forward to doing a visiting artist programs in the NYC public schools next year, if I can find the time. I also just finished a lovely cloisonne piece (enameling, fusing glass to metal) and look forward to building a metal change purse next, images of which you'll find at my blog -

Max has also shared one of her handcrafted pendants with us, and you can win it!

All you have to do is be a member of Craftsy (it's free and easy to join) and comment on today's blog post, telling us why you love hand made jewelry. 

We'll choose one lucky winner at random to win Max's pendant.

REMEMBER: To win today’s giveaway, you must be a registered Craftsy member. It’s easy and FREE to join!

This contest if over and a winner has been contacted.  Thank you.



I love handmade jewelry for its uniqueness.


I love hand made jewelry because you know someone took the time and effort to make that piece just for you.

Cyndy Lachowski

Handmade jewelry is unique, inspirational and creative. The artist puts a bit of their soul into each piece that we get to carry forward.


I love handmade jewelry because it’s all one of a kind & unique!

Cindy Mackey

Why do I love handmade jewelry? I know that each piece represents a part of the artist’s memories, culture, and personality–in other words, their soul.


I love handmade jewelry for lots of reasons…it’s more likely to be one-of-a-kind, there’s a part of me in every piece I create, pieces can be made to represent a memory, & it’s an awesome way to express a creative mind! 🙂

Courtney Kiszewski

Handmade jewelry is so much more personal and I have the power to design it exactly the way I want. 🙂


Making jewelry is one of the oldest of art forms. The maker is sharing time and talent to create beauty. Each time I load a blade in the saw or light a torch, I feel a rush of anticipation because not only is the process fun, it gives me a deep satisfaction to smith metal, joining to stone, to create a piece that I am proud of. The sense of community and inspiration I feel with the artists at studio is a special kind of joy.

Paula P Durrant

Most handmade jewelry is unique. It has not been mass produced in Asia or stamped out in any factory. It was made by an artist whose talent shines in the jewelry. So not only is the jewelry special the process of creating it is also special.

Paula P Durrant

through the talent of the designer.

Nicole Tobias

Handmade jewelry is another fantastic way for a wonderfully craftsy person to express themselves! It also allows for unique pieces that all tell a different story to everyone that sees them. 🙂

Keep making the world that much brighter one craft at a time! -Nicole <3

Bonnie Baker

Max has created a beautiful pendant. I would love to be able to wear it. Hand crafted jewelry is unique and exquisitely made, with every detail just right. I live in New Mexico where we have some fine, fine Native American jewelers who work and design in sterling silver and various gemstones. Stunning and true works of art.

Deirdre Abbotts

It is so refreshing to have a piece of jewelry which isn’t the same old same old, that is totally unique and will express the style of the wearer and the maker. The gorgeous jewelry that Max makes would be a welcome addition to my jewelry box. Thanks for the opportunity.
😀 eirdre

Diana Fors

i love handmade jewlrey because it is unique, not one of many, and it expresses someones creative side. Max’s jewlrey would be perfect for me as i am not a fluffy frilly person. Thats why homemade is so good for me.

Annette Siverson

Handmade jewelry, well, what’s not to like? It’s unique, usually quite striking, and the maker/creator has given you a part of her/himself. How special is that!

Donna DeCourcy

It is important that artists are supported and encouraged to take their workshops into schools like you do. We are so focus on academics that we ignore the skills, talents and artistry that is inherent in the arts and crafts. It is this which gives pleasure and beauty, and we need to make it accessible to our children.


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