Pohlman can laugh now, given that most of the equipment survived, though the flood was only one of the travails that the center has undergone in recent months. Until this year, the Baltimore Jewelry Center was known as the MICA Jewelry Center, a satellite program of the school's Continuing Studies department. In the spring of 2014, the curriculum was cut. This came about as MICA largely scrapped its Continuing Studies offerings, but also reflects the diminishing presence of jewelry making in the school's programming since the 1980s, when it was a full studio major. The longtime instructors of the program, including Pohlman, Shana Kroiz, Kirsten Rook, and April Wood, knew their craft was too important to lose, and—already relegated off campus at the Meadow Mill studio—decided to launch the Baltimore Jewelry Center as a nonprofit. Ironically, they hope this move might help them reach younger artists, including those at MICA, whom they were not reaching before. “Our mean age now is probably between 35 and 55, and a lot of them have backgrounds as professionals and hobby jewelers; many have had experience with metalworking," says Shane Prada, secretary of the board, program coordinator, and a former student of the Jewelry Center.