We are super duper exited to announce this years demonstration by Arthur Hash – Water Etching and Champleve Enamels!!!
In this demo students will learn to combine a low tech salt water etching process with traditional enameling to make one-of-a-kind jewelry. We will cover salt-water etching with the enameling technique of champlevé.
Arthur is an Instructor and technician in the metals program at State University of New York-New Paltz; two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts fellowships, American Craft Council Searchlight Artist; exhibitions: Quirk Gallery (VA), Facere Gallery (Seattle), Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston), Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco), Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.
Because of the growing popularity of our little shindig here at ECU we have been forced to put a maximum capacity on the symposium. In order to maintain the small and intimate experience that is so unique to the Material Topics experience we felt an attendance cap was the best way to make sure we provide the best conference possible. Not to mention until we get an art department upgrade we just can not fit y’all in the building!!
Don’t forget there is still time to submit to both Reliquary/Redux and Making Connections, two exhibitions that will be opening in conjunction with the symposium art walk! Stay tuned for more info regarding demonstrations and lectures for the 2013 ECU Symposium!!
This year we are super excited to introduce our visiting ceramics artist!!!
Brett Freund investigates patterns of aesthetics and symbols in order to produce a mash-up of form and imagery by exploring the decorative nature of the highbrow and surplus of popular culture.
His work reflects on definitions of preciousness and value. How does an object qualify itself as being important? Is it rare like a diamond? Does it take time to grow like a crystal or is it a symbol that references a status or identity?
Brett received his MFA from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and was awarded the Lormina Salter Fellowship from Baltimore Clayworks. He exhibits nationally in the United States and was chosen as 2012 Emergency Artist by Ceramics Monthly.
In this years symposium he will demonstrate his methods for building porcelain crystal clusters with a scoreless attaching slip. How to utilize mason stains to create vibrant surfaces as well as sharing his technique for sketching in clay. He will also discuss growing borax crystals onto the sides of his ceramic sculptures.
We are very excited to have David Clemons as our keynote lecturer this year. Coming to us all the way from Little Rock, Arkansas!!
My work has primarily dealt with racial identity and the objects and images that impact one’s understanding of identity. The lecture will discuss the origins and creative process of this exploration of identity. As well, the content will be marked by some elaboration on the fluid and often, random transitions that exist within my process and the materials that inspire and inform the things I make.
David currently lives in Little Rock, Arkansas where he is an artist in residence and head of Metals at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock. His work embraces Metalsmithing history, techniques, and objects as a means to communicate ideas. Many of the resulting objects rendered in metal, mixed media, and hand made illustrated artist books are vehicles to discuss the topic of identity. His work has been featured in Craft in America and in the collection of the Arkansas Art Center.
I was born in El Paso, Texas and spent much of my life in Austin, Texas. Initially I began my undergraduate career attending Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana. While there I pursued a combined degree program for Biology Art and Pre Med. I attended the program for two years before returning to Austin. Upon my return I enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin (UT). While enrolled at UT I realized my true interest was in art not medicine. Much to my parents chagrin I changed my major to art. As I progressed through the BFA program I focused on two areas of study, painting and metals. Upon graduating from UT I went on to teach at Austin Community College (ACC). While at ACC I taught a metal sculpture class focusing on welding fabrication, non-ferrous sheet metal forming, and blacksmithing. In addition to working at ACC I returned to UT to serve as a tech in the Metals Department. After working at the community college for three years and the university for a year and a half, I felt the desire to enter a graduate program in Metalsmithing. I earned my MFA in Metalsmithing in 2007 from San Diego State University (SDSU). During my studies at SDSU I utilized metal and other media to create objects discussing the development of racial identity and the impact mass media has on its development. I am currently
Our next presenter is a magician at moving metal around, she is also one of the coolest ladysmiths around!
May we present Avery Lucas!!
Title/Topic: Chasing and Repousse Techniques: Chasing Relief
Chasing and repousse has been used since ancient times to emboss sheet metal into patterns, textures, and images. The French term repousse literally translates as ‘to push out’ and refers to forming metal out from the backside. By using heat, hammers, and chasing tools, this demonstration will utilize the malleable quality of metal to achieve high and low relief. From large to small, these decorative forming techniques can be applied to enhance the visual vocabulary of jewelry, sculptures, and functional objects.
Emphasis of the demonstration will be on showing my own process. I use forming and chasing as a way of developing a three-dimensional drawing through mark making.
An artist talk will underline how my studio practice has become a push and pull of tool marks against copper as I cultivate my relationship between material and my own hands. The hammered skin of the metal becomes a reflection of my own body. These objects catalog my own kinesthetic understanding and analysis of human emotion. Making always opens another door, asks another question, and gives me the yearning to chase after myself. All the while, I rely on my own two hand define and articulate a space within which to operate as a maker.
Originally from Cape Ann, Massachusetts, Avery Lucas has lived in the Providence area since she was an undergraduate at Rhode Island College, graduated in 2009. In addition, Avery received with her Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry/Metals from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, in 2012. Avery is moving towards the future while she builds up her own studio and pursues a professional life as an artist. In 2013, Avery’s metal work won “Best Of” Contemporary Art Month for a featured exhibition at Equinox Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. Avery has also lectured and taught workshops at Rhode Island College, State University of New York – New Paltz, and at the Fuller Craft Museum.
Secondly we would like to introduce ya’ll to Charity Hall! She is coming to illuminate our minds and our enamels! Bio: Charity Hall is a studio jeweler/enamelist in southwestern Virginia. She first learned metalsmithing from Dindy Reich at Colorado College … Continue reading →