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 →
For our first presenter introduction we would like to introduce you to the lovely Alison Pack!
Workshop: Powerhouse Techniques
This demonstration and discussion will focus on unconventional raising techniques that are used to create non -vessel hollow forms. This demonstration is designed to push students thinking beyond the boundaries of traditional raising techniques. I like to make the techniques become part of the design.
Alison Pack’s work is based on telling stories through imagery that pursues stereotypes, misconceptions and clichés of womanhood. Often parts of the female anatomy morph with ordinary functional objects to create humorous fantasies with sexual overtones. As a traditional southern girl, tools were considered inappropriate and unfeminine. Ironically, the development of her hand-skills through sawing, filing and forming proved to be powerful expressions of her femininity and sexuality as well as commemorative pieces enabling her to re-live some of her life experiences. Her small copper and sterling silver sculptures are created by the traditional metal working processes of shell forming, raising, fabrication and casting. She employs color on metal techniques using Prismacolor pencils and acrylic paints to allude to decorative surfaces such as fabric and icings.
Her work has been displayed nationally and was featured in “Refined VII: Inspiration” 2012, The Seventh Biennial Exhibition and Competition for Artists working in the metalworking and jewelry field, at Stephen F. Austin University. She also received a Juror award for the25th annual Materials: Hard & Soft exhibition 2012 at the Greater Denton Arts Council, in Denton Texas. The Juror wasMonica Moses editor in chief of American Craft magazine.
Also her work has been featured in, Humor in Craft, Art Jewelry Today 3, Art Jewelry Today 2 and About Art. She is an associate professor of metalsmithing and jewelry design at Radford University, where she has been since 2003. She is included in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators. She is an active member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Southwest Virginia Metal Arts Guild. She holds a BS in art education with teaching certification form Appalachian State University and an MFA in metalsmithing from East Tennessee State University.
We are very excited to announce the call for entries for one of the many 2014 ECU Metals Symposium exhibitions “Reliquary/Redux”. The Prospectus can be found HERE!!! Curated by our own Zachery Lechtenberg, this show aims to present possible answers to the question “What is a Reliquary, and what does it contain?” Jurors for the show are the 2013 Symposium Chair Danielle James and 2014 Symposium Chair Kate Speranza! The show will open during the Symposium Art Walk and prizes are TBA.
The deadline for entries is December 1st, so mark it on your calendars!!
HELLO INTERNETS! Without further ado we give you the 2014 ECU Metals Symposium “Image & Meaning” presenters and workshop list! Do not forget registration will begin on Friday, October 11th, mark it down in your calendars!! We can not wait to see y’all!!
The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore has recently announced their intention to close the Jewelry Center, a well-respected program with an international reputation. Classes are running through the end of the Spring semester in 2014 and the faculty and students at the Jewelry Center are fighting the decision. We, as a metals community, can’t afford to lose another college program. Please join us and show your support by signing the petition at the link provided and by writing personal letters to the President of the College, expressing why you believe metals and jewelry education is beneficial to an arts education and to our society. Letters can be addressed to
Office of the President
Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 Mt. Royal Ave
Baltimore, MD 21217
Or President Lazarus can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please contact April Wood (Faculty/Jewelry Center) at email@example.com with any questions regarding the situation or if you would like to offer or discuss ideas for bringing visibility and attention to the situation.
Thanks to ECU and the metals community for their amazing support. We hope to be able to share our love of metals and “making marks” with Baltimore and many students to come.
Thank you to everyone who came to the 2013 Material Topics Symposium “Making Marks”. This weekend was an perfect storm of talent, passion, and community and we are so thankful to everyone who attended . We wish everyone Happy Trails on their way home and hope to see you next year! A good amount of you also commented that you thought the website was a tad confusing and we are working on simplifying that. Stay tuned for what is in store in 2014!!!!
Wow. We can’t believe that the time has flown by so quickly, but in person registration begins today. The symposium weekend is upon us and we couldn’t be more excited. Everyone is hurriedly scurrying to finish last minute details. The labels are being placed on our guests artwork. The registration table and labels are being printed. Its all coming together. We can’t wait to see all of you and we look forward to meeting you at our registration table in the foyer of the Jenkins Fine Art building either this evening from 5-7 or tomorrow morning.
We cant wait until this weekend!!!! Here are just a few last minute things!
Dont forget your toothbrush
If you are staying with someone please contact them if you have not already
Bring an air mattress or a sleeping bag if you are being hosted
When you register dont forget to pick up a schedule and turn in your charm, below are further charm swap instructions
HAVE FUN when you get here and enjoy the Art Walk Friday Afternoon!!!!
The charm swap at the ECU material topics symposium is always a lot of fun and full of anticipation as you never know whose charm you will receive! It’s great to see everyone’s work on a small and personal level.
If this is your first time at the symposium, don’t worry, it’s no pressure – just go with it and use this as an opportunity to experiment with your charm.
When you register at the symposium you will turn in your charm. Each charm is put in a lettered box (A,B,C,D). On the back of your registration card will be written one of those letters (of course it won’t be the one we put your charm in); at the end of the evening – 7pm – charms will be handed out.
Some times it can get chaotic - don’t worry, there is plenty to do if the line is a bit long at your lettered section, you can view the work at the “Off the Wall” Exhibition or grab a bite to eat. Charms will be given out from 7pm-8pm so stay close to the art building and you’ll get your charm!
With the Symposium fast approaching we’re getting our final preparations in order and thought that since so many people are going to be new attendees this year that it would be helpful to put together a “need to know” post. So, here goes.
First, for those who requested housing, please check your email for details. If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plan to arrive in the early evening on Friday January 18th. We will have a registration table open in the main lobby of Jenkins Fine Arts Building (right off of 5th and Jarvis st.) from 5 -7 pm. (Don’t worry if you miss it you can register on Saturday morning as well.)
At registration you will receive a nametag, your program, conference schedule, local maps, and flyers for art events. Additionally, you may drop off your charm for the charm swap and we will also have a table for you to place any promotional materials or business cards you may have brought with you.
Conveniently, the Jenkins Fine Art Building also houses two fabulous exhibits to start you on the Greenville Art walk. Both Off the Wall and All Fired Up: Enamel work from ECU’s Metal Design Alumni will be open for viewing. After you’re done seeing those wonderful shows, it’s just a small jaunt to the Mendenhall Student Center where the 2nd floor gallery will showcase Upcycled—a multi-disciplinary show of work themed around recycling with awards juried by our esteemed presenter Christina Miller. These shows and so much more await you on the Greenville art walk. The rest of the off campus destinations can be reached either by foot or if you prefer, by the symposium’s first ever transportation service provided by the Jolly Trolly!
We are all very excited to welcome you for what should be a wonderful weekend. There are a few reminders however:
Please be respectful of your host. We are opening our homes to you.
If you have signed up for Loring Taoka’s workshop, plan to bring a saw frame and needle files.
If you have signed up for Gary Schott’s workshop, plan to bring a saw frame and needle nose pliers.
On January 18th a million awesome things will be happening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for the Symposium Art Loop. This year we will have the famous Greenville “Jolly Trolly” taking Symposium participants around to see all of the events. Did we mention one of those events is the cant miss shindig at Dirty LAM Studios?
You are invited to stop by and thaw out with cocktails, “dumplins” and ring sprints. Refreshments at 7:00pm, solo ring sprints at 7:30pm. Fastest maker will win a mystery prize! Parking available, BYOB welcome, 213 W 9th St. Greenville, NC 27834.
The following info is for those of you who are attending for the first time this year or if you just need a reminder about how the charm swap works
Here are the things to know:
When you register on the morning of Jan 18th, please give your one charm ( in an unnamed or unlabeled box) to an attendant at the registration table. Dont forget having a business card inside your package is a good idea!
Saturday evening the charm swap will start. Along with the exhibition reception for “Off the Wall = Structural Adornment”, and of course our famous T-shirt booth will be open as well!!
During the evening the person at the charm swap desk will call up everyone in groups to pull the box with the corresponding number on your name tag. NO PEEKING!! After you pick your charm we highly suggest you try to find the person who made your charm. Hooray for making metal head friends!
If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email us @ Ecusymposium@gmail.com.