Registration for 2017 Symposium

Please follow the link below to Register for 2017 “Collective Voices” ECU Metals Symposium:

If you have any concerns please email us at

Thank you & Happy Registration!

Pocosin Arts Workshop with Tim McCreight

Excited to see Tim McCreight at Symposium? We are pleased to announce that Pocosin Arts will be hosting a workshop with Tim McCreight titled “Surface Embellishment” on January 17-18, 2017.

To add to the excitement, the first 6 people that register for that workshop at Pocosin Arts will receive $25 off of tuition.

For more information, see link below:                             

Full Schedule for 2017 Collective Voices Symposium


Friday, January 13th

5-7 pm               Registration / Meet & Greet (Jenkins Fine Arts Center – 2nd floor lobby)

6 – 9 pm            Gallery Crawl:

Jenkins Fine Arts Center – 2nd floor

Gray Gallery – “I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW”

“Jewelry Edition Vol. 3”

Burroughs Welcome Gallery – “Collective Voices”

Third Floor Jenkins – Ramp – “Pocosin Display”

Cube – “Bob Ebendorf & Les LePere Collaboration”

Wall space – “Surprise – Under Wraps”

Greenville Museum of Art – “Smitten 2016”

“with moves like MacGyver”

“Personality” – Pairing jewelry & wine personalities.

6:30 pm Boris Bally “Talk on I.M.A.G.I.N.E. PEACE NOW” – Jenkins Auditorium

7:30 – 9:30 pm Saw-File-Solder Races – Jonathon Bowling’s Studio – 811 Dickinson Avenue

Jolly Trolley to transport guests in between all Gallery Crawl sites from 6 pm – 9 pm starting at the Jenkins Fine Arts Center first floor entrance.

Saturday, January 14th

8:30 am Registration (T-shirt sales & pin swap)                                                                  Breakfast (Jenkins Fine Arts Center – 2nd floor lobby)

9 am Welcome

9:10 am Keynote speaker: Tim McCreight

10:30-12:30 pm Morning Break-Out Sessions:

Abigail Heuss (Marriage of Metals)

Jessica Calderwood (Figurative techniques on enamel)

Blaine Lewis (Stone setting)

Ron Porter & Joe Price (American contemporary jewelry)

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch, T-shirt & Raffle sales (2nd floor lobby)

1:30-3:30 pm Afternoon Break-Out Sessions:

Abigail Heuss (Marriage of metals)

Jessica Calderwood (Figurative techniques on enamel)

Blaine Lewis (Stone setting)

Ron Porter & Joe Price (American contemporary jewelry)

3:30-4 pm “Tea & crumpets” (2nd floor lobby)

4 pm Afternoon Speakers:

Leslie Noell

Gabriel Craig of the Smith Shop

5:45 pm Pin swap

Sunday, January 15th

8:30 am Breakfast (Jenkins Fine Arts Center – 2nd floor lobby)

9 am Morning Speakers:

Hal Nelson & Bernard Jazzar (Enamel Arts Foundation)

Dustin Farnsworth

10:45-12:45 pm Morning Break-out Sessions:

Gabriel Craig (Forging techniques)

Hiroko Yamada (Traditional Japanese metal techniques)

Sharon Massey (Champleve on steel)

Melanie Bilenker (Victorian remembrance jewelry techniques)

12:45-1:45 pm Lunch, T-shirt & Raffle sales(2nd floor lobby)

1:45-3:45 pm Afternoon Break-out Sessions:

Gabriel Craig (Forging techniques)

Hiroko Yamada (Traditional Japanese metal techniques)

Sharon Massey (Champleve on steel)

Melanie Bilenker (Victorian remembrance jewelry techniques)

3:45-4 pm “Tea & crumpets” (2nd floor lobby)

4 pm Afternoon Speakers:

Les LePere (From Pencil Brothers to the present)

4:50 pm Capstone Speaker: Robert Ebendorf

6 pm Closing thoughts / Raffle Reveal

7 pm Party for all at Crave – Food and drink – 409 Evans Street (Uptown)

Bringing it BACK in STYLE: T-Shirt Designs for Collective Voices

We have put together a collection of favored T-shirt designs from past ECU Metal Symposiums with new color choices. We are excited to announce that these designs below will be available for purchase at the 2017 Symposium. So, if you have missed out in the past, now is your chance!

If you are interested in purchasing any of these shirts at symposium, please be sure to check “Yes” for “Do you want a t-shirt” question when registering and let us know the size you are interested in. This doesn’t guarantee your purchase but gives us an idea on how many to order. (Registration beings October 20th)

For your enjoyment, we have taken the beloved “Saw Frame” apron and made it available as a t-shirt as well.

We would like to credit our designers:

Zachery Lechtenberg- “Saw Frame” T-shirt & Apron

Abigail Heuss- “Bench pin” T-shirt


***Correction: Danielle James- “This is how we Roll”


Danielle James- “Put a ring on it”



Introducing 2017 Symposium Presenter: Hiroko Yamada


Studio artist and owner of HYART Gallery in Madison, WI, Hiroko Yamada, earned her M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying Art Metal and Jewelry. She is an Honorary Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and currently teaches several metal courses at Madison College. Hiroko also teaches numerous workshops at many of the most prestigious craft schools and institutions; Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School of Crafts (ME) , Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (TN), Southern Illinois University, Kobe Designs University, and Kyoto Museum of Arts.

Hiroko has coordinated Penland’s Artist Exchange Program for the past 3 years. Thus allowing instructors to visit from Japan and the US, and exchange techniques to enhance culture. In addition, Hiroko has directed Penland artists as a curator for exhibits in Japan; such as Penland Contemporary Jewelry, and the North American Mokume Gane Artists in Japan 2016.yamada

Introducing: Ron Porter & Joe Price


Ron Porter is a retired University of South Carolina Associate Professor of Pediatrics. Joe Price is retired from the computer software development industry. They have been collecting art for thirty-four years together.


In the voice of Ron & Joe: Please join us as we present the birth and on-going development of our collection of contemporary art jewelry. Through audiovisual and real time examination of works in the collection, we hope to inform the participants of our process of building and maintaining a multidimensional survey of unique works of art.


Introducing 2017 Symposium Presenter: Blaine Lewis


Blaine Lewis is widely recognized as one of the premier diamond setting instructors in the U.S. today. Blaine is the founder and director of “New Approach School For Jewelers” and has taught more than 6000 students from all over the world in both stone setting and metalsmithing.

Blaine began his career learning from some of the top jewelers in the country and spent years developing his own bench expertise. He has an innate ability to innovate and find practical solutions and apply them to stone setting techniques and jewelry making. He felt strongly about sharing his knowledge with others and therefore, began his teaching career holding workshops across the country.

He pioneered the use of high-definition, high-magnification projection during demonstrations of fine, precision work, allowing students to see every step of the processes as they were learning. In 1996, Blaine founded “New Approach School For Jewelers” and designed classrooms and teaching methods to provide superior communication between students and instructor. Students say that his technique of high magnification, is nothing short of transformational.

Today, Blaine teaches a variety of classes at “New Approach School For Jewelers”, located in Nashville/Franklin, Tennessee that range from five-day workshops to his twelve-week graduate bench jeweler programs. He continues to inspire, innovate and train, new generations of jewelers to help evolve the art of jewelry making.


Blaine will be demonstrating a number of his techniques in stonesetting using a magnification camera system to allow participants to fully observe his methods. Depending on available time, setting methods will include flush setting, prong mountings, an oval thick wall bezel set, channel and bead settings.