Topics for the Materialist

This symposium will be an exciting time to share ideas and understand our field at a social level.  In the weeks leading up to this event we encourage you to think about any questions you might have for each other and the visiting artists.  There will be many opportunities for you to voice your questions and create a dialogue among one another, and what better time to do so!  Many of our participants are students in graduate and undergraduate programs but many others will be professionals working in different areas of the field; this can be a wonderful time to gain an understanding of the diversity in our area of craft.  Write down your notes, comments and questions as there will be time for them all.

-Laura Wood


Student Exhibition Information

Hi Everyone, we hope you are having a relaxed break and are looking forward to the new year. 

As January approaches there are a few things to make note of to prepare for the student exhibition.  If you plan to exhibit work please mail work to:

2000 Jenkins Fine Art Building, East Carolina University, ATTN: Marissa Saneholtz/Liz Steiner, Greenville NC 27858

Please be sure to include the ATTN as it will ensure the package to be held for us to pick up.  We have many packages arriving daily in the office and this will help to keep the incoming work organized. 

All students will be responsible for picking up the work after the symposium before thier departure home. 

If you have any further questions you can always send us an email or call:


Thank you, we look forward to hosting you in the new year!

Charm swap

-Hello everyone! I know everyone is excited about the upcoming symposium. My name is Tara Locklear and will be handling the charm swap for everyone who opted to participate in this event on your registration. Here is a few things to know:

Charm Swap Mission Statement: 

Charms have a place in almost every culture; from milagros, amulet, tokens, talisman.  Whatever you call it, there is something quite special about the charm.  We decided to rekindle the tradition.  And for those of you who have experienced the “Pin Swap” at SNAG every year understand the  excitement of preparing pins to take in an exchange to obtain pins from other artists from different paths and countries. The charm exchange is inspired by that very same concept but keeping it close to home where most of us get our inspiration, motivation and sounding boards for our designs. The Charm Swap is a way we metals students and metalsmiths working in the field can take a piece of our time together, friendship and contemporary craft with us no matter where our paths may lead us after school. Since we all can personalize our own chain or brooch pin for the charms, the charm gathering is all the more fun!

Please have your charm photographed prior to coming to the symposium. We are gathering images for a ECU Metals Guild charm book that is in the works!  Please send images to me at and be sure to include your name, charm title, year produced, description, size dimensions and photo credits.

If you have experienced the “Pin Swap” at SNAG every year or “Tool Swap” at YUMA, you know the excitement of  exchanging treasures with other artists from all over. The charm exchange is similar, but on a smaller and more intimate scale. We exchange charms here at home and are surrounded by a family of artists and friends. The charm exchange is a way we can take a little piece of our time and friendship with each other with us no matter where our paths may lead.

When you register on the morning of Jan 15th, please leave your charm in an unnamed or unlabeled box at the registration table. Make sure your name or business card in inside with your charm though!

Saturday night is the charm swap event along with the exhibition reception. I will call up everyone in groups to pull the box with the corresponding number on your name tag.  Once everyone has pulled, please get up and find your artist and introduce yourself, it is a perfect conversation starter!

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to email or call me! Thank-you and I look forwarded to meeting everyone seeing all the charms!

Tara Locklear