Hello Everyone!

Everyone here at ECU wishes you a happy Turkey / Toferky day!

Here is a holiday sneak peek of just a few of the symposium presenters that will be sharing their awesome skills with us in January.

IMPORTANT: The First 28 people to register can choose to participate in the super exciting NC black  hands-on workshop!


KEN BOVA WORKSHOP: “Feeding the Muse: Strategies for a Career in Art.”

Ken Bova is formerly from Montana State University where for eight years he taught the School of Art’s capstone class “Professional Practices – Careers in Art.”  He is a past president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and now teaches as an Assistant Professor in East Carolina University’ Metal Design program. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Racine Art Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum among others.

Workshop Description: Brief introduction on tips, techniques, ways, and means for your most creative endeavor ~ building a life as an artist. We’ll presume you’re already making art; this is about the other part: jobs, finances, exhibitions, networking, residencies, selling, teaching, and all the other stuff that lets you keep making your work.

JENNI K graduated from ECU in 1985 with a BFA in Metalsmithing, and in the years following, she earned her Graduate Gemologist Degree from GIA.  In 1987, she opened Jenni K. Jewelry where she designs and creates jewelry for purchase in her store, as well as wholesales and Internet sales around the nation.

ASHLEY BRODIE WORKSHOP:  “Sustainable Habits”

Ashley is a studio jeweler and teacher in Durham, North Carolina. She created her namesake jewelry line in 2005. She graduated with Honors from East Carolina University with a B.F.A. in Metal Design in 2001. She also studied at Montana State University and at the Gemological Institute of America.

Workshop Description: In this workshop, we will touch on how to run a sustainable jewelry business, as well as discuss the importance of both recycled metals and green studio practices to lessen the impact on our planet. Sustainability is a key element to Ashley Brodie’s metal work. Her sustainable practices include using repurposed/recycled sterling silver, steel and found materials, as well as using green production methods in her studio.