Angela is a studio jeweler and educator residing in the mountains of NC. She currently teaches at Appalachian State University and maintains her own studio practice creating one of kind art jewelry. Angela has been metalsmithing since 1992. She attained a BFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and a MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She was a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts and has taught workshops at Penland in North Carolina and Arrowmont in Tennessee. Angela has received several grants and awards including a Ruth Chenven Foundation grant and a Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation grant. Her work is exhibited internationally and has been published in several books and print media. Angela has been invited to lecture, teach, and present at many venues worldwide including SOFA Chicago (IL), Oklahoma State University (OK), East Carolina University (NC), Winthrop University (SC), and University of Georgia Athens Study Abroad Program in Cortona Italy (summer 2012).

Workshop Description: Details, whether bold or subtle, can make a piece successful or disappointing.  So what is it that can make ordinary work become memorable? Examples of elegant connections will be presented and demonstrated in this workshop. You will see jewelry and mechanisms that exemplify these elegant connections, transitions, and captures. Demonstrations of various mechanisms including a claw setting, a pin catch, and more if time allows will be covered. These mechanisms may look complex but are surprisingly simple and, of course, elegant in their design.

AMY TAVERN WORKSHOP: “Exploring Process, Building Form”

Amy received a BFA in Metal Design from the University of Washington in 2002. She has exhibited at Velvet da Vinci Gallery (California), Sienna Gallery (Massachusetts), and Aaron Faber Gallery (New York). In 2009 Amy was selected as an American Craft Council Searchlight Artist, an emerging artist honor. Amy’s jewelry has been published in numerous books such as New Rings and 500 Silver Jewelry Designs and was featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine’s 2011 “Exhibition in Print.” In addition to her studio work, Amy also teaches and lectures. Originally from Upstate, NY, Amy is currently a resident artist at the Penland School of Crafts.