Symposium Presenters Extended part 14

Hi everyone,

The last of our previews introduces James Thurman.

Biography

Fascinated with how the method of presentation and display affects the perception of the object, my recent work uses the format of a natural history museum as a vehicle for cultural critique.  In my “Ancient Artifacts of the 21st Century” installation, I use objects of my own creation as the subject for a fictitious future’s misinterpretation. All objects included in the exhibition are comprised of recycled materials that are based on their implied function, such as a reading chair and lamp made of books, a dining chair made of flatware, and a dining table made of dishes.  Through the humorous misinterpretation of these objects, issues of material culture hierarchies, consumerism, and environmentalism are explored in a playful and accessible manner.

The “McMuseum of Anthropological Archaeology” is the fictitious museum of the 24th Century that has humorously misinterpreted these “ancient artifacts of the 21st Century.”  The imaginary future I have created as a setting for the McMuseum is one where the TransWorld Corporation has assumed control of the entire world and are using the discovery of these artifacts to support their consumption-based society.

Workshop Description

Thurmanite® and cold connections

For more than ten years, I have been exploring a process of using epoxy resin to create a composite material made of layered recycled paper, now called “Thurmanite®.”  I find both the conceptual as well as the aesthetic aspects of this material compelling, particularly as a material for jewelry.  Throughout human history, we have adorned ourselves with materials found in our surroundings and I am interested in continuing that tradition. In pieces with Thurmanite® made from solid colored papers, the material seems to be a lightweight and colorful stone of unknown origins, inviting further exploration.  In pieces with Thurmanite® made from maps, the physical layers of the maps represent the conceptual layering of our life experiences through our daily travels.  It is my goal that my jewelry is beautiful, wearable, and thought-provoking.

Not only are a variety of cold connections necessary when using this material as part of a wearable piece but I greatly enjoy the creative problem-solving aspect of combining riveting with threaded connections.  Often the final piece includes a variety of techniques which are somewhat challenging to reverse engineer without an awareness of the original sequence of their use.  This process of discovery can become a hidden dialog between me and other makers.

Check back later for more symposium related news.

Your Friendly Symposium Staff

Symposium Presenters extended part 13

Hello everyone,

Our apologies for the delay.  Our resident blogger has been under the weather and is still catching up.

Today we’d like to introduce two fabulous presenters: Dianne Reilly and Joost During.  (Pronounced Yoast, like toast.)

First Dianne–

Biography

Dianne earned her Master of Fine Arts, concentrating in Jewelry and Metals, from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2003.  Her work has been published in numerous books, including, The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry, as well as several editions of Lark Books 500 series, and she is frequently called upon to lecture about her work.  She lives in New Bedford Massachusetts and is currently Assistant Professor of Jewelry/Metals at Rhode Island College, Providence, Rhode Island.

Now Joost:

Biography

Joost learned silversmithing as a trade in his native Netherlands.  In 1997 he came to the US to work for the Gorham Silver Company in Smithfield, RI, where he learned the intricacies of flatware design and designing for the industry. During this time, Joost set up his own design studio, Yoast Silver, where he has worked independently since 1998. Doing his own one of a kind artwork as well as providing prototypes and original designs for the tabletop and craft industry.   Joost’s work was recently featured in Metalsmith Magazine’s “Exhibition in Print 2005”, as well as the Cooper-Hewitt (New York) traveling exhibit, ”Feeding Desire” The tools of the table from 1500 to 2005, where the Wishbone (Nambe) place setting was on display. In 2005 Joost won the Saul Bell design award Grand Prize, for his one of a kind handmade sterling teapot

Dialogue/Workshop Description

Marriage of Metalsmiths

Joost During and Dianne Reilly share life, a studio, tools and a passion for metalsmithing.  Come and hear these two metalsmiths talk about their different experiences and approaches to making work in metal.

That’s all we have for today but our final presenter profile is a surprise guest who graciously agreed to come and we will be presenting his workshop description shortly.

Your Fiend-ly  Symposium Staff

P.S. Have a fun and safe Halloween everybody.

Tongue in Cheek Exhibition Preview

Hi Everyone,

This is just a heads up that we are waiting on a few more replies from our presenters regarding workshop descriptions and biographies so the presenter’s previews we be on hold for a little bit.  However, we wanted to take this opportunity to tell you about some of the exciting exhibitions that will be taking place during this years symposium.

The first exhibition we will be previewing is

Tongue in Cheek”

Curated by our own Danielle James (D.J. Metal) and juried by Jillian Moore Tongue in Cheek showcases work of a humorous nature…”Tongue in cheek is a show based around what happens when mockery and material merge.”  This show will be taking place at the Greenville Museum of Art and we couldn’t be more excited to see all of the fantastic submissions.

Check back later for more general information.

Your Friendly Symposium Staff

Symposium Presenters Extended part 13

Hi Everyone,

This morning we’d like to introduce you to John Stuart Gordon.

Biography

John Stuart Gordon is the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery. He received a B.A in Art History from Vassar College, a M.A. from the Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design and Culture and is writing his dissertation for Boston University on designer Lurelle Guild. His specialty is American design from the late nineteenth through twenty-first centuries. His latest book is A Modern World: American Design from the Yale University Art Gallery 1920-1950.

Lecture: Making Modern: American Jewelry and Metals, 1920-1950

Americans living in the first decades of the twentieth century felt they inhabited a modern world. A spirit of excitement and experimentation transformed the world around them, and metalsmiths and jewelers endeavored to capture this spirit in their creations. As makers and manufacturers grappled with how best to convey modernism in their products, they drew upon European design, avant-garde art, and science, as well as adopted newly-discovered materials and fabrication processes.

John Stuart Gordon

Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Assistant Curator of American Decorative Arts

Yale University Art Gallery

Please check back later today for more general information regarding this years symposium.

Your Friendly Symposium Staff

Symposium Presenters Extended part 12

Hi everyone,

Next we’d like to introduce you to Jennifer Wells.

Biography

Jennifer Wells completed her M.F.A in Jewelry Design from East Carolina University in 2010. She was the metals artist in resident at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN for 2010-2011, after which she moved to Columbia, NC for a two month long residency at Pocosin Arts Folk School. She also held a month long residency at the Jentel Foundation in Banner, WY. She has exhibited nationally and taught workshops at both Pocosin and Arrowmont. For the summer of 2012, Jennifer was a Summer Assistant for Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Maine. Since that time she has been a visiting artist for Universities, taught and assisted workshops. Jennifer enjoys long walks and all that glitters.

Workshop Description

Working with steel wire has gained great momentum within our field. I will be demonstrating using cold connections to create forms from steel wire.  By coating the piece in enamel we will give durability to the form and also incorporate color. Setting and riveting techniques for the enamels will be demonstrated. Residency opportunities will be discussed in the slideshow and questions are encouraged.

Please check back tomorrow for more previews of whats to come.

Your Friendly Symposium Staff

Symposium Presenters Extended Part 11

Hi Everyone,

We’d now like to introduce you to Alison Baxter.

Biography

Alison Baxter is an artist and program coordinator for the artist’s residency program of West Dean College in Chichester, England.  Her work can be seen in a number of galleries across the UK, such as the Southhampton Art Gallery, The Platform Gallery, Samson & Cole and is included in the Victoria and Albert Museum as well.  She has ample experience as an educator having taught art courses for over 15 years and is a member of the Association of Contemporary Jewellers.  We are honored to have her travel all the way from England to visit us.

Lecture Description

Alison will take you on a journey through the story of West Dean college, literally through the House and Gardens, and explore the connections West Dean has with the worlds of Art, Craft and Conservation.

Your Friendly Symposium Staff

Symposium Presenters Extended Part 10

Hello everyone,

Now we’d like to introduce you to Kathryn Osgood.

Biography

Kathryn Osgood is a studio jeweler, enamelist and assistant professor at College of The Albemarle in Manteo, NC. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Maine and her Master of Fine Arts degree from East Carolina University. Her fabricated and enameled jewelry pieces are inspired by botanical forms and the flora and fauna of her coastal North Carolina environment. She has been published in The Art of Enameling: Techniques, Projects and Inspiration, 1000 Rings, 500 Necklaces, 500 Earrings, Contemporary Enameling: Art and Techniques, and The Art of Jewelry :Wood

Workshop Description

Enameling: Color, Texture and Form

In this workshop, we will explore ways to use vitreous enamels in your work to create a rich, colorful and textured surface through the use of overfired enamels, layering opaques and transparents, sugarfiring and by incorporating elements such as reflective glass beads, seed beads and sand. I will demonstrate enameling on two and three dimensional surfaces and discuss solutions to setting enamel pieces. We will explore enameling as a textural element, along with texturing techniques for metal.

Please check back with us tomorrow as we preview more of our distinguished presenters.

Your Friendly Symposium Staff