Symposium Presenters Extended part 2

Hi Everyone,

Next we’d like to introduce you to Autumn Brown.


Autumn Brown is a native of Augusta, Ga.  Having jewelers and ceramicists in her family, there was inspiration to work with similar creative processes, and a college jewelry class solidified the thought.  She now holds a BFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Georgia and an MFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University.  Her artistic works have received awards for artistic merit and have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.  Currently, Autumn resides in Greenville, NC where she teaches Metalsmithing and Design to students at Pitt Community College, helps run a studio space called the Dirty LAM, participates in the local arts, and moonlights as an independent studio consultant.   When summer arrives, Autumn transitions North to Interlochen, MI, where she recently completed her 3rd summer as metals faculty for Interlochen Center for the Arts.

Workshop Description

Metal + Ceramic

Discover different ways your metalworking knowledge can be used to bring ceramic elements into your work.  We will explore the use of casting, fusing and enameling to embellish porcelain surfaces as well as employ a variety of setting methods to unify materials

Tomorrow we will preview Christina Miller and Jillian Moore.

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Symposium presenters extended part 1

Hi everyone,

This is the first installment of our symposium presenters extended description.  First up is our Keynote speaker  Keith Lewis.

Keith A. Lewis


Keith Lewis received his BS in Chemistry from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) in 1981 and his MFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from Kent State University (Kent, OH) in 1993. He has been teaching at Central Washington University since 1994, where he is currently CWU Distinguished Professor.
His jewelry deals with issues of sexual identity, loss, memory and the notion of jewelry as a transportable polemic. It has been widely published and shown both nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of significant public and private collections, including the Tacoma Art Museum, The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Rotasa Foundation (CA), The Boardman Family Collection (CA), The Porter/Price Collection (NC), the collection of Susan Beech (CA), The Smithsonian Institution and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In addition to his work as an artist and teacher, he has also written for a number of publications including Metalsmith, New Art Examiner and Artweek and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and of the Metalsmith magazine Editorial Advisory Board.
He wishes that students would give up sleeping and start spending more time in the studio. He hates excuses. His favorite fruit is jaboticaba.
“Coalescence: Assisting the Angel of History”

This talk will describe the process by which a diverse and complicated set of references can be incorporated coherently, cohesively and effectively into a piece of craft. Using a recent piece about a nineteenth-century insurrection in Brazil as a model, I will demonstrate how literary, historical, visual and personal elements can be synthesized in order to create an object which prompts analysis, reflection and emotional engagement. The talk will emphasize the richness of a cross-disciplinary approach in the production of creative work and will address content relevant to history, Latin American Studies, literature, political & military science, religious studies, economics, sociology and material culture.

Ok.  Next up will be one of our workshops presenters Autumn Brown and please look for her Bio and workshop description later this evening.

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