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–


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:


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.