Symposim Presentors part 3: Avery Lucas


Our next presenter is a magician at moving metal around, she is also one of the coolest ladysmiths around!

May we present Avery Lucas!!

Title/Topic: Chasing and Repousse Techniques: Chasing Relief


Chasing and repousse has been used since ancient times to emboss sheet metal into patterns, textures, and images. The French term repousse literally translates as ‘to push out’ and refers to forming metal out from the backside. By using heat, hammers, and chasing tools, this demonstration will utilize the malleable quality of metal to achieve high and low relief. From large to small, these decorative forming techniques can be applied to enhance the visual vocabulary of jewelry, sculptures, and functional objects.

Emphasis of the demonstration will be on showing my own process. I use forming and chasing as a way of developing a three-dimensional drawing through mark making.

An artist talk will underline how my studio practice has become a push and pull of tool marks against copper as I cultivate my relationship between material and my own hands. The hammered skin of the metal becomes a reflection of my own body. These objects catalog my own kinesthetic understanding and analysis of human emotion. Making always opens another door, asks another question, and gives me the yearning to chase after myself. All the while, I rely on my own two hand define and articulate a space within which to operate as a maker.


Originally from Cape Ann, Massachusetts, Avery Lucas has lived in the Providence area since she was an undergraduate at Rhode Island College, graduated in 2009. In addition, Avery received with her Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry/Metals from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth, in 2012. Avery is moving towards the future while she builds up her own studio and pursues a professional life as an artist. In 2013, Avery’s metal work won “Best Of” Contemporary Art Month for a featured exhibition at Equinox Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. Avery has also lectured and taught workshops at Rhode Island College, State University of New York – New Paltz, and at the Fuller Craft Museum.


Symposium Presentors Part 2: Charity Hall


Secondly we would like to introduce ya’ll to Charity Hall! She is coming to illuminate our minds and our enamels!

Charity Hall is a studio jeweler/enamelist in southwestern Virginia. She first learned metalsmithing from Dindy Reich at Colorado College where she majored in biology. She worked as a botanist and later studied paleobotany as a graduate student until taking Bob Ebendorf’s and Tim Lazure’s class at the Penland School of Crafts. She then dropped out of graduate school to pursue metalsmithing. In 2008, she earned her M.F.A. from East Carolina University. Charity was the metalwork instructor at Pima Community College in Tucson from 2008-2013 and teaches workshops at a variety of schools, including Idyllwild Arts Academy, Penland School of Crafts, and CSU Long Beach. She appreciates multi-legged creatures, and is raising over 2,000 silkworms in her living room.

WORKSHOP: Luminescent Enamel and Insect Dissections

Description of Presentation:
Discover how an unconventional material in an entomologist’s research study inspired the development of a glow-in-the-dark enameling technique. Using this same ingredient, explore methods of combining other materials to create similarly glowing effects. We will even dismember a few insects, integrating the parts into glowing jewelry.  Get ready to get buggy!

Symposium Presentors Part 1: Alison Pack


For our first presenter introduction we would like to introduce you to the lovely Alison Pack!

Workshop: Powerhouse Techniques

This demonstration and discussion will focus on unconventional raising techniques that are used to create non -vessel hollow forms. This demonstration is designed to push students thinking beyond the boundaries of traditional raising techniques. I like to make the techniques become part of the design.

Alison Pack’s work is based on telling stories through imagery that pursues stereotypes, misconceptions and clichés of womanhood. Often parts of the female anatomy morph with ordinary functional objects to create humorous fantasies with sexual overtones.  As a traditional southern girl, tools were considered inappropriate and unfeminine. Ironically, the development of her hand-skills through sawing, filing and forming proved to be powerful expressions of her femininity and sexuality as well as commemorative pieces enabling her to re-live some of her life experiences. Her small copper and sterling silver sculptures are created by the traditional metal working processes of shell forming, raising, fabrication and casting. She employs color on metal techniques using Prismacolor pencils and acrylic paints to allude to decorative surfaces such as fabric and icings.

Her work has been displayed nationally and was featured in “Refined VII: Inspiration” 2012, The Seventh Biennial Exhibition and Competition for Artists working in the metalworking and jewelry field, at Stephen F. Austin University. She also received a Juror award for the 25th annual Materials: Hard & Soft exhibition 2012 at the Greater Denton Arts Council, in Denton Texas. The Juror was Monica Moses editor in chief of American Craft magazine.

Also her work has been featured in, Humor in Craft, Art Jewelry Today 3, Art Jewelry Today 2 and About Art. She is an associate professor of metalsmithing and jewelry design at Radford University, where she has been since 2003. She is included in Who’s Who Among American Teachers and Educators.  She is an active member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the Southwest Virginia Metal Arts Guild. She holds a BS in art education with teaching certification form Appalachian State University and an MFA in metalsmithing from East Tennessee State University.



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Reliquary Poster

We are very excited to announce the call for entries for one of the many 2014 ECU Metals Symposium exhibitions “Reliquary/Redux”. The Prospectus can be found HERE!!! Curated by our own Zachery Lechtenberg, this show aims to present possible answers to the question “What is a Reliquary, and what does it contain?” Jurors for the show are the 2013 Symposium Chair Danielle James and 2014 Symposium Chair Kate Speranza! The show will open during the Symposium Art Walk and prizes are TBA.

The deadline for entries is December 1st, so mark it on your calendars!!


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