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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