Jewelry Edition and Smitten Preview

Here’s a sneak peak of two of the shows that will be available for your viewing pleasure this coming January.  Get ready for JEWELRY edition and Smitten!!!

Jewlery Edition Graphic

Jewelry Edition is a project co-founded by two ECU alumna, Kat Cole and Laura Wood, supporting the work of emerging and early career jewelry artists. Jewelry Edition seeks new ways to attract and educate clients on contemporary jewelry such as interactive web presence and pop-up gallery events. Each year features a new edition of artists, pop-up venues, and collaborative opportunities.  Don’t miss the ECU Pop-UP in the African Art Room in Jenkins Fine Art Building, which will feature work of the 2014 Jewelry Edition artists.  Keep them on your radar for future opportunities!

Smitten GraphicThe Smitten Forum is an opportunity for makers from the metalsmithing and jewelry field to come together in a creative environment away from the normal routine and obligations of everyday life.

The first forum was held at Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN, in January of 2014. Invitees ranged from emerging to well-established makers, as well as educators and professional jewelers. A variety of techniques and materials were represented, including traditional silversmithing, felt, enameling, computer aided design, wood, found object assemblage, tin construction, welding, casting, and many more. Attendees used the week to focus on their work as well as welcome insight from others in a social studio setting.

This exhibition, held at the Greenville Museum of Art, will feature recent work from the participants of Smitten Forum 2014:

Michael Dale Bernard, Nisa Blackmon, Sara Brown, Jim Charles, Kat Cole, Bob Ebendorf, Christopher A. Hentz, Mi-Sook Hur, Nicole Jacquard, Andrew Kuebeck, Zachery Lechtenberg, Barbara McFadyen, Barbara Minor, Mary Hallam Pearse, Marissa Saneholtz, Marlene True and Laura Wood.


First Call for Entry! Material Matters: Process to Product!

Start documenting your studio work!

One of our 2014 BFA graduates will be returning this January to curate Process to Product.  You should know Mariah Lee Ross from last year’s fantastic exhibition Material Matters: Making Connections.

All media are welcome in this Symposium sponsored exhibition at the Greenville Museum of Art.

Click the link below to download the prospectus!posterCall For Entries- Material Matters

Here are the 2015 Presenters!

Here it is!  This is what you have been waiting for…our 24-karat gold line-up of presenters!

Keynote Speaker:

  • Jamie Bennett

Capstone Speaker:

  • Laura Wood

Presentations by:

  • Ana Lopez
  • Brigitte Martin
  • Beverly Penn
  • Chip Thomas
  • Mary Frisbee Johnson

Break-out Sessions:

  • Kristin Beeler
  • Kim Cridler
  • Nicole Jacquard
  • Demitra Thomloudis
  • Becky McDonah
  • Stephanie Metz
  • Chip Schwartz
  • Courtney Starret
  • Rachel Shimpock
  • Ian F. Thomas

Now that you know who is going to be here, you have to attend the symposium!

Next week we will be posting calls for entry for the Symposium-sponsored shows. Get those saw frames ready.

Hello, Again!

Welcome back to the ECU Symposium Blog!


Classes have started here at East Carolina University and we are already well underway in planning our 2015 Symposium! Our theme this year is Crafting Connections. After a long cat nap, we are ready to go again.


We would like to introduce this year’s symposium co-chairs who have been plotting and planning for seven months to bring you a spectacular symposium: Alison Bailey, Mary Klacza, and Sarah Loch-Test.

Alison Bailey has her BFA with an emphasis in Metals and BA in Women’s Studies from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is in her thesis year of the MFA program in Metals Design at East Carolina University.  Her work merges traditional metal and textile techniques. She loves piercing, hippos, and cheese because she is from Wisconsin.

Mary Klacza has her BFA in Human Centered Design from Northern Michigan University and is currently in her thesis year of the MFA program in Metals Design at Eastern Carolina University.  Her work revolves around traditional smithing because she enjoys hammering metal. She also loves cheese.

Sarah Loch-Test has a BFA in Jewelry, Metals & Enameling from Kent State University and is a second year graduate student at East Carolina University.  She used to work with furry costumes and her work is inspired by the time she spent living in Pittsburgh, PA.

Actually, all three co-chairs are from the Midwest and enjoy cheese.


Things to be looking out for in our upcoming posts:

  • This year’s lectures and workshops
  • Multiple calls for entry for shows to be held during the symposium
  • Registration Date (Don’t worry yet! It’s not until October.)

This year, in addition to 17 presenters we will be hosting a discussion panel led by symposium founder Laura Wood!