Concrete Ideas

Demitra Thmoloudis will be demonstrating how to create hollow objects in concrete.  Silicone mold making, powder coating, resin, and acrylic surface techniques will also be covered. About Demitra: Demitra Thomloudis is a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso. In August 2014 she concluded a 12-month residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary … Continue reading Concrete Ideas

The Nature in Metalsmithing

Obsession with nature and the environment has a long tradition in art.  “Second Nature” looks past the ingrained cultural mythology of redemption and beauty in nature as its sole aesthetic purpose, to explore deeper connections between ancient traditions and contemporary form.  The impulse to fill empty space with patterned versions of nature, from Islamic architectural … Continue reading The Nature in Metalsmithing

2015 – Being Here: A Lecture on Jewelry History

Lecture: The genre of jewelry is defined in its presumed relationship to human anatomy and is a highly mobile form of interactive art at once both personal and public in meaning and manifestation. It is dependent on the body for context and interpretation but at the same time brings meanings of its own to bear … Continue reading 2015 – Being Here: A Lecture on Jewelry History

A Time to Try Technology!

With our diverse workshops this year, we are happy to include a high-tech demo by Courtney Starrett: Computational Bead Design - Beads have always been a representation of a civilizations' technological advancement. In this workshop we will look at the history of the unassuming bead and it's position in the digital age. Through digital modeling … Continue reading A Time to Try Technology!

The Hydraulic Press—Productive Pressure

Another one of our workshop choices for this year, presented by Becky McDonah: This demonstration will cover a variety of ways to create surface textures and volume using the hydraulic press. Some of these possibilities include punches, matrix, embossing, and conforming dies. She will discuss and demonstrate different approaches to creating and using dies in … Continue reading The Hydraulic Press—Productive Pressure


This year, we will have a workshop on electroforming presented by Rachel Shimpock: Make it plate! Learn how to make your own copper plating set up! From MacGyver to legit - learn how to set up an affordable home electroforming situation. Let’s explore setups and talk plating together. Discover your plating options and grow closer … Continue reading Electroformeriffic!

Lecture: The Narrative Impulse

The Narrative Impulse: How a narrative artist had a mid-life crisis, started writing novels, and became sort of a metalsmith. Mary Frisbee Johnson will discuss her work in metals within the context of exploring narrative imagery in a wide variety of media. About Mary: Mary Frisbee Johnson (MFA, Printmaking and Installation Sculpture, University of Cincinnati) is … Continue reading Lecture: The Narrative Impulse

Needle Felting: Like You’ve Never Seen Before!

About the workshop: Sculptor Stephanie Metz's innovative work in felted wool has garnered international attention. Her sculpture, focused on the relationship between humans and the natural world, fuses sharp wit, thoughtful observation and careful craftsmanship in an unusual material to blur the line between art and science, natural and unnatural, organic and man-made.  Her sculpting material of … Continue reading Needle Felting: Like You’ve Never Seen Before!

Monumental Metal!

This break-out session will pack a double punch by covering two-in-one!  We are excited to present Kim Cridler's workshop: The Descriptive Line: Soldering with Steel/Apply(ing): Public Art & Commissions. The Descriptive Line: Soldering with Steel Learn the basics of soldering steel including terminology, material properties, the variety of fluxes and solders. Kim will also briefly demonstrate … Continue reading Monumental Metal!

Mold-Making Magic!

Here's a preview of one of our Workshops that will be offered during Crafting Connections.  Ian F. Thomas will school us on mold making! Rigid Porosity:  This mold making demonstration will illustrate simple and effective techniques that allow for flexibility.  General techniques will be shared/demonstrated to for you to get the most out of your … Continue reading Mold-Making Magic!

Welcome Back, Laura Wood!

In addition to bringing her current project JEWELRY edition, this year we are welcoming back ECU Symposium founder, Laura Wood, as our Capstone Lecturer.  She will also be leading a discussion panel called Crafting a Community! Crafting a Community will be an inclusive and directed conversation  about developing a network capable of spurring creativity, innovation, and sustainability … Continue reading Welcome Back, Laura Wood!

Introducing our Keynote Speaker: Jamie Bennett!

  Keynote Presentation: The Opposite is Right Art and design in any form can be rather polemical; there are ideological arguments, defenses of taste, material hierarchies and moral codes of use. We are in bed with DIY and running after the next phase of CAD/CAM with the same determination. The practice of Metal/Jewelry could be … Continue reading Introducing our Keynote Speaker: Jamie Bennett!

Find an Art Mate and Collborate!

Here's another show that is in conjunction with this year's symposium. Read the prospectus below, make some work, enter the show! Four Hands are Better Than Two will be a show of collaborative artwork juried by the 2015 Symposium Co-chairs: Alison Bailey, Mary Klacza, and Sarah Loch-Test. Four Hands are Better Than Two Prospectus If … Continue reading Find an Art Mate and Collborate!