The Afterlife – Call for Entries

Hello, just in time for Halloween! Here is another opportunity for all you artists out there to participate in another upcoming show, in conjunction with the annual ECU Metals Material Topics Symposium. Curated by Lisette Fee, an ECU alumna, and Barbara McFadyen, "The Afterlife" is asking for artists to breathe new life into work inspired … Continue reading The Afterlife – Call for Entries

Obsession- Call for Entries

Another Call for Entry! The theme of this show focuses on obsession, which is an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person's mind and is often an unreasonable idea or feeling. This call supports those thoughts and encourages artists to embrace them in a creative way and is open to all … Continue reading Obsession- Call for Entries

It Came From Under the Bench!

Deep from within the drawer, forlorn and almost forgotten... Do you have that special something that you've been saving forever, but still haven't quite figured out what to do with it? This is your chance! This exhibition for the upcoming 2016 Material Topics Symposium presents a challenge for artists to use that special something and will … Continue reading It Came From Under the Bench!

Photography for the Artist and Craftsperson

Jason Dowdle received his first camera at the age of 11 and began developing his own black and white prints. He received a BFA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. During the 1980's, Jason was involved in the aerial photographic survey for archaeological sites. He later completed his Masters in Film and … Continue reading Photography for the Artist and Craftsperson

Creative Consulting

Leah Pierce received a BFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University. She has worked as a jewelry designer in the fashion and commercial industry for the past 10 years. Leah is currently a design consultant for companies including Marc Jacobs, Coach, Trademark, Aerin, and Bottega Veneta. She has successfully supervised the finalization of more … Continue reading Creative Consulting

Reminder! Registration Starts Tomorrow October 15th

Hello All!! Just another reminder that registration will open tomorrow, October 15th at 9am. There will be a blog post explaining the registration form and a link included that will take you to it. The registration fee is $75 dollars and will be accepted through PayPal. If you have any additional questions, please feel free … Continue reading Reminder! Registration Starts Tomorrow October 15th

Deconstruction and Reconstruction

Lauren Tickle is an artist based in New York, who works in a variety of mediums to reflect on social constructs. Currently her "Increasing Value" process takes the defined value of currency and distills it down to graphic elements which are then re-synthesized as an object of greater value. Lauren has a BFA from the … Continue reading Deconstruction and Reconstruction

Here and There

Stephen Yusko lives and works in Cleveland, OH. He has worked as a studio artist for 20 years making forged, machined and fabricated steel vessels, furniture and sculpture. Stephen received his BFA in Sculpture from the University of Akron, Ohio, was an artist-in-residence at the Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, and received an MFA in … Continue reading Here and There

A Crafted Career

Kate Lydon is the Director of Exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) in Pittsburgh, PA. She oversees the organization and installation of exhibitions presented at SCC’s main Strip District gallery and at the BNY Mellon satellite gallery in downtown. She participates in all decisions regarding exhibition development including the selection of work, touring … Continue reading A Crafted Career

Adorning Steel Surfaces

Ben Dory received his MFA in metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University- Carbondale. His work explores metalsmithing, jewelry and book arts, where he uses techniques like damascene, salt etching and stone settings as surface adornments. Ben originally hails from the Kansas City area and currently resides in Asheville, NC where he works as a designer for … Continue reading Adorning Steel Surfaces

Patchwork Patterns

Abigail Heuss is an Assistant Professor of Art at Valdosta State University, where she currently teaches metalsmithing courses. She received her MFA from East Carolina University and a BFA from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Abigail's work focuses on domestic and wearable objects that reflect a unapologetic and sentimental narrative. Her work is based on … Continue reading Patchwork Patterns

Embracing Every Thing

Kathleen Browne was head of the Jewelry/Metals/Enameling Department at Kent State University from 1992-2015. She received her BA from San Diego State University in 1983 and received her MFA from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1986. Kathleen’s work has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work has been featured at venues including Schmuck, Munich, … Continue reading Embracing Every Thing

Reduction and Linear Design

C. James Meyer is Professor Emeritus at Virginia Commonwealth University where he was head of the Metal and Jewelry program. Currently, he maintains a studio and teaches part-time in Cortona Italy, in association with University of Georgia’s Studies Abroad Program. He also teaches workshops for Arrowmont School of Crafts, Peter’s Valley, Touchstone Center for Crafts … Continue reading Reduction and Linear Design

Inspiration and Industrial Processes

Don Friedlich received his BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. He has served as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for Metalsmith magazine. Don has lectured at conferences and schools all over the U.S. and abroad. His work is in the … Continue reading Inspiration and Industrial Processes

Beyond the Basics

Barbara Minor is known for her distinctive enamel jewelry, innovative enameled beads and unique enameled vessels. She is a studio artist living and working in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Barbara’s recent work has been focusing on researching experimental techniques using enamel. These new works explore the use of liquid enamels in combination with powdered enamel on … Continue reading Beyond the Basics

Meddling Meticulously

Boris Bally is a Swiss-trained metalsmith and designer working in Providence, Rhode Island, where he maintains a small studio business, Bally Humanufactured, LLC. Boris has been interviewed for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art and his work has earned him numerous fellowships and awards, including two RISCA Design fellowships, first prize at the International Green … Continue reading Meddling Meticulously

Building a Narrative in Glass & Metal

Greetings all! The introductions and descriptions for our artists will continually be posted over the next following days. The postings will give details on lectures and workshops as well as a bit of background info about our featured artists. Another reminder that registration begins on the 15th! Martha Banyas previously taught printmaking, metals, and enameling … Continue reading Building a Narrative in Glass & Metal

Announcing 2016 Presenters!

Our 2016 Presenters!! This year we have another fantastic group of artists. We hope you are just as excited as we are for these presenters! Keynote: Martha Banyas Capstone: Boris Bally Lectures by: Don Friedlich Kathleen Browne Kate Lydon Lauren Tickle Leah Pierce Break-out Sessions: Barbara Minor James Meyer Don Friedlich Martha Banyas Abigail Huess … Continue reading Announcing 2016 Presenters!