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 by or using bones. Both 2-D and 3-D media will be accepted until November 20th. Please see attached prospectus for more detail.

The Afterlife Prospectus

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 medias. Curated by Phil Ambrose, an ECU alumni and current artist in residence at Pocosin Arts in Columbia, NC. Please see attached prospectus for more information.

Obsession Prospectus

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 be curated by current graduate students Hosanna Rubio and Sarah Loch-Test. Please see attached prospectus for more details.

It Came From Under the Bench Prospectus

Registration is Open!!


Woah! It’s that time already. We hope that you all are excited to join us in January.The link provided will take you to our registration site, once you are there you will enter your info and pay your registration fee of $75. Just to clarify, there are drop down menus to choose your workshops, both Saturday and Sunday provide time for a morning and afternoon session. The third choice is there just in case we reach capacity for some of the rooms, so pick one for that as well. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know!


We are also including previews for this year’s T-Shirts. Ideally, we would like to get an estimate on how many people are interested in purchasing one. They help fund future symposiums and are designed by our lovely and talented co-chair Kayla Staigvil.


Photography for the Artist and Craftsperson

Jason Dowdle Bio Photo

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 Television at University of Texas-Austin. Jason has over 20 years of experience photographing work for artists and is able to capture all media including glass, metal, wood, ceramics, paint and more. His work has been featured on the covers of many national magazines including American Style, Ornament, Art Jewelry, American Craft and Ceramics Monthly. Jason’s photographs have also been included in The Potters Eye by Mark Hewitt, Keepers of Tradition by Maggie Holtzberg, and several Lark 500 publications.

Jason Dowdle Demo Photo

Jason’s workshop is primarily presentation-based. It will answer the question of “Can (or should) an artist photograph his/her own work?” Jason will help attendees examine the technical aspects of producing high end photographs of jewelry and small scale sculpture. The goal of this presentation is to provide attendees with enough knowledge and technical information to execute good-quality images of their work and to provide an understanding of what level of photography is within the reach of non-professional photographers.

Creative Consulting

Leah Pierce Bio Photo

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 than 250 designs per season, including the design concepts and ultimate completion of jewelry, hair accessories, belts, handbag hardware, and runway jewelry for men and women. She focuses on the development of emerging brands and the growth of existing jewelry categories. We are happy to welcome her as an Alumna.

Leah Pierce Lecture Photo

Leah will be giving a lecture based on the process of design for mass production. She will discuss the relevance of how her traditional metalsmithing education along with additional design knowledge has influenced the development and advancements of her career. Leah will be including her own personal knowledge on the materials and process of Fashion Jewelry Design.

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 to contact us. More information about the registration form will be posted tomorrow with the link, but it is fairly straight forward.