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Saw File Solder @ Dirty LAM


The Dirty Lam is studio home to ECU alum Andy Denton, who is graciously opening his space for a Saw, File, Solder Race from 7:30-9:30 January 15th during the ECU Material Topics Symposium Art Walk.

Dirty Lam
213 W 9th Street 
Greenville, NC

*This is a BYOB event for those of age only*

It Came From Under the Bench Exhibition


It Came From Under The Bench will be featured January 15-17th, in conjunction with the ECU Material Topics Symposium. It is curated by current graduate students Hosanna Rubio and Sarah Loch-Test.

Opening Reception: January 15th 5-8PM

It Came From Under The Bench
Burroughs Welcome Gallery
Leo Jenkins Fine Art Center
East Carolina University

Obsession Exhibition


“Obsession is a show about the ideas and things that get stuck in our heads and won’t let go. The work featured comes from many different disciplines by artist at different levels, from student to professional.”

Obsession is curated by Phil Ambrose, who is a NC native metalsmith with a BFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University and current Artist in Residence with Pocosin Arts.

Opening Reception: January 15th from 6-9PM, in conjunction with the Annual ECU Material Topics Symposium.

Obsession Exhibition
Greenville Museum of Art
802 Evans St, Greenville, NC


Pencil Brothers Exhibition

Pencil Bros. balancing cigarette papers on their noses.


“In 1966 I was a few college credits short of maintaining my educational ability of avoiding the Draft which would have put me into the thick of the Vietnam War.So I registered for Summer school at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington the city that Ken Cory grew up in.I took a ceramics class and Ken was a student in the class and he knew his way around the throwing wheel and he gave me some tips on how to throw a pot and we hit it off like 2 brothers. This was the era of Abstract Expressionism and our Professors professed that school of thinking and both of us discovered it made both of us sick so we embarked upon a journey in our art that featured recognizable subject matter, humor and a dash of Surrealism thrown in.Then we also decided that it was not only OK but very playful and a blast to make art together much the same way musicians find it fulfilling to play music together.We first signed our 3 dimensional pieces The Art Team and one day we both awakened to the fact that the name was as interesting as a spud sandwich so what ensued was our beginning as the Pencil Bros. I was starting to sign some of my work as Pencil and one of our art making weekends as we got ready to sign the back of one of our metal fabrications Ken piped up that we could sign the back of the piece The Pencil Bros. and he could be Red and I could be Lead. Ken and I called each other these names until his untimely death in 1995. He often said,”better Red than Lead “. I miss him every day .” – Leslie LePere

The Pencil Brothers Exhibition will be on display during the Annual ECU Material Topics Symposium, January 15-17th. Their work will be located on the third floor near room 1322.

Pencil Brothers Exhibition
Third Floor, Leo Jenkins Fine Art Center
East Carolina University

For more information about Leslie LePere, please visit his website at

Northwest Profiles: The Pencil Farmer

Feather Trace Exhibition

Enamel Feather Brooches

Mi-Sook Hur earned her BFA from Seoul National University and her MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Originally from Korea, she is currently a professor at the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University. Hur has exhibited in the US and abroad including shows at SOFA (Sculpture Objects Functional Art + Design) in Chicago, Tong-In Gallery in Korea, Itami Museum of Arts and Crafts in Japan, and VicenzaOro II in Italy and LOOT 2015 at the Museum of Art and Design in New York.

Her work has been featured in Metalsmith, The Artful Teapot, and Nouvel Object V. She has received awards including the Niche Awards, the Purchase Award from Arkansas Arts Center, and the European Design-an Asian Renaissance Evoked in Gold Award from the World Gold Council. She is a former artist-in-residence at John Michael Kohler Arts Center and has taught workshops at the Penland School of Crafts, the Newark Museum, Artspace Art Center, Pocosin Arts, and the Pullen Art Center.

Opening Reception will be in conjunction with the Annual ECU Material Topics Symposium art walk on January 15th from 4:30-7:00PM

Feather Trace
Janice Faulkner Gallery, Joyner Library
East Carolina University
1000 E 5th St, Greenville, NC
January 15th – March 6th 2016


Smitten Forum Exhibition


The Smitten Forum Exhibition will be featured January 15-18th, in conjunction with the annual ECU Material Topics symposium.

The 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.

Smitten Forum 2015 Exhibition
Greenville Museum of Art
802 Evans St, Greenville, NC

Opening reception Friday, January 15th @ 6:00PM

JEWELRY Edition Vol. 2 Pop-up!

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The JEWELRY Edition Vol. 2 Pop-up will be featured Jan.15 -17 in conjunction with the Annual ECU Metals Symposium

Jewelry Edition is a web based exhibition and pop-up experience showcasing the work of emerging and early career studio jewelry artists. As the diversity in the jewelry field grows, we seek to highlight work contributing to the ever evolving scope of contemporary adornment.

Jewelry Edition was co-founded by East Carolina University Alumni Kat Cole and Laura Wood to support and promote the work of early career jewelry artists. This project seeks new ways to attract and educate clients on contemporary jewelry such as an interactive web presence and pop-up gallery events. Each year is a new edition of artists, pop-up venues, and collaborative opportunities.

JEWELRY Edition Vol. 2 Pop-Up
African Art Room, Wellington B. Gray Gallery
Jenkins School of Fine Art
East Carolina University

Opening Reception Friday January 15th, 2015 5-9 PM

Jewelry by Kat Cole And Laura Wood





Material Topics: In Flux Schedule


Friday January 15th

5-7 pm   Registration and Meet & Greet

6-9 pm   Art Walk: Jolly Trolley will leave from the Jenkins Fine Arts Center and provide transport between galleries.

7:30-9:30 pm   Saw-File-Solder Races at Dirty Lam Studios, 213 W. 9th St.


Saturday January 16th

8:30-10:30 am   Registration

8:30 am   Breakfast

9:00 am   Welcome

9:10 am   Keynote Speaker: Martha Banyas (Auditorium, Rm 1220)

10:30-12:30pm   Break-out Sessions:

  • Ben Dory (139)
  • Jason Dowdle (Auditorium, Rm 1220)
  • Don Friedlich (1325)
  • Barbara Minor (1322)

12:30-1:30pm   Lunch and Raffle sales

1:30-3:30 pm   Break-out Sessions:

  • Ben Dory (139)
  • Jason Dowdle (Auditorium, Rm 1220)
  • Don Friedlich (1325)
  • Barbara Minor (1322)

3:30-4:00 pm   Tea & Crumpets

4:00 pm   Lauren Tickle (Auditorium, Rm 1220)

4:45 pm   Break

5:00pm   Don Friedlich (Auditorium, Rm 1220)

6:00 pm   T-shirts sales, raffle sales, pin swap


Sunday January 17th

8:30 am   Breakfast

9:00 am   Leah Pierce (Auditorium, Rm 1220)

9:50 am   Kate Lydon (Auditorium, Rm 1220)

10:45-12:45 pm   Break-out Sessions:

  • Martha Banyas (1325)
  • Marissa Saneholtz (1322)
  • C. James Meyer (108)
  • Stephen Yusko (139)

12:45-1:45 pm   Lunch and Raffle sales

1:45-3:45 pm   Break-out Sessions:

  • Martha Banyas (1325)
  • Marissa Saneholtz (1322)
  • C. James Meyer (108)
  • Stephen Yusko (139)

3:45-4:00 pm   Tea & Crumpets

4:00 pm   Kathleen Browne (Auditorium, Rm 1220)

4:45 pm   Break

5:00 pm   Capstone: Boris Bally (Auditorium, Rm 1220)

6:00 pm   Closing Thoughts / Raffle Reveal (Auditorium, Rm 1220)

7:00 pm   Closing Night Party at Crave! (formerly Tipsy Teapot)