Introducing Presenter: Sharon Massey

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Sharon Massey is an Assistant Professor of Jewelry and Metals at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Sharon’s jewelry was selected for both Schmuck 2014 and Schmuck 2015 in Munich, Germany. From 2012 to 2015 she served on the board of directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG). Sharon received the Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) Emerging Artist Award in 2009. Images of her jewelry have been published in eight books, including The Art of Enameling and Art Jewelry Today 2nd and 3rd  and 4th Editions. Sharon received her BFA from Winthrop University in 1999 and her MFA from East Carolina University in 2006. She lives in a renovated commercial structure in Western Pennsylvania with her husband and their dogs.

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Steel champlevé is a lightweight, inexpensive, and rigid alternative to traditional copper or silver champlevé. Steel champlevé can be used in a variety of applications for jewelry or sculptural objects, but it is critical to understand the differences from non-ferrous enameling. My demonstration on mild steel champlevé will include etching, enameling, and options for finishing the surface.

Introducing 2017 Capstone Speaker- Robert Ebendorf

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Born in 1938 in Topeka, Kansas, Robert Ebendorf received his BFA in 1960 and his MFA in 1962. Following graduation, he received a Fulbright Fellowship to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts in Norway. He has taught at the University of Georgia (1967-71) and the State University of New York at New Paltz (1971-88). In 1995, he was awarded the American Craft Council Fellowship for his achievement in the crafts and commitment to the craft movement. Bob is co-founder and past president of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and is represented in many worldwide collections including the Metropolitan Museum of New York, The Victoria and Albert Museum (London), the British Museum, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, and the Yale University Art Gallery, just to name a few.

In 2016, He retired from East Carolina University of Greenville, North Carolina after having served as the first Belk Distinguished Professor in the School of Art and Design and holding the artist in residence position for the Honors Program. He currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 He was awarded the 2010 North Carolina Governors Award as well as the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from SNAG. Until recently he held Guest Professorship status at the University of West England in Bristol, UK.

The Smithsonian institution invited him to participate in its Archives of American Art Oral History Program, and recently acquired all of his papers, photographs, drawings and models from his life and extensive career.

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Capping it off with Ebendorf-

Bob will be enlightening us on the topic of artistic integrity and community as he presents his lecture titled “Forward Motion.”

Introducing 2017 Keynote Speaker- Tim McCreight

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Tim McCreight is a designer, teacher, author and metalsmith. He received a B.A. from The College of Wooster and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Bowling Green State University. He taught full-time for 25 years, first in Massachusetts and then at the Maine College of Art. Tim has taught hundreds of workshops throughout the US and in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Norway and the UK. He has written more than a dozen books, produced a half dozen videos, and created Apps for mobile devices. He has served on several boards including the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and is cofounder of the Toolbox Initiative, a program that distributes donated tools to jewelers in Africa. He runs a publishing company called Brynmorgen Press.

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Good Work & Good Works: A Keynote in Two Parts

We all want our work to be good. Welcome to the artist’s path. Is my work good? Is it good enough? Is it better than it was before? This question follows us through our artistic lives, from the first bent wire ring to the gallery installation. Is this good work? Because it’s such a personal question, it makes sense to come at it from a personal angle. Tim will reflect on his four decades of working with metal to examine the various ways we measure the value or importance of what we do and the objects we make.

For some of us, the objects that trace our professional path are only part of the picture. What about teaching, mentoring, writing, and the many other ways the skills we hone in the studio carry over to our social lives? For Tim this includes a volunteer effort called the Toolbox Initiative. For the last three years, this program has collected tools and materials from metalsmiths and given them to jewelers in West Africa. It is an example of the way simple creative ideas propelled by good intentions can change the world.

Call For Entries!

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with moves like MacGyver is a juried show that will examine the creative process at which a maker will go through to complete a piece that they did not originally have the tools necessary to do so.

Makers + smiths are a crafty bunch! This exhibition will highlight this as well as examine the creative practices of 15-25 individuals, giving viewers a glimpse at the processes these artists use to improvise, exquisitely craft, or get downright inventive to get the job done.

The exhibition will feature two pieces by each maker selected: one jewelry object or small sculptural piece displayed alongside a specialized tool that was created by the maker for the sole purpose of completing that object, with the premise that neither item would exist without the other.

Our hope is that a diverse group of makers will be shown in an effort to highlight the wide range of materials and ways of making that the field of metalsmithing and jewelry design represents.

Jurors: Tim Lazure and Randy Long

Entry deadline: October 1st

 Entry form, and additional information can be found here!

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