Introducing Presenter: Sharon Massey


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.


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


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.


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.

McCreight, Brooch

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!

I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now to show during Symposium Weekend!


The I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now Exhibition will be featured alongside the 2017 Symposium. The show will be located in the Gray Gallery of ECU’s Jenkins Fine Arts Center.The show is curated by artist Boris Bally of Bally Humanufactured, LLC.

The Innovative Merger of Art & Guns to Inspire New Expressions, or IMAGINE PEACE NOW Exhibition, is a call to arms, hearts and hands intended especially for contemporary metal artists.  The artwork within the show responds to, and initiates conversations regarding, the gun violence so prevalent in American culture today.

There will be a closing reception for this show on Friday, January 13th during the Gallery Crawl. Boris Bally will be giving a talk about the show Friday night at 6:30 in Auditorium (room 1220) at the Jenkins Fine Arts Center.


We are equally excited to share with you the list of presenters for the Collective Voices- 2017 Material Topics Symposium.


Keynote Speaker:       Tim McCreight

Capstone Speaker:     Robert Ebendorf

Lectures by:

  • Leslie Noell
  • Amy Wieks of Smith Shop
  • Harold Nelson & Bernard Jazzar of the Enamel Arts Foundation
  • Dustin Farnsworth
  • Les LePere

Break-out Sessions:

  • Blaine Lewis
  • Ron Porter & Joe Price
  • Abigail Heuss
  • Jessica Calderwood
  • Amy Wieks of Smith Shop
  • Hiroko Yamada
  • Sharon Massey
  • Melanie Bilenker

Gallery Talk:

  • Boris Bally

Look forward to future posts for more information pertaining to the schedule as well as posts concerning how to register. Registration begins Thursday, October 20th 2016 for the Collective Voices Material Topics Symposium (January 13th-15th 2017).

We will also be updating you with information about gallery openings and events that will be taking place along with symposium.

2017 ECU Material Topics Symposium

Greetings! The 2017 ECU Material Topics Symposium is in the works. This year’s symposium is titled “Collective Voices” and celebrates the individuality of, not only the artists of the material, but the vast array of techniques that are categorized under metalsmithing.

The date is set! Please mark your calendars for these two important events…

  • Registration Begins: Thursday, October 20, 2016
  • ECU Material Topics Symposium: January 13th-15th, 2017

We are pleased to announce our co-chairs for Symposium 2017- Joanne Lang and Holly Roddenbery.

Joanne Lang spent way too much of her earlier years in the medical sciences before she came to her senses and discovered her love of the arts and metal. She has spent the last eight years learning metals through numerous workshops including those with Bob Ebendorf, Ken Bova, Tim Lazure, and Mi-Sook Hur. She is now in her first year of the MFA program in Metals Design at East Carolina University. Joanne is fascinated by the problem-solving aspect of metal, pulling together multiple parts and found objects to create a new piece. Her latest metal explorations have been in the realm of kinetics which may be due to watching Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein too many times.

Holly Roddenbery received her BFA in Art from Valdosta State University where she studied metals under ECU Alumni, Abigail Heuss. She is in her first year of the MFA program in Metal Design at East Carolina University. Her work showcases a softer side of metal using smooth beveled edges and organic forms. She seeks inspiration from personal experiences of spiritual healing. Holly describes herself as a “student of life” and enjoys dogs above cats.

Please look forward to more posts regarding:

  • Presenter & Workshop Information
  • Calls for Entries
  • Exhibitions
  • 2017 Registration Information