Concrete Ideas

Demitra Thmoloudis will be demonstrating how to create hollow objects in concrete.  Silicone mold making, powder coating, resin, and acrylic surface techniques will also be covered. About Demitra: Demitra Thomloudis is a Visiting Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at El Paso. In August 2014 she concluded a 12-month residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary … Continue reading Concrete Ideas

Symposium Presentors Part 9: Bruce Pepich

Lecture: The Museum as MuseIn addition to serving as resources for public education, museums help shape the culture around metalsmithing by their collections and exhibitions. Bruce W. Pepich will address the role museums have in this process and how contemporary artists can participate.Bio: Bruce W. Pepich is the Executive Director and Curator of Collections of the Racine … Continue reading Symposium Presentors Part 9: Bruce Pepich

Participants Exhibition Submissions!!

Dear Symposium Participant- If you are submitting a piece in the Participant Exhibition for the upcoming 2014 Material Topics Symposium please print out and fill out the below form, include this information inside your package. Send work to: ATT: Steven Hall, School of Art and Design Leo Jenkins Fine Arts Center Rm 2000, Mail Stop … Continue reading Participants Exhibition Submissions!!

Symposium Presentors Part 8: Cappy Counard

  Workshop description:   Open it. Close it.   In this workshop, I will share with you my longtime fascination with hinges and mechanisms. My demonstration will focus on the materials and techniques needed to make strong, reliable hinges (while hopefully demystifying the challenge of soldering all of those tiny little parts!). We will also … Continue reading Symposium Presentors Part 8: Cappy Counard

Symposium Presentors Part 7: Adam Kenney

Introducing one of the many lectures that will be taking place in just a few weeks!! Bio: Adam Kenney is the Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, Pa. He earned a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009. Before transitioning to arts management, Kenney spent over a decade … Continue reading Symposium Presentors Part 7: Adam Kenney

Symposium Presentors Part 6: Arthur Hash!!

We are super duper exited to announce this years demonstration by Arthur Hash - Water Etching and Champleve Enamels!!! In this demo students will learn to combine a low tech salt water etching process with traditional enameling to make one-of-a-kind jewelry. We will cover salt-water etching with the enameling technique of champlevé. Arthur is an … Continue reading Symposium Presentors Part 6: Arthur Hash!!

Symposim Presentors part 3: Avery Lucas

Our next presenter is a magician at moving metal around, she is also one of the coolest ladysmiths around! May we present Avery Lucas!! Title/Topic: Chasing and Repousse Techniques: Chasing Relief Overview: Chasing and repousse has been used since ancient times to emboss sheet metal into patterns, textures, and images. The French term repousse literally … Continue reading Symposim Presentors part 3: Avery Lucas

PLEASE HELP SAVE THE METALS PROGRAM AT MICA!

Dear, Metalsmiths The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore has recently announced their intention to close the Jewelry Center, a well-respected program with an international reputation. Classes are running through the end of the Spring semester in 2014 and the faculty and students at the Jewelry Center are fighting the decision. We, as … Continue reading PLEASE HELP SAVE THE METALS PROGRAM AT MICA!

Material Topics: Making Marks starts today!

Hi Everyone, Wow. We can't believe that the time has flown by so quickly, but in person registration begins today. The symposium weekend is upon us and we couldn't be more excited. Everyone is hurriedly scurrying to finish last minute details. The labels are being placed on our guests artwork. The registration table and labels … Continue reading Material Topics: Making Marks starts today!

Pack your bags! Symposium is Four Days Away!

We cant wait until this weekend!!!! Here are just a few last minute things! Dont forget your toothbrush If you are staying with someone please contact them if you have not already Bring an air mattress or a sleeping bag if you are being hosted When you register dont forget to pick up a schedule and turn in your charm, … Continue reading Pack your bags! Symposium is Four Days Away!

Check out whats going down @ Dirty LAM Studios!

On January 18th a million awesome things will be happening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm for the Symposium Art Loop. This year we will have the famous Greenville "Jolly Trolly" taking Symposium participants around to see all of the events. Did we mention one of those events  is the cant miss shindig at Dirty LAM Studios? You are invited to … Continue reading Check out whats going down @ Dirty LAM Studios!

A Few Reminders

Greetings Friends! The Symposium date is quickly approaching! We have a few reminders about registration. -Remember that EARLY registration ends on December 10th. You will still be able to register after that date but will be assessed a $15 late fee in addition to registration costs. -Remember to email your registration form in addition to … Continue reading A Few Reminders