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 Craft. Demitra received her MFA from San Diego State University and her BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Demitra’s work is exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Exhibitions include New Traditional Jewellery “Confrontations”  Netherlands; 2013 Beijing International Jewelry Art Biennial;, Galerie Marzee International Graduate Exhibition, Netherlands; Suspend(ed) in Pink, an international exhibition which traveled to Germany, United Kingdom, Austria, Paris, and the USA; CHAIN project at A CASA, Museum of Brazilian Object in São Paulo, Brazil; and La Fontera which debuted at Museo Franz Mayer, Mexico City and traveled within U.S. courtesy Velvet Da Vinci Gallery.  Publications include 500 Plastic and Resin Jewelry and 500 Enameled Objects published by Lark Books, The Art of Jewelry: Plastic & Resin: Techniques, Projects and Inspiration and most recently in 2014 Behind the Brooch: A Closer Look at Backs, Catches, and Pin Stems, By Lorena Argulo and published by Schiffer.

Goodbye for Now!

goodbye-for-now-blogThank you so much for making the 2014 ECU symposium the BEST ONE YET! Check out some of the pics from that awesome weekend below, and don’t forget to stay tuned in for updates on next years Symposium.

Until then goodbye for now friends!

Sincerely, Your friendly ECU Symposium Staff

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Symposium Presentors Part 9: Bruce Pepich

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Lecture: The Museum as Muse

In 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 Art Museum and the Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts. In the 1990s he assembled one of the most significant contemporary craft collections found in any art museum in North America. He opened RAM in 2003 in downtown Racine as a second campus that is home to this collection.

Pepich curates exhibitions from RAM’s 8,000 piece collection and regularly presents lectures on contemporary crafts around the country. He is a published writer and has served as a juror for over 100 national and international art competitions and fellowship awards. In 2012, he was inducted as an Honorary Fellow into the American Craft Council’s College of Fellows.

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 502 Greenville, NC 27858

Please contact Steven Hall at for questions regarding the Exhibition.

The deadline for receiving work is Saturday, January 4th.
We look forward to seeing you at the Symposium, have a great New Years!!

ECU2014 Participant Exhibition

Symposium Presentors Part 8: Cappy Counard


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Workshop description:


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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 talk about a wide range of catches, including making your own wire threads. These demonstrations, along with numerous examples of historic and contemporary work, will illustrate how hinges and mechanisms can enhance your containers and jewelry.

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Cappy Counard has been a professor of Metals/Jewelry at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania since 1999. She earned her MFA from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her BS in Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She makes jewelry and vessels that explore the intersection of structure and emotion, logic and memory, searching and being still. In addition to exhibiting both nationally and internationally, Cappy is the recipient of two individual artist fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and her work has been featured in many books including, Art Jewelry Today 3, 21st Century Jewelry: The Best of the 500 Series and The Metalsmith Book of Boxes and Lockets.


Symposium Presentors Part 7: Adam Kenney

Introducing one of the many lectures that will be taking place in just a few weeks!!


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 as a professional glassblower, and held positions in a wide range of studio settings. These professional experiences include managing high-volume production studios, participating in residencies at university fine arts programs, and assisting internationally renowned glass artists like Stephen Rolfe Powell and Curtiss Brock. Kenney has conducted professional development sessions for a variety of organizations and institutions that support makers such as the Tamarack Foundation, The Society of North American Goldsmiths, Creative Crafts Council, Edinboro University, Slippery Rock University, and Indiana University of Pennsylvania. When his duties at Touchstone allow, he continues to produce mixed media sculpture and vessels for his line of glass hollowware, Aka Glass (

In his presentation, Balancing Act: A Holistic Approach to Developing a Sustainable Creative Career Kenney will ask makers to reconsider their creative careers as a complex synthesis of personal, financial, professional, and artistic goals. He will highlight the usefulness of nonprofit administration concepts like Strategic Planning and S.W.O.T. Analysis to enable artists to make the most three-dimensional and “data driven” career decisions. These strategically sound career decisions should guide the emerging artist down a professional path where personal, financial, professional, and artistic goals are equalized as much as possible.

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 Instructor and technician in the metals program at State University of New York-New Paltz; two Virginia Museum of Fine Arts fellowships, American Craft Council Searchlight Artist; exhibitions: Quirk Gallery (VA), Facere Gallery (Seattle), Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston), Velvet da Vinci (San Francisco), Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.


Your Friendly Symposium Staff