2018 Reconstruct/Deconstruct: Transportation Update

Please prepare for inclement weather, and unfortunately it will be rainy this weekend, so have an umbrella on hand, and wear layers, as our building is old, and the rooms can be either too hot, too cold or maybe in between.

And finally, we apologize for late notice, but we will not have the Jolly Trolley this year. This was a last minute cancellation, and again, we’re sorry for the inconvenience.

The two off campus events are at Moxie Pop, and Emerge Gallery, which are both in the Uptown sector and within one block of each other, and almost all of our favorite dining spots.

Have fun! Stay dry! See you all very soon!


2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct After Party: Starlight Cafe and Farm


Please join us for the after party at Starlight Cafe and Farm Sunday January 14th 7:00-11:00 PM. Starlight Cafe and Farm est. 1999 serves farm to table cuisine with many of the ingredients produced on their family farm on the outskirts of Greenville, NC. Heavy appetizers and beverages will be provided. A cash bar will also be available for a variety of drink requests.

104 W 5th St.
Greenville, NC 27858

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2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct: Silent Auction

We’re pleased to announce the very first Material Topics Silent Auction! We’ve received one of kind, limited edition items for the Symposium attendees to enjoy, and add to their personal collections. The lineup of silent auction items range from books to one of a kind artwork, to handmade tools. Tim McCreight, the Enamel Arts Foundation, Velvet da Vinci, and other publishers have donated autographed copies of some their most popular books, some of which are out of print.

Also included in the auction are handmade tools by the talented Nash Quinn & Tim Lazure as well as Rio Grande.

Additionally we will have a number of unique artwork from our esteemed presenters past and present, graduate students, and faculty. The resident artists from Pocosin Arts as well as the graduate cohort at Virginia Commonwealth University have also contributed some outstanding one of a kind work.

The silent auction will be hosted in the foyer of the Gray Gallery with a preview of all the items Friday night. Official bidding will begin Saturday morning at 8:30 AM and conclude Sunday at 1:55 PM sharpPayment times will be from Sunday 4:00-4:30 PM  and 6:00-6:30 PM after our capstone Harlan W. Butt.

Some items will have a starting bid ranging from $50 or more, with a $5 minimum raising bid. Cash, check, and card are accepted. Please note that card purchases will include a 2.7% processing fee added to your winning bid.

Happy bidding!

2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Events: Enameling Informational Lunch

The Enamelist Society and the Center for Enamel Art will be holding an “enameling lunch,” with information geared towards students. The informational session will be held in the student lounge (room 208) from 12:45-1:45pm on Sunday, January 14:

Grab your lunch and then come join us in the lounge to have a little presentation/chat about what we are planning and changing at The Enamelist Society. We are in the midst of implementing many changes that we believe will interest you as students. And we thank you for your ongoing suggestions, which we are actively implementing!

This is a great way to meet and mingle with some of the folks that are trying to elevate and raise the level of awareness for the enamel artistic medium. We hope we will see and meet you there!

Center for Enamel Art founder and 2018 Symposium Presenter Judy Stone will discuss the center’s programming, including the Radical Enameling workshop series, Large Scale Enameling at KVO Industries, and a new Master’s Series.

The Enamelist Society Board Members that will be present:

Pat Nelson, president

Cullen Hackler, director

Anne Havel, treasurer

Hal Nelson, secretary

Sharon Massey, board member



2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Integration & Snail Mail Project

Attention Symposium goers! Two important changes have been made for the exhibitions Integration and The Snail Mail Project.

The reception for Integration will now be from 4:00-6:00 PM in the Erwin Gallery. Drinks and refreshments will be provided, and the work will be on view throughout the weekend.

The Snail Mail Project  will now be held in the Burrough’s Wellcome Gallery just outside of the lobby area along with Jewelry Edition V4.

We thank you for your patience as we make some last minute changes!


2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct: Parking Symposium Weekend

Parking will be available in the A Lot in front of the Jenkins Fine Art Center at ECU for Symposium weekend beginning Friday, January 13th at 5:00 pm (turn onto Trustee’s Way from 5th Street). If you park earlier than 5:00pm on Friday, you may be subject to a parking ticket. You may park in front of the building on Saturday and Sunday at anytime.

Additional parking can be found in the housing grid off of 5th Street, directly across from the Jenkins Fine Art Center. These roads include Holly St. to Maple St., from 5th St. to 1st St. These spots require a permit from 8AM-5PM Monday-Friday but are available at all other times.

Public parking is also available in the Uptown Greenville area, including the Uptown parking deck located at the corner of Cotanch St. and 4th St. The parking deck is about a 5-10 minute walk from the Jenkins Fine Art Center and offers free parking on Fridays after 6:00pm as well as all day Saturday & Sunday. A link to a map of this area and other parking spaces can be found here.


2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Vendor:Otto Frei

Attention educators, students, and hobbyists alike!

Otto Frei will be joining us for this year’s Symposium as a vendor in the 2nd floor lobby outside the Speight Auditorium. They will be selling their wares via online sales, and will be available to answer any questions about their products through the weekend. This will be a great opportunity for anyone seeking to find the perfect tool for their studio, and to familiarize yourself with Otto Frei’s offerings. For a preview of some of Otto Frei’s merchandise please visit their website.


2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Events: Charon Kransen Arts Books


Charon Kransen of Charon Kransen Arts will be selling his extensive collection of books through the Symposium weekend. The full Charon Kransen book collection features over 2000 titles of exhibition catalogs, metalwork, and design and is one of the only specialty retailers of its kind. The book sale will be located in the 3rd floor lobby across the hall from room 1321.

Charon Kransen established Charon Kransen Arts in New York City in 1993, in order to promote exciting jewelry from around the world in North America. The work is presented annually at various American art fairs, such as SOFA New York, SOFA Chicago, SOFA Santa Fe and Art Palm Beach and the Int. Art and Design Fair in New York and at select galleries specializing in contemporary crafts and design.


The educational branch of Charon Kransen Arts includes lectures and seminars throughout the USA, Europe, Australia and South America and the distribution of books and exhibition catalogs on all aspects of jewelry, metal and design

For a comprehensive  list of titles please visit the Charon Kransen Arts website.


2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Events: Jewelry Edition V4


Jewelry Edition V.4 will be held January 12-14th in the Burrough’s Wellcome Gallery 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.

For more information on this year’s artists please visit their website.

2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Schedule



2nd Floor Lobby

6-9             GALLERY CRAWL 

6:3-7:3       GALLERY TALK

Bob Ebendorf on Vitreous Voices 

Speight Auditorium

7:3-9:3       SAW-FILE-SOLDER 

Emerge Gallery

404 Evans Street,

Greenville, NC 27858



8:3-10:3     REGISTRATION

2nd Floor Lobby

8:3-9          BREAKFAST 

2nd Floor Lobby

9:10:3        WELCOME


Andy Cooperman: Venn There, Done That

Speight Auditorium


Andy Cooperman: It Ain’t Just a Drill

Room 1322

Matt Lambert: Failing Epically

Room 109/114

Judy Stone: Enamel Layering on 3-Dimensional Forms

Room 1325 

Kim Winkle: Wearables in Polychrome Wood

Room 108

12:3-1:3     LUNCH  

2nd Floor Lobby

1:3-3:3       BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

See above Breakout Session Speakers

3:3-4          TEA & CRUMPETS  

2nd Floor Lobby


Speight Auditorium

Mike Holmes: Velvet DaVinci

Melissa Cameron: Body Politic

5:4             PIN & CHARM SWAP 

2nd Floor Lobby



 8:3-9          BREAKFAST

2nd Floor Lobby


Speight Auditorium

Shingo Furukawa: Ways of Tinkering

Jina Seo: Under the Layers


Harlan W. Butt: Repetitive Pattern Cloisonné Enameling on a 3D  Form 

Room 1325

Anna Johnson: Transforming Found Objects

Room 1322

Lisa Klakulak: The Necessity of Space: Felting around Armature & Free-motion Embroidery on Felt 

Room 125 

Sarah West: Brazing for Fun and Profit 

Room 133

12:45-1:45 LUNCH  

2nd Floor Lobby


2-4             BREAKOUT SESSIONS 

See above Breakout Session Speakers

4-4:3          TEA & CRUMPETS


2nd Floor Lobby

4:3-6          CAPSTONE LECTURE

Harlan W. Butt: The National Parks Project 2003-18

Speight Auditorium



2nd Floor Lobby

7-11           PARTY AT STARLIGHT 

104 W. 5th Street, Greenville, NC 27858




2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct: Uptown Greenville Local Eateries

For local cuisine within walking distance of the Symposium please peruse our suggested list of restaurants, cafes, and bars.

431 Evans St.
Greenville, NC 27858

330 Evans ST.
Greenville, NC 27858

203 E 5th St.
Greenville, NC 27858

104 W 5th St.
Greenville, NC 27858

418 Evans St
Greenville, NC 27858

630 S Pitt St.
Greenville, NC 27834

718 Dickinson Ave.
Greenville, NC 27834

703 Dickinson Ave.
Greenville, NC 27834

301 S Jarvis Street
Greenville, NC 27858

419 Evans St.
Greenville, NC 27858





2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Events: Saw File Solder Races

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Come join us for the annual Saw File Solder Races at Emerge Gallery in downtown Greenville!

The Saw File Solder Races were originally adapted from the Yuma Symposium National Saw File Solder Sprints. ECU’s Saw File Solder Race tradition is continued every year to kick off the weekend events Friday night after the gallery crawl.

The objective of the races is to make a ring to size as quickly as possibly starting from a flat sheet of copper. Tools and materials will be provided. The top three fastest contestants win a prize!

Saw File Solder will be held Friday night from 7:30-9:30 PM on the second floor of the gallery. Emerge is located at 404 Evans Street, Greenville, NC 27858. Please see the included map.

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2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Pin and Charm Swap

Please join us for the traditional pin and charm swap for this year’s Symposium.

How it works: Bring a pin or charm to be traded during registration Friday January 12th or Saturday January 13th. Your pin/charm will be added to our registry and randomly selected for the swap after the last lecture Saturday January 13th at 5:40 PM. At this time you can claim your new piece to be added to your collection.

The Pin and Charm swap is a great way to mix and mingle with the Symposium crowd as you enjoy the weekend festivities. See you soon, and don’t forget your pins!


2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Exhibitions: Ripple Effect: 168

Ripple Effect:168 

On view January 5 – 25, 2018 in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery, Jenkins Fine Arts Building of East Carolina University. The opening reception will be 6:00-9:00 PM January 12th, 2018.

Organized by Adam Atkinson and Everett Hoffman, this collaborative exhibition is the result of multiple exchanges between the metalsmithing programs of East Carolina University and Virginia Commonwealth University. Ripple Effect: 168 refers to the distance between the two schools and the relationships that were cultivated throughout the project. Innovation and community building are the central themes. The exchange included studio visits to ECU and VCU, as well as a retreat at Pocosin Arts which culminated in an exhibition featuring the collaborative work of the participants. Artists worked in pairs sharing designs, components, materials, and ideas to create finished works.

The artist pairs include: Susie Ganch & Mi-Sook Hur, Jina Seo & Tim Lazure, Meg Wachs & Adam Atkinson, Haiyin Liang & Kayla Staigvil, Anne Bujold & Zach Schaberg, Everett Hoffman & Holly Roddenbery, Lenae Zirheld & Nadia Massoud, Alli Kokulis & Sephra Reyes, Jolie Brianne Steinert & Suber Howard, Hosanna Rubio & Claire Keatley, Ryan Martin & Barbara McFadyen, Hailee Manipole & Joanne Lang.

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2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Exhibitions: Spoon


On view January 5 – 25, 2018 in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery, Jenkins Fine Arts Building of East Carolina University. The opening reception will be 6:00-9:00 PM January 12th, 2018.

An invitational exhibition curated by Tim Lazure featuring the humble spoon. Participating artists hail from coast to coast across the U.S.


2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Exhibitions: Snail Mail Project

Snail Mail Project

On view January 5 – 25, 2018 in the Wellington B. Gray Gallery, Jenkins Fine Arts Building of East Carolina University. The opening reception will be 6:00-9:00 PM January 12th, 2018.

Organized by Kat Cole & Andrew Kuebeck, Snail Mail Project is a two-day invitational retreat being held at Pocosin Arts among artists Bob Ebendorf, Andrew Kubeck, Kat Cole, Autumn Brown, Anne Havel, Joe Price, Les LePere, Laura Wood, Sharon Massey, Barbara McFadyen, Tara Locklear, Christina Lemon, and Marlene True. The exhibition will feature enameled decals derived from post cards sent by Bob Ebendorf.

Snail Mail Project

2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Events: Pin & Charm Swap

Prepare to Swap!

The following info is for those of you who are attending for the first time this year or if you just need a pin & charm swap refresher.

Here are the things to know:

  • When you register, either the evening of Jan 12th or the morning of Jan 13th, please give your one charm or pin (in an unnamed or unlabeled box) to an attendant at the registration table. They will make a note that you’ve contributed to the swap. Don’t forget to include your name or a business card inside your package!
  • The Pin & Charm Swap will start Saturday evening, following the afternoon lectures.
  • Come to the swap table to claim a box at random. NO PEEKING!!
  • Rock your Swap! Wear your charm and try to find the person who made it!

2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct — Call for Submissions: Participant Slide Show

We’re bringing back the Participant Slideshow, and are asking for submissions!

In order to get to know everyone and their work a bit better, we’re asking symposium participants, attendees, volunteers, etc to submit up to three pieces for our slideshow in the auditorium between lectures and during lunchtime. You may submit 2 images per piece.

You can submit your images using the following form: https://goo.gl/forms/4ysGaYdADFzZG0Fy2

Please use the following specifications when preparing images for upload:

LastnameFirstname_Title.jpg and LastnameFirstname_Title_detail.jpg
JPG or PNG images only
Maximum file size is 1 MB per image.
Resolution of images should be 72dpi, and no larger than 1280 pixels on the longest side.

Due Date for Images:
January 1, 2018

Please contact Howard Suber with questions or concerns: howard.w.suber@gmail.com with the subject line, “Participant Slideshow”


2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Exhibitions: Signs of the Times

Signs of the Times

On view at Moxie Pop, 106 E. 4th Street, Greenville, NC 6:00-8:00 PM January 12th, 2018.

Alumni Danielle James will be having a special pop-up exhibition of neon artworks dealing with relationships in the 21st century at Moxie Pop Gallery in downtown Greenville.

“Last January, artist Danielle James moved to Raleigh to begin an apprenticeship in neon at Glas studio. She settled in, and did what any other modern single woman would do: she created OKCupid and Tinder accounts. After a cornucopia of good, bad, and baffling interactions, she was inspired to combine the most memorable moments from the 30+ dates she went on, and the numerous online messages she received, with her work at Glas. Crude and clumsy come-ons such as, “You here to Hang or Bang?” or, “Why you not want kids for?” have all been immortalized in neon. The result? Signs of the Times is at once a luminous investigation into the current state of courtship in the 21st century, and a relatable reflection on how modern-day dating can sometimes feel like a Tunnel of Love ride at a toxically masculine state fair from which there is no escape.”

Signs of the Times


2018 Deconstruct/Reconstruct Exhibitions: Integration


On view in the Erwin Gallery, Erwin Building at East Carolina University December 18th, 2017 – January 18th, 2018. The reception will be 4:00 – 5:30 pm, Friday, January 12th, 2018.

The work of this exhibition was produced by ECU faculty Mi-Sook Hur as part of a research project that incorporates technology into studio practices. The project is supported by grant funding from the College of Fine Arts and Communication. ​