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“Reconstructing Our Second Skin,” Olivia Shih

Olivia Shih“Reconstructing Our Second Skin: Gender in Contemporary Jewelry”

New blog by Olivia Shih, 2016 SNAG/crafthaus Conference Scholarship Recipient

“In this crafthaus blog, I will explore the intersection between gender and jewelry with a three-prong approach: interviewing artists who do not shy away from words like “gender issues,” “feminism,” and “sex”; analyzing the work of said artists and the reach of their work via questionnaires; and reinvigorating conversation about gender in jewelry by putting together an online exhibition.”


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Send in Your Studio Sweeps

ethical_metalsmiths_logoEthical Metalsmiths and SNAG are once again teaming up for a unique fundraiser and WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Logo-blueSpring is here! Perfect time for a SPRING CLEANING! Sweep out your jewelers’ benches and send us your metal scraps. These can be turned into valuable dollars that will help keep the nonprofits you support to remain healthy and able to maintain the programing you have come to appreciate and rely on.

Anyone can make a difference and feel good about giving back to these organizations that support our field and improve our world. Any amount of scrap and sweeps will be accepted! We’ll even toss in SNAG and Ethical Metalsmiths stickers for your generous efforts! If you get your donations sent in by June 30th you will even be entered in a drawing for a 1 year SNAG membership, a 1 year Ethical Metalsmiths membership, or an original Boris Bally keychain!

Sweeps and scraps will be refined at Hoover & Strong, a family run precious metal supply company that has been serving jewelers for the past 103 years. Hoover and Strong products are not only 100% recycled but also carry the SCS third party certification of recycled content. They will be donating a generous portion of their refining costs to this project. Hoover & Strong is an avid supporter of the “green” movement and feels it is their social, environmental and moral obligation to produce beautiful products in a way that does not destroy the earth’s resources or its people. –Hoover & Strong

Send them in any time before June 30, 2016. Use this donation form & mail your Sweeps and other jewelry item donations to: Peter Calvert, c/o Ethical Metalsmiths, PO Box 18161, Richmond, VA, 23226.

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Cast Your 2016 SNAG Ballot Online

The SNAG membership elects leaders for the coming years. All SNAG members have the right to vote. This process is an important part of how you can make your voice heard, and help determine the future of the organization. Vote now!

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Board Members Speak: Brian Ferrell

Brian Ferrell photoWhat brought you to wanting a board position?

I am always interested in the spirit of community and collaboration that exists among a group of individuals. There are times when we need a break from our workbenches. Having a group of friends for feedback, support, or inspiration makes the time in our studios more worthwhile. It makes us appreciate that we are not alone in our enthusiasm for making. Many of the people in my circle of friends feel the same, so getting involved with SNAG board was pretty natural. Additionally, I had already been a volunteer with the organization for several years.

What are your plans for board participation (your committee assignment, fundraising project, etc.)?

Under the new committee structure, I am on three board level committees. Fundraising, Programming, and Impact & Evaluation.

What exciting, interesting, confounding things are you doing right now (in your life other than being on the board)?

-My current work can be described as tableware, furniture, and lighting. My materials are metal, wood, and clay.  I also recently started collaborating on designs with glass artist Adam Kenney.
-I am Associate Professor of Art at Seton Hill University where I maintain the Metal, Ceramic, and Wood Studio! We just moved into a new facility.
-I restored a boat a few years ago and I am hoping to teach my 3-year old son how to water ski this summer.

Can you share an anecdote of a fun or meaningful SNAG experience for you (something that happened at a conference, an interaction with another member, an opportunity that occurred through SNAG)?

The enthusiasm for our field can seem infectious within the bubble of metalsmithing.  Seeing all of the social media posting of people road tripping their way to the conferences is a lot of fun.  On our drive to Toronto, we were asked at the border why we were entering Canada.
Sean Macmillian exclaimed, “We’re going to a metalsmithing conference!”
The border guard squinted and looked confused. “What?” he said.
Sean pulled out his anvil pins and said, “Yeah! These are for the pin swap tonight! You want one?” He looked us over for what seemed like a few minutes. Jim Bové was smiling in the back.
“Just go” he muttered.


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Aaron Faber Gallery, Halstead, NextFab, and Pocosin Arts.

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Technical Article: “Art, History, and Processes of Guilloché Engraving, part 2″ by G. Phil Poirier

SNAG has a strong commitment to preserving and sharing technical information such as this article by G. Phil Poirier of Bonny Doon Engineering. Guilloche, also known as engine turning, is an exquisitely beautiful, highly technical, historical process that has unlimited applications in contemporary metalwork.

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