SNAG members Emily Shaffer and Cara Romano are keeping a blog, called Contemporary Craft Forward, to record and share their year-long internship experience in Ellsworth, Maine. They are learning jewelry bench skills, arts administration and how to manage an art gallery. So far, their subjects include things like setting up a studio, tools, and craft shows. Their blog includes lots of photographs recording their experiences. Be sure to take a look!
Jesper Jensen has created a memorial baton honoring the fallen soldiers of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Fashioned from sterling silver, 18-karat yellow gold, and maple wood, the baton is hand-made and hollowed out to make room for an honor roll of 1866 names of PPCLI members who lost their lives in battle since the infantry’s formation in 1914.
Wendy Wallin Malinow received an AdORNAMENTS Excellence Award from the Racine Art Museum for her ornament design.
emiko oye has been commissioned to create the next limited-edition pin for Art Jewelry Forum. The pins will be distributed exclusively to all new and renewing AJF supporters in 2015. Each brooch consists of a base of seven LEGO® affixed together, and eight to 10 additional toy bricks in a single color, which recipients can use any way they like to build their own configurations atop the base.
Mary Lynn Podiluk has been named a 2015 NICHE Awards Finalist for her handcrafted engagement ring “Infinite.” Inspired by language, the body and nature, Podiluk creates conceptually based jewelry and hollowware pieces. Other SNAG members have also been named as finalists. See more about the 2015 NICHE Awards.
Monica Schmid has been featured in Diablo magazine, a monthly publication written for the San Francisco East Bay. Schmid uses color, stylized forms, textures and stones to create wearable paintings.
Geralyn Sheridan was one of nine designers invited to participate in the 2014 MJSA Design Challenge: A Mother’s Love. Her design was a sculptural ring representing a painting, framed in diamonds and tourmaline.
Elizabeth Shypertt is curating jewelry for San Francisco Bay Area clothing designer, Babette.
SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery, Halstead, and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company.
Elizabeth Bucheit’s tiaras were included in the “Trends” article in Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist, August 2014. The article focuses on body adornment.
Kaminer Haislip’s silversmith work was recently featured in the magazines Elle Decor, September 2014 and Traditional Home, October 2014.
Jera Lodge has begun a residency at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Lodge is a jewelry designer who works primarily with steel and silver.
Todd Pownell was presented with the 2014 Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year Award at the JA New York Summer Show in July. Pownell’s jewelry workshop is Tap by Todd Pownell.
Earlier this year, PBS visited metalsmith Rebecca Rose’s studio and captured process, gallery and interview footage for an episode of “WUCF Artisodes.” The show aired in August on over 28 national PBS affiliates.
Alison Antelman received First Place in the 2014 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition for her Metropolis Bracelet. The event is a survey of the evolution of foldforming as it is applied in the world today in large and small scale; in jewelry, sculpture, architecture, functional objects, and unexpected applications.
Erica Bello is the winner of the 9th annual Halstead Grant competition for new silver jewelry makers. Bello received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 at The Rochester Institute of Technology. After college she worked as a bench jeweler while she continued to strengthen her customer base for Erica Bello Jewelry. Her geometric silver jewelry with an oxidized finish can be described as industrial, bold and edgy with a three-dimensional dynamic. This unique metalsmithing work creates contrast with acute angles and semi-precious stones. Her collection is influenced by architecture and traditional jewelry archetypes.
Robert Ebendorf’s work is featured in “The Life and Times of Robert W. Ebendorf: Jeweler and Metalsmith” at the Racine Art Museum in WI through January 18, 2015. Described as a “cornucopia” of information, Ebendorf has spent 50 years creating jewelry, assemblages, and hollowware from metal and found objects. The exhibition offers more than 100 works that represent almost five decades of his creativity. A Fulbright Scholar, Tiffany Foundation Grant Award winner, and founding member of SNAG, Ebendorf’s work is represented in museums around the world.
Gayle Friedman’s work was included in “The Grace of Craft” at The Capitol Arts Network in Rockville, MD. The exhibition ran during June 2014.
Niki Grandics, San Diego State University, is a recipient of a 2014 Windgate Fellowship in the Jewelry category. Every year, The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design awards $15,000 Windgate Fellowships to ten undergraduate seniors with extraordinary skill in craft – one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students.
Anne Havel recently had her work included in two exhibitions: “Winners Circle,” the folllow-up exhibition for all award winners of the Gallery North Outdoor Art Show, and “Unleashed,” Women’s Caucus for Art’s exhibition, Colorado chapter. Havel’s piece haeckel ocean series: spent was featured in the March 2014 Art Jewelry Magazine “Gallery” section.
William Baran-Mickle held a solo exhibition in March at Artifact Gallery, New York City. The exhibition, Gestures, was accompanied by a catalog. It included recent metalwork, mostly relief sculpture, created of hammer formed sheet metals fabricated into wall reliefs.
Luana Coonen recently opened Goldlight Jewelers, a shared studio and showroom in San Francisco, with two others jewelers. Last fall, the three goldsmiths joined together to seek out a space for jewelry manufacturing in San Francisco. With the help of SF Made and the Metal Arts Guild the women recently obtained a large workspace in the heart of Union Square.
Jennifer Crupi will be at the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco on July 12. Join her for an artist talk and tour of the exhibition A Display of Gestures. Crupi will discuss her work in conversation with David Cole, Adjunct Professor of Jewelry Metal Arts at California College of the Arts.
This summer Christine Dhein will begin an incredible journey focusing on sustainable jewelry practices in cultures around the world. She will visit jewelers in Central and South America, South East Asia, and Europe in order to document traditional techniques from a variety of cultures with photos and videos.
Veronica Eckert‘s piece “Primavera” was selected for the Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature Exhibition that will be held in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Art & the Urban Garden exhibition at the Lillstreet Gallery in Chicago, IL.
Steven Holman held his MFA thesis show, The Tribe: Talismans, Amulets, and Objects of Remembrance, at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art on the SUNY New Paltz campus in May.