From the Field
“CRAFTED: Objects in Flux” by Emily Zilber brings together work by nearly 40 international artists, whose varied approaches are not only pushing but redefining the boundaries of what we call craft today. This book and more in this week’s news post.
Exclusive FREE live training for SNAG members! Flourish & Thrive presents a FREE live training, “The Simple Steps Method: From the Jeweler’s Bench to Thriving Brand,” on Wednesday, September 30th at 5:00pm EDT.
Halstead awards top honors to Samantha Skelton, artist and owner of Samantha Skelton Jewelry Designs based in Fairview, PA. The 10th annual Halstead Grant recognizes jewelry design excellence and business strategy acumen with $5,000 in cash and $1,000 in jewelry supplies, promotion on HalsteadBead.com and industry exposure.
Skelton is an active SNAG member. She studied fine art in undergraduate at Edinboro University and earned an MFA with a focus on metalsmithing from Miami University in 2013. Her delicate, sculptural jewelry has a modern, urban aesthetic. Skelton’s business includes custom jewelry, wholesale and gallery consignment in addition to art fairs and online sales.
Skelton says, “I have worked so hard to grow my jewelry design company and being recognized as the 2015 Halstead Grant winner is such an honor. I’m beyond excited! Prior to the application process, I had been working towards small goals. But, being able to see a big picture has really helped me take the next steps forward.”
Skelton’s jewelry designs are heavily influenced by her training as a metal sculpture artist. She says, “Alongside my sculptures, I found myself making smaller sculptural jewelry, almost as a sketch for larger pieces. It allowed me to play with form in a much faster and more direct way.”
Hilary Halstead Scott, President of Halstead and founder of the Halstead Grant says, “Samantha has a rare blend of cohesive, original jewelry work and knockout business smarts. The craftsmanship in her pieces and the strategic touches throughout her small business plan show impressive attention to detail. This young woman is going places.”
Chuck Evans passed away July 31, 2015 at the age of 75. Evans was an artist whose works, technical innovations, writings and teaching have made lasting contributions to metalsmithing and the American Arts. He was introduced to metals through his friend David Pimentel and learned design and technique while studying under Hans Christensen and Albert Paley at the School of American Craftsmen, Rochester Institute of Technology, 1969-1972.
After earning his MFA, he taught at Bowling Green State University for six years before moving to Iowa in 1978 to open the metals program for Iowa State University’s College of Design, where he was Professor of Jewelry and Metals from 1978 through 2001. His artwork spanned 30+ years and has been shown in 200+ exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. He authored the textbook Jewelry: Contemporary Design and Technique, 1983, and contributed to many books and professional publications over the course of his life.
A true purist, Chuck held individual expression above all and shunned labels with great vigor. Some of the noted artists with whom he interacted included Heikke Seppa, Philip Fike, John Marshall, Fred Fenster, Ronald Pearson, Richard Thomas, Eleanor Moty, Alma Eikerman, Dominick Labino, Wendell Castle, Peter Voulkos, Frans Wildenhain and Philip Morton.