Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors!
Interested in becoming a 2018 SNAG Conference sponsor? Please contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Titanium Level Sponsor: Rio Grande
“At Rio, we believe in jewelers. In the digital age, perhaps this is a radical idea. But we remain committed to supporting anyone who has ever picked up a piece of metal and made something wearable. We exist to support the bench jeweler, the jewelry designer, the retail jeweler and the jewelry manufacturer. We stand for makers who create with their hands and their hearts and who are courageous enough to make jewelry their livelihood.
Why do we choose to work this way? Because we know that the work you do is important. After all, jewelry is more than fashion. It is art. It is history. It is a story. The pieces you make become heirlooms that transcend time. They capture stories and encapsulate them in metal. We work as a behind-the-scenes character in your own story as a jeweler, and we are proud to support you, your work and your business in every way we can. Follow #RioJeweler on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for stories from the Rio jeweler community.”
Gold Level Sponsor
“Wholesale jewelry supplies for professionals. Metalsmiths love our jewelry wire and wholesale findings. Glass artisans shop here for our jewelry chain and silver bails. Chain maille artists come here for jump rings and jewelry making tools. Beading enthusiasts know us for our wholesale beads and sterling silver beads. Jewelry designers bookmark us as a resource for our jewelry trends analysis and designer tools. And new designers compete annually for The Halstead Grant awarded to a new jeweler in the trade each summer. We specialize in gold filled and sterling silver jewelry making supplies.”
Room Keys and Final Night Dance Party: Bill Gangi Multi-Sensory Arts
“We offer both one of a kind and production quantity goods. We always strive to cut the finest rough available to our high lapidary standards; and at competitive prices. As an exhibiting member of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), we support full disclosure on all gem treatments. As a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), we support the education of young metalsmiths. We have been mining, cutting and designing unique gemstones and inventive techniques for the jewelry trade since 1979.”
Silver Level Sponsors
ACC Fellow Speaker, Thomas Gentille: American Craft Council
“We see the big picture. For more than 75 years, the American Craft Council has championed craft. Our founder, Aileen Osborn Webb, recognized the significant impact craft has on individuals and communities, and established a nonprofit to preserve, cultivate, and celebrate this communal heritage. Today, our efforts span the nation. We support professional makers through our unique nonprofit shows. We offer educational resources, including a one-of-a-kind library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs. Our national awards spotlight emerging artists and honor masters. And we promote the handmade through our resource-rich website and award-winning magazine, American Craft.”
Room Keys: Otto Frei
“If you are looking for Quality Jewelry Supplies, Otto Frei is your source. We specialize in Platinum and 18 Karat Wholesale Findings, and the finest Quality Jewelers Tools from around the world. Otto Frei has over 80 years of history to back up our superior knowledge, service and technical expertise. Our product mix is unique in the industry, as we carry the most complete selections of the fine Quality Jewelry Tools available anywhere. Check out our selection of Bezel Blocks in our Forming Tools Category which also features our Drawplate selection. And don’t miss our huge selection of Grobet Swiss Made Files or our famous collection of John Frei Custom Workbenches. All our products are backed up with an outstanding inventory, competitive pricing, and our Satisfaction Guarantee.”
Bronze Level Sponsors
Early Career Artists and Fred Woell Documentary Premiere: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Programs range from short workshops to two-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.
Conference Signs: Meetings a la carte
Unlimited options, exceptional service, commitment to value. We can help you make your event a complete triumph. And we’ll keep it stress-free for you. We can make this promise because we share over 20 years of professional experience with an absolute commitment to customer service. We know our job is to make you look your best.
Teresa Frye’s Presentation: MJSA
“MJSA is the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. By tapping into the collective strength of the association community, our members find the expertise, connections, and resources needed to make and sell great jewelry, profitably.”
Pewter Level Sponsors
Student Slideshow: Aaron Faber Gallery
“Aaron Faber Gallery New York celebrates the artistry of jewelry and watch design through its extensive collection of 20th and 21st-century fine jewelry and collectible timepieces. We invite you to view and enjoy some of the extraordinary jewelry presented in our gallery every day.”
Creative Side Jewelry Academy
Creative Side Jewelry Academy began in 2006 when Director and custom jewelry maker, Courtney Gray, decided to open the doors of her studio for other jewelry artists to collaborate, share equipment, learn, and teach new skills. The intention of Creative Side is to provide a comfortable, fun, professional and creatively inspiring studio space where anyone can come learn, begin and build a skill set and career in the ever-expanding craft of jewelry making.
Jewelry Creations Workshop
“At JCW we educate individuals in the art of jewelry making and empower originals (you) under a creative and collaborative workspace where students, designers, and professionals can come together to LEARN, CREATE, and SHARE. We are located in North Miami in a spacious workshop that is easily accessible to Miami-Dade and Broward. Our studio offers jewelry classes which are tailored specially to each student. Classes are taught by trained professionals, our director, Steven Brownlee, resident instructors, and visiting instructors on a rotating basis that cater to all levels and interests.”
Teresa Frye’s Presentation: Metalwerx
“Metalwerx is an innovative school and community studio for jewelry making and metal arts, located in Waltham, Massachusetts. We are dedicated to providing a welcoming, creative, and well-equipped environment where outstanding instructors, inquisitive students, and dedicated practitioners can inspire each other in the pursuit of jewelry and metalworking skills.”
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Oregon College of Art and Craft is dedicated to Craft as the creative material practice at the core of art and design. OCAC’s mentor-based learning community fosters self-reliant, entrepreneurial, globally conscious, critical and innovative makers.
Iron Level Sponsors
Ron Ho Tribute, David Monette, and Brenda Mallory Rapid Fire: Tender Loving Empire”
What began in 2007 as a tiny, idealistic dream of showing the world our friends’ art and music has come to fruition in ways we didn’t know were possible, all because of the dedicated community of makers, artists, musicians, employees and customers. Tender Loving Empire was all heart at the beginning. We never set out to make a bunch of money or to take over the world. In fact we even called the business Tender Loving Empire as a reminder to ourselves and friends of what this thing would always be all about: PEOPLE and ART.”
Early Career Artists Presentation: Pocosin Arts
“Pocosin Arts is dedicated to nurturing creativity through arts education. Located a few steps from the banks of the Scuppernong River we are surrounded by water, wildlife and the natural beauty of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, making it an ideal place to leave your daily routine behind and immerse yourself in one of our creative workshops. We offer evening, weekend, one-day and one-week workshops in metals, clay, photography, drawing, painting, textiles and more. Pocosin Arts also offers artist residencies that are tailored to the needs of individual artists.”
Portfolio Reviews: United Precious Metal Refining, inc
“United is a leading supplier of master alloys, de-oxidized sterling silver, solder and wire products. In addition, United is a full-service refiner for your precious metal needs. United’s success in the precious metal industry is due to exceptional levels of detail and uncompromising customer service. The technical expertise at United is unparalleled in the jewelry industry.”