Archive for 2015
Karen Christians has released a new book called Jewelry of Burning Man. This brand new photo-rich publication is a collection of works crafted for Burning Man, the annual week-long festival held in Nevada. Burning Man is founded on the principle of communal support and generosity. Unique to Burning Man, all the jewelry featured in the book was made for the sole purpose of giving it away.
Terry Fromm has been Houston Center for for Contemporary Crafts’ resident artist for July and August. Her art is constructed from a variety of metals that are often manipulated so that they mimic the look and characteristics of other softer materials. Inspired by flowing forms observed both in nature and in draping textiles, she creates small quantities of finely crafted jewelry and small sculptural vessels.
Kaminer Haislip is a finalist for the Martha Stewart American Made Award in the Design category. Haislip is a contemporary silversmith who designs and handcrafts original, functional objects.
Anne Havel had work included in these exhibitions: In Essence: Celebrating 65 Years of Art at the Webster Estate, Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT; Force of Nature, The Karl Drerup Art Gallery, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH; Handcrafted, Maria V. Howard Arts Center, Rocky Mount, NC, where she earned an award of merit; Alchemy 3, Juried Exhibition of The Enamelist Society, Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, NH.
Younha Jung is a new resident artist at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Jung specializes in wearable modern jewelry. Her work expresses emotional changes that humans feel as part of a course of adaptation to the change in their surroundings. Currently, she is making jewelry made from re-purposed steel and found objects collected from a particular building. She will be with HCCC through May 2016.
Claudio Pino’s rings are included in the exhibit Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, PA. In addition, for the celebrations of The Canada Craft Year 2015, initiated by the Canadian Crafts Federation, Pino was invited to present his rings in the traveling exhibition Naked Craft, currently at the Art Gallery of Burlington.
Casey Sheppard is on a year-long U.S. tour to connect communities. She will be getting involved, volunteering, and teaching workshops, while keeping a blog about her travels. Casey is visiting schools, art centers and other venues to teach workshops on cold connection and found objects. She also invites students and staff to join her after the class for a tour of her traveling metal studio.
Paul J. Smith has published a book called Masters of Craft. It is a personal collection of portraits taken by Smith featuring 224 artists working in fiber, clay, glass, metal, and wood. Smith is Director Emeritus of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. Collectively the photographs illustrate makers who have much in common and who are part of a community that share friendships, interests, and a belief in the importance of the handmade object. Of the 43 metal artists included, several photos were taken at SNAG conferences.
SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Aaron Faber Gallery, Halstead, Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company, and Pocosin Arts.
Just released! An interview with SNAG Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith on BlacksmitHER Radio. Listen now
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What brought you to wanting a board position?
I want to give back to an organization that is important to me. The SNAG community has been vitally important to my development as an artist and educator.
What are your plans for board participation (your committee assignment)?
I am on the Editorial Advisory Committee of Metalsmith magazine and well as the Board Liaison to the magazine. I am also in the early stages of developing a fundraising initiative to collect scrap metal for SNAG.
What exciting, interesting, confounding things are you doing right now (in your life other than being on the board)?
I started a new job at Longwood University in Virginia. It’s a small school with fantastic studios where I am developing the metals program within the new Design in Craft major. We also have an awesome working artist residency and visiting artist program. I am excited to bring the SNAG community to my students.
My own work continues to evolve as I explore memory-inducing scent. I am creating evocative and thought provoking work that involves viewer/wearer participation.
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.