Archive for 2016
The Brockway Center for Arts and Technology (BCAT) is home to the newest Metal Arts Studio in western Pennsylvania. Part of the National Center for Arts and Technology system, which originated in Pittsburgh, BCAT is the first and currently only center of its kind with a metalsmithing program. The metals studio officially opened in June 2015, joining the then two year old Ceramics program and adult job training programs. Our state of the art facility was designed and run by current Teaching Artist Liz Steiner.
The BCAT Metal Arts studio serves both youth and adults, with our main focus being students in grades 9-12. Our mission is to inspire youth through the arts and provide active mentorship as practicing artists as well as instructors. Students are welcome everyday after school to come work in either the metals or ceramics studio, or both, as well as during our five week Summer Intensive. Students are provided with materials and individualized instruction and guidance on bringing their ideas to life. We also expose our students to the world outside the studio through field trips to colleges, museums, and conferences. Everything is at no cost to the students.
BCAT also has opportunities available for emerging and established artists though our exhibitions, residency and visiting artist programs. Residents are given studio access and living accommodations in exchange for 25 hours of volunteer work a week. Residents are also given the opportunity to teach adult classes and workshops for pay. Workshops vary by visiting artist, and are open to the public as well as our high school students. Visiting artists include Ken Bova (pictured at right), and Casey Sheppard, with Josh Kosker scheduled to present this June. Exhibitions rotate every 6-8 weeks, and include invitationals, themed juried shows, both high school and collegiate level student shows, and solo exhibitions.
The Metal Arts program is designed to expose students and the community to the broadest definition of art jewelry and metalsmithing. We instruct our students in all manner of traditional and non-traditional techniques from fabrication, casting, enameling, and forming to found objects. The studio is equipped with 15 individual student benches, each with its own set of hand tools. Students are welcome to make jewelry or objects from non-ferrous metals. We do our best to individualize instruction as much as we can so that the students are free to follow their own interests.
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.”
Ethical Metalsmiths and SNAG are once again teaming up for a unique fundraiser and WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Spring 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.
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!