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Member Achievements – November 2019

Maya Rose WeissMaya Rose Weiss was the SNAG award recipient at the Peter’s Valley Craft Fair in September. Maya is the designer of Yayaand Jewelry. She began experimenting with weaving, knitting, crocheting and braiding, while growing up in New York State. She has always been captivated by the natural world, and deeply inspired by the alchemy of fibers, intention and the human hand. Drawn to those traditions handed down from mother to daughter, over the course of generations, she seeks to expose the reverence and mystery embedded in hand-made, intuitive forms woven around empty space. She graduated from Pratt Institute in 2018.

emiko oyeemiko oye held an exhibition entitled 2 Be Seen from October 12-November 15 at Ombré Gallery during BLINK Cincinnati. emiko invited the public, through her medium of LEGO® and imagery of eyes, to experience mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication as simple practices we can implement in our day-to-day interactions to begin to acknowledge the humanity of every person and create positive change we wish to see in the world. emiko is based in San Francisco, CA, where she runs her two businesses, emikooreware and emikooyoga

Jaydan Moore Platter ChatterJaydan Moore has been recognized by the Museum of Arts & Design as a finalist for the Burke Prize. Jaydan’s Platter / Chatter, 2018 is displayed at the museum through April 12, 2020. He also recently finished work for the MUDAC in Switzerland and will have a large piece premiered with Ornamentum at the Design/Miami fair this December. Jaydan’s website


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Clara Williams, Gemological Institute of America, Halstead, and Steven Jacob, Inc.

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Member Achievements – September 2019

Forging a LinkCappy Counard curated the exhibition Forging a Link: Metalsmiths Respond to the Mercer Collection. It is on view at the Mercer Museum in Doylestown, PA, September 28, 2019-January 5, 2020. The museum, in collaboration with Cappy, invited twenty-three blacksmiths, metalsmiths, and jewelers to create a piece of artwork directly influenced by their experience with Mercer’s collection and architecture. Participating artists are Sue Amendolara, Lynn Batchelder, Erica Bello, Melanie Bilenker, Cappy Counard, Maria Eife, Michael Gayk, Ian Henderson, Warren Holzman, Jera Lodge, Becky McDonah, Tedd McDonah, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Dan Neville, Nash Quinn, Patrick J. Quinn, Stephen Reynolds, Mike Rossi, Courtney Starrett, Katja Toporski, Pamela J. Wallace, Stacey Lee Webber and Adam Whitney. Their diverse work seeks to disrupt, question, and inject a moment of unexpected wonder into the Mercer experience while asking viewers to contemplate a broader way of thinking through the objects that connect us.

Emma-Elizabeth-1Emma Hoekstra has won the 2019 Halstead Grant for new jewelry businesses. Her company, Emma Elizabeth Jewelry, is based in Grand Rapids, MI. She graduated with a B.F.A from Grand Valley State University in 2017.

Anne Havel was honored to be one of the jurors for SNAG’s Educational Endowment Scholarships in 2019. Additionally, she created and collaborated with Martha Banyas to launch “Project Mesh,” an annual gathering of a dozen enamelists to pursue and advance the field of enamels. Anne’s work will be included in the upcoming books: The Art of Fine Enameling, Second Edition by Karen Cohen and Mastering Contemporary Jewelry Design by Loretta Lam.

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SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Clara Williams, Gemological Institute of America, Halstead, and Steven Jacob, Inc.

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Instructional Videos from UNT Metalsmithing & Jewelry Program

University of North Texas’ Metalsmithing & Jewelry Program is creating an ongoing series of instructional videos related to metalsmithing and jewelry techniques. These first three videos were created to help beginners as they learn the introductory techniques. They star Lara Asam, current MFA candidate, demonstrating basic sawing, soldering, and finishing.

Thank you to James Thurman, Lara Asam, and UNT’s Metalsmithing & Jewelry Program for sharing these videos.

Sawing

  • This video introduces beginners to the basics of sawing. Best used as supplement to in-person instruction, it can be a great reference to those just learning so they don’t forget some of the finer points while using their jeweler’s saw.

File Sand Polish 

  • This video introduces beginners to the basics of filing, sanding, and polishing. Best used as supplement to in-person instruction, it can be a great reference to those just learning so they don’t forget some of the finer points while refining their small-scale metalworks.

Soldering 

  • This video introduces beginners to the basics of soldering. Best used as supplement to in-person instruction, it can be a great reference to those just learning so they don’t forget some of the finer points while soldering.

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Member Achievements – June 2019

Jim CohenJim Cohen was recently the subject of an article and video regarding his Judaica. Jim works in Durham, where he has a studio at Liberty Arts. He describes his work as taking items and “slightly change their appearance, so that you would not expect it, but nonetheless find it interesting, beautiful, intriguing.” Read the article here

Congratulations to Luci Jockel for being selected as a shortlisted artist for the 2019 American Craft Council Emerging Voices Awards. Luci is located in Philadelphia. Her work explores the memorialization of nonhuman animals through the intimate format of jewelry.

Debbie-Sheezel-Saul Bell Design AwardDebbie Sheezel was awarded Best of Show in the 2019 Saul Bell Design Awards. Debbie’s piece “Lineal Alchemy” is shown at the right. Debbie is an Australian enamel artist.

Work by Matt Lambert is included in the exhibition “PRIED,” being held at the Society of Arts + Crafts April 25-June 30, 2019. Matt is interested in exploring the body’s potential to push the traditional preconceptions of jewelry and adornment. Matt collaborates with an array of multi-media artists to reconfigure the current cultural systems of queerness and body politics, while challenging the boundaries of craft.

Rosario GarciaRosario Garcia was awarded 2nd Place Design Excellence (4+ Years in Business) in the 2019 MJSA Vision Awards. Rosario’s Yellow and Green Gold Ring (at right) features a natural sphene at the center of a unique ring that the 18k yellow and green gold was hand-forged and engraved, and then soldered to add the granulation. Dewdrops of diamonds added the finishing touch.

Congratulations to Cassandra Adame and Galen Boone for receiving 2019 Windgate Fellowships. Each year, the Center for Craft awards ten graduating college seniors with exemplary skill in craft a Windgate Fellowship. Awardees receive $15,000 — one of the largest awards offered nationally to art students.

Anna Johnson was recognized by the 2019 Smithsonian Craft Show for focusing on sustainability and the environment. Anna creates nature-inspired jewelry with ethically sourced stones, recycled metals, and found material in a conscious effort to shift cultural values toward respect for the planet.

 


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Clara Williams, Gemological Institute of America, Halstead, and Steven Jacob, Inc.

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Member Achievements – March 2019

Brigitte Martin 2019Congratulations to Brigitte Martin, SNAG member and former SNAG Board President, for being named as the new Executive Director at the Society of Arts + Crafts in Boston.

Pam RobinsonPam Robinson is the recipient of the 2019 SNAG Volunteer Recognition Award. She will be recognized for her service to SNAG at the Membership Meeting at the SNAG conference in Chicago.

Kim NogueiraKim Nogueira will be at the Museum of Arts and Design’s upcoming show LOOT: MAD About Jewelry in April 2019 with her enameled jewelry. Kim is from a small Caribbean island and is looking forward to meeting other makers and customers. Other SNAG members at LOOT are Tara Locklear and Brooke Marks-Swanson.

Art of Metalsmithing ExposedNineteen SNAG members are included in the exhibition The Art of Metalsmithing Exposed at Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN, May 17-June 21, 2019. Betty Helen Longhi, Cynthia Eid, David Barnhill, Carol Warner, Alison Antelman, Cyd Rowley, David Huang, Harlan W. Butt, Ana M. Lopez, Michael B. Hays, Ruth Laug, Steve Shelby, Logan Woodle, Randy Stromsoe, Jack da Silva, Julie Sanford, Genevieve E. Flynn, Di-Ann Pitts Hand, and Tom Muir.

Harris - BetteridgeWesley Harris met with Canadian silversmith Lois Etherington Betteridge last fall. Lois and her husband, Keith, visited Wesley’s Mentor & Metalsmith exhibit when it was on display at the Wellington County Museum & Archives near Fergus, Ontario. This photo captured the moment.

 


SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Gemological Institute of America, Halstead, and Steven Jacob, Inc.

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