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Member Achievements – October 2020

Lisa GralnickLisa Gralnick was recently named as a winner of the 2020 American Craft Council Awards. Gralnick, a professor of Art at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a metalsmith, studio jeweler, and academic whose work challenges the monetary, cultural, and personal value of objects by transforming metals into objects of thought-provoking visual beauty.

Myra Mimlitsch-GrayMyra Mimlitsch-Gray received a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Craft/Sculpture. Mimlitsch-Gray is a Cranbrook alumna and SUNY New Paltz faculty member. The Fellowship program makes unrestricted cash grants of $7,000 to artists working in 15 disciplines, awarding Fellowships to five disciplines per year on a triennial basis.

Kyra-Martin-BefittingCongratulations to the winners of the 2020 MJSA Vision Awards Design Competition, including SNAG members Kyra Martin (Befitting ring shown here) for First Place, Future of the Industry (Student Work) and Ashley Pollack for Second Place in the same category.

jill_tower_guppyCongratulations to the SNAG members who were chosen for Interweave’s Jewelry, Bead and Gem Arts Awards. Winners included Jill Tower, Grand Prize (Fancy Guppy pendant shown here). Honorable Mentions included Susan Coddon and Saul Ellis.

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

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Member Achievements – February 2020

Mallory WestonMJ Tyson is the recipient of the Art Jewelry Forum 2020 Young Artist Award. The Young Artist Award is given to acknowledge promise, innovation, and individuality in the work of emerging artists and to advance the career of the recipient. Congratulations also to finalists Junmin Bae, Ryungjae Jung, Lore Langendries, and Mallory Weston.

Claudio PinoClaudio Pino was awarded the prestigious 2019 Jean-Marie Gauvreau Award of Excellence by the Quebec Crafts Council in December. The Prize is the highest distinction in crafts in Quebec.

Jill Herlands has been featured in some recent publications, including: 4SEE Magazine, Nylon Español, Glamour Hungary, L’Official Baltics Magazine, and Paper Magazine.

ACC Baltimore Feb 2020 awardsAt the February American Craft Show in Baltimore, the SNAG Award of Excellence in Jewelry and Metals went to Earl Jones. The Creative Spirit Abounds Award of Excellence went to Ian Henderson & Sue-Yee Leung of Zoa Chimerum Jewelry. Sarah Rachel Brown served as one of the jurors.

Members: Send your achievements to SNAG!


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

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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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