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SNAG Celebrates: Corkie Bolton

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SNAG is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019 and is honoring its membership by highlighting different artists on the SNAG website.

Corkie Boton

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Please introduce yourself.
My name is Corkie Bolton and I first started creating jewelry at Ossining High School back in 2002. I fell in love and went on to major in Jewelry Making at Pratt Institute. I love working in silver and gold because you can create an heirloom quality piece that can last for generations. I am also the founder of Metalsmith Society, an Instagram community where jewelers and hobbyists can ask questions, share information and learn.

Garnet Serpent 2019 photo credit @made_x_mason

Garnet Serpent, 2019, photo credit @made_x_mason


What are some goals that you have while creating your work? Are there any concepts that you are particularly interested in?
I have always enjoyed learning new fabrication techniques and improving my skills, so I explore many different methods in my work. The desire to improve a skill set, like a specific stone setting can inspire an entire collection.

What does your work mean to you? Why create these objects?
I’ve always felt that urge to create things since I was young, if I’m not creating jewelry I’m knitting or sewing or building a block tower with my kids. To be able to create jewelry that people spend their hard earned money on and make a part of their everyday life is truly an honor and fills me with pride. However even if I never sold a piece, I’d still have to make things because of how happy the process makes me.

Peony Ring 2019 photo credit @made_x_mason

Peony Ring, 2019, photo credit @made_x_mason


How has the field of metalsmithing and jewelry evolved since you began your career?
Back in 2007 when I graduated from Pratt the economy took a huge hit, I began to see the era of jewelers selling wholesale to tons of retailers die down. Social media became huge and and at the same time more and more brick and mortars sadly closed. Many jewelers now rely on a direct-to-customer business model. Selling to customers directly from my Instagram account @corkieboltonjewelry is my primary source of sales.

What are your plans for the future? Is there anything specific that you hope to accomplish in the next year?
In 2019 I took an engraving course at GRS Training Center with Sam Alfano, so I’m excited to practice these new skills and see how my work will evolve. My goal for 2020 is to produce small collections every other month comprised of 3-10 one-of-a-kinds. These collections will allow me to focus on a specific idea or technique.

Zinnia Sapphire Necklace 2019 photo credit @eastern.native

Zinnia Sapphire Necklace, 2019, photo credit @eastern.native


How and when did first gain a membership with SNAG?
November 2019! I am excited to be a SNAG member and hope to attend the conference one day!

To learn more about Corkie and her work, visit

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2019 NYCJW SNAG Events

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Meet up with SNAG during these events at the 2019 New York City Jewelry Week:

Wednesday November 20th from 10 am – 12 pm, Pratt Institute, Design Center Gallery
Writing Workshop with Metalsmith Editor, Adriane Dalton – Free and Open to the Public

Have you ever found yourself awestruck by a jewelry object but struggled to describe the piece and experience? Have you ever found yourself surrounded by captivating objects but feeling disengaged due to “gallery fatigue?” Join Metalsmith editor Adriane Dalton for an interactive, object-based workshop aimed at deepening skills for thinking, talking, and writing about jewelry.

Friday November 22nd from 10 am – 12 pm, Pratt Manhattan 14th Street Gallery
In Conversation with SNAG’s Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith and Editor, Adriane Dalton – Free and Open to the Public

The ways artists in the field of jewelry and metals sustain their practices and businesses are drastically changing. How can SNAG, as the largest non-profit organization in the field of art/contemporary jewelry, provide the support you need to be successful? Join us for a lively discussion about future possibilities and innovative solutions for surviving and thriving in the field of jewelry and metals. We welcome all thoughts and opinions with open ears and open minds.

Saturday November 23 from 10 am – 12 pm, Ombré Gallery – 2 Rivington Street
SNAG Meet and Greet Brunch Style with Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith and Editor, Adriane Dalton – Free and Open to the Public
Please join Ombré Gallery and SNAG for a Brunch Meet and Greet on November 23rd from 10 am – 12 pm. Come mingle with your community, enjoy some brunch themed beverages and bites, and see the two amazing exhibitions on display at this pop-up gallery space: GLOSSY and emiko oye’s 2 Be Seen.

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Thank you to Pratt Institute and Ombré Gallery for supporting SNAG’s events at NYCJW.

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Help Us Gain 50 Members for SNAG’s 50th!

As part of SNAG Membership Month (October 15-November 30, 2019), we have set a goal of gaining 50 members for SNAG’s 50th Anniversary!


We need your help to reach that goal.

Here are some ideas of what you can do:

  • Let friends and colleagues in the field know about SNAG and encourage them to join (or rejoin).
  • Share SNAG on social media.
  • Encourage students to join.
  • Ask your school or business to become an Organization or Corporate member.
  • Organize a meet up.

We invite everyone to join SNAG – jewelers, designers, collectors, educators, students, metalsmiths and others. SNAG is for everyone with an interest in the art and craft of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing. SNAG embraces all metals, multiple alternative materials, and different sizes and scale.

Expanding membership will help SNAG develop a stronger foundation and strengthen the benefits offered to all members. Thank you for helping us spread the word!

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SNAG Membership Month Special!

October 15 through November 30, 2019 is SNAG Membership Month!


For new and expired members we have a special offer — Join or rejoin SNAG between October 15th and November 30th and you will be entered into a drawing for these prizes:
-2020 SNAG Philadelphia conference basic registration waiver
-1/4 page ad in Metalsmith or Metalsmith Tech magazine
-1-year free membership (applied to your next year)
-2017 Jewelry & Metals Survey book (two available)

Ready to be a part of SNAG?

New Members: Join Here

Lapsed Members: Rejoin Here

See the full list of membership benefits.

Are You a Student?
There is an additional discount when four or more students sign up at the same time. Students signing up this way will be included in the prize drawing. Plus the school with the most sign-ups this Fall will receive an Organization membership and some Metalsmith magazines!

Questions? Please contact SNAG.

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SNAG is Looking for Help at SOFA

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Every year SNAG hosts an information table at SOFA Chicago. This year we are looking for someone to oversee the volunteers and the table display.

SOFA Volunteer Coordinator assignments:

  • Set up the SNAG table between 9 am-12 pm on Thursday, October 31st, 2019.
  • Be the volunteer who sits at the table during the VIP Hour on Thursday evening from 5- 9 pm.
  • Oversee the table and volunteers during the rest of the weekend from 10 am-7 pm Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd, and Sunday, November 3rd from 12-6 pm.
  • Pack up the materials and banner at 6 pm on Sunday and label them for FedEx pickup.

This position does not require you sit at the table the whole time. It does give you access to SOFA each day, plus VIP access to many special activities and the VIP Lounge. SNAG will cover your parking while at SOFA and you can record your volunteer hours with SNAG, earning hours towards a free membership, conference waiver, and more! You will be the official badge holder for SNAG during the weekend and the on-site point person for all volunteers. Typically we fill all volunteer slots, but we do need a person on-site in case something comes up or a volunteer misses their shift.

If you are interested in this volunteer coordinator position for SOFA, please email SNAG’s Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith by October 15, 2019.