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SNAG’s 2018 Conference is Next Week!

Join us next week for our annual conference!

SNAG 2018 MADE logoSociety of North American Goldsmith’s 47th Annual Conference
MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage

May 23rd-26th, 2018
Portland, Oregon
Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Pkwy

MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage focuses on materials, art, design, and interdisciplinary collaboration. While celebrating traditional and innovative techniques alike, we seek to engage makers and other creative individuals who push the boundaries of our field with a cross-media sensibility. Portland is a city that has a strong sense of community and is home to entrepreneurs and craftspeople alike. In response to this, we invite makers who work across disciplines to explore the unforeseen directions, inventiveness, and ingenuity within the metalsmithing field.

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SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.

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SNAG 2018 Voting Now Open

The SNAG membership elects leaders for the coming years. All SNAG members have the right to vote. Online voting is open now through May 25th. Vote Now!

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New Volunteer Recognition Award Brooch Design

2018 SNAG VRA BroochBowling Green State University student Michael Nashef won a design competition held by SNAG for the 2018-2020 Volunteer Recognition Award brooch. In the Middle East and surrounding countries the term “thank you” is usually verbally pronounced in one of these three main languages: “Shukran” in Arabic, “Merci” in French, and “Thank you” in English, depending on your education level and status. 2018 SNAG VRA Brooch 2However, the main symbol or motion that everyone agrees on is the motion of putting your right hand over you heart and chest area, indicating deep gratitude from the bottom of your heart to the person who you are trying to thank. This sincere motion or symbol is a sign of respect to someone who you want to show genuine and honest appreciation for their hard work, and that you are grateful for them and what they did.

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SNAG would like to take this opportunity to recognize our Corporate Members for their support: Halstead, Pocosin Arts, and Shapeways.

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Thank You to “Metalsmith” Editor Suzanne Ramljak

SNAG would like to share a big thank you and farewell to our long-time Metalsmith Editor, Suzanne Ramljak.

Suzanne RamljakIn the fall of 2000 Suzanne Ramljak took over as the Editor of Metalsmith magazine, and our field and SNAG are both immeasurably better for it. In her seventeen years at the helm of the magazine she has edited, organized, curated and herded the cats to put together 87 issues. In doing so, she set the benchmark for critical writing in the craft world.

Suzanne was hired during my tenure as SNAG President. As I recall, hers was the first application we received, arriving two days after the job was posted. Until then we’d worried whether we’d find anyone qualified. Now here I was looking at a Fed-Ex envelope with a return address bearing the name Suzanne Ramljak. My fears dissipated at once.

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Not that we’d ever met. But I was intimately familiar with Suzanne’s work as editor of Sculpture magazine. I had also been very impressed with a critical essay she’d written for an exhibition catalog about the jewelry of Daniel Jocz. In my mind, Suzanne was the Holy Grail of editors, someone from outside our field with a deep knowledge of contemporary art, art history, sculpture and critical writing, but also someone with demonstrated interest, understanding, and appreciation of our small corner of the craft world.

What the hiring committee didn’t know was what Suzanne was like as a person. That too turned out to be something we needn’t have worried about. Suzanne, as anyone who has met her knows, is warm, charming, thoughtful, passionate, and highly intelligent. On a personal note, I’m grateful to be able to say that this writer and editor I didn’t know but admired, has become a close friend, and I thank her for the many thoughtful conversations marked by laughter that we’ve shared over the years.

On behalf of the field, I thank her for her vision, her steady hand, her innovations and insights. We will all miss her presence at SNAG conferences and other events. We will think of her with gratitude whenever our copies of Metalsmith arrive at our doors.

–Don Friedlich


Working with Suzanne over the last 4 1/2 years has been a privilege and honor. Her support and point of view of Metalsmith and the field made the magazine the publication is it today. My wholehearted thanks to Suzanne for her many years of service to SNAG and Metalsmith.

–Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, SNAG Executive Director


If you would like to reach out to Suzanne directly, she can be contacted at suzanneramljak@gmail.com