Board Member Welcome
Please join us in welcoming Todd Pownell to the board of directors.
Todd began his jewelry studies at the Bowman Technical School is Lancaster, PA, where he gained an in depth exposure to all jewelry making techniques. He completed the GIA Graduate course in Gemology, and is certified as both a Gemologist and a Gemologist Appraiser by the American Gem Society. He and his wife Debra are the founders and instructors at TAP studios, Cleveland, OH. TAP is an active jewelry workshop where beginning students learn the fundamentals of jewelry fabrication and advanced students improve their technical skills. Todd was one of two recipients of the 2013 Seth Rosenberg Prize, awarded through the Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Cuyahoga Community Partnership for Arts and Culture.
Volunteer Coordinator Welcome
Please also welcome Katie Poterala, SNAG’s new Volunteer Coordinator. We have needs for short-term and long-term help with SNAG projects, programs and other areas. And we have lots of members with various skills and interests who really want to get involved with the organization.
We want to find out more about you and find a volunteer spot that fits you. It can be as simple as helping staff a booth or table when we’re at a show, or working with the office staff on things that need an extra hand (even long distance), or perhaps you’d like to get more involved with a project. For example, just recently Katie secured a volunteer who will handle getting SNAG’s press releases out to the community trumpeting what we’re doing, someone who is making a Powerpoint presentation of work featured in our Maker Profile Pages for the conference, and other folks who are volunteering to work with SNAG’s Social Media Officer, Loring Taoka, to create a vibrant online social community that will serve the interests of the membership.
If you want to get involved, we have lots of ways to use your enthusiasm and skill. We have a page on the SNAG website where soon we’ll post current volunteer openings with brief job descriptions, and an email leading to Katie. In the meantime, if you want to get in touch with Katie, her email address is volunteercoordinator@
Online voting in this year’s election opened on May 1st. There are open seats on the board of directors and the Nominations & Elections Committee, plus several ballot measures for revisions to the Constitution and Bylaws. We have three easy ways for you to vote: online voting, voting onsite at the conference, and mail in ballots. If you prefer to mail in a ballot, contact Tara Jecklin and she’ll get that to you asap. All mail in ballots must be postmarked no later than May 7th.
Voting is important. If you want a voice in the discussions and decisions made by the board, then exercise your right to vote. We strongly urge every member, including all student members, to take time to read what the candidates say and then VOTE.
See below for more information about the candidates and proposed amendments.
We’ve got a sneak preview of our 2013 Trunk Show in Toronto on our website. A smorgasbord of work, and prices for every pocketbook.
You won’t want to miss this retail sales venue for established and emerging artists, superstars and fast rising talent. Janis Kerman, Donna D’Aquino, Studio Huddle, Sheila Summerlin, Analya Cespedes, Paul McClure and many more. Come shop and purchase work directly from the artists.
Images: K Claire MacDonald, Yuliya Chorna, Christine Bossler, Emily Gill, and Rachel Timmins
Open to the public and conference goers. This year we’re spreading the word about the Trunk Show via the Toronto International Jewellery Festival as well as street-side windows of the Royal York Hotel.
Saturday May 18, 3:30 to 6:00, at the Royal York Hotel
This year the SNAG membership will be voting for two members of the Board of Directors and one member of the Nominations & Elections Committee.
We’ve got information about the 2013 candidates for the Board of Directors and the Nominations & Elections Committee on our website. Be sure to also read the board candidates’ responses to five questions, such as “What projects, activities and services do you think are [most] important to SNAG” and “How does your professional experience represent the various constituencies of the SNAG membership?”
Our three candidates for the board are:
Jim is presently an Associate Professor at California University of Pennsylvania. He has also worked as a bench jewelr, organized and curated exhibitions, taught public school, and chaired a non-profit art center.
Becky is Head of the Metals Area at Millersville University in Pennsylvania. She came to Millersville after years of heading the department at Arizona State University, and she was one of the co-chairs of the SNAG 2012 conference in Phoenix/Scottsdale.
and Rachel Timmins
Rachel graduated last December from Towson University with an MFA in Studio Art (Metals Concentration), and has hit the ground running. With an impressive list of exhibitions, publications, and other experience under her belt, she regularly teaches digital and multi-media workshops, and is busy with both commissioned custom work and her own pieces.
Read about our three candidates for the NEC as well:
and Laura Wood
Voting information is coming soon.
SNAG Dialogue with Goldsmiths
In SNAG’s ongoing effort to listen to what the past and current SNAG membership is interested in, we initiated a discussion forum on Facebook in 2012 in which we consult with members of the larger metalsmithing community about currently offered SNAG programs.
This group allows for the metalsmithing community to have a direct communication pipeline to the SNAG Board and to weigh in and add constructive ideas to new programs that would benefit a wide range of metalsmiths. In turn, the Facebook group members (some of whom are not current members and therefore out of the information pipeline) receive the most current information about the newest SNAG initiatives under way.
Out of the Facebook initiative grew a core group of 8 people (4 past and current SNAG members as well as 3 SNAG board members and the Executive Director) who now regularly engage in in-depth programming discussions, the goal of which is to identify and implement exciting new SNAG programming that will add significant benefits for a wide segment of the metalsmithing community.
We are currently working cooperatively on some really good ideas and hope to make them public soon. Something to look forward to! (more…)
Author: Brent Kington
Harry Bober (1915-1988) was born in Brooklyn, New York. He entered the City University of New York with a desire to study painting. He was encouraged by the chair of the CUNY art department to change his major to art history. He received his M.A. in 1940. During W.W.II he served in the U.S. Navy. After the war Bober continued his studies in art history and earned his Ph.D. from NYU in 1949.
Harry’s scholarly interest was in medieval art. His dissertation was on the medieval Book of Hours. During his long and distinguished career he authored numerous scholarly papers, articles and books. He taught at Queen’s College, Smith College, John Hopkins University and Harvard University. In 1954 he joined the NYU faculty as a professor of medieval art at the Institute of Fine Arts. He remained there until his death in 1988. In 1964 Bober was named the first Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities at NYU. In addition to his academic career Harry was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the International Foundation for Art Research.
During his life Harry was active as a consultant to museums, private collectors and art dealers. He assembled a fine collection of mediaeval art. A number of his pieces were included in the 1968 Metropolitan Museum’s exhibition of medieval art assembled from private collections. In 1975 Harry was invited to curate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition entitled “The Passover: An Exhibition” for which he authored the catalog for the exhibition.
I first met Harry in the early 1960’s when he was invited by Southern Illinois University Department of Art to serve as a distinguished visiting scholar teaching a series of seminars on medieval art. Early in his residency I looked up from my work in my studio to find him watching me. He asked me about a sterling toy I was working on and expressed interest in my metal working processes. That discussion was the first of many to follow. He was interested in metal forming, joining, and embellishing techniques. Often our discussions would lead me to demonstrate various aspects of metalwork that especially interested him. Prior to our first meeting I had read the book, On Divers Arts: The Treatise of Theophilus written by a Benedictine monk in 1100AD. The book consists of three sections, one on painting, another on glass, and the last on metalwork. All three media topics were concerned with the execution of religious art. We had many discussions of that book as well as conversations on ancient and medieval metal work. His knowledge of medieval icons and stylistic images was fascinating to me. He had an indepth knowledge of The Sutton Hoo Treasure and was kind to answer my many questions about the find.
During one of our early planning sessions for the first SNAG conference I was named the conference chairman. I suggested the Harry Bober be invited to be the keynote speaker. I felt that a presentation on The Sutton Hoo Treasure would be of great interest to an audience of metalsmiths. Harry was delighted to be invited and was so pleased to participate that he remained a friend of SNAG for a number of years.
From the early 60s into the 70s Harry and I developed a friendship staying in touch by phone calls and lunching together when I was in New York. He owned a piece of my work and generously introduced my work to gallery owners, collectors and his friends. The last time I saw Harry was during the 1971 SNAG conference at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Bob Ebendorf had also developed a friendship with Harry and invited him to be a guest at SNAG’s 1971 conference banquet. Bob remembers conversations with Harry about enamel on medieval metalwork. Harry was particularly passionate about enamels, I expect because of the relationship to the pictorial imagery found in Illuminated books.
Harry had a long and very distinguished career. As a scholar he made many important and valued contributions to his field of study. He was certainly a friend of SNAG, understanding the mission of the studio artist/craftsman working in the media of metal. As an advocate of our field he is certainly deserving of the honor of being given the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.