Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors!
Interested in becoming a 2018 SNAG Conference sponsor? Please contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Titanium Level Sponsor: Rio Grande
“At Rio, we believe in jewelers. In the digital age, perhaps this is a radical idea. But we remain committed to supporting anyone who has ever picked up a piece of metal and made something wearable. We exist to support the bench jeweler, the jewelry designer, the retail jeweler and the jewelry manufacturer. We stand for makers who create with their hands and their hearts and who are courageous enough to make jewelry their livelihood.
Why do we choose to work this way? Because we know that the work you do is important. After all, jewelry is more than fashion. It is art. It is history. It is a story. The pieces you make become heirlooms that transcend time. They capture stories and encapsulate them in metal. We work as a behind-the-scenes character in your own story as a jeweler, and we are proud to support you, your work and your business in every way we can. Follow #RioJeweler on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for stories from the Rio jeweler community.”
Gold Level Sponsors
Conference Tote Bags
“B Golden Jewelry School has a talented list of teachers who regularly conduct classes and workshops throughout the year. Each instructor has been chosen to work with us due to their particular skill set and expertise which gives our students the ability to explore a wide range of techniques and mediums. In the heart of Sugar House is 1400 square feet of creative space filled with jewelry making tools and equipment!
Classes at B Golden Jewelry School are small, 5-10 students max, so students have individualized attention creating an engaging learning environment. We also offer classes and private lessons to fit your schedule . Ages 8 – 12 are welcome with adult supervision, 13+ can take the class on their own.
After you have taken classes studio rental is available. If there is a class you would like to see offered please contact us! We love student requests and appreciate your interest!”
“Wholesale jewelry supplies for professionals. Metalsmiths love our jewelry wire and wholesale findings. Glass artisans shop here for our jewelry chain and silver bails. Chain maille artists come here for jump rings and jewelry making tools. Beading enthusiasts know us for our wholesale beads and sterling silver beads. Jewelry designers bookmark us as a resource for our jewelry trends analysis and designer tools. And new designers compete annually for The Halstead Grant awarded to a new jeweler in the trade each summer. We specialize in gold filled and sterling silver jewelry making supplies.”
Room Keys and Final Night Dance Party
Bill Gangi Multi-Sensory Arts
“We offer both one of a kind and production quantity goods. We always strive to cut the finest rough available to our high lapidary standards; and at competitive prices. As an exhibiting member of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), we support full disclosure on all gem treatments. As a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), we support the education of young metalsmiths. We have been mining, cutting and designing unique gemstones and inventive techniques for the jewelry trade since 1979.”
Silver Level Sponsors
ACC Fellow Speaker, Thomas Gentille
American Craft Council
“We see the big picture. For more than 75 years, the American Craft Council has championed craft. Our founder, Aileen Osborn Webb, recognized the significant impact craft has on individuals and communities, and established a nonprofit to preserve, cultivate, and celebrate this communal heritage. Today, our efforts span the nation. We support professional makers through our unique nonprofit shows. We offer educational resources, including a one-of-a-kind library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs. Our national awards spotlight emerging artists and honor masters. And we promote the handmade through our resource-rich website and award-winning magazine, American Craft.”
Conference Student Scholarships
Charon Kransen established Charon Kransen Arts in New York City in 1993, in order to promote exciting jewelry from around the world in North America. The work is presented annually at various American art fairs, such as SOFA New York, SOFA Chicago, SOFA Santa Fe and Art Palm Beach and the Int. Art and Design Fair in New York and at select galleries specializing in contemporary crafts and design.
“If you are looking for Quality Jewelry Supplies, Otto Frei is your source. We specialize in Platinum and 18 Karat Wholesale Findings, and the finest Quality Jewelers Tools from around the world. Otto Frei has over 80 years of history to back up our superior knowledge, service and technical expertise. Our product mix is unique in the industry, as we carry the most complete selections of the fine Quality Jewelry Tools available anywhere. Check out our selection of Bezel Blocks in our Forming Tools Category which also features our Drawplate selection. And don’t miss our huge selection of Grobet Swiss Made Files or our famous collection of John Frei Custom Workbenches. All our products are backed up with an outstanding inventory, competitive pricing, and our Satisfaction Guarantee.”
Bronze Level Sponsors
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
In 2012, the historic campus of the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts marked its 100th year as a place of education. The spirit of this heritage permeates the grounds, buildings and even the mountain air. The early years were about general education in a settlement school setting, but curriculum was soon added in mountain handicrafts to preserve skills and provide vehicles of livelihood for area residents. In 1945, the signature summer workshop program was launched during a period of revival in craft education and the school was opened to people from all over the United States who traveled to take art classes in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains. Sixty-seven years later, that workshop program has evolved into the extensive summer and fall course offerings of more than 130 classes in contemporary art and crafts.”
Juried Student Exhibition
“The Canadian Gemmological Association was founded in 1958 by Dean S.M. Field. Since its inception, the CGA has provided top-tier training in gemmology to the Canadian community. Programs and activities cater to those already directly involved with, or planning to enter, the gem and jewellery industry, as well as to individuals and hobbyists seeking a better appreciation of gems and possible new career opportunities within gemmology.”
Early Career Artists and J. Fred Woell Documentary Premiere:
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school located on the Atlantic Ocean in Deer Isle, Maine. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking and more. Programs range from short workshops to two-week sessions and anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.”
Meetings a la carte
“Unlimited options, exceptional service, commitment to value. We can help you make your event a complete triumph. And we’ll keep it stress-free for you. We can make this promise because we share over 20 years of professional experience with an absolute commitment to customer service. We know our job is to make you look your best.”
Teresa Frye's Presentation
“MJSA is the U.S. trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design. By tapping into the collective strength of the association community, our members find the expertise, connections, and resources needed to make and sell great jewelry, profitably.”
The Welcome Reception
Portland Jewelry Symposium
“Methods for jewelry manufacturing are changing rapidly. New technologies and artistic trends coupled with an increased competitive environment require that businesses stay current to remain at the top of their field. The Portland Jewelry Symposium is a one-of-a-kind event that brings together custom jewelers, designers, and retailers to do just that. We like to think of it as the “Great Think Tank” for jewelers that are passionate about their craft. Come join us for a day full of knowledge, inspiration and networking with like-minded peers from across the nation!”
Pewter Level Sponsor
Aaron Faber Gallery
“Aaron Faber Gallery New York celebrates the artistry of jewelry and watch design through its extensive collection of 20th and 21st-century fine jewelry and collectible timepieces. We invite you to view and enjoy some of the extraordinary jewelry presented in our gallery every day.”
Creative Side Jewelry Academy
“Creative Side Jewelry Academy began in 2006 when Director and custom jewelry maker, Courtney Gray, decided to open the doors of her studio for other jewelry artists to collaborate, share equipment, learn, and teach new skills. The intention of Creative Side is to provide a comfortable, fun, professional and creatively inspiring studio space where anyone can come learn, begin and build a skill set and career in the ever-expanding craft of jewelry making.”
Jewelry Creations Workshop
“At JCW we educate individuals in the art of jewelry making and empower originals (you) under a creative and collaborative workspace where students, designers, and professionals can come together to LEARN, CREATE, and SHARE. We are located in North Miami in a spacious workshop that is easily accessible to Miami-Dade and Broward. Our studio offers jewelry classes which are tailored specially to each student. Classes are taught by trained professionals, our director, Steven Brownlee, resident instructors, and visiting instructors on a rotating basis that cater to all levels and interests.”
Education Resource Room
“Mendocino Art Center is an educational institution that fosters engagement, exploration and excellence in the arts. We create, teach, exhibit, and preserve art; and cultivate a vibrant regional arts environment to ensure access to all people, enrich each visitor’s experience, and preserve the community’s artistic heritage.”
Teresa Frye's Presentation
“Metalwerx is an innovative school and community studio for jewelry making and metal arts, located in Waltham, Massachusetts. We are dedicated to providing a welcoming, creative, and well-equipped environment where outstanding instructors, inquisitive students, and dedicated practitioners can inspire each other in the pursuit of jewelry and metalworking skills.”
Ron Ho: Becoming Chinese, A Jeweler’s Tale
“Mission: To promote excellence of design and craftsmanship, and to stimulate public appreciation of and interest in fine craft.
Northwest Designer Craftsmen (NWDC) was founded in 1954 to promote excellence of design and craftsmanship and to stimulate public appreciation and interest in fine craft. Artists in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska, who work professionally in clay, wood, glass, metal, fiber, and/or mixed media, are members. Other members support the crafts in the Pacific Northwest as educators, managers of non-profit arts organizations, or buyers of art for public or private collections. Northwest Designer Craftsmen is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.”
Party On the Hill at OCAC
Oregon College of Art and Craft
Oregon College of Art and Craft is dedicated to Craft as the creative material practice at the core of art and design. OCAC’s mentor-based learning community fosters self-reliant, entrepreneurial, globally conscious, critical and innovative makers.
Lunchtime Talk: Cerf+
“Peters Valley School of Craft is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation, founded in 1970 in partnership with the National Park Service to promote and encourage education and excellence in craft. From our humble beginnings as an artist colony to our recognition today as an internationally renowned center of fine craft, our presence in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area defines Peters Valley and the experience for our visitors, resident artists and students. “
“Matt Stuller founded Stuller, Inc. in 1970. From our manufacturing and administrative headquarters in Lafayette, Louisiana, we provide next-day delivery of more than 200,000 different items to over 40,000 jewelry professionals worldwide.
We own five operations — three in North America, one in Bangkok, Thailand, and one in Barcelona, Spain. Through these, we provide a complete range of products and services for jewelry professionals including design technology and comprehensive CAD/CAM Services that meet each jeweler’s need for customization. Stuller’s core product categories include: bridal jewelry, mountings, jewelry, diamonds, gemstones, findings, metals, tools, supplies, and digital solutions.”
Iron Level Sponsor
“Our bachelor of fine arts (BFA) in studio art with an emphasis in metals trains you in using the hand as well as the computer to produce meticulously crafted, wearable, decorative, and sculptural objects using a range of traditional and contemporary materials and processes.
Ball State’s metals and jewelry program offers you the opportunity to explore processes, designs, and aesthetics in stunning, intimate detail. From ring or box design to larger conceptual work, metals design has exceptional opportunities for creative expression. The metals program at Ball State combines your personal and professional goals with strong technical, design, and communication skills.”
“Convey is a powerful connection platform that replaces business cards and static contacts with live, dynamic connections so you and your team can build stronger, more valuable professional and personal relationships.”
“Established in 1931, GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. A public benefit, nonprofit institute, GIA is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry.”
Early Career Artists Presentation
“Pocosin Arts is dedicated to nurturing creativity through arts education. Located a few steps from the banks of the Scuppernong River we are surrounded by water, wildlife and the natural beauty of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, making it an ideal place to leave your daily routine behind and immerse yourself in one of our creative workshops. We offer evening, weekend, one-day and one-week workshops in metals, clay, photography, drawing, painting, textiles and more. Pocosin Arts also offers artist residencies that are tailored to the needs of individual artists.”
Ron Ho Tribute, David Monette, and Brenda Mallory Rapid Fire
Tender Loving Empire”
What began in 2007 as a tiny, idealistic dream of showing the world our friends’ art and music has come to fruition in ways we didn’t know were possible, all because of the dedicated community of makers, artists, musicians, employees and customers. Tender Loving Empire was all heart at the beginning. We never set out to make a bunch of money or to take over the world. In fact we even called the business Tender Loving Empire as a reminder to ourselves and friends of what this thing would always be all about: PEOPLE and ART.”
United Precious Metal Refining, inc
“United is a leading supplier of master alloys, de-oxidized sterling silver, solder and wire products. In addition, United is a full-service refiner for your precious metal needs. United’s success in the precious metal industry is due to exceptional levels of detail and uncompromising customer service. The technical expertise at United is unparalleled in the jewelry industry.”