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SNAG Celebrates: Carissa Hussong

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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.

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Please introduce yourself.
My name is Carissa Hussong and I am the Executive Director of the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN. I did not follow a logical path to my current position. In college, I thought I wanted to be a magazine editor and majored in English Literature. Immediately after graduating, I went back to school to get a second degree in Art History, followed by a curatorial fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY) and a series of internships and paid positions with various arts organizations, including ArtFair/Seattle (Seattle, WA), Gagosian Gallery (New York, NY) and the Dixon Gallery and Gardens (Memphis, TN). While overseeing the UrbanArt Commission, I earned my final degree, an MBA, which, along with the writing skills my first degree drilled into me, has proved invaluable in running a non-profit arts organization.

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Blacksmithing apprentice Ann Klicka gives a forging demonstration for a group of seniors. Photo courtesy of the Metal Museum.

 

Prior to joining the Metal Museum, I was the founding director of the UrbanArt Commission, which was created to develop and oversee the City of Memphis’s percent for art program. Although I had worked with the former director of the Museum, commissioning several projects, I was definitely an outsider. My background was deeply rooted in “contemporary fine art” – and there was a rumor that I would throw a pile of rebar into a corner and call it art. I was careful and absorbed as much as I could about metalworking, making sure I understood how objects were made and what constituted good craftsmanship. As we have developed our exhibitions and collections policies over the past few years, we have clearly defined this commitment to both the process and the object, making sure that anything we collect or exhibit illustrates fine craftsmanship and aesthetics. Sometimes this means acknowledging our limited knowledge and relying on the expertise of others.

I am not sure what my area of expertise is. It is certainly not metalsmithing. While taking my first blacksmithing class after joining the Museum, the staff joked that I better be “a better fundraiser than blacksmith or we were all in trouble.”  I think we have done pretty well together.

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New Membership Rates for 2020

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Please note that SNAG will implement a “cost of living” increase for some membership rates beginning January 15, 2020.

  • Standard: 1-year North American currently $94 will be $99; 1-year International currently $109 will be $114; 2-year North American currently $179 will be $184; 2-year International currently $209 will be $214
  • Dual: North American currently $154 will be $159; International currently $169 will be $174
  • Organization: North American currently $225 will be $250; International currently $365 will be $390
  • Corporate: North American currently $500 will be $525; International currently $640 will be $665
  • Student: no changes
  • Emerging: no changes
  • Metalsmith magazine subscription only: no changes

You may wish to renew your membership prior to January 15, 2020 to take advantage of the current rate. Thank you for your continued membership! Renew Now


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SNAG Celebrates: Corkie Bolton

SNAG Celebrates

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 www.corkieboltonjewelry.com


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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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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.