More than ten years ago, I began experimenting with the combination of paper and resin, which would ultimately become the material I have somewhat humorously named “Thurmanite®.” (Previously, I had referred to the material as “mokume-kami” but after numerous misunderstandings about the origin of the process/material, I decided to change it. In May 2012, the trademark of the material was finally approved!)
We are pleased to announce the results of the 2012 election
President-Elect: Renee Zettle-Sterling
Board Members: Brigette Martin and Marthe Le Van
Nominations & Elections Committee: Michael Dale Bernard
Obituary written by Richard Mawdsley
It is with great sadness we report the death of friend Garret DeRuiter, former SNAG board member and the first Editor of the SNAG Newsletter, after a three-year battle with bladder cancer. He fought this battle with strength, determination, and with the quirky, good-natured sense of humor that those of us who had the privilege to call him friend so admired. He died peacefully on the morning of May 1, 2012.
Garret was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois in 1940. He got his BA in design from Southern Illinois University in 1963, and was in Brent Kington’s second MFA class, graduating in 1965. He joined the faculty at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston where he taught from 1965 until his retirement in 2000.
I first got to know him at the blacksmithing workshop held at Southern Illinois University’s Little Grassy Lake summer camp in 1970. I don’t remember us introducing ourselves; we just started sharing a forge, getting filthy from the coal and the sweat. I immediately enjoyed his company. He was a generous, easy going, and his positive outlook was infectious.
At the business meeting at the end of the Tucson conference in 1980, the new SNAG Newsletter was presented to the membership for the first time. When Garret was introduced to the audience as the editor, he was fast asleep. The room was fairly large and my memory tells me it was well-populated. I don’t remember what prompted him to stir, but the entire crowd watched him sputter back to consciousness, and no one laughed more than he did. Under his leadership the newsletter became one of the important milestones that helped SNAG evolve into a more populist, relevant organization.
An accomplished artist, Garret, was an active metalsmith and exhibited extensively for many years. Garret is survived by his wife Marilyn, three daughters, and six grandchildren. One of his daughters, Margaret, followed in his footsteps. She was one of my students, graduated from SIU-C with a BFA in metals, and is an accomplished metalsmith.
William Frederick passed away on May 11, 2012. In 1946, Frederick began pursuing his BFA and MFA degrees in Art from The School of Art Institute of Chicago, where he subsequently taught for six years. He was a member of the Arts Club of Chicago and a member of Society of American Silversmiths. Among his many diverse projects as a silversmith are some 400 or more chalices that he created, never repeating a design. Consistent and distinctive in his designs is the use of the hammered surface; Frederick preferred the textured instead of the smooth, polished surface. His long career was sustained by word of mouth and the reception of many awards and articles in trade publications. Notable was the support afforded by his life partner of more than fifty years, the noted artist Ralph Arnold, who preceded him in death. Frederick’s creative importance is recognized by many clients, collectors, colleagues, and friends. His work is in several museums including the Art Institute of Chicago.
Andrew Kuebeck – Volunteer Spotlight
I graduated with my BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and my MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University in 2011. Currently I am the Artist in Residence in the Metals department at Bowling Green State University and am working on setting up my own studio. I like to work in a variety of formats ranging from functional jewelry to sculptural objects and vessels, where I enjoy the challenges of switching scale, material, and technique. Within my studio practice my research focus is the incorporation of photographic imagery into my work, switching between photographic processes from traditional to alternative depending on the piece and material I wish to work with. I have been very fortunate in having my work exhibited regionally and nationally, as well as having them appear in issues of Metalsmith and Lark Book Publications.
I first joined SNAG after my high school metals teacher gave me an extra issue of Metalsmith and I was hooked. I was drawn to the breadth of the field, the beautiful works that I saw being created, and my own belief that working in metals ensured some sort of immortality. I have had the pleasure of attending SNAG conferences and enjoy the opportunities that SNAG provides professionally, interpersonally, and educationally, and saw volunteering as a small way of giving back.