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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.

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

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SNAG Hires New Editor for Metalsmith and Metalsmith Tech

EmilyZilberSNAG is pleased to announce its new Editor, Emily Zilber. Emily currently serves as the Ronald C. and Anita L. Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She has served in that position for 7 years. Emily was the Assistant Curator at Cranbrook Art Museum before her position at the MFA. Emily has edited and written numerous publications, articles, exhibition texts, including the catalog for Crafted: Objects in Flux (2015), Contemporary Highlights from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2016), “Craft’s Restless Boundaries” in Crafting A Continuum: Rethinking Contemporary Craft (2013), and “Curator’s Eye: Thomas Gentille,Modern Magazine (Summer 2012).

The Editor position at SNAG recently was reorganized to become a full-time position overseeing the editorial content of the award winning Metalsmith magazine, the launch of a new publication Metalsmith Tech, and the annual Jewelry and Metals Survey (JaMS).

Executive Director, Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith says, “Emily is a well respected curator with a great history of strong craft focused exhibitions, including the creation of the Daphne and Peter Farago Gallery, which displayed contemporary craft including works from the Daphne Farago collection of studio jewelry, the integration of craft into the new Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art at the MFA, and Crafted: Objects in Flux, which focused on 40 craft artists, including jewelers and metalsmiths, working at the borders of craft, art, and design. Emily will bring her own voice to these SNAG publications and I am looking forward to seeing what develops under her direction.”

“I am honored to join Metalsmith and the SNAG team, especially at a time of exciting change for the organization. I look forward to growing Metalsmith’s vital voice in a way that serves the diverse SNAG community and warmly welcomes new readers. I am eager to work with SNAG to develop innovative new publications, platforms, and conversation spaces that can shape and engage the field in meaningful ways,” says Emily.

Emily will begin her position on November 27, 2017 as a part-time employee and move into the position full-time April 1, 2018.