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"Y" Pendant with Diamonds By The Yard
Ruth Taubman

Case of the Nomads Residence with Casey Shepard, Get Lost, Do Art

January 9, 2017 by Julie Sanford

Get Lost, Do Art COTNs ResidencySpend 7 days off the grid with Nomadic Artist Casey Sheppard in Southern California at Joshua Tree National Park. Casey has lived the nomad life since July 2015 in her converted van, spending much time away from society which has greatly influenced her as a maker, artist and person. The purpose of this residencies is to allow artists the opportunity to explore limitations as creative outlets, learn how to use less, to connect with nature and to become exposed to the minimalist lifestyle. Resident will stay in a tent at a primitive campsite with Casey and India. We will bring in/out all necessities along with trash. Time will be spent in the back country hiking, exploring, spending time getting lost (figuratively) in nature and creating. Tent (Big Agnes), sleeping bag, pillow, lights, camp stove (BioLite), water, sunscreen and transportation to campsite are provided. Resident may only bring a small bag NO LARGER than a carry on : 10" D x 16" W x 24" L and must pay for their own travel to Joshua Tree or Palm Springs, California, food for a week and provide any materials wanted/needed. Please be minimal, the point of this residency is to push yourself as an artist and human with using less. Cell phones may or may not work and charging of devices will be limited. Prepare yourself for separation from your phone, social media and FaceBook. Don't worry, you can post all you want when you get home! Casey is also CPR/First Aide certified. And be prepared for a fun, exciting and new adventure!!!Selection Process : One person will be selected for this residency by Casey. Selection will be made without regard to race, religion, gender, marital status, or age; however, applicants must possess the ability, skills and experience to fully participate in the back country and desert. Newbies are welcome to apply but must be physically and mentally welcoming to new adventures and experiences. Dates : Application Due Date : January 25th 2017 Notification : February 14th 2017 Residency Date/Length : March 29th - April 4th 2017 : 7 Days

2017 SNAG Conference, Registration is now open!

July 15, 2016 by Julie Sanford

May 24-27, 2017 New Orleans Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LANicknamed the Big Easy, New Orleans is known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene, and exceptional cuisine. A melting pot of French, African, and American cultures, it is one of the countrys most culturally and historically-rich cities. Its beauty, mystery and continuous regeneration is the perfect backdrop and inspiration for SNAGs 46th conference, NEXUS: A Connection of Ideas.Nexus: A Connection of Ideas will focus on motivating thinkers, collectors, and makers to bring new and old, materials, techniques, and ideas together in a true New Orleans celebration.

Jewelry and Objects Exhibition 2016

April 29, 2016 by Christine Bossler

The Michigan Silversmiths Guild is pleased to present the Jewelry and Objects 2016 exhibition, juried by Billie Thiede. The exhibition will be held at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI from September 9 to October 15, 2016. The J&O show is a competitive metalsmithing and jewelry exhibition sponsored by The Michigan Silversmiths Guild in Collaboration with the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. The Juror Billie Theide is Professor of Art and Chair of Crafts and Metal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and a BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She is the recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and five Artists Fellowship Grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Her creative work has been included in over four hundred invitational, competitive, group, and one-person exhibitions. She is a Distinguished Member and Past-President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

David Huang Vessel Chasing with Microcrystalline Wax

  • When: June 5-7, 2017
  • Where: Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Using pre-made spun copper vessels, this workshop will explore how to embellish the form with designs and textures created using the technique known as chasing. In place of traditional pitch we will be using a microcrystalline wax, one commonly used in bronze casting. During the course of the workshop we will cover the basics of making ones own chasing tools, and participants will have the opportunity to make some if they wish. We will also cover how to finish a vessel edge by soldering on a wire rim.