Year: 2012

“The Advantages of TIG Welding Forms for Enameling” By Sean Macmillan

Last summer, I was awarded a Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Faculty Professional Development Grant to experiment with enamelling on complex fabricated forms. This grant allowed me to experiment on large scale, hammer formed and welded objects.

In Remembrance: Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge, Director of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, died on September 8, 2012, after a battle with cancer. He was 69. Bill joined Cooper-Hewitt at a critical juncture, overseeing the completion of a $54 million fundraising campaign for the Museum’s…

Member Achievements – October 2012

Kristin Diener’s Ring Form: Contraption was recently included in the book “Showcase 500 Rings: New Directions in Art Jewelry” published by Lark Crafts.  This book can be found in stores or online at   Sophie Hughes sent her collection…

“Firescale: The Chameleon Effect on Sterling Silver”

Martin Ebbers, alias Martinus, began his formal apprenticeship to become a goldsmith at the age of 15. He achieved his Master Goldsmith Degree and Teaching Certification through studies at the Institute of Goldsmith Arts in Hanau, Germany in 1980. To date Martinus has spent 38 years at the work bench. Martinus always carried some unresolved questions on metallurgy. His curiosity has recently led to fascinating new discoveries.

Member Achievements – August 2012

Jim Cohen has assumed the presidency of the American Guild of Judaic Art (AGJA). AGJA is a multinational organization of over 130 members dedicated to celebrating the diversity of Judaic art around the world and connecting with those who create…

In Remembrance: Harold B. “Bill” Helwig

Written by Harold Nelson, provided courtesy of the Enamel Arts Foundation Harold B. “Bill” Helwig (1938–2012), a masterful artist and widely respected educator, passed away in Newport, Kentucky on July 12, 2012.  Best known for his extraordinarily well-crafted enamels done…

In Remembrance: merry renk

Written by Baunnie Sea and Jennifer Cross Gans merry renk was born in New Jersey in 1921. While in high school she attended Fine Art classes at the School of Industrial Arts in Trenton, NJ. She attended the Institute of…

Educational Endowment and Hoover & Strong Scholarships 2012

SNAG is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2012 Educational Endowment Scholarships and the Hoover & Strong Scholarship chosen by jurors Michael Gayk, Katie Macdonald, Brad Nichols, and Cary Stefani. From 62 applications this year representing trade school, undergraduate and graduate students, the jurors selected four recipients.

“Thurmanite®: What is it and Why Should You Care?”

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!)

In Remembrance: Garret DeRuiter

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…

In Remembrance: William N. Frederick

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…

“Mitsuro-hikime: A Casting Wax”

Several years ago I became interested in jewelry pieces with a distinctive grooved design. At first glance they appear to be engraved or constructed of multiple wires, but on closer examination, they are cast. The grooves are actually achieved in the wax, not the metal. I set out to research waxes and develop a formula.

2012 Lifetime Achievement Award, J. Fred Woell

SNAG is proud to present the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award to J. Fred Woell.

In Remembrance: Grant Sarver

Grant Sarver passed away on January 2, 2012 due to an aortic aneurism. He was a Founding Member of the NorthWest Blacksmith Association, past NWBA Board Member, and a very gracious supporter and contributor to their organization and the world of blacksmithing.

In Remembrance: Jan Peters

Jan Peters, a prominent figure in the American craft movement, passed away December 5, 2011 in Los Angeles after a twelve-year battle with cancer. She was 64.

In Remembrance: William Gasparrini

William Gasparrini passed away January 6, 2012. He was the owner of Post Road Iron Works in Greenwich, CT.

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