Year: 2013

Member Achievements – December 2013

Claudio Pino’s rings are worn by Stanley Tucci and Lenny Kravitz in “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” movie. Pino is known for his sculptural rings that showcase colored gemstones in mixed metal with mechanical moving parts.

Technical Article: “Alternative One- Sided Molds for Pewter Casting” by Deanna Ooley

Recently, I was asked to conduct a workshop for 8-10 year olds. In order to illustrate the process of casting, I felt pewter was a good choice for simple pendants. I thought about what other materials could be used that were kid friendly, inexpensive, easily obtained, and quickly formed.

Member Achievements – October 2013

Sandie Zilker has been named as 2014 Texas Master by Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC). Zilker joins the roster of former Texas Masters—Harlan Butt, Cindy Hickok, Rachelle Thiewes, and Piero Fenci—recognized for their roles as career artists in Texas who have made a significant impact on the field of craft.

In Remembrance: Ivan Bailey

Renowned Blacksmith Ivan Bailey, a Georgia artist and teacher widely considered one of America’s greatest artistic blacksmiths, passed away at his farm in Monticello on September 9, 2013.

Member Achievements – September 2013

Rebecca Rose is the winner of this year’s Halstead Grant for design excellence and business strategy acumen in the silver jewelry market. She recently returned to the jewelry studio to launch her line of Sculpturings. The cast rings are sculpted from found object components and original elements to interpret social issues or current events.

Technical Article: “Ice Cream Series” by Alison Pack

In this article, I would like to share with you the creation of my Ice Cream series…. It was an exciting and at times an arduous two year journey that posed many technical questions. This is due to the fact that I combined medium scale castings with fabrication after solely using raising, forming and fabrication techniques in my work for the past 13 years.

2013 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award, Gary Griffin

Gary Griffin received the 2013 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award. At the SNAG conference in May, Griffin accepted the beautiful Lifetime Achievement Award argentium silver vessel created by Cynthia Eid. The Lifetime Achievement Award is SNAG’s highest honor and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing

Member Achievements – August 2013

The 13th annual Saul Bell Design Award Competition winners include John Lunn, First Place-Hollowware/Art Objects, and Nena Potts, Second Place-Enamel. One of Nanz Aalund’s students, Jose Lins, received First Place in the Emerging Jewelry Artist category with a filigree bead necklace

Educational Endowment Scholarships 2013

SNAG is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 Educational Endowment Scholarships. Three scholarships are awarded each year. Students enrolled in jewelry and metals curriculum at universities, colleges, community colleges, and trade schools are all eligible for these scholarships.

Technical Article: “Swaging” by Boris Bally

Swaging is a forging process in which the dimensions of an item are altered using a die or dies, into which the item is forced. Swaging is usually a cold working process. However, it may be done as a hot working process. The term “swage” can apply to the process of swaging (verb), or to a die or tool used for swaging (noun). In 2000, I developed this method specifically for attaching pin findings to re-purposed traffic signs, enabling me to use the colorful, reflective fragments as brooches. My technique works best on the soft, thick (usually 2.5mm +) aluminum traffic sign sheet.

Member Achievements – May 2013

Melanie Bilenker, Lola Brooks, Susie Ganch, and Myra Mimlitsch-Gray were part of those featured from Sienna Gallery in Collective.1 in May. Collective is a new design fair in New York City, presenting a curated selection from galleries around the world. Also included were Jamie Bennett, Arthur Hash, Ruth Reifen, Sondra Sherman, and John Iversen.

In Remembrance: Phil London

Longtime goldsmith Phil London passed away late last month. Phil was not only the founder and longtime president of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths, he founded the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths, as well as founded the non-profit, Disability Alternatives, which taught jewelry arts to those with physical limitations. Phil London was the second person to be awarded The National Metalsmiths Hall of Fame award which honors and celebrates the outstanding contributions and achievements of artists, educators and patrons that support the metal arts as well as receiving the PMC Fusion award for his work with Disability Alternatives. Phil is survived by his wife Vickie London.

Member Achievements – April 2013

Center for Craft, Creativity & Design

Hilary Sanders is a recipient of the 2013 Windgate Fellowship awarded by the Center for Craft, Creativity & Design.

Student Design Competition Awards

Rings Category – 2nd place Shiying Gao

Brooches Category – 1st place Jiarui Lu and 3rd place So Young Kim

Necklace Category – 1st place Jiarui Lu and 2nd place Corrina Goutos

Bracelets Category – 2nd place Christina Lu

Creative Side Jewelry Academy of Austin

Creative Side is featured at the Austin – Bergstrom International Airport. Work by CSJA staff and students, including SNAG member Terry Fromm, will be on view in the terminal until July 10th.

Aaron Faber Gallery

SNAG members Peter Schmid of Atelier Zobel and Michael Good are featured in an exhibition titled Dramatic Jewelry: The Five Masters. The exhibition opens May 9th and is on view through the month at Aaron Faber Gallery. Peter will also be featured at a Cocktail Reception on Thursday, May 9, 2013 from 5-7:30 pm. Michael will be featured at an afternoon lecture event on Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 2-5 pm.

In Remembrance: Florence Resnikoff

Jeweler, sculptor, and teacher, Florence Resnikoff, passed away in early April. Born in 1920, Resnikoff began exploring jewelry and enameling through adult education courses while working as a registered medical technician in Chicago in the 1940s. After moving to Palo Alto in the early ‘50s, her work grew in leaps and bounds. Resnikoff met Margaret de Patta through the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco, who became a significant influence in her work. She returned to school, receiving her BFA in Sculpture from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and an MFA in Art from San Jose State University. She also furthered her studies at the Royal College of Art, and with Stanley Lechtzin at Tyler School of Art.

Technical Article: “Trabson Kazazlik Jewelry” by Umut Demirgüç Thurman

Kazazlık, (also known as “Kazaziye” or “Kazaz”), is one of the rare and rapidly disappearing handcrafts of Turkey. Trabzon, a city in the Black Sea region of Turkey, is the only place in Turkey which produces kazazlık. The word, “kazaz” means, the person who produces and/or sells silk yarns. Kazazlık is a weaving technique that uses 0.08 or 0.09 millimeter (approximately the thickness of a hair) pure gold or pure silver wire wrapped around either silk or nylon threads. This silver or gold wire becomes very strong and flexible so that it can be woven without breaking. Generally, three different thicknesses are used to make jewelry: Thin for making chains, medium thickness for earrings, and thick for pendants and bracelets. The overall thickness of these wrapped wires are between 0.3mm to 0.5mm.

2005 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award In Remembrance: John Paul Miller

John Paul Miller, the revered Cleveland Institute of Art professor and one of America’s greatest goldsmiths, passed away this weekend. Miller designed exquisitely crafted brooches, pendants and rings. His work has been compared to those of Rene Lalique and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Miller’s body of work was also collected by notables including the late New York art dealer Lawrence Fleischman and the late Sherman Lee, a a former director of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Member Achievements – March 2013

2013 MJSA Vision Awards

Ezra Satok-Wolman won 2nd place in the Gold Distinction category for his Pythagoras’ Cosmos brooch and tied for 1st place in the Palladium Distinction category for his Mandarin ring.

Jiarui Lu won 1st place in the Future of the Industry Awards category for her Auspicious Cloud brooch.

The MJSA Vision Awards honor excellence in jewelry making and design, as well as technical skill. The winning pieces will be displayed at MJSA Expo New York at the Hilton New York from March 10-12, 2013.

In Remembrance: L. Brent Kington & Clare Morison

The legendary blacksmith, L. Brent Kington passed away on Thursday February 7. Brent was one of the founding members of SNAG, the first SNAG President, and the recipient of our Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011.

Grosse Pointe Park resident Clare Morison died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at the age of 66. Clare was pre-deceased by her long-time partner, Phillip Fike, professor and head of the Metal Arts Department at Wayne State University, and a founding member of SNAG.

Member Achievements – February 2013

One of John Lewis Jensen’s Art-Knives has been selected for inclusion in the Mesa Art Museum’s 34th Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition. This is a highly competitive juried exhibition with only 47 pieces selected from a total of 275 submissions. The Mesa Art Center Museum of Art is located at One East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85201.

2005 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award, Harry Bober

Harry had a long and very distinguished career. As a scholar he made many important and valued contributions to his field of study. He was certainly a friend of SNAG, understanding the mission of the studio artist/craftsman working in the media of metal. As an advocate of our field he is certainly deserving of the honor of being given the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Technical Article: “A Large Scale Torch-Fired Enameling Kiln” by Ana Lopez

This article is about how a non-enamelist came to design and build (and fail and build and fail and build and then build again) a large, torch-fired enameling kiln. First I would like to add a point of clarification: this is about building a torch-fired enameling kiln, not about torch-firing enamels. This is to say that I was attempting to create a kiln environment heated by a torch in which to fuse enamels to metals without the torch flame making direct contact with the object being fired. Although a metallic surround is sometimes used to help manage and contain the heat during a torch firing, most torch-firing of enamels involve applying the torch flame directly to the surface of the metal being enameled.

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