Member Achievements – March 2014

March 10, 2014

Parker Brown


Bayless_HangingNestHeather Bayless’ piece Hanging Nest was accepted to the Craft Forms 2013 exhibition and also received a Juror’s Award.

Harriete Berman received first place in the Repurposed Materials in Art & Design category of the 2014 Eco Awards. Her project, Pick Up Your Pencils, Begin, is composed of thousands of #2 pencils that form an ephemeral curtain. The installation emphasizes material reuse, student education, math, science, and diversity.

Parker BrownParker Brown is the winner of the 2014 SNAG/crafthaus Conference scholarship. Brown is a modern-day armor maker. Not only does he meticulously research the historical costumes, swords, and helmets he recreates, he also documents all his processes and shares them via video documentation and a book project he is about to start. The scholarship is awarded every January to a crafthaus member and is intended to enable his/her attendance at the annual SNAG conference.

Luana_CoonenLuana Coonen has moved from Hawaii to San Francisco. In February, the Hui No’eau’s The World of Monet: The Artist’s Garden gala event featured Coonen’s Asymmetrical Teardrops.

Robyn Dufty was awarded First Place in the Phenomenal Gemstones category of the 2014 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards. The entry was a cabochon-cut opal titled Aurora Borealis in the Night Sky.

Jack HillmanJack Hillman recently had an exhibition of his kinetic metal sculptures at the Forest Hills Fine Art Center in Grand Rapids, MI.

kalman_crime_OandO_17_16L_17RLauren Kalman’s exhibition But if the Crime is Beautiful… Part 1, Composition with Ornament and Object is at Sienna Patti Contemporary in Lenox, MA, through March 23.

Niki KavakonisNiki Kavakonis has been included in the new e-book Masters of Jewellery Design in Canada, Volume 2: Contemporary Artists by Cora Golden.

Shana Kroiz is helping to start a new non-profit called The Baltimore Jewelry Center. It will continue to foster and grow the community established by the MICA Jewelry Center (which is closing in May), as well as offer new classes, a lecture series, an improved certificate program, bench rentals, and business and marketing support for its members.

Edward Lane McCartney’s piece Barbarella has been selected as part of the exhibition Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets, curated by Suzanne Ramljak and on view at The Metal Museum and Tacoma Art Museum in 2014-2015.

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray’s Copper Chiclet Tray is featured in the February/March issue of American Craft magazine.

Jillian Moore is holding a solo show in Belgium. The Fruits of My Labor is at Beyond Fashion March 21-May 3. She is also holding a demonstration on new resin surface techniques.

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds_HypatiaMichelle Pajak-Reynolds recently introduced her “Hypatia” jewelry collection, handcrafted one of a kind designs inspired by the beauty and mystery of outer space. Her work was also featured in the Created Woman magazine January/February 2014 issue.

Claudio_PinoClaudio Pino presented his one-of-a-kind Sculptural Rings at Reinhold Jewelers in Puerto Rico. Pino’s designs were also chosen for the book 50-Year Retrospective on Jewellery in Canada by Cora Golden.

Caitie SellersCaitie Sellers received a juror’s award for her piece, Richmond Necklace, in Craft Forms 2013, an international juried exhibition presented by Wayne Art Center.

Ruth TaubmanRuth Taubman was featured on SLICE, an Ann-Arbor based cultural arts blog. Read the interview at

Demi Thomloudis had work in two exhibitions:  50/50 Equal Parts Contemporary Jewelry—A Small View into the Big Window of Contemporary Jewelry Today and Material Matters:  Making Connections at Wellington B. Gray Art Gallery in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center at East Carolina University.  Her work has also been on tour for over a year with the international traveling exhibition Suspend(ed) in Pink.

Zilker-Finial-ChartreuseSandie Zilker’s work will be featured this summer at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. There will be a solo exhibition by Zilker, the fifth artist to be featured in HCCC’s Texas Masters Series.


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