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2015 Educational Endowment Scholarships

SNAG recently awarded its annual Educational Endowment Scholarships to students and emerging/mid-career artists. Congratulations to each of the recipients!

2015 Volunteer Recognition Award

SNAG is pleased to announce that the first recipient of the newly established Volunteer Recognition Award is Harriete Estel Berman. Harriete has been an active volunteer for SNAG for well over 10 years, and a SNAG member and supporter for even longer.

Technical Article: “Micro TIG: Art Welding” by Sessin Durgham

This article serves as just the tip of the iceberg of the enormous possibilities created by the newest micro welding machines. Lower and lower price points are definitely making this technology available to the individual as well as educational programs.

2015 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award, Fred Fenster

Fred Fenster will be recognized for his accomplishments as a metalsmith artist, his influential role as teacher and educator, and his long association with SNAG as a Founding Member at this year’s SNAG conference in Boston.

Technical Article: “Laser Engraved Enamel” by Erin Turner

Erin Turner, a current metalsmithing & jewelry graduate student at the University of North Texas, has been using laser cutting and etching in a variety of ways in her studio work. When she noticed significant variations in the quality of the etching on different enamels, she began an in-depth testing of them to determine why.

Technical Article: “Small-Scale Metal Spinning” by James Thurman

James Thurman first became aware of metal spinning almost twenty years ago, and has been transfixed by its rapid demonstration of the plasticity of metal. This article is based on small-scale metal spinning pieces that Thurman created for the Pin Swap at the 2010 SNAG Conference in Houston, Texas.

Technical Article: “Small Scale Carving” by Janel Jacobson

Tools! They are very essential partners on my carving journey. With them I can change flat surfaces into dimensional imagery, carving to bring the light and shadow of the form and detail to a point where the piece begins to sing visually.

Educational Endowment Scholarships 2014

SNAG recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Educational Endowment Scholarships. SNAG actively fundraises for the Educational Endowment trust and three scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate and graduate students.

Technical Article: “A Laser in your Studio” by Ross Kowalski

Digital fabrication techniques are increasingly becoming a part of educational and individuals’ studio practices. Although it can be daunting to incorporate new technologies into our established ways of working, Ross has written an article that is accessible and inspirational.

Technical Article: “Embossing Photographs onto Leather” by Andrew Kuebeck

With just a little patience and a lot of pressure it is possible to get incredible results embossing etched imagery and text onto chamois leather for use in any project. Begin by selecting a sealed etched plate whose imagery or text you would like to have embossed onto a sheet of chamois leather.

2014 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award, Robert Ebendorf

For the past twenty-five years, Robert Ebendorf has been re-purposing existing materials by devising ingenious uses for the discarded and discovering ways to make the used into the new. SNAG is honored to present him with the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award.

Technical Article: “Kitchensmithing” by Rachel Shimpock

Get your groceries together, put on your apron, and prepare yourself for some great times Kitchensmithing with these fun and dynamic handouts from Rachel Shimpock. Try your hand at Condiment Patina and Toaster Powder Coat!

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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