2015 Accomplishments

During this week of looking back at 2015, we have to end on a high note. So here is a list of all the things that went right this year in my metalsmithing life.

2015 Accomplishments

Look at my pretty new booth set-up! I got compliments on this as well as my art!
Look at my pretty new booth set-up! I got compliments on this as well as my art!
  • Designed and made a new booth layout
  • Had work in the JAM Gallery Winter, Spring, Fall, & Holiday shows
  • ACC Baltimore!
  • Fragmented was chosen for Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015 at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA
  • Completed my 7th Super Bowl
  • My work is now in the DCCA’s Alternatives Store in Wilmington, DE
  • Trophy of Kaat Lir & Maelstrom were chosen for the 2nd Annual JAM Gallery Juried Exhibition

Me Trophy Bobbie Rose

  • Cascade was chosen for Water at CORE New Art Space gallery in Denver, CO
  • I was commissioned to make the “Rose” Bowl Trophy!
  • Cascade was accepted into the Jurors’ Selection List of the 2015 Foldforming Competition
  • I participated in the Tyler Art Market at Temple University in Philly
  • I had a booth at Fall Into Fine Craft in Carlisle, PA
  • Tara Lynn Johnson wrote an article featuring the Rose Bowl trophy and tournament
  • 2015 ACW Masterpieces adVortex was invited to American Craft Week’s Masterpiece E-xhibit and Sale as the Pennsylvania representative
  • Akimbo was chosen for the We Are SNAG: Contemporary Smiths online exhibition
  • Accepted into Handmade Holidays 6 at Some Things Looming in Reading, PA
  • Completed Scavenger for the YBC Puzzle Piece Challenge
  • I was reelected as the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftmen’s Vice President
  • I figured out how to make belt buckles!
  • I had a surprise pop-up shop at the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s store in Lancaster, PA

More Events Lining Up for 2015!

Cascade (SBC VI) ©2014 WTEK 5.75″h x 7″l x 6.75″w $1,925.00

By now you know about Fragmented getting into Art of the State: Pennsylvania 2015. It will be one of 128 of PA’s best art at the State Museum of Pennsylvania. The opening reception and awards ceremony will be on Sunday June 28th 2-4pm with the awards ceremony at 1:30pm. The exhibition runs through September 13th, 2015.

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Next up my work is heading out to the Rocky Mountain State! I just found out today that Cascade, SBC VI, was chosen for the exhibition, Water, at Denver, CO’s CORE New Art Space gallery. The show runs July 9th – 26th with an opening reception on the 10th from 6 – 9pm.

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Trophy of Kaat Lir ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass
Trophy of Kaat Lir ©2015 WTEK nickel, brass

Back here on the East Coast in July, you can see Maelstrom & the Trophy of Kaat Lir alongside 38 other works by 33 other artists at the 2nd Annual JAM Gallery Juried Exhibition in Malvern, PA. There will be paintings, sculptures, abstract, realistic, new media, and old represented here. The exhibition runs July 7th – August 29th and the opening reception and awards ceremony will be on Saturday July 11th 3-8pm with the awards ceremony at 6:30pm.

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3 Wide Copper Fold Formed Cuffs and on pair of riveted, fold formed Brass earrings ©2014 WTEK
3 Wide Copper Fold Formed Cuffs and on pair of riveted, fold formed Brass earrings ©2014 WTEK

I’ll switch out my work after that as JAM Gallery bids adieu to summer and welcomes the crisper months of Autumn with their Fall Exhibition. September 1 – October 31 with an opening reception on September 12th from 5 – 8pm.

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But if you’ve been jonesing to see my jewelry at a craft show, never fear, your prayers have been answered! I just sent in the check for a booth at the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the PA Guild of Craftsmen’s Fall Into Fine Craft show in Carlisle, PA! More info will be forthcoming, but save the date for October 24th & 25th.

 

2014 3rd Quarter Goal Check-In

We just entered the last quarter of the year, so it’s time for my next Goal check-in. As far as these goals have gone this year, I feel like I’m pretty on track. Let’s see how I stack up 3/4 of the way through 2014…

Wendy’s 2014 Goals

Pebble Moon Pendant ©2013 WTEK sterling silver, copper, brass
Pebble Moon Pendant ©2013 WTEK sterling silver, copper, brass $225.00 – You could learn this process at my Rivet Pendant workshop…
    • 8 Group Exhibitions
    • Teach at least 3 Workshops
    • Write a Magazine Article
    • Make a Body of Work for a Solo Exhibition
    • Plan & Execute a Solo Exhibition for 2015
    • Gain Representation in 1-3 New Galleries
    • Work on Getting into a Top-Tier Craft Show (Late 2014/Early 2015)

Not only have I had work in 8 group exhibitions, but I’ve also been invited to bring pieces into JAM Gallery‘s Holiday Benefit Show. That’s a bonus exhibition! This leads into the new gallery representation goal – while I don’t have a specific contract with JAM, this is the third time this year I’ve had work there, so I’m counting it for now. That would make two goals completed!

In 2014, so far I’ve taught 2/3 workshops and my Rivet Pendant is a go (there’s still a couple openings), so that will be 3 workshops taught this year. Unfortunately, the new Integrated Prong workshop didn’t run, but maybe next year will be its year.

I bet you recognize that piece in the front...
The 8th group exhibition is currently in progress at the PA Guildof Craftsmen (as is the 7th at JAM Gallery)

Magazine article still needs attention. I’m pretty much exactly where I was at the last check-in.

I’m still working on my body of work. I have three works currently in process, and 2 – 3 more (one of which I have completely planned already) before I hit my specific breadth and number of pieces I planned for this goal. I’m pretty confident that I’ll come within 1 – 2 pieces by the end of the year. Of course, I’ll always be contributing to my body of work, but this was a very specific body I wanted done for my…

Solo exhibition – like I said in the last check-in, this goal is tied to my body of work goal. Every step closer to completing that goal is a step toward completing this one. As far as specifically planning the exhibition, that will wait until after February. Why February? That’s when I’m in…

I'm slightly further than this... ©2014 WTEK Teapot in Progress
One of the works in progress ©2014 WTEK Teapot in Progress

The ACC Baltimore Show! It doesn’t get more top tier than an ACC show and I was invited to be a representative of SNAG at the 2015 show! I am so super stoked about this, it is one of my 10 year goals (for 2020) and it’ll be amazing! I am going as a metalsmith and not a jeweler, so that body of work will be coming with me. Hopefully, most of it won’t be coming back with me, but going home with others, which means I’ll have to work on more body of work pieces for any upcoming solo exhibitions I manage to plan.

3/4 Year Consensus: I’m pretty much exactly where I want to be right now. I keep putting off the article and I wish the other workshop had happened, but everything else has been steadily coming together. From now through February I’ll be working extra hard on making new pieces for ACC and beyond, and I won’t be focusing too closely on group exhibitions for the first part of next year, so this will narrow down my focus moving forward into the 4th quarter this year. Now I have to work on next year’s goals and reconfigure my 5 and 10 year goals (it’s that time again…)

How are your 2014 goals progressing? Are you ready for the end of this year?