We Are SNAG: Contemporary Smiths

You know that's slightly chicken-y Akimbo ©2012 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass
Akimbo ©2012 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass

I am very honored to be representing the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) in this year’s online exhibition, We Are SNAG: Contemporary Smiths. Out of 700 entries my teapot, Akimbo, was one of only 27 pieces chosen for this exhibition. It even includes a piece by one of my metalsmithing heroes, David Huang!

From “blacksmith” to “goldsmith”, “silversmith” to “bladesmith”, the term “smith” denotes connotations of skill and mastery.  As makers, designers, craftspeople, artists, students, teachers, independent studio practitioners, gallerists, and hobbyists, WE ARE SNAG.  Juried by Sue Amendolara, Greg Gehner, and Tom Muir, this online exhibition embraces the work of contemporary smiths and highlight some of the extraordinary works created by members of SNAG using traditional or contemporary smithing processes including, but not limited to: vessels, objects, sculpture, jewelry, and architectural works. WE ARE SNAGContemporary Smiths is the second in a series of juried online WE ARE SNAG member exhibitions celebrating the breadth of our field and membership.


2012 Accomplishments

Akimbo ©2012 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass
Akimbo ©2012 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass

While there was plenty of stress and other bad things in 2012, there were also good things going on in my professional life. Here are my accomplishments for this year:

  • Got into both PA Guild of Craftsmen shows I applied to
  • Got into the Goggleworks Arts Festival Reading
  • I was invited to make a teapot for Mobilia Gallery’s Teapot Redefined exhibition (and it sold!)
  • Memory & Shadow was in Forged at Target Gallery
  • I was invited to the Highlands show
  • I taught Fold Forming at HACC in May and December
  • Got into the Peters Valley craft show
  • Scorpius in the Community Art Awards at Lancaster Museum of Art
  • Mobilia invoited me to submit another teapot to the second half of the Teapot Redefined
  • Scorpius, A Circuitous Course, and Pleat were accepted in Crafted at Studio B
  • I won 2nd Place at Peters Valley craft show
  • Accepted into Handmade Holidays at Some Things Looming
  • I was just accepted into Ganoksin’s Vessels by Metalsmiths Online Exhibition

Here’s hoping that 2013 brings a plethora of new accomplishments and opportunities to us all!

What were some of your favorite accomplishments this year?

Akimbo has Left the Building

Akimbo ©2012 WTEK bronze, nickel, brass

I’ve been pretty busy this past week finishing the teapot (now named Akimbo) photographing it, sending it out to Mobilia. Also there was the newsletter to get out, emails and postcards for shows, spring show applications, and I had some home projects to redo our office space (which still isn’t completely done, but looks better just the same.)

This weekend promises to be just as busy. Tonight is First Friday in Lancaster and the PA Guild Center for American Craft is having its official opening. The Home at Last exhibition is opening and I’m sure there’ll be tours of the newly renovated space. Then on Sunday it’s Harrisburg Gallery Walk with the last of the Artist Conversations series for this year’s Art of the State exhibition. There are other openings on Sunday that I hope to get to as well, but we’ll see how much I can actually do.

What’s keeping you busy this weekend?