College Art Association Talk

I am so excited to be going to New York next week to speak at the College Art Association conference! I will take part in the session, Wish You Were Here: The Souvenir as Emblem of Regional Identity. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by! My panel was put together by Christopher J. Moore of Concordia University and Isabel Prochner of Syracuse University. It will take place Wednesday the 13th at 10:30 am at the New York Hilton Midtown - 2nd Floor - Nassau East. I will be presenting my body of work, You Are (the) Here and its relationship to cultural geography, personal identity, and the souvenir.

Photo by Chenli Ye

Photo by Chenli Ye

Looking Forward

I am very pleased to announce that I will be a speaker at Looking Forward: a contemporary blacksmithing and metal design symposium at Bryn Athyn College this coming summer. The organizers have put together a great lineup of artists/blacksmiths/designers and those who study their works. The symposium will take place from June 14 to 16, 2019. Its a great opportunity to have a conversation about the futures of metalworking. Please spread the word!

You Are (the) Here at Brookline Arts Center

I have a little solo show going up next week at the Brookline Arts Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, from November 9-December 21. If you are in the area I hope you will stop by. I am really excited about the cast resin replicas of my own torso that I made to “wear” the work in the exhibition.

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Houston Goes to Nacogdoches

The wall piece, Louver: Houston, has made its was to Nacogdoches for the biennial Refined Exhibition at Stephen F. Austin State University. This year’s Juror was Perry A. Price, executive director of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. I feel very fortunate to have had a piece selected. I will not be able to make it to the reception but perhaps you will! Its Friday the 26th at 6pm at the Reavley Gallery in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. Price will give a talk at 5:15. The Cole Art Center is located at 329 E. Main St. For more information, call (936) 468-1131.

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Not-So-Lone Star Studios: A Gathering of Texas Makers

Natalie Macellaio and Kathleen Janvier have put together a beautiful exhibition of works by Texas Metalsmiths. I count myself quite lucky to be among them and am looking forward to the reception on Friday, September 14th from 6-8. Hope to see you there!

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There is no party like a DMA Late Night!

I am super-excited to have been invited back to the Dallas Museum of Art for a gallery talk and show-and-tell! You will find me at 6:30 on Friday July 20th in the Power of Gold exhibition talking about some of the processes used. Then join me on the main concourse from 8-10 while I do a little chasing and answer questions from aspiring silversmiths!


Recent Works at the Delaplaine and a talk at Towson University

Tomorrow I am heading to Maryland for two very exciting opportunities!

Leslie D. Boyd of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Area at Towson University is being so gracious as to host met for a talk excerpted from my History of Crafts Class, entitled "Foundations of the Studio Craft Movement." It will take place Thursday May 3rd at 6:30 in the Art Lecture Hall at the Center for the Arts.

I am pleased to be exhibiting at the Delaplaine Arts Center in Frederick, Maryland, from May 5 through June 24. If you are in the area, stop by and say 'hi' on the 5th. The reception is from 3-5pm.


UNT Metalsmithing Lineages

Big thanks to Umut and James Thurman for organizing a multi-generational exhibition of mentors and students affiliated with our the University of North Texas Metalsmithing and Jewelry Program now on view at UNT on the Square. The Lineages exhibition will be up through March 19th and is documented in a print-on-demand catalog available here.


Fulbright Specialist

I am exceedingly pleased to announce that my application to be included in the Fulbright Specialist Roster has been approved! I am now now eligible to be matched with projects designed by host institutions in over 150 countries globally. My Roster tenure officially begins on December 1, 2017 and will end on December 1, 2020. Now I need to find (or be found by) a project that requires a candidate with my professional and academic credentials. The program works with the following kinds of host institutions: 

  • Institutions of Higher Education
  • Government Institutions (ministries or agencies, courts, parliamentary or congressional bodies)
  • Cultural Institutions (conservatories, museums, etc.)
  • Medical Institutions (public health organizations, teaching hospitals, etc.)
  • Non-Governmental Organizations including non-partisan, issue-centered institutions and think tanks

If you know someone in an institution of this type who might be interested in utilizing my skills please spread the word.





The Jodee Harris Gallery at Seton Hill is currently hosting the "Shelter" exhibition, a sibling exhibition to the "Shelter: Crafting a Safe Home" exhibition at the Contemporary Craft Center in Pittsburgh. My piece, aptly named Shelter, is one of many in the exhibition. If you are in the Greensburg, Pennsylvania area I hope you will check it out!

Shelter  is based on the form of a plumb bob - a device for finding a true vertical line. Similarly, the need for dependable shelter is a significant element in decision-making.

Shelter is based on the form of a plumb bob - a device for finding a true vertical line. Similarly, the need for dependable shelter is a significant element in decision-making.

Industrial Arts: Exhibition and Public Talk

I will be exhibiting a wide variety of work at the University of Texas at San Antonio's Terminal 136 Gallery from August 31st through September 16th with a public "lunch and lecture" at the Southwest School of Art on Saturday September 16th at 12:30.

For more information about the exhibition please contact Laura Crist 210.458.4391

For more information about the talk please contact Jillian Sortore 210.200.8254

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California dreaming

I had the most wonderful time in California! I was honored to be invited to be a "Radical Enameling" Workshop provider by the visionary Center for Enamel Arts. I taught a class on making kilns out of trash cans and the creation of vessels with sewn copper foil. The workshop was entitled "Quick and Dirty." My class happened at the same time as the delightful Kristina Glick's flux oxidation class at the Crucible Studio in Oakland. The Crucible is a temple to all things fire related, from jewelry and blacksmithing to hot glass and fire dancing. (Crucible Photos by Gail Reid)

Following the three day class and with the benevolent guidance of Judy Stone I had access to the large enameling kilns at KVO Industries. Steve Vandyke was wonderful about granting access and myself and another artist had the place almost to ourselves for three days. This made it possible to work larger than I had ever done in enamel and with new materials such as their oil-based liquids, typically used for silkscreening, but with which I painted. This opportunity was also made possible by a UNT Scholarly and Creative Activity Award. I already cannot wait to go back!


Go Metals!

It was a true honor to speak at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in New Orleans with Cappy Counard and Jaydan Moore. I have enjoyed meeting new people at the conference and seeing a lot of great work. Perhaps the best part of all was getting to share this remarkable experience with so many UNT students, friends and alumni.

Quick and Dirty!

I will be leading a Radical Enameling workshop sponsored by the Center for Enamel Arts July 5-7 at the Crucible in Oakland, California. Join me as we make torch-fired kilns from trash cans and whip up some vessels with copper foil and wire. These processes promise fast and furious fun for those willing to embrace serendipity.

Lets chat!

I will be one of many voices available for portfolio reviews at the upcoming SNAG conference in New Orleans and am really looking forward to seeing new work by creative individuals.

Wednesday, May 24th
3:00p – 6:00p
8th Floor, Endymion, Mid City, and Proteus

The Portfolio Review is for emerging artists, students or anyone in need of critical feedback. Gallery representatives, curators, artists, professors, entrepreneurs, and other professionals in the field will be available by appointment to review portfolios and provide professional advice and guidance.  The goal of the Portfolio Review is to create an opportunity to meet and hear from seasoned artists and professionals that can help in the development and advancement of artistic careers.

More information and signup can be found here.


Arrowmont Faculty at the Folk Art Center

I was very pleased to be invited to participate in an exhibit as part of a representational group of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts faculty. Makers from a variety of media who have taught workshops at the venerable craft school have work on display until May 21 at the Folk Art Center in Asheville, North Carolina. This is also the home of the Southern Highland Craft Guild and is located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Its an educational and retail center set amidst one of the most scenic drives in the southeast so I feel quite privileged to be included. Although I will not be able to see the installation in person, Kelly Hider, of the Arrowmont Gallery and this show's mastermind, was kind enough to send images. There was even a nice write-up in the Mountain Press.

Participating Artists:

Erin Anfinson, Christina Boy, Béatrice Coron, Heather Mae Erickson, Kenyon Hanson, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Bryant Holsenbeck, Mi Sook Hur, Kristin LeVier, Ana Lopez, Harvey Meyer, Angela Piehl, Liz Zlot Summerfield, Jen Swearington, Kimberly Winkle.