Precious Metals & Bench: News
Metalsmiths Go South
The Florida Society of Goldsmiths celebrates its 15th year
with workshops conducted by top metalsmiths
Founded at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg,
the Florida Society of Goldsmiths is a non-profit organization
offering workshops, lectures and shows for jewelers and metalsmiths.
It has five chapters throughout Florida.
"There is a great need for training and education in
all areas of benchwork our society was created to bring
together the best people in the country to meet that need,"
says Gini Rollins, FSG's executive director. "The more support
we and groups like ours get, the better able we will be to offer
bench jewelers and metalsmiths the opportunities they need to
master their craft."
The Northeast chapter of FSG will offer five workshops Jan.
4-8 at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, FL. The
workshops run simultaneously and cover such topics as forging
and fold-forming, taught by jeweler/silversmith John Cogswell;
enameling, taught by Sydney Scherr, a professor of metals and
jewelry at Savannah College of Art and Design; and granulation,
taught by Jean Stark, a speaker and author. The program costs
$425, which includes 17 meals. The workshops fill up quickly
so if you are interested, call (904) 734-6878.
The West Coast chapter of FSG will present its 14th annual
Jewelry and Metalsmithing Workshop in July at Wildacres, Little
Switzerland, NC, a vacation retreat. At press time, the course
and instructors had not been chosen, but organizers always seek
top instructors. Last summer's workshop featured Alan Revere,
Kurt Matzdorf, Barbara Simon and Jean Stark. Topics included
fold-forming, precious metals clay, jewels of the Dark Ages,
tessellation and hinges. The workshop costs $435 for members
and $475 for non-members. The fee includes tuition, lodging,
11 meals, gratuities and a group photo. The workshops are filled
on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call
Hall of Fame
FSG's other major endeavor is its newly created National Metalsmiths
Hall of Fame, dedicated to honoring metalsmiths who have had
exceptional careers or had achievements in related fields while
fostering an appreciation of the craft. FSG plans four categories
- Artists or designers who consistently produce exceptional
works of art.
- Educators including directors, curators and marketing
and development personnel who make important contributions
to the field of metalsmithing.
- Individuals or couples who support the art of metalsmithing
by volunteering, collecting or exhibiting.
- Business patrons who make a substantial contribution to the
field of metalsmithing. Readers are invited to submit nominations
in any of the four categories. Contact FSG to request a nomination
form. FSG also seeks financial sponsors for this program. Contributions
- Florida Society of Goldsmiths, St. Petersburg, FL; (727)
by William H. Donahue Jr.
||Alan Revere leads a workshop at last summer's
jewelry and metalsmithing workshop sponsored by the West Coast
chapter of the Florida Society of Goldsmiths.
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