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Educational Series

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Saturday, October 19th


10:30 AM  Artist Lecture​: Praxes with Joe Wood

In this artist lecture, Joe Wood will discuss his own exploration of the significance of ornament and the varied use of material in his work.  ”When material is integrated into an application, it connects the object to the world. It becomes an object that is a material that is an object.” In addition to traditional metalsmithing techniques, Wood uses CAD and 3-d printing to design and fabricate jewelry.

Joe Wood lives and works in Boston, Massachusetts. Retired from Massachusetts College of Art, where he served for over 30 years as Professor of Art and Chairperson for the Fine Arts 3D Department. He has been teaching jewelry, metalsmithing, and digital techniques for object-makers (CAD), and other classes since 1985. Joe Wood has taught three summer workshops and has been part of several conference events at Haystack. He has also taught workshops at The Royal College of Art in London, Silpakorn University in Bangkok, Thailand, and Penland. Joe Wood organized five international symposia at MassArt, curated “In Situ”, an exhibition of contemporary metals artists at MassArt. Exhibitions of his own work include one-person shows at Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts; group exhibitions include Schmuck 2001, Munich Germany and Signals: Late 20th Century American Jewelry, Cranbrook Museum of Art in Michigan. His work is in the public collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, collection of Daphne Farago. Joe Wood received a BS from SUNY College at Buffalo, and his MFA in Jewelry Metals from Kent State University, Ohio. 


1:00 PM  How Long Did It Take To Make That? with Donna D'Aquino

 In this lecture, Donna will tell her jewelry journey from the beginning, starting with her teaching career in academia and her prolific presence in the art jewelry and craft world.  Following her lecture, she will give a demonstration on how to build 3-dimensional structures using steel wire.

Donna D’Aquino was born in Newburgh, New York. She received her BS in Design from The State University College of New York at Buffalo in 1989; and her MFA from Kent State University in 2000. She has taught at Kent State University, The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at the University of Akron and The University of Toledo; all in Ohio.

In the fall of 2003, D’Aquino decided to stop teaching and focus on being a studio metalsmith. She works in a variety of metals, materials and styles. Her jewelry is hand-fabricated using sterling silver, 18kt gold and steel. It is primarily inspired by drawing and architecture. D’Aquino’s work can be seen in over 25 books and magazines and at many of the finest contemporary Craft Shows and Galleries throughout the United States. She has won numerous awards including an individual Ohio Arts Council Grant and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the American Craft Council. In 2007 she was selected to be included in both the traveling show and the book that accompanied the “Craft in America, Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects”, series done for PBS. Her work was recently donated to the permanent collection of The Charles A. Wustum Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. She also has work in the permanent collection of the Museum for Contemporary Crafts in Portland, Oregon. Her work has recently been featured in Vogue Italia and W magazine.


3:00 PM Making Multiples: Blanking Dies and Jigs with Jayne Redman 

​ In this demonstration, attendees will learn how to make blanking dies to quickly cut out shapes in metal sheet and how to design custom jigs to perfectly duplicate ear wires.

Jayne Redman earned her B.F.A. in Jewelry and Silversmithing from Maine College of Art in 1977. She began her jewelry career in the fashion jewelry industry in New York as a design and production assistant. She started her own company, Jayne Redman Jewelry, in 1982. She is represented by fine jewelry galleries and craft stores across the country. Her tools for making multiples are sold by Rio Grande Jewelers Supply. Jayne is a former faculty member of the Maine College of Art Department of Jewelry and Metals. She teaches workshops nationally and at her studio in Falmouth, Maine.


Sunday, October 20th​ 


11:00 AM  How to Photograph Your Jewelry with Nicole Mordecai

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Learn easy techniques for creating high-quality photographs of your own jewelry or other small objects. The techniques covered in this presentation can be accomplished with an inexpensive tabletop studio setup and almost any camera, including a phone camera. With a combination of slides and live demonstrations, you will learn how to use a seamless backdrop, position lights, and set up your jewelry. You will also be introduced to a free photo editing app that you can use to give your photos even more impact.

Nicole Mordecai is a photographer based in Weston, MA. She creates art photography which focuses on reflections and nature images. She also works with clients to document community events, create images for their online presence, or capture candid family, pet, and sports photos. She teaches basic photography skills, tabletop studio photography, and photo editing. For more details, visit her website at

1:00 PM  Raising and Altering a Vessel with Tim Lazure 

 Join Tim Lazure as he demonstrates using hammers, stakes, pitch and chasing tools to raise and manipulate a vessel.  We will explore inherent fluid nature metal and how it can be pushed and pulled into countless shapes and forms This demonstration will be a crash course in raising and Planishing metal into a vessel.  You will then be shown different techniques of using pitch, hammers, and chasing tools to alter the form and embellish its surface


Timothy Lazure is an Associate Professor in the Metals Design program at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He received his BFA at Rochester Institute of Technology and his MFA at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth. Tim shows his jewelry, silversmithing and furniture in both national and international exhibits.  He has pieces in the permanent collections of the Mint Museum of Craft and Design in Charlotte, NC, Gallery of Art and Design in Raleigh, NC, and the Racine Art Museum, Racine WI.  Images of his work has been published in 1000 Rings, 500 Brooches, The Art of Enameling, and The Craft of Silversmithing (Lark Books).


3:00 PM Swift, Simple Silver and Gold! with Jackie Truty 

During this demonstration, Jackie Truty will create a pure (.999) fine silver pendant from start to finish, complete with texture, bail, gemstone, and 24k gold application (using keum-boo technique). You will be able to see how fine silver can be shaped, sized, embellished, refined, and fully sintered – going from raw materials to ready-to-wear – in less than an hour. Don’t let the term ‘metal clay’ fool you! This is real, quality, true metal. Come and see how metal clay can increase and add to your metal art repertoire!

In 2000, Jackie Truty began her career in art clay after seeing a demonstration of Art Clay Silver in Las Vegas and has never looked back. She became certified in Level 1 and then as a Senior Level Art Clay Instructor.  In 2001 she accepted the position of Director of Education for Art Clay USA. In November of 2001, she acquired the rights as North American distributor of Art Clay products in January of 2002. Her books, “Art Clay Silver and Gold: 18 Projects to Make in One Day,” and "Metal Clay: The Complete Guide," 2005, have been sold internationally in English and French. She has taught all over the world including Japan, Milan, and Johannesburg, as well as throughout the United States and Canada.  In 2013 Jackie received her Graduate Gemologist degree from GIA.

 Jackie’s passion continues to be teaching metal clay. Her daughter, Katie Baum, has taken over the day-to-day running of Art Clay World, USA, as Jackie pulls back into semi-retirement, continuing to teach at Glass Craft Expo in Vegas, and at William Holland lapidary school, in Young Harris, Georgia. She is active in the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide (AMCAW). Her mission remains to empower women through metal clay’s use and she is determined to provide an opportunity for women to establish a place for themselves in the high-end jewelry art arena with a minimum investment and a maximum return both financially and creatively.