Symposium Presenters

Metalwerx's Spring Symposium presenter line-up features 10 makers sharing their jewelry and metalsmithing knowledge, inspiration and techniques while giving us a peek inside their studios and bodies of work. 

Each featured presentation, at 12pm daily, is approximately 90 minutes long. Each presenter "short", at 4pm daily, is approximately 40 minutes long. After each presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in a Q&A with presenters. 

  


Inspired by Nature 

with Nicole Ringgold 

​Monday, April 26 at 12pm EDT

Nicole Ringgold’s art is inspired by plants she encounters while hiking, a rock, shell or piece of beach glass, and anything that catches her eye in her natural surroundings. In her presentation, Nicole will share the variety of techniques she uses to make her nature inspired work, including soldering, chasing, purposeful reticulation, and a variety of texturing options. She will demonstrate how to make a natural looking leaf out of metal. 

Click here to learn more about Nicole. See more about Nicole's work by visiting her website or her Instagram page


How I Found My Artistic Voice Using the Language of Flowers 

with Taylor Saleem 

Monday, April 26 at 4pm EDT

Taylor believes in the power of storytelling through the pieces she creates, but what if you're unsure of your own voice? She'll walk us through her journey from those first tentative steps as an aspiring artist learning to make jewelry, to confronting her own racial identity and ethnicity using flowers, the emotions they convey, and the very ground they grow from as the inspiration to tell the story of who she is and where she came from. 

Click here to learn more about Taylor. See more of Taylor's work by visiting her website or her Instagram page

Join Metalwerx and Taylor in a pre-symposium chat Live on Instagram, Sunday, April 11 at 7PM EDT! Follow @metalwerxstudio on Instagram and learn more about the symposium, presenters, and more!


Riveted Handle Ladles: Forming, Forging & Assembly 

with David Harper Clemons  

Tuesday, April 27 at 12pm EDT

In this demonstration you will see photos, drawings, and videos illustrating the creation of a large punchbowl ladle. The process will begin with a sketch as I prototype a design using copper and brass. Several fundamental techniques involved in moving sheet and linear material to create utilitarian objects will be covered in making the various components of the ladle bowl and handle. 

Click here to learn more about David. See more of David's work by visiting his website or his Instagram page


Raising and Sculpting Metal; A Process Neither Additive or Subtractive 

with Adam Whitney 

Tuesday, April 27 at 4pm EDT

Join Adam in his studio as he shares his approach to sculpting metal through traditional forming techniques; no trimming, soldering, or casting. Through process images, Adam will discuss the different types of raising and the importance of a hammering plan to control the shaping of sheet metal into a seamless vessel. He’ll share how he uses pitch to form and chase details into complex sculptures and how he stays focused on long term projects.  

Click here to learn more about Adam. See more of Adam's work by visiting his website or his Instagram page

Join Metalwerx and Adam in a pre-symposium chat Live on Instagram, Sunday, April 18 at 7PM EDT! Follow @metalwerxstudio on Instagram and learn more about the symposium, presenters, and more!


Create + Elevate: From Sharp Gravers to Client Connection 

with Paul Bartnik 

Wednesday, April 28 at 12pm EDT

Enjoy an unorthodox, fine jewelry experience! Paul Bartnik will give a tour of his work and educational space and share with attendees a rare glimpse into the fine jewelry trade. He will discuss why it’s so important to bestow bench knowledge to all.  Walk through his unique method of immersing his clientele in the entire custom jewelry process. Through photos and video, you will be inspired by his encouragement to be limitless in your work. Paul will introduce the first steps of using a graver to set stones, whether you have access to fancy tools, or just the basics. Attendees will be able to see the possibilities beyond!

Click here to learn more about Paul. See more of Paul's work by visiting his website or his Instagram page

Join Metalwerx and Paul in a pre-symposium chat Live on Instagram, Sunday, April 11 at 7PM EDT! Follow @metalwerxstudio on Instagram and learn more about the symposium, presenters, and more!


Beyond the Cab: Carving Stones at the Bench 

with Ryan Gardner 

Wednesday, April 28 at 4pm EDT

Sometimes a cabochon needs just a little bit more. Ryan will talk about the different ways he manipulates stones to create new and interesting cabochons for his jewelry. He will show examples of different carved designs in the back and top of stones, stone on stone, carved openings and more! During his presentation he will demonstrate the basics for creating a carved bubble design in the back of a stone, showing how to use diamond bits and how to polish the carving. 

Click here to learn more about Ryan. See more of Ryan's work by visiting his website or his Instagram page


Color Stories + Developing a Visual Language through Material Study 

with Laura Wood 

Thursday, April 29 at 12pm EDT

Laura Wood will discuss her personal relationship to the jewelry format and how material research and color theory have contributed to her creative growth over time. Following this talk, Laura will invite participants into her studio (virtually) to share how she has organized her facility to accommodate the application of color. She will demonstrate the powder coating process and share examples for how this surface treatment can be useful beyond jewelry forms. 

Click here to learn more about Laura. See more of Laura's work by visiting her website or her Instagram page

Join Metalwerx and Laura in a pre-symposium chat Live on Instagram, Sunday, March 21 at 7PM EDT! Follow @metalwerxstudio on Instagram and learn more about the symposium, presenters, and more!


Building a Jewelry Collection in Colour 

with Funlola Coker 

Thursday, April 29 at 4pm EDT

Learn more about Funlola's process of building a jewelry collection, using a handful of tools, enamel and lots of daydreaming. She will discuss her background in art, how it led her down the jewelry path and how these experiences influence the jewelry that she makes. There will be plenty of time for questions, so bring all your burning questions to the discussion. 

Click here to learn more about Funlola. See more of Funlola's work by visiting her website or her Instagram page


Meditating on Pattern 

with Tanya Crane  

Friday, April 30 at 12pm EDT

Repetitive pattern and mark making has opened up an entire realm of possibilities for my work. In this lecture and demonstration, I will talk about how mark making can be a meditative practice that you can return to daily. In the demonstration I will show participants how to mix, apply and subtract enamel to reveal graphic patterns. Because of the nature of the material, your patterns can be left unfinished and returned to as a daily practice. 

Click here to learn more about Tanya. See more of Tanya's work by visiting her website or her Instagram page

Join Metalwerx and Tanya in a pre-symposium chat Live on Instagram, Thursday, April 1 at 7PM EDT! Follow @metalwerxstudio on Instagram and learn more about the symposium, presenters, and more!


Making A New Reality Through Form and Color 

with MANDO BEE 

Friday, April 30 at 4pm EDT

MANDO BEE will discuss how they create work that unapologetically challenges social order, and their existence in a state of derealization and depersonalization as a form of escapism. They will give a behind the scenes look at their studio practice and self-made reality, $P4RKL3 FiLTH CL0UD NiN3. Learn how MANDO creates a narrative that redefines normalcy through color and form. Join them after the presentation for a demo of how they achieve dynamic vibrant surfaces through alternative materials. 

Click here to learn more about MANDO. See more of MANDO's work on their website or their Instagram page.

Join Metalwerx and MANDO in a pre-symposium chat Live on Instagram, Thursday, April 8 at 7PM EDT! Follow @metalwerxstudio on Instagram and learn more about the symposium, presenters, and more!


Many thanks to Rio Grande for their generous support of Metalwerx and the Spring Symposium!