Society of North American Goldsmiths is the Premier Association for Jewelry, Design and Metalsmithing.

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We Are SNAG!

SNAG is excited to announce the launch 

of our fall annual appeal and IndieGogo campaign!


The Society of North American Goldsmiths is a nonprofit organization that advances jewelry and metalsmithing by inspiring creativity, encouraging education, and fostering community.


By supporting and sharing our campaign, you are helping to ensure the future of SNAG. Your investment in SNAG, no matter the size, will allow us to continue advancing artists, supporting students and validating our field. Your gift will make a mark in the life of an artist and support our community of creative problem solvers.


Check out the campaign and video here: Help SNAG Support Artists


Expanding Our Impact

Offer more programs, teach more youth, 

and build more community!


In the next few years, SNAG will be revitalized through a variety of new initiatives. We will be developing new partnerships to increase our impact.  Working with like-minded organizations, we learn more and get to share our passion with a wider audience. We are creating an exciting new program model to offer you more options and new ways to access the SNAG community. (YOUR community!)  We will be providing new platforms for stimulating and thoughtful conversations that will propel the field.  Cultivating these stirring discussions will expand our thinking and invigorate our work. 


Your investment in SNAG is easy and 

to thank you we are offering perks at every level of giving!




Other ways you can help!

  • Get Involved: We need all the help we can get to ensure SNAG's dynamic future! You don't have to be a metalsmith to help! Sign up to volunteer with us by email our volunteer coordinator at
  • Share this project with your friends, family, and network! The more people we can reach the better - thank you for spreading the word! Use the Indiegogo share button to connect with your social networks.
  • In-Kind Support: Donate an item to the 2015 Silent Auction taking place at the Boston conference.
  • AmazonSmile: AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support SNAG every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.


Adorned Spaces

The 2015 Boston SNAG conference is seeking curators, organizations, schools, and individuals to fill pop-up spaces at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on May 22, 2015. Deadline: January 19, 2015.

Learn more


2015 SNAG Lifetime Achievement Award

SNAG is seeking nominations for its 2015 Lifetime LAAAchievement Award. The recipient will be honored at the Boston conference in May. This award is SNAG's highest honor and is presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of metalsmithing. Selection of the recipient is made by a committee of three members. Any member of SNAG may nominate someone for the Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominees do not have to be SNAG members. Nominations and letters of support must be submitted by December 20, 2014.


Learn more & make a nomination




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Discussion Forum

Call for the 2015 "Exhibition in Print" Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction

Started by Jennifer Merchant Nov 15. 0 Replies

2015 "Exhibition in Print" Moved by Metal: On Beauty as InteractionCall for Related Work For SNAG's 2015 "Exhibition in Print," curator Wendy Steiner seeks out metal objects-jewelry, sculpture, tools, gadgets-from any culture, that incite revelatory responses in their viewers.  While with jewelry the beauty of an object almost inherently involves an interaction with its audience/wearer, other metal objects can be as programmatically interactive. Deadline January 15, 2015.…Continue

Tags: metal, interaction, metalsmith, call for entry, snag

Last call to submit a piece for the Uniques sale!!

Started by Jennifer Merchant Oct 31. 0 Replies

  Last Call!Deadline November 1st  UNIQUES is an online auction of one-of-a-kind, limited edition, unusual, and handmade contemporary art jewelry and small metal items. SNAG's 3rd UNIQUES sale is December 1-15, 2014. UNIQUES helps SNAG members gain exposure and sell work while helping SNAG raise funds for programming. SNAG will be partnering with The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB) for this holiday sale. This time around we thought it would be fun to have everyone submit…Continue

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We Are SNAG: Identity Calll for Entry

Started by Jennifer Merchant Jul 18. 0 Replies

There is just under two weeks left to submit your work! Deadline is July 31st and is open to all SNAG members ages 18 and up.We are SNAG: Identity Call for Entry Open!Juried Online Member ExhibitionWE ARE SNAG: Identity is the first in a series of juried online WE ARE SNAG member exhibitions celebrating the breadth of our field and membership.  Exhibition Jurors:  Tim McCreight, Jim Meyer, Stacey Lee Webber …Continue

Tags: metal, membership, metalsmith, jewelry, call for entry

"What is a Good Review?"

Started by Jennifer Merchant Jul 2. 0 Replies

Art Jewelry Forum has begun a discussion about the state of criticality within the contemporary jewelry community via. this article by the editor, Benjamin Lignel, "What is a Good Review?"As Benjamin states in the article "the reaction from the community to our critical reviews has been mixed; while most people agree in theory that criticality is a good thing, it becomes a little less…Continue

Tags: review, contemporary jewelry, art jewelry forum, metalsmithing, jewelry

Comment Wall


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Comment by Jennifer Merchant on Saturday

We Are SNAG!

SNAG is excited to announce the launch 

of our fall annual appeal and IndieGogo campaign!

Check out the campaign and video here: Help SNAG Support Artists

Comment by Jennifer Merchant on October 31, 2014 at 10:43am

Are you a proud member of SNAG? 

On behalf of the SNAG Social Media Committee we invite you to use the hashtag #SNAGmember on all of your social media platforms. Each member of the committee will be tracking the hashtag so that we can highlight SNAG members and share your stories and images with our followers. SNAG is proud of its members and we can't wait to share your work!

Comment by Jennifer Merchant on October 23, 2014 at 10:14pm
UNIQUES Call for Entries

SNAG's next UNIQUES Sale is on eBay, December 1-15, 2014. Deadline for including your work in the sale is November 1, 2014.

 Learn more

Comment by Jennifer Merchant on October 23, 2014 at 10:14pm
Call for SNAG Volunteers

Want to help SNAG at SOFA Chicago? We are looking for a few people to help out at the SNAG table. All volunteers get free daily admission in exchange for helping staff the booth and tell people about SNAG and membership. Willing to volunteer for more than one shift? You'll get a free VIP pass! Contact Katie Poterala to volunteer. 


SNAG is also looking for volunteers to help at the Atlanta Contemporary Jewelry Show. The hours are 10 am-9 pm November 7 and 10 am-5 pm November 8th. Please contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith to volunteer.


Comment by Jennifer Merchant on October 23, 2014 at 10:13pm


Steven Gordon Holman
SNAG-Sponsored Lectures at SOFA Chicago

SNAG Emerging Artists 2014
November 7, 9-10 am

Steven Gordon Holman, Lauren Tickle and Demitra Thomloudis  


Carrying Devices and Other Absurdities
November 7, 10:30-11:30 am

Sigurd Bronger 


Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 7, 12-1 pm 

Donna Schneier, Bruce Metcalf, Kiff Slemmons and Don Friedlich    


Learn more and see complete list of lectures 

Comment by Brigitte Martin on October 20, 2014 at 11:43am

"Forging Entrepreneurs" Presenter Spotlight

Chris Hentz
The Possibilities of Digital Fabrication in a Small Metals Studio: Flat Pattern Development vs. 3D Printing
Hentz presents a variety of ways to use the Rhino CAD program as illustrated through his studio practice. He will talk about his methods for converting a 2D hand drawn sketch into a Rhino CAD drawing illustrating a 3D form. That 3D CAD drawing can be used to create a 2D flat pattern for traditional metal fabrication. Or that same drawing can be used with a variety of 3D printing processes.
SNAG's 2014 business symposium, "Forging Entrepreneurs: The Inside Track," is for artists running independent studios looking for skills and information on how to better run their business.

November 9th at the High Museum's Walter C. Hill Auditorium in Atlanta, Georgia from 8:30-5:30, with an after party 6:30-8:30 at Signature Gallery.   More details

Register here by October 31st
Comment by Jennifer Merchant on October 8, 2014 at 2:50am

Adorned Spaces:

A Pop-Up Exhibition Event

at the 2015 SNAG Boston Conference

Impact: Looking Back, Forging Forward


The 2015 Boston SNAG conference is seeking curators, organizations, schools, and individuals to offer a fresh look at the field of contemporary metalsmithing through a multiple-exhibition event called Adorned Spaces. This juried event will highlight both established and emerging artists to celebrate the innovation of metalsmithing that “looks back and forges forward.”

Macintosh HD:Users:lindsaymis:Desktop:Picture 2.pngThis year’s conference organizers are offering pop-up spaces to applicants interested in creating their own exhibition at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Twenty different 100 square feet pop-up galleries will occupy the 4th floor meeting rooms during the conference on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.  This event and participating artists will be actively featured in conference promotional materials including the conference website, advertisements and in the Conference Program Brochure. Additionally, a special reception highlighting the Adorned Spaces celebration will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

This opportunity is an open call to all conference attendees (day-pass attendees included).

Submit applications no later than: January 19, 2015. Free to apply. Fee for accepted exhibitors, see below.

Click HERE for more information and instructions to apply.

Comment by Jennifer Merchant on October 8, 2014 at 2:44am

Uniques Postcard Front

SNAG’s UNIQUES Sale on eBay, December 1-15, 2014

UNIQUES is an online auction of one-of-a-kind, limited edition, unusual, and handmade contemporary art jewelry and small metal items.

  • SNAG’s 3rd UNIQUES sale is December 1-15, 2014. UNIQUES helps SNAG members gain exposure and sell work while helping SNAG raise funds for programming.
  • SNAG will be partnering with The International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).
  • This time around we thought it would be fun to have everyone submit entries that reflect the adjective colorful.

Learn more and get the call for entries

Comment by Jennifer Merchant on September 8, 2014 at 4:31pm

 "Show us your hammer!"

 We are continuing the "I am SNAG" campaign this fall, but with a twist...This year's "I am SNAG" campaign will take it's inspiration from the hammers that most every SNAG member uses, although in a variety of ways. From a tiny riveting hammer to a 10 lb sledgehammer, we are interested in reflecting the diversity of our members, the work they make and the tools they use.  Emphasize what makes you YOU in the photo - shoot in your studio at your bench, at the anvil, pose with your hammer, etc... Have fun with it! If you want to do it with a friend who's a SNAG member, feel free!
Please send images of you and your hammer to use for our upcoming fall video campaign.
The videos we are making will invigorate our membership, attract new members, as well as, help us to raise funds to bring you the programming you love.
You are SNAG.  Show us your hammer!
Click HERE for submission info
Comment by Jennifer Merchant on September 6, 2014 at 12:51pm
Oops! It has come to our attention that we inadvertently omitted the credit line from an ad in Metalsmith Magazine featuring work by Sungyeoul Lee! Please accept our apologies, Sungyeoul, and many thanks to you. Keep up the great work!

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