Paul Bierker
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"needs to be hand made.Some trade show swag from china like a coffee cup or key ring would be counter to our mission as American Craftsmen."
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"Renderings from software. The real piece looks much better =)"
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"Good to know, Paul. I would like to get you in touch with Loring Taoka who just moved to town, he is on Crafthaus. Maybe his work would be good? Are you showing fine or art jewelry ?"
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I think I need an Exorcist...

As a formerly trained artist/craftsman I sort of sold my soul to seek a living in the commercial realm of jewelry manufacturing- It is an awesome industry filled with talent, genius and a large number of dirt bags to say the least.I feel blessed as I have always been allowed to express my opinions on purity in design, conceptual constructivism and "real" high craft craftsmanship.Just the other day I engaged in a pretty benign conversation on another board focused on the retail jeweler industry-…See More
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Contract Designer and manufacturing consultant- Specialize in one of a kind jewelry objects and CAD/CAM product development.
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Posted on January 29, 2013 at 1:03pm 3 Comments

I need a few existing SNAG members who know me and my studio to offer a recommendation for me to serve in SNAG. If you are willing please send me a message.  Thanks.

I think I need an Exorcist...

Posted on November 24, 2009 at 11:13pm 2 Comments

As a formerly trained artist/craftsman I sort of sold my soul to seek a living in the commercial realm of jewelry manufacturing- It is an awesome industry filled with talent, genius and a large number of dirt bags to say the least.



I feel blessed as I have always been allowed to express my opinions on purity in design, conceptual constructivism and "real" high craft craftsmanship.



Just the other day I engaged in a pretty benign conversation on another board focused on the… Continue

Where do I go from here.....

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 5:11pm 5 Comments

So When I was in college in the 80's I started this piece. It was my commentary on politics and nuclear proliferation. We where at odds with the soviets and there where enough missiles on the planet to destroy our orb of life a hundred times over-



Inspired by what I think was one of the best educators in the craft world at Buffalo State College- I sought to create a piece that was not only massive but had a sort of political tongue in cheek message. (Thanks Steve) I created an 8… Continue

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At 6:07pm on September 22, 2011, Brigitte Martin said…
Good to know, Paul. I would like to get you in touch with Loring Taoka who just moved to town, he is on Crafthaus. Maybe his work would be good? Are you showing fine or art jewelry ?
At 12:22pm on October 20, 2009, Brian Ferrell said…
Thanks for the comment, and stopping in at Luke and Eloy.
At 6:11pm on September 28, 2009, Brigitte Martin said…
Paul - Just saw your message.....you need to get out more often :-)) If you have some time, come by my gallery sometime, ok ?
Brigitte

.....Staring into my LCD all Day again... Still Looking for studio mates in Pittsburgh
At 4:09pm on September 6, 2009, Glen S. Gardner said…
Hi Paul,
You might find the company I work for very interesting. 3D stl direct into metal. Check out: . The standard print media is not the ideal material for skinware, but they are experimenting with a Palladium /Silver brew. Anyway, the company is in the "hood" and they are doing some amazing things for people with computer modeling skills. is the decorative arts unit.
-G
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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios

Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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Rainbow Bird Necklace

Oxidized Sterling Silver, Vintage Cookie Tin, Japanese Tin Bird, Sleeping Beauty TurquoiseLength is adjustable up to 21" long. Pendant measures 3"x3".
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