New Symposium: “Forging Entrepreneurs: Tools and Skills for Business Success”

SNAG Presents “Forging Entrepreneurs: Tools and Skills for Business Success” in collaboration with the Society for Contemporary Craft


WHEN August 26, 2012, 9am to 5pm. Informal welcome reception August 25, 7pm to 8:30pm.

WHERE Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh PA

REGISTER online by July 31, 2012, midnight PST

COST $125/person plus Eventbrite ticket service fee, maximum 100 attendees

HOTEL Hampton Inn & Suites, 1247 Smallman Street, 412-288-4350.
Call and ask for the “SNAG Group Rate” of $149/night single/double, July 28 deadline.
Easy walk to SCC, free parking.

QUESTIONS Contact Dana Singer at dsinger@snagmetalsmith.org or 541-345-5691


Presentations by:


Michelle Pajak-Reynolds
Artist Entrepreneur
Find and Build your Customer Base

Michelle Pajak-Reynolds runs a successful couture and art jewelry business. Her work has been featured in numerous publications, exhibitions, red carpet events, and NY Fashion Week. Michelle writes about business issues related to the arts on her Crafthaus blog, eMERGE: A Business Blog for Creative People. She holds a BFA in Jewelry & Metals from Kent State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baldwin-Wallace College.


Brigitte Martin
Goldsmith, Crafthaus Founder
What It Really Takes to be a Successful Artist Now

Brigitte Martin is a German goldsmith, and is widely known as the founder and Editor of the popular social networking site crafthaus. She regularly curates and juries exhibitions across the U.S, and has recently published her first book, “Humor in Craft.”She is a member of SNAG’s Professional Development Seminar Committee and served on the Committee that launched the Trunk Show Sale. She has just been voted on the SNAG Board of Directors.


Wayne Werner
Fine Jeweler
Success in Contemporary Craft Shows

Wayne Werner is a third-generation metalsmith from Baltimore, who makes his living as a jewelry maker, primarily retailing his work. He has successfully participated in over 200 high-end craft shows nationally over the past twenty years. Wayne has received the World Gold Council’s Gold Distinction Award and MJSA’s Vision Award for mokume gane, among others. He has studied techniques in Egypt, Italy, and Indonesia. He teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art as well as abroad.


Adam Kenney
Executive Director, Touchstone Center for Crafts
How to Diversify your Revenue Streams

Adam Kenney is the Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts. He has a Masters in Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University, and is a glass artist.


Todd Pownell
Fine Jeweler
Efficiency and Earnings: Technical Choices that Build a Viable Studio

Todd Pownell is the owner of TAP Studios in Cleveland, an active jewelry workshop offering instruction and workshops. He is a technically trained jeweler and gemologist, working in the field since 1987. Todd has lectured on such diverse subjects as contemporary goldsmithing, color theory in jewelry, and stone setting. His “TAP by Todd Pownell” designs have recently experienced rapid growth.


Ronald McNeish
Goldsmith
Combine New Technology and Old World Craftsmanship

Ronald McNeish established his shop, The Collection, in 1962. In business for over 50 years with a worldwide clientele, he and his staff represent a new breed of designer artisan using the latest technology in design, development and prototyping to enhance their artisan skills. One of SNAG’s “Founding Fathers,” Ron graduated from The School for American Craft at Rochester Institute of Technology, Grove City College, the University of Maryland, and the Carnegie Institute of Technology.


Beverly Tadeu
Metalsmith
The Journey from Art Pieces to Production Work

Beverly Tadeu works from her studio in Bethesda, MD, hand forging and forming oxidized silver and 18k gold to create sculptural art jewelry pieces with tension and movement. She shows her work at major craft shows and galleries throughout the U.S., including Aaron Faber Gallery’s 2011 show, “In Line/In Metal,” which was featured at SOFA Chicago. She has been included in numerous publications including Niche Magazine’s “Silver, Black and Gold: 2010 Jewelry Forecast” and “500 Silver Jewelry Pieces” by Lark Books.


Les Bryant and Andrea Kennington
Metalsmiths, Co-Founders, NC Black
Save on Precious Metal Costs with these Forming Techniques

Les Bryant and Andrea Kennington travel the country teaching these micro-forming techniques and specialized tools to others, as part of their company NC BLACK. Andrea developed these micro shell techniques in 1996, using materials as thin as 26 and 28 gauges to fabricate voluminous and structurally sound forms. For years she successfully used these techniques in her jewelry production business.

Deadline to register: JULY 15, 2012!!

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Comment by Brigitte Martin on June 4, 2012 at 11:26am
Yes, all presentations will be given twice, once in the am and again in the pm. That way everyone can attend every presentation at least once.
Comment by Mary Jarvis on June 4, 2012 at 11:22am

Will participants be able to attend all presentations? 

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