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At 10:12am on November 3, 2010, Anne M. Fiala said…
Hi Tamra!

Sorry for my super late response.. Grad school is great! It is nice to be super busy doing what I love! I am really excited to come back to Lillstreet this winter! How are things with you?
At 11:35pm on October 4, 2010, Dawn Blair said…
Thank you so much for your compliments of my work. I am hoping to make friends with artists working in all mediums. And to be a positive voice for my medium. I really appreciate having positive feedback for metal smiths, especially, because in general working in wire seems to be down graded amongst folks who fabricate and cast. I will eventually be doing everything, but it is a matter of time and money. No classes in my city. And, it will take a chunk of money I simply don't have to pay for classes, gas to drive an hour and a half round trip for the classes, and for materials.

So, for now, I do the highest quality work I can possibly do within the confines of the medium I can afford to work in. I am excited for the future though, because I know I will eventually get to do it. I am settling for reading, watching videos, and listening to podcasts about every aspect of working with metals, from sterling, to 18K, to platinum, and all the various alloys.
At 11:17pm on October 4, 2010, Dawn Blair said…
I understand about the choice. I had to choose between cello and bassoon when I went to college. It just wasn't practical to major in two instruments and try to do art history and ceramics. They ALL require so much time. Now, it is even more difficult because I work full time, in neither field. I am very committed to both music and my jewelry. I am passionate to learn and do as much as possible with metals and stones, and all other materials. I love jewelry so much. It is difficult when I really only have from 6pm to midnight or 1am and I have to choose. I have pretty much been letting the fact of how many commissions I have on the work table vs. what gigs do I have to prepare for and how involved are they determine how I spend my evenings. I am always playing catch up.
At 3:44pm on October 2, 2010, Glen Guarino said…
Hi, We jury online exhibitions for Crafthaus. Please look at our calls:

Earthly Pleasures http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/open-call-earthly-pleasures

Me, Myself and I will be our 7th show http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/crafthausexhibition/forum/topics/open-callme-myself-and-i

Sitting Pretty Part 2 is how the show will look http://crafthaus.ning.com/group/sittingprettytheartsittingpretty

A show at Crafthaus has more of an audience then a gallery and offers a permanent stage to the world. We do love gallery shows, but at Crafthaus submission is easy, doesn't cost anything for members. In addition to our calls there are others you may be interested in.

We try to make the submission process as painless as possible! If you have any questions please let us know.

Glen & Marie Guarino
At 3:32pm on October 2, 2010, Two Claws Jewelry said…
Congrats, you brainy beauty! "Crafthaus Features Fordite Feenom!"....more to come...
At 3:26pm on October 2, 2010, Anne M. Fiala said…
Hey there featured artist! :)
At 7:03pm on September 30, 2010, Islay Taylor said…
I Love love love the fordite pieces! Great to see someone using that 'stone!'
At 11:20am on September 25, 2010, Two Claws Jewelry said…
Hey, Hey! Tamra! You are everywhere! (and that's good!) Thanks......you're a good bud! Honored to call you friend!
At 10:16am on September 25, 2010, Lorrene Baum-Davis said…
Tamra, Thanks for friending me. I am honored. Your work is awesome and your brain is incredible. Hugs.
At 11:54am on March 21, 2010, Lorena Angulo said…
Hola Tamra!!!
Thanks for friending me too !!! ;-)
At 9:38am on March 21, 2010, Lora Hart said…
Good morning Dearheart. Wanna chat for a minute on FB?

Oh, and thanks for friending me here. :D
At 8:45pm on February 14, 2010, Brigitte Martin said…
Thank you very much for your membership payment and support of crafthaus. Your membership is valid through Feb 15, 2012.

Enjoy crafthaus !
At 7:40am on January 16, 2010, Brigitte Martin said…
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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, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

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