September 28-30, 2018
Admission – All Weekend: $90.00
Special Student Rate: $70.00
Prices Include Meals
Affordable Lodging & Camping Available.
The Keystone Metals Forum is a great opportunity for jewelers and metalsmiths from across Pennsylvania (and beyond) to come together for a fast-paced weekend of demonstrations, lectures, exhibitions, critiques, and discussions on Touchstone’s woodland campus. The programming will be led by studio professionals and emerging artists as well as faculty from colleges, universities, and arts organizations. It will be an opportunity for dialogue and collaboration between established and emerging makers from across the region.
The programming hub for the Forum will be the Great Room of Blaney Lodge. Touchstone will transform this gorgeous timber-framed space into a metalsmithing laboratory where demonstrators and lecturers can project their content onto the 15-foot high walls. Touchstone’s two galleries will be primed with open pedestals to host a pop-up exhibition highlighting the work of Forum attendees. Saturday’s demonstration marathon will end with an evening bonfire at Touchstone’s fire circle where attendees will be able to network, plan future collaborations, and just hang out. The event will conclude on Sunday with a panel discussion regarding the presentations, tips and techniques, as well as best practices for metalsmiths and jewelers.
Each attendee is encouraged to bring a piece or two of work to display during the pop-up exhibition. Small cards will be available to all for writing information and some basic display stands will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you prefer to bring your own display stand, please label it with your name. All work will be locked safely in the gallery during the event.
The $90 general admission and $70 student admission both include event entry and meals for the weekend. Inexpensive shared lodging is also available at an additional cost.
Accommodations for Friday and Saturday evening are available only to event attendees and are based on a shared rate (private rooms are unavailable due to the volume of guests on campus). Pricing for a dorm room, cabin, and camping is $70, $50, and $25, respectively. Attendees may request to share a room with another attendee; however, Touchstone cannot guarantee that all requests will be fulfilled. Campers must bring their own tent and will have access to the bathhouse. All attendees lodging on campus who are not purchasing the $50 linen service must bring their own bedding, pillow, towels, toiletries, etc. as Touchstone does not provide these items.
Please be sure to note any special dietary needs to our office at least one week in advance of the event. Admission includes the following meals: Friday dinner; Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner; and, Sunday continental breakfast. There is a guest refrigerator in the dining hall. Guests may also use the campfire for making snacks.
Friday, Sept. 28
Check-In at Blaney Lodge
5:30pm – Dinner
Welcome, Pop-up Exhibition and Networking
Saturday, Sept. 29
8:00am – Breakfast
Alyssa Rodibaugh: ‘Watercolor Enamels’
Michael Nashef: ‘Concretion’
Malissa Kuznicki: ‘Etch a Sketch… Like a Metalsmith’
12:45pm – Lunch
Caitlin McDonald: ‘Facades, Fonts, and Flowers’
Marissa Saneholtz: ‘Enameling Tips and Tricks’
5:30pm – Dinner
Panel Discussion: ‘Paths to a Creative Future’
Bonfire at Fire Circle or Lodge Hearth (weather dependent)
Sunday, Sept. 30
8:00am – Continental Breakfast
Checkout will follow immediately after the Group Q&A session.
Note: All demonstrations/lectures will be held in the Great Room of Blaney Lodge. All meals will be served at Touchstone’s Dining Hall.
Demonstrations and Presentations:
‘Etch a Sketch… Like a Metalsmith’
Skip the acid baths. Don’t worry about used up etching baths. Use electricity! Learn how to use the electrolytic process to etch patterns, designs, and even your own drawings into metal. Malissa will discuss how to set up an electrolytic etching bath, as well as various methods of applying resists and creating imagery.
Bio: Malissa Kuznicki earned her M.F.A in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Bowling Green State University and a B.A. in Digital Art from the University of Toledo. In 2017 her work was chosen for the cover of the final edition of Exhibition in Print in Metalsmith Magazine by the Society of North American Goldsmiths. She also had work exhibited at the 2017 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition at the Beijing Institute of Fashion technology. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Saul Bell Design Award. She has also written articles that have been published both in the United States and Japan. She is currently teaching at the University of North Dakota.
con·cre·tion: a hard-solid mass formed by the local accumulation of matter, especially within the body or within a mass of sediment.
There will be a half hour presentation on current and previous work produced by the artist, Michael Nashef, following the talk there will be a half hour demo in creating jewelry and objects using concrete and cement.
Bio: Michael Nashef earned his B.F.A. in Metals/Jewelry Design from Kendall College of Art and Design. Throughout his career, Michael Nashef has managed a jewelry store, worked as a jewelry CAD designer, and launched his wholesale fine jewelry company Intersecting Hearts, during which he taught as an adjunct teacher, where he found his passion for teaching and academia, that led him to pursue his M.F.A. in 3D studies from Bowling Green State University.
Nashef has been published in Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS), juried by Vivian Beer, Cornelie Holzach, Alan Revere, and edited by Marissa Saneholtz. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Most recent exhibitions are So Fresh + So Clean 2018, The 5th Annual Ethical Metalsmiths International Digital Student Exhibition juried by Curtis Arima. Under Fire 2 Exhibition, Enamel Guild Northeast Exhibition, Juried by Jan Harrell, Bella Neyman, and Aurélie Guillaume, Worcester Center for Crafts Krikorian Gallery, Worcester, MA. After The Pedestal, 11th exhibition of small sculpture, juried by Cathleen Chaffee, The Sculpture Center, Cleveland OH.
To view more of Michael’s work, you can visit his website http://www.nashefdesigns.com/
‘Facades, Fonts, & Flowers’
Pulling from my own personal journaling, text comes to life through wire and sheet metal. In this demo, I’ll share some of my tips and tricks for how to incorporate and produce lettering.
Creating works that exemplify the dichotomy between the seen and unseen aspects of abuse is an integral part of my work. While some pieces represent the actions, build up, or longevity of abuse; there are pieces that focus on the internal processing or reaction. In these works, I’ve focused on the loss of self, as well as depression and anxiety. With each of these being unseen manifestations, they are often hidden behind a façade. My work seeks to strip away the façade to reveal the toll of this abuse.
Bio: Born and raised a little outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Caitlin McDonald is currently an artist and middle school teacher in Elizabeth City, NC. She received an MFA in Metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and a BFA in Metalsmithing and BSAE in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
‘Enameling Tips and Tricks’
Traditionally, although enamel has been celebrated for a wide variety of colors and techniques, there have always been very rigorous and strict rules associated with the medium. This demonstration will discuss those rules and then show how to break them. Solder on a piece that already has enamel on it, work with sterling silver, make quick decals and more!
Bio: Marissa Saneholtz makes narrative based jewelry and objects using humor and sarcasm. After earning her degrees from Bowling Green State University and East Carolina University, she taught at several institutions including East Carolina University’s Italy Intensives Study Abroad Program in Certaldo, Italy and Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. For two years, she worked at J. Cotter Galleries and Studio in Vail, Colorado as gallery manager and assistant studio manager. Currently, she is teaching at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH.
Saneholtz has been published in several books, including Art Jewelry Today II edited by Jeffery Snyder, Humor in Craft by Brigitte Martin, and Narrative Jewelry: Tales from the Toolbox by Mark Fenn. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and is in the collections of the Dorothy McKenzie Price Permanent Collection at Bowling Green State University, the Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI, and the Enamel Arts Foundation, Los Angeles.
Students will learn how to work with color palette and mark making techniques using watercolor enamels to create visually appealing enamel surfaces. We will work to create consecutive layers to add depth and visual interest.
Bio: Alyssa Rodibaugh is a graduate of Edinboro University. She majored in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing with minors in Illustration, Painting, and Sculpture. Alyssa’s work ranges from production jewelry to one of a kind sculpture. She was awarded Second place at Emerge Gallery’s Schwa Show for her piece Regrowth. Her work has also been featured in local and national exhibitions at Erie Art Museum in Erie, PA, SIMS Museum in Carbondale, Illinois, Touchstone Center for Crafts in Farmington, PA and more. She completed an internship at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, PA in the summer of 2017. She will be returning to the Society of Contemporary Craft for their Studio Apprenticeship from July 2018-June 2019.