Registration Now Open for ECU Metals Symposium


Registration is now open for the East Carolina University Metals Symposium – Material Topics: Crafting Connections, January 16-18, 2015! Organized by the ECU Student Metals Guild, the ECU Symposium features workshops and lectures/presentations in a range of media from mold making, to working with alternative materials, to professional practices seminars.

$75 Registration for 2 days of participation includes: 4 breakout sessions (workshops), numerous lectures and discussions, access to several exhibitions, and 2 meals per day. Free room and board is also available.

You can register or read more by visiting

This year’s symposium has an impressive lineup, including our very own Professor Courtney Starrett!

Keynote Speaker:
Jamie Bennett – “The Opposite is Right”
Capstone Speaker:
Laura Wood – “Crafting a Community”
Presentations by:
Ana Lopez – “Being Here: A Lecture on Jewelry History”
Brigitte Martin – “Put that Art Degree To Use! How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Numbers”
Beverly Penn – “The Nature in Metalsmithing”
Chip Thomas
Mary Frisbee Johnson – “The Narrative Impulse”
Break-out Sessions:
Kristin Beeler – “Body as Location”
Kim Cridler – “Monumental Metal”
Nicole Jacquard – “Techniques for the Hand & Head”
Demitra Thomloudis
Becky McDonah – The Hydraulic Press – Productive Pressure
Stephanie Metz – “Needle Felting: Like You’ve Never Seen Before!”
Chip Schwartz
Courtney Starrett – “Time to Try Technology”
Rachel Shimpock – “Electroformeriffic!”
Ian F. Thomas – “Mold-Making Magic!”
Many GEM members are planning to attend and will be carpooling over to ECU. Please get in touch with me or Ashley Felder if you would like to join the carpool.


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