The Metal Clay World Conference held in Bloomingdale Illinois July
16-18, 2009 was presented by Art Clay World USA, and featured Alan
Revere as the keynote speaker. Mr. Revere used the occasion of his
keynote address to propose a new idea to a select segment of the
jewelry making community.
Alan gave every one in attendence a significant and valuable gift by
providing the conference with a personal message and a visionary
idea. His introduction of Adorn America - an inspirational movement
of Making, Giving, Wearing - was the perfect sentiment to share with
a group of creative people who make things that are intended to be
The Adorn America principle of generosity has a two fold purpose,
increasing happiness of both giver and receiver, and increasing the
exposure of jewelry in our daily lives. To exemplify this principle
Alan chose a person at random from the audience to present with a
personal gift from himself, a handmade silver bracelet complete with
the MCWC logo. This was a perfect illustration of the movement in
action, completing his introduction. As Alan presented the gift to
the ecstatic recipient, Patricia Weikersheimer, he demonstrated and
explained the steps involved in Making, Giving, Wearing.
Information about the Adorn America movement is available at
The seed which germanated into the Adorn America movement sprouted
in a conversation between Alan and myself in his garden in San
Francisco. It took root and developed as the dialogue included
Christine Dhein, the assistant director of the Revere Academy. Under
Alan and Christine’s nourishment the seedling flowered and has now
put forth fruit to be shared and enjoyed by everyone.
Alan started the wheel in motion with his presentation in
Bloomingdale, now it is up to all the rest of us to keep the momentum
of the movement going.
Michael David Sturlin