Colorado Metalsmithing Association (CoMA) Annual Conference July
The Colorado Metalsmithing Association is once again planning for
the 15th Annual, 2011 Salida Conference, titled ‘Edge and Flow’. This
event, held at the Steamplant Event Center in Salida, Colorado, is
the premier event of the non-profit, state metalsmithing
organization, founded in 1994. Once again, some outstanding jewelry
and sculpture artists will grace the banks of the Arkansas River,
with their incredible talent and presentations of their fine art.
Michael Zobel, a renowned jewelry designer from Germany, will be
sharing his knowledge and international acceptance of his art, along
with a post conference workshop on creating a silver cuff bracelet
with gold and stone surface embellishment. In September 2003, Michael
was appointed honorary professor of the National University for
architecture, construction, and Transport in Kyrgyzstan. For several
years now, Michael Zobel has taken part in an international,
UNESCO-supported project called ‘The Great Silk Route: A Dialogue
between East and West’, which organizes exhibitions in various cities
in Asia and Europe.
Connecticut jeweler Judith Kaufman is known for her one-of-a-kind
jewelry. Each piece is entirely made by hand, utilizing different
colored gold and unique cuts of stones, which gives her pieces a
feeling of being an artifact, yet presents a futuristic look at the
same time. Her work has been honored by the Philadelphia Museum of
Art, ACC, and is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of
Art and Design in NYC.
Tom Muir is a distinguished Professor of the Arts at Bowling Green
State University. Along with the interrelationship of form and
meaning, Tom combines his love of craftsmanship and moveable parts to
create complex, functional pieces of art. Tom Muir’s award winning
work has been included in more than 400 national and international
exhibitions and many public collections, including the White House
Collection of American Crafts and the Smithsonian Institution. Tom
will be teaching a pre conference workshop in Denver - ‘Clasps and
Catches: Enhancing Work With Creative Mechanisms’.
Sculptor Hoss Haley has worked as a visual artist for more than
twenty years, creating sculpture, paintings, and public art. Hoss’s
work is in several collections including Lowes Corporation, McColl
Center for Visual Art, and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design. Hoss
has been a resident artist of Penland School of Crafts and the John
Michael Kohler Arts Center. Hoss favors industrial materials and
fabrication methods, often building or adapting the machines and
tools he uses to produce his work.
Avi Good will present a talk on marketing metalwork in today’s
economy. She is the daughter of renowned metalsmith Michael Good from
Maine. Avi grew up in the industry and currently runs the family
business. She will offer humorous and insightful tips on how to
market and price metal work.
More about the 15th annual CoMA Conference can be found
All are welcome. This is a truly stellar group of artists. Join us!