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Sam Shaw on Clasp Vs SNAG Conference


#1

The free and generous sharing of via Orchid, has become
a wonder, to all familiar with the secretive ways of the past. Close
to the vest secrets, are shared with nothing held back, if not by
one, then by 10 others.

This has made many, better informed and very happy. Me too. Earlier
today, I was reading SNAG NEWS. SNAG President Sam Shaw very
graciously explains the differences between the known SNAG
Conference, and the recent conference addition Clasp. It may clarify
and help some on deciding between the two conferences, and which
would be more beneficial to attend, if there must be a choice.

Cooperation with, rather than ignoring or “competing” is, in the end
a good path to follow.

I have yet to attend a SNAG Conference, it is a goal of mine, and
Clasp, well for me, it is beyond wonderful. The shared
and taught, the camaraderie, the quality of instructor and lecturer,
are beyond expectations, not to mention the networking.

After reading SNAG News, I felt very good.
Thanks and Hugs
Terrie


#2

Nicely worded Terry.

I have attended SNAG conferences many years. The last two, I have
not because the content of Clasp has been more inline of what
Metalwerx needs.

SNAG is wonderful. It embraces the artistic spirit and is a visual
delight of the imagination. If you love metalsmithing in all its
splendor, this is a good conference for recharging your artistic
batteries. Seeing up close and personal what people make in pushing
the artistic boundaries of wearable art is a feast for the eyes.

Personally I believe the two conferences compliment each other
beautifully. In March, I am heading to Savannah. I haven’t been to
SNAG for two years now and am looking forward to it. But I am looking
forward to Clasp too, but for different reasons.

The communities of all three, Clasp, Orchid and SNAG have opened
doors to what’s possible, what’s new. We are a community of artists
traversing these paths of passion wanting to make what we do have
meaning every day in our lives. We are also craftspeople wanting to
make our craft better, solve puzzles with new and better tools.

-k

M E T A L W E R X
School for Jewelry and the Metalarts
50 Guinan St.
Waltham, MA 02451
781 891 3854
www.metalwerx.com


#3
Personally I believe the two conferences compliment each other
beautifully. In March, I am heading to Savannah. I haven't been to
SNAG for two years now and am looking forward to it. But I am
looking forward to Clasp too, but for different reasons. 

The SNAG torch, Slim, is here in Savannah and is meeting all the
torches at the Savannah College of Art and Design Metals and Jewelry
shop. Slim is being given tours of Savannah area. So far likes the
historic area, watching the big ships and tugboats on the river, and
beach at Tybee Island. Has had Lowcountry Boil, yum… says the
Shrimp and Grits at the Breakfast Club on Tybee Island are great, as
is the crab melt sandwich and Porter at Moon River and lunch at
Zunzi’s is becoming a favorite.