I made the decision to go ahead and attend Clasp. I love attending
SNAG, but it is time for something new. The people at Rio, plus all
the others are pretty smart and savvy people. I trust they know what
they are doing. It's expensive for sure, but, this is an investment
for Metalwerx. Sometimes you just have to take a leap of faith.
M E T A L W E R X
Clasp - A Convergence of Jewelers.
Nashville, Tennessee, September 15-17, 2006.
What is Clasp?
Clasp is an innovative new conference recently announced by
Rio Grande and its advisory partners Bench Media, Ganoksin
(parent to the Orchid Forums), Manufacturing Jewelers and
Suppliers of America (MJSA) and The Society of North American
Who Will Clasp Serve?
Clasp will be the first conference of its kindan education and
networking conference specifically designed to serve small
manufacturers, metalsmiths, designing jewelers and bench
What Will Clasp's Focus Be?
Clasp will explore all aspects of the business of
jewelry-making art, working to educate and inspire
jewelry-makers across the industry in a setting that
encourages networking with peers and interaction with speakers
from inside as well as outside the jewelry industry.
Clasp Will Build Important Relationships
As an important part of the Clasp experience, independent
jewelry-makers will be encouraged to take advantage of
networking opportunities, gaining tremendous value from
interacting with one another and sharing ideas. The casual,
non-competitive setting provided by Clasp will enable
jewelry-makers to step outside their daily routines and to
invest in professional development and interpersonal
connections. This investment will pay off throughout the year
as jewelry-makers draw on both new knowledge and new sources
of support and
Clasp is Good for the Industry
In addition, Clasp will serve to invigorate and reinvest in
the jewelry industry. Rio Grande will finance and produce
Clasp. Bench Media, Ganoksin, MJSA and SNAG will provide
advisory support. This effort will build individual
jewelry-makers' success and will strengthen the entire jewelry
Will There Be an Exhibition?
This will not be a selling event. Jewelry industry educational
providers will be invited to share their literature and
curricula so attendees will have an opportunity
to learn more about all the educational opportunities
available to them in the industry. But suppliers (including
Rio Grande) will not be selling wares at this event. We know
the jewelry industry offers many opportunities for trade
shows, and we want to focus all of our energy on education,
networking, inspiration and growth.