[Welcome] New Members for April 7, 2009

Please welcome our newest members!

Lauretta Bell
Victoria, BC. Canada

Been doing silversmithing for only about six months but have fallen
in love with the whole process.

Deborah Gillaspie
Chicago, IL. USA

I’m still working my day job as jazz librarian at the University of
Chicago, but I do hope to retire (assuming my TIAA-CREF improves –
if not, I’ll still be here when I’m 90.)

For about eight years I’ve been working in polymer clay, and have
been privileged to study with people whose work I admire. I’m also
an admirer/collector of the work of Ford/Forlano, and I’m indebted
to Steven Ford for his kindness. It was observing how Ford and
Forlano’s polymer work evolved once they started collaborating with
metal artist Maryanne Petrus-Gilbert that led me to realize that I
needed to study metalworking.

I just joined SNAG, no more buying Metalsmith magazine off the
newsstand! I’ve been a subscriber to Jewelry Artist for several
years, and also get Art Jewelry. I’m enjoying my copy of Oppi
Untracht’s “Jewelry: concepts and technology” and I readily admit to
buying a lot of books, but they’re good ones!

I’m hoping to learn from the experiences of all of you! Already I
need to say “thanks!” to Charles Lewton-Brain and Tim McCreight for
the beginners’ they’ve posted to Ganoksin, I’m finding
it very helpful.

Your colleague,
Deborah Gillaspie

Ted Loughrey
Magee Jewellers
New Brunswick. Canada


I have been the goldsmith at Magee Jewellers since Feb. 2003,
previously after a stint in the insurance business my wife and I
owned a Jeweller store.