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[Welcome] New Members for November 23, 2012

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Please welcome our newest members…

Kristin A Anderson
Apalachicola, Florida. USA, 32329

Artist and goldsmith Kristin Anderson started bending and hammering
silver wire in High School. After receiving the BA in painting, she
learned enameling in Norway to combine her smithing and painting
interests. In 1971 she established her workshop Kristinworks while
in graduate school in Madison, Wisconsin.

In 1974 she received the Master of Fine Arts in Art Metal at the
University of Wisconsin in Madison. She made her living showing her
works at major art fairs all over the USA, in competitive
exhibitions, and in several fine Galleries.

In 1985 Kristin found Apalachicola on her way to an art fair in
Tampa. She sold her little house in Madison, and bought the Orman
Building in downtown Apalachicola. She opened Long Dream Gallery
showing the works of her many art fair friends, as well as her own

In 1999, Kristin sold the Orman building, moved 3.5 miles out of
town to a log cabin in the woods, built a new workshop, and put up
the website She continues making beautiful jewelry
and small sculpture in silver, gold, enamel, and stones, and
building custom pieces for many clients.

Cindy Silas
Dale City, Virginia. USA

Hello! I’m an artist through and through. Have worked in several
mediums, but the last few years have been working with both metal
clay and polymer. I’m currently writing a book for Lark Crafts on
combining the two mediums, due Spring 2014. And, just found out I’m
a finalist for a major art contest in the metal clay category. Would
be more specific, except I’m waiting for their official
announcement. Looking forward to meeting everyone! Cindy Silas

Jennifer Archie
San Francisco, CA. USA

I began my foray into arts through visual arts, drawing and
painting. Next up was fashion which led to my interest in
accessories. I started out with beading and then onto fabrication in
metal arts at a small community arts school in Southeast Michigan.
Now I’m in the San Francisco bay area still working in
metal-smithing, mostly in copper and silver. I’m interested in the
old silver-smithing arts as well as modern jewelry design. And, I
balance all that with fused glass designs and enamelwork.