SNAG Conference

2012 Conference Program

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Presentations Models – The influence of both craft and ornamentation in Kim's work and practice as illustrated through the work of theorists, writers, artists, and that of her students. She will touch on issues of repetition, ideas about beauty and originality, the contemporary understanding of craft, and the essential struggle towards change. The talk will illustrate the development of her own work including a current exhibition at the Racine Art Museum and recent public art works. Kim Cridler Metalsmith/Associate Professor of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison Rockford, MI Thursday May 24, 11:15 AM Kierland Grand Ballroom 2/3 Heat, Pressure, and Time: Essential Elements of a Life of Discovery with Patterned Metals – Explore the relationship of heat, pressure, and time, and how they influence the successful solid state bonding of laminated metals such as Mokume Gane and Damascus Steel. Steve will trace the history of traditional patterned metals techniques, the problems associated with them, his interest in laminated metals, and how this all led him to develop extrusion patterned metals. The discussion of heat, pressure, and time will also be used as a launching point of Steve's own journey and maturation as a metalsmith -- the pressure of work and family obligations, the heat of empowering his competition, the crucial commitment of time to learn his craft, and ultimately the cultivation of trust in his work as a form of play and discovery. Steve Midgett Wedding Ring Designer/ Innovator/President of Extrusion Patterned Metals Corporation Franklin, NC Thursday May 24, 1:45 PM Kierland Grand Ballroom 2/3 19

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