SNAG Conference

2012 Conference Program

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Presentations Kevin O'Dwyer Artist and Silversmith, Silver River Studios Tullamore, Ireland Friday May 25, 9:00 AM Kierland Grand Ballroom 2/3 Saint Manchan's Shrine – The Work of Angels – The great monastic settlement of Clonmacnoise produced some of the finest examples of Irish metalwork in the 11th and 12th centuries. During this golden age of Irish metalwork the cross cultural exchange of ideas, techniques and imagery between the Irish and the Viking communities led to the development of the unique Hiberno-Norse (Urnes) style featured on Ireland's finest reliquary shrine – St. Manchan's Shrine. This presentation will focus on the metalwork and Hiberno- Norse imagery of St. Manchan's Shrine, commissioned by Turlough O'Connor, High King of Ireland and created in the workshops of Clonmacnoise. Archaeologist T.D. Kendrick described the shrine as "a rich and dazzling Celtic bewilderment, a perpetual challenge to the eyes". O'Dwyer will take you on a journey through the evolution of the Hiberno Norse style, its imagery and sources, as well as the history and folklore attached to the Shrine over the past 900 years since its creation. Megan Auman Designer/Maker/Educator/ Business Owner/Entrepreneur Jonestown, PA Friday May 25, 11:00 AM Kierland Grand Ballroom 2/3 Creating a Culture of Profit – Talking about and pursuing profit is beneficial to both the creativity and longevity of our field. The current business landscape provides an opportunity to pursue profit while striving for creativity and innovation. Yet, this pursuit of profit is missing from many conversations in the metalsmithing community. This presentation will address the importance of pursuing profit, why conversations about profit are essential for our field, and for the new business landscape where someone can both fulfill their artistic vision and build a profitable business. 20

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