On the blog

  • If you’ve been to Metalwerx, you’ve seen Wendy Jo New. The petite mother of two is a long-time Studiomate, faculty member, and tireless supporter of all things Metalwerx. She has helped solidify the school’s relationship with Waltham Mills Artists Association, the group that organizes the city’s Open Studios event every November, and never fails to […]
  • If you’ve been to Metalwerx, you’ve seen Wendy Jo New. The petite mother of two is a long-time Studiomate, faculty member, and tireless supporter of all things Metalwerx. She has helped solidify the school’s relationship with Waltham Mills Artists Association, the group that organizes the city’s Open Studios event every November, and never fails to […]
  • Sallie Strand is a painter and sometime metalsmith who’s been taking classes at Metalwerx for quite a number of years, though that’s not exactly where she started out.   Kinetic necklace by Sallie Strand Sallie’s first degree was a diploma from the Culinary Institute of America, and she began her career as a pastry chef.  […]
  • Sallie Strand is a painter and sometime metalsmith who’s been taking classes at Metalwerx for quite a number of years, though that’s not exactly where she started out.   Kinetic necklace by Sallie Strand Sallie’s first degree was a diploma from the Culinary Institute of America, and she began her career as a pastry chef.  […]
  • Tira Mitchell started big but keeps getting smaller–her hand-engraved projects, that is. What began as a gamble to start a career led to being recognized as one of the country’s most highly-regarded engravers of fine jewelry, heirloom knives, custom guitars, and fast motorcycles. Yacht cannons, musical instruments, elegant firearms, bells, cars and ostrich eggs—she’s worked […]
  • Nineteen ninety-six was a pivotal year for Barbara Becker Simon. The accomplished metalsmith had already spent decades working on commissions with the usual mainstays of gold and diamonds when, totally by accident, she learned to make glass beads. “I fell in love,” she said. “Bam, boom! Be afraid. Be very afraid,” she cautions those who […]
  • Marje Royer says her motivation is curiosity.  She first became interested in the process of jewelry-making when she had a pair of cufflinks custom-made for her husband, who was fond of wearing shirts with French cuffs.  She was not happy with the results, so she essentially decided to learn to do it herself.   Bracelet […]
  • Alison Antelman studied television production but, bitten by the metal bug, began to to explore the world of jewelry making. Today she is a multi-award winning artist who has come full circle. Alison’s work is easily recognizable. Her jewelry sparkles with natural stones set in recycled gold against a backdrop of lustrous, oxidized silver. It […]
  • A rare opportunity to learn Korean-style damascening with Brian Meek occurs next month at Metalwerx, immediately following the close of the SNAG convention in Boston. Brian, known as the “Tool Guy” at Knew Concepts metalsmithing equipment, will lead the two-day workshop in which students will learn to make what he describes as “metal Velcro.” The […]
  • Jacqueline Galusha commutes from one end of the state to the other for back-to-back classes at Metalwerx, and stays in the Boston area with friends for weekend workshops.  She lives with her husband on his family’s generations-old 400-acre Berkshire dairy farm in Williamstown, a beautiful expanse of rolling hills, pasture and woods with views into […]

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