On the blog

  • 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 […]
  • Whether or not you love that dirty water, Bostonians are proud to call this place home.  If you haven’t had a chance to find out what makes our city so special, Memorial Day weekend presents the perfect opportunity when the Society of North American Goldsmiths presents its 44th annual conference, “Impact: Looking Back, Forging Forward.” […]
  • Chuck Tramontana is devoting serious studio time to silversmithing, gold granulation, and enameling, and feels he has only just begun.  Chuck retired in 2007 after a long and successful career mostly devoted to fine silver, beginning, after his graduation from the Cleveland Institute of Art, as a designer with the Reed & Barton Silver Company.  […]
  • John Cogswell is enjoying the onslaught that never happened. The historic Juno Blizzard bypassed New York and instead has buried New England in a manageable dump of blessedly light and fluffy snow. He is author of the highly praised book, “Creative Stonesetting” (Brynmorgen Press), as well as an esteemed educator, illustrator, jeweler, and silversmith. He […]
  • Like other Metalwerx students, Mary Ann Coffey has turned to Metalwerx to explore and develop her creative instincts, following that irresistible path that leads to making things. Mary Ann graduated from UMass Amherst, earned an MBA from Babson College, and settled in Colorado, where she started her own computer service business. There she took a class […]
  • For an artist for whom line is a favorite design element, details such as a signature, with its curves and the drama it reveals, the different pressures of the writer’s hand, the personality in the strokes of ink, can delight the creative soul. “People don’t appreciate handwriting anymore,” says Lindsay Miś (rhymes with “quiche”). It’s […]
  • Talk to Wayne Werner long enough and the word “trip” comes to mind. He worked at The Psychedelic Shop in San Francisco, made tiger pins as gifts for a Jerry Garcia tour, and has traveled the planet to study the world of metals. From humble huts in Egypt and Sumatra to the esteemed halls of […]
  • Jeweler and perennial student America Cutter took her first class at Metalwerx in 2009.  At that point in her life, she had a young daughter, and had been making beaded and wire-wrapped jewelry for a few years.  (Beading and wire wrapping are, of course, widely viewed as the “gateway drugs” to a full-fledged passion for […]
  • Our Winter 2015 course catalog is graced with the artwork of Avery Lucas, a former Metalwerx scholarship winner.  The copper sculpture of two open palms comes to life with its intricate line work, gently imploring the viewer to decide whether the hands are giving, or receiving. The twenty-nine inch piece was created as one of […]
  • It is the season of the Queen of Beadwork. With three concurrent solo shows, Joyce J. Scott, the Baltimore based, globe trotting, world famous, African American bead artist modestly refers to all this attention as merely “a real whirlwind.” If one is familiar with her extensive and varied catalog, an underplayed remark such as this is […]