Marketplace 2018 Educational Series


  Saturday, October 20th                                                                                 

11:00 AM   Artist Lecture​: Drift Compatible with Tanya Crane 

"As I’ve migrated through and assimilated to America’s diverse landscapes, I capture its essence in wearable formats." Tanya will discuss how her experiences living in the American West and East are influencing the choices she makes in material, form and composition"

Tanya Crane is a Professor of the Practice in Metals at the School Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts. Crane received her MFA in Metalsmithing + Jewelry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015, and her BFA in Metal from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is the 2017 winner of the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award and will have her first solo exhibition at the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis, Tennessee in January of 2019.


1:00 PM  Wellness Tips for Smiths with Missy Graff-Ballone of Wellness for Makers


In this workshop, Missy will teach a variety of safe and accessible techniques that can be used to develop and maintain your body’s natural elasticity. These techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, and improve posture. 

Missy Graff-Ballone is the founder of Wellness for Makers LLC, an organization dedicated to motivating and empowering artists through education and mindful living. Missy graduated with her MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz. She is a RYT-500 Alignment-based Yoga Teacher and she has been a Licensed Massage Therapist over 10 years. She created Wellness for Makers to make it easier for artists everywhere to locate and share wellness resources.

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3:00 PM  Stone Carving with a Flexshaft Demonstration with Darryl Alexander

In this presentation, Darryl will be explaining and demonstrating the reductive processes of stone carving. He will discuss how to look for inclusions and techniques for mapping out a stone before carving. He will also be sharing images of his unique work and his experiences in mining for gems. 

Darryl is an award winning gem cutter, carver, miner and jewelry artist living in Arizona. He has over 30 years of experience in the field and his work has been featured in publications such as Modern Jeweler, Professional Jeweler, Lapidary Journal, and Vogue. Darryl is the proud winner of five Gemmy Awards, five AGTA Cutting Awards, five American Pearl Awards, three Arizona Jewelry Design Awards and two Headley-Whitley Bibliot Awards as well as being a featured artist at the Lizzardo and Whitley-Headley Museums.

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  Sunday, October 21st                                                                        


11:00 AM  What's In A Title? Identifying Yourself As A Maker with Troy Hines

On your business card, would you go by Metalsmith?  Artisan? Art Jeweler?  What about Studio Craftsperson?  Chances are some of these titles will rub you the wrong way, and it is probably difficult to pick just one word to describe what you do.   Also, the general public will often find these titles confusing.  There is a rich and fascinating history to how this got so complicated.  Let’s unpack some of the shifts in thinking about artists and craftspeople that have shaped perceptions of creative titles and discuss some strategies for communicating what we make to the general public. 

Troy Hines is the Head of Jewelry Design and Product Development for a division of Swarovski. She is adjunct faculty at Rhode Island College teaching Craft History, a curriculum she developed for UMass Dartmouth where she previously taught for 18 years.She is a creative professional who has worn many hats in the field of metalsmithing ranging from polisher, model maker, and manufacturing process engineer. A studio craftsperson since 1991, she entered the CORE program at Penland after completing her BFA in metalsmithing.She received her MFA at UMass – Dartmouth. Her studio work has been shown nationally and internationally.


1:00 PM  Chain Maille Workshop with Karen Karon 


Chain maille and scale maille began as methods for constructing ancient battle armor.  Today, these techniques are used for a variety of purposes, including making eye-catching jewelry and accessories.  Attendees will be introduced to this ancient art form by making a pair of Byzantine and Scale Earrings and a Scale Maille Key Fob. One lucky participant will go home with a free pair of Xuron 483 Flat Nose Pliers! Courtesy of Xuron. *tools and materials are provided on a first-come first-serve basis.

Karen Karon is a Jewelry designer and author who has been “connecting jump rings” since 2006. She teaches chain maille classes and workshops at Metalwerx, local venues, and also provides private chain maille instruction. She has written articles for Art Jewelry, Bead Style and Step by Step Wire Jewelry magazines and is the author of two books on chain maille, Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop and Advanced Chain Maille Jewelry Workshop, published by Interweave.  Her chain maille jewelry is available at Alchemy 9.2.5, a contemporary jewelry and fine craft gallery in Belmont, MA and can been seen on her website

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3:00 PM  Pricing Your Work with Marlene Richey

In this lecture, Marlene will focus on the basics of pricing your work. “I get asked about pricing on a regular basis and I will share some simple formulas give you more confidence in your jewelry, business and…pricing!” Handouts will be included.

Marlene has over 30 years of experience in the jewelry field, including running a wholesale business, retail gallery, and serving on numerous boards of directors. She has authored an award-winning book about running a small jewelry design/craft business - "Profiting by Design" through the MJSA Press.