Marketplace 2018 Educational Series


Saturday, October 20


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.


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

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Sunday, October 21


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 Demonstration with Karen Karon 

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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.