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During the coldest months of winter the Seattle Metals Guild produces and hosts a series of lectures, once a month over the course of five months, typically beginning in January and culminating with a business panel in May. Held the second Thursday of the month, at Otto Miller Hall on the campus of SPU, these lectures are free to SMG members. The Lecture Series organizer attempts to present a diverse selection of local metalsmiths and business owners with a range of experience and knowledge to inspire and educate our membership. Presenters have included jewelers, metalsmiths, world travelers and collectors, welders, sign makers, knife makers, cad-cam specialists, and a man who makes armor for the movies! It is a great opportunity to learn and socialize.

The Lecture Series is held at:

Seattle Pacific University
3469 Third Avenue West
Otto Miller Hall Room 109

Doors open at 6:30. Lectures begin at 7:00.

Need more information? Please send an email to lectureseries@seattlemetalsguild.org.


2015 Lecture Series

I am very pleased to announce the lecture series line up for 2015! The lecture series committee has been hard at work to create a lecture series that will continue and build on the amazing work that Aaron Barr has contributed as the lecture series organizer. This year, the first lecture has been postponed to the second week in February and the series has been extended to the second week of May!  Our first lecture will be held February 12th 2015 at Seattle Pacific University, Otto Miller Hall, Room 109 doors open at 6:30 and lecture will begin at 7:00pm.  Each subsequent lecture will be held the Second Thursday of the month with the same time and location. The April lecture will still be held at Seattle Pacific University but will be held in Demaray Hall Room 150; however, in May we are back in Otto Miller Hall Room 109 for our Business Panel.

Looking forward to a great 2015!

Everett Hoffman
Seattle Metals Guild Workshop/Lecture Series Chair


February 12, 2015 at 7:00pm  Otto Miller Hall, Room 109

Kirk Lang: Looking Up, Looking Down, to See the In-Between

Kirk Lang 1

Constellation 1 by Kirk Lang

The Lecture series committee is very excited to have the talented Kirk Lang giving the first lecture of the year.

Kirk Lang is a Seattle based sculptor, metalsmith, jeweler, designer, and amateur astronomer. He has recently created a series of kinetic sculptures. Themes in his work include “time, space and mythology, in the form of mechanical interactive objects”. Most recently in 2014 Kirk had a solo exhibition Tributaries at the National Ornamental Museum. He has also been awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship, Artist Trust GAP Grant and 4Culture Individual Project Grant. On top of that his work can been seen in many different publications including 500 Metal Vessels, 500 Necklaces, 1000 Rings and Metalsmith Magazine. He holds a MFA from the University of Washington in Interdisciplinary Visual Arts and a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Jewelry & Metals.


March 12, 2015 at 7pm  Otto Miller Hall, Room 109

Jennifer Navva Milliken:  “Ma ze tzorfut?”: Contemporary Jewelry In Israel

Guidelines by Noa Zilberman

Guidelines by Noa Zilberman

The lecture series is pleased to have Jennifer Navva Milliken, Curator of Craft at the Bellevue Arts Museum giving a lecture on contemporary jewelry in Israel.

Her lecture “Ma ze tzorfut” will focus on the short but dynamic history of contemporary jewelry in Israel…“Amid a turbulent existence and disparate traditions stretching from Yemen and Bukhara to London and Amsterdam, a fertile scene of local makers – informed more by a culture of challenging conventions than by issues of nationhood or heritage – sustains itself through its ardent commitment to a distinct form of artistic expression. “

Jennifer Navva Milliken is Curator of Craft at Bellevue Arts Museum. Before joining BAM, she established INTER ALIA projects, a private curatorial practice dedicated to generating independent initiatives that served to advance an interdisciplinary agenda focused on art, conceptual craft, design, and new media. Now based in Seattle, Milliken has lived in a number of locales including Jerusalem, New York, Seoul, and Tel Aviv. She has worked for a number of cultural institutions and museums, including the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD), New York, and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem.


April 9, 2015 at 7pm Demaray Hall Room 150

Anya Kivarkis:  Jewelry from Dutch Portraiture to the Internet Archive

Carey Mulligan, Red Carpet Earrings 2010 by Anya Kivarkis

Carey Mulligan, Red Carpet 2010 by Anya Kivarkis

We are very excited to be bringing Anya Kivarkis out to Seattle to give a lecture from Eugene Oregon.

Anya Kivarkis will discuss current projects and the trajectory of her studio work and research context for the last 10 years. Anya Kivarkis is currently Assistant Professor and Area Head of Jewelry and Metalsmithing at the University of Oregon in Eugene. She received a BFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, and an MFA from the State University of New York in New Paltz in 2004.

Most recently in 2014 she was the recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship. She has been in numerous exhibitions in the United States and internationally most recently including, The Decorative Impulse at the Villa Terrace Museum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, L’education Sentimentale at the Solidor Art Space in Cagnes sur Mer, France, Metalsmith, and COLLECT at Saatchi Gallery in London.  Her work is included in collections such as the Tacoma Art Museum, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, The Rotasa Foundation, and the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.


May 14, 2015 at 7pm Otto Miller Hall, Room 109

Business Panel Featuring:

Karen Lorene –  owner of Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery

Jeremy Dunn and Charlie Herner –  owners of the Rephinery

Aran Galligan –  owner of Aide-mémoire Jewelry

For the first time the lecture series will be hosting a business panel; in which we have invited three business owners in the fields of art jewelry and commercial jewelry.  They will discuss how they got started and offer some advice for those just getting started.  We will then open up the floor for audience questions. We are hoping for this to be a reoccurring part of the lecture series and an insight into metals community businesses and industry.

Karen Lorene – is the owner of Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery. The gallery shows the work of 49 jewelry artists: northwest, national and international, as well as antique and vintage jewelry.  Karen along with being a successful business owner has published numerous books including “Building a Business, Building a Life – A Memoir & Workbook”. Karen and Facèré have been highlighted in numerous publications including Ornament Magazine, Volume 30, No. 4, Signs of Life Review; Niche Magazine, Spring 2008, Gallery Feature; American Craft, June/July 2009, Shop Talk; Art Jewelry Forum, 2014, Tilling Time/Telling Time Interview.

Jeremy Dunn and Charlie Herner – are founders of the Rephinery in Seattle, a custom jewelry shop focusing on high quality Fine custom jewelry. Jeremy is a classically trained Gold and Platinumsmith, a graduate of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, a GIA Graduate Gemologist and Certified Gemologist through the American Gem Society. Charlie has a background in Architectural Drafting and Graphic Design, and diplomas from the GIA in the Graduate Jeweler & Applied Jewelry Arts programs.

Aran Galligan – is the owner of Aide-mémoire Jewelry. Aran received a BFA in Craft/Material Studies with a focus in jewelry from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2000, and her MFA in Metal from SUNY New Paltz in 2012. After graduation from SUNY New Paltz Aran moved back to Seattle where she started Aide-mémoire Jewelry. Which specializes in custom eco-friendly and ethical men’s and women’s wedding rings, in gold, palladium, and silver. Her business also focuses on using 100% recycled precious metals, ethical fair-trade, recycled and lab-grown diamonds and gemstones.