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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 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.
Guild Members: Free
Non-Members: $5 Suggested Donation

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


2016 Lecture Series

2016 is finally here! And with it the start of the 2016 Seattle Metals Guild: Lecture Series. I have been honored to organize the lecture series for another year, and thrilled that we will be expanding the series to five lectures! We have a fabulous line up of artist from around the Northwest, and a great opportunity for guild members to come here what artists in their community have been up to. The lectures are held second Thursday of the month from January-May at Seattle Pacific University in Otto Miller Hall Room 109. Doors open at 6:30 and lectures begin at 7.

After each lecture there will be a metals mixer just down the street at the Nickerson St. Saloon, 318 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109. This is a great opportunity to get out of the studio! Socialize, catch up, and drink with your peers in the metals field.

I hope to see everyone at this year’s lectures!

Everett Hoffman,
Lecture Series/Workshop Committee Chair.


January 14, 2016 at 7pm  Otto Miller Hall, Room 109

Keith Lewis: Coalescence: Assisting the Angel of History

Vai Virar (front and back) by Keith Lewis

Vai Virar (front and back) by Keith Lewis

Keith Lewis received his BS in Chemistry from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) in 1981 and his MFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from Kent State University (Kent, OH) in 1993. He has been teaching at Central Washington University since 1994, where he is currently CWU Distinguished Professor.

What can a single object say?

Rather than looking inward – as much contemporary work does – jewelry can engage with large ideas, encounter and interpret the world and serve as a conduit of humanistic values. It can also contain far more meaning and intention than its size might indicate, not least because is resides on the body- for good or ill the focal point from which we encounter the world and towards which we gauge its impact.

February 11, 2016 at 7pm  Otto Miller Hall, Room 109

Amie McNeel: Weld, Meld and Materiality

Beacon (Orange) by Amie McNeel

Beacon (Orange) by Amie McNeel

Amie Laird McNeel received her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley. She has taught sculpture nationally and is currently teaching sculpture within the 3D Forum Studio Program at the University of Washington in Seattle. McNeel specializes in combing metal, clay, wood, and glass. Most recently, she has experimented with various materials and processes as an artist in residence at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, The Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, the Pilchuck Glass School and the Museum of Glass Tacoma.

McNeel will talk about how she incorporates metal into her work and why she chooses different processes; what handling metal has taught her about art and craftsmanship and how that contributes to her teaching.


March 10, 2016 at 7pm  Otto Miller Hall, Room 109

Julie Brooks:  Nothing’s Black and White

The Hungry Ghost by Julie Brooks

The Hungry Ghost by Julie Brooks

Julie Brooks is an artist and metalsmith residing in Seattle, WA. She attended NC State University studying zoology and the life sciences before deciding to explore her passion for the arts. She graduated in 2002 with a BFA in Metal Design and a Minor in Anthropology from East Carolina University, and an MFA in Artisanry from UMASS Dartmouth in 2008. Currently, Brooks teaches at North Seattle College and Pratt Fine Arts Center and has taught across the country. She has been published in 1000 Rings, The Art of Enameling, 500 Wedding Rings, and Humor in Craft. Brooks’ work has been exhibited nationally and is included in the collections of David Freda and Rancho Obi-wan in Petaluma, CA.

Brooks will discuss current research and development for her next body of artwork that focuses on the idea of home, and the trajectory of her studio work over the past 10 years. Themes in her work include narration of emotional conflict and transformation.


April 14, 2016 at 7:30pm Otto Miller Hall, Room 109

Kristin Rask:  The New World of Craft

Kristen Rask

Kristen Rask

The craft movement has always been relevant but has seen many faces.  Since the crash of our economy, the craft movement saw another big surge and new people taking their passion to a new level of business.  Booth display’s changed, shows have become more and more competitive to get into and the movement at large has changed.  Kristen Rask, President of Urban Craft Uprising has seen this change from two perspectives.  As a maker herself, she has been vending for 20 years.  As an organizer, she has seen the profound impact that show’s like UCU has influenced the city, shops and the community.  This lecture will be part discussion, part Q&A.


May 12, 2016 at 7pm Otto Miller Hall, Room 109

Catherine Grisez: 1mm to 50′

Cultivate by Catherine Grisez

Cultivate by Catherine Grisez

Born and raised in Ohio, Catherine Grisez has called Seattle home since 1998 where she works full time as a studio artist. She earned her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design where she majored in Jewelry and Light Metals with an emphasis in holloware. Her artwork spans from limited edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry to both small and large scale sculpture. Her work has been exhibited nationally in museums and galleries, featured in Metalsmith, Sculpture, and American Craft Magazines, and published in Chasing and Repousse, Methods Ancient and Modern by Nancy Megan Corwin and 500 Metal Vessels by Lark Books, to name a few.