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During the coldest months of winter, the Seattle Metals Guild produces and hosts a series of four lectures. Typically held the second Thursday of the month on the campus of Seattle Pacific University, these lectures are free to SMG members and open to the public with a suggested donation of $5. The Lecture Series organizers attempt to present a diverse selection of presenters, from a broad mix of metal artists to business owners who can offer a unique perspective in the field. Presenters have included jewelers, sculptors, world travelers, collectors, welders, sign makers, knife-makers, cad-cam specialists, craft show organizers, and even a man who makes armor for the movies! It is a great opportunity to learn and socialize. After each lecture there will be a metals mixer just down the street at the Nickerson St. Saloon, 318 Nickerson Street, Seattle, WA 98109

The Lecture Series is held at:

Seattle Pacific University (SPU)
Eaton Hall Room #112 (January)
Otto Miller Hall Room #109 (February, March, April) 

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.

SPU security phone number for building access: 206-281-2911

2017 Lecture Series

Aaron BarrNot Letting Your Tools Define You

January 12th, 2017 at 7 pm,  Eaton Hall Room #112, SPU

After working as a custom jeweler for twelve years, Aaron (and his wife) decided to take off for a trip around the world at the end of 2014. Taking only carry-on bags, they explored eighteen countries over fifteen months and worked with numerous indigenous artists they met along the way. They found so much inspiration while learning from craftspeople on their trip around the world.

Bio: Studio-trained as a gold and platinum smith, Aaron has made his living as a custom jewelry designer with an emphasis on custom wedding rings. He graduated from Wesleyan University with a BFA, and has taken many classes in jewelry, sculpture, metalsmithing, and woodworking. He worked at Green Lake Jewelry Works for many years, and then decided to take a trip around the world at the end of 2014. He and his wife explored eighteen countries over fifteen months and worked with numerous indigenous artists they met along the way.

Kent Raible: A Unique Approach to 18K Fabrication: Copper-Salt Assisted Fusion & Granulation

February 9 th, 2017 at  7pm Otto Miller Hall, Room #109, SPU

Kent Raible will cover 35 years of work using a very specific technique he learned in Germany in the early 1980’s. He will explain the concepts and some of the intricacies involved with high-karat gold fusion and granulation. A question and answer period will follow. 

Bio: Since 1971, Kent Raible has continuously worked with and studied the history of precious metals, and has become one of America’s preeminent studio goldsmiths. His dedication to his craft has earned him international recognition through awards, museum acquisitions, and commissions. He taught at Revere Academy, and attended a jewelry trade school in southern Germany as a guest student for a year. He has taken classes from several jewelry masters, most recently Michael Boyd’s Gem Cutting class. His one-of-a-kind Masterworks as well as his exquisite Studio Collection of designer jewelry are available through fine art galleries and jewelry stores across the United States. His work can also be seen in the collections of the Oakland Museum, the    Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum, and many jewelry publications.



Kristin Tollefson: Something from Nothing Presenter 

March 9th, 2017 at 7pm  Otto Miller Hall, Room # 109, SPU

How do we embrace beginnings, and where do we go from there? Tollefson will talk about work and life, the ways each informs the other, and what to do when you are stuck.

Bio: Kristin Tollefson received her MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a BA, Cum Laude, in Anthropology/Sociology and Art History from Carleton College. Her work centers on the multifaceted relationship between humans and environment, exploring scales ranging from jewelry to public art installation. Tollefson has received grants and awards from organizations including the Fulbright Program, The American- Scandinavian Foundation, Artist Trust, and Jack Straw. Her work can be found in collections such as the City of Seattle, 4Culture, and City of Akureyri, Iceland. She is the Education Director at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.




Maria Phillips: Mapping Monotony 

April 13th, 2017 at 7pm,  Otto Miller Hall Room #109, SPU

Mapping Monotony began as an instinctual move to combine Maria’s love of pattern, drawing, and the messy organic beauties that present themselves in every-day household life. She captures and reinterprets these ordinary moments through jewelry, sculpture, drawing and photographs. Maria will explain how her ideas have adapted in both form and circumstance, connect past to present, and show how even after pursuing these ordinary beauties for so long, they never seem like enough.

Bio: Maria Phillips is an artist and educator based in Seattle, Washington. Phillips work is a manifestation of the overlap between home and studio. Attuned to the inconspicuous beauty awaiting in the random encounters and habitual rhythms of the domestic space, Phillips leverages these observations into work that considers experience as material, whether wearable, sculptural, or some place in between. Maria received her BA from Loyola University in New Orleans and her MFA from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her work is included in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design New York, the Renwick Gallery – Smithsonian American Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Rotassa Foundation and numerous private collections. She recently was awarded the John and Joyce Price Award of Excellence for her work in the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial.