© Fall 1997 Newsletter


Silver For The Holidays

Looking for something special in silver for the holidays? Come to SAS first and let us search the database for available serving and ceremonial pieces. Though our Artisans use traditional techniques, their work is surprisingly affordable. There's really no need to purchase silver made in other countries (much of it inferior in quality) when you have this fantastic resource right here in the United States.

If you are a Society Supporting Member, you will receive generous discounts from these Artisan members:

Peter Erickson Handwrought Flatware

Receive a 20% discount on all Erickson sterling flatware consisting of 122 different place and serving pieces in ten patterns. Peter is the grandson of George Erickson who worked for Arthur J. Stone between 1915 and 1952. George operated his own thriving silver shop from 1932 to 1976. Upon retiring, George gave his tools to Peter, who has been forging flatware in the Erickson tradition since 1971. A catalog is available upon request from: Peter Erickson, 119 Green St., Gardner, MA 01440, 508/632-0702.

Thomas R. Markusen Handcrafted Holloware

Receive a 20% discount on all production holloware pictured in Markusen's color catalog. Items include bowls, candlesticks, and plates in a variety of metals and patinas. Thomas is a professor of metalsmithing at SUNY, College at Brockport, New York, and has lectured at universities, craft schools, and art galleries across North America. His work has been exhibited throughout the US and Europe and has been featured in over eighty leading galleries. The color catalog is available for $2.00 from: Thomas R. Markusen Metalsmithing Studio, 17218 Roosevelt Hwy., Kendall, NY 14476, 716/659-8001.

Robyn Nichols Handcrafted Flatware & Holloware

Receive a 20% discount on all production flatware and holloware pictured in Robyn's catalog. Robyn is internationally recognized for her unique floral-style creations. Her work has been featured in numerous national publications and can be found in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and Design. A glossy, handbound catalog is available for $15.00 (deducted from first order) from: Robyn Nichols, Personal Works of Art, Inc., 2000 Grand Ave., 3rd Floor, Kansas City, MO 64108, 816/474-1731.

For personalized service, call our Referral Silver Hotline at 800/584-2352


We now have an On-line Member Forum for any silver-related questions, such as those on makers' marks, techniques, resources, etc. You'll also find the entire site easier to navigate from the home page, with links to individual topics from each main page.

ISA Offers Assistance

SAS receives many inquiries, primarily from the Internet, on antique silver identification and value. Though we can help in identifying makers' marks, the International Society of Appraisers now has a toll-free number for locating ISA members in your area who can assist in valuation. For a referral, please call them at 888/472-4732.

Herman Glendenning Dies

Herman W. Glendenning, a native of Gardner, Massachusetts, died Thursday, September 18, 1997. He was 91 years old. Born May 5, 1906, Herman learned silversmithing under the late Arts & Crafts silversmith Arthur J. Stone in Gardner. By 1933, he'd earned his Master Craftsman title in both flatware and holloware. For more on Herman's career, see "My Life as a Silversmith" in the summer 1996 issue of American Silversmith.

Artisan Happenings

Sue L. Amendolara and Alix Mikesell participated in "Moving Metal" at the Bruce Gallery of Art at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Sue exhibited in "Hard Evidence," a show of small-scale vessels, sculpture, and jewelry at the Emily Edwards Gallery in San Antonio, Texas, which ran from June 26–August 30, 1997. She is one of two metalsmiths participating in "Clay & Metals Invitational" at the Giles Gallery at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, from November 3–December 2, 1997.

Bernard Bernstein, Cynthia Eid, Cynthia Schlemlein, and Muna Avigail Upin exhibited work in "Realm Between Realms" at the B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum in Washington, DC. The show, which ran from August 14–October 15, 1997, focused on both Jewish ceremonial objects and on paintings, drawings, sculpture, and installations addressing Jewish ritual within the life and festival cycle.

Susan Ewing had her mid-career retrospective: "Aggressive Solutions: Contemporary Works in Metal by Susan Ewing," at the John J. McDonough Museum of Art at Youngstown State University in Ohio, from September 12–November 7, 1997. Curated by Elizabeth Scheurer and organized by the Ohio Crafts Museum in Columbus, the exhibition showed over 80 objects and focused on works created by Susan between 1980 and 1995. Featured in her repertoire are five distinct series: Forms (1980–85), Sere Arquitectónica (1983–90), Penetrated Discs and Spheres (1984–91), Prototypes (1985–95), and Ex Voto to Saint Eligius (1985; 1990–95). The works were crafted from silver, gold, copper, and various unique materials, and feature holloware, jewelry, and sculpture.

William Frederick is one busy silversmith! He recently completed a ceremonial medallion and presidential chain of office for a college, and a pectoral cross incorporating a 12-carat amethyst. He is currently working on two tea services, a chafing dish with alcohol burner, and restoring a Torah case. What's in Bill's future? He will be making a Hanukkah lamp and pair of candelabra to match a chandelier he made for a collector!

Richard H. Reinhardt's "Full Circle, A legacy of Metal Work," is a retrospective that will document his prominence as an American designer and craftsman while examining his historic significance as both an educator and silversmith. The exhibition will be held at Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from March 20–May 8, 1998. Helen W. Drutt English will be giving a keynote lecture on the 20th at 6:00pm. For more information, contact Leah Douglas at 215/875-1116.

Muna Avigail Upin has a necklace with magnifying lens in "For Sight: Artist Interpreted Eyewear" at Gallery I/O in New Orleans, Louisiana, which will be up from October 4–November 15, 1997. She also has a Havdalah candleholder and spice box in "Hidden, Concealed, and Revealed," an exhibition juried by Philip Pearlstein at the Jewish Community Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This show will run from December 4, 1997–January 23, 1998.

Pauline Warg appears in the 20th edition of Who's Who of American Women and the 52nd edition of Who's Who in America.

Supplier News

National Insurance Services, Inc., is no longer our business insurance provider. We are currently negotiating with another company and are expecting to have a replacement by the time you receive this newsletter. If you have coverage with NIS, please call Angela Nesbitt at 410/823-0101 should you have any questions.

Great Finds

A.T. Wall Co.
55 Service Ave., Warwick, RI 02886
401/739-0740, Fax: 401/732-5784
Web: http://www.atwall.com
Made-to-order gold, sterling, & base metal tubing in any size and shape. Brochure & samples available.

Johnson Brush Co.
58 Orne St., N. Attleboro, MA 02760
Made-to-order nickel and brass wire scratch brushes & bristle wheels in any size and shape. Brochure available.

Eureka Manufacturing Co.
PO Box AW, Norton, MA 02766

Inexpensive tarnish-resistant flannel bags, rolls, and yardage. Suppliers of Pacific Silvercloth and manufacturers of silverware chests. Brochure available.

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