© Winter 1999-2000 Newsletter


New at Silversmithing.com

The SAS member list has been moved to a new location:http://www.silversmithing.com/1list.htm.

Most students need help organizing their workshops after graduating. The selection and placement of tools and machinery is critical for an efficient workplace. Jeff Herman shows you what helps make his silver restoration & conservation business run smoothly. His on-line shop can be visited at http://www.silversmithing.com/1shop.htm.

An Artisan memorial page has been set up. Frederick Miller, Richard H. Reinhardt, Ronald Hayes Pearson, Solve Hallqvist, Alma Eikerman, and Robert Bower are now on this page. If you have remembrances you would like posted about any of these individuals, please send an e-mail to memorial@silversmithing.com, or click the link on the memorial page at http://www.silversmithing.com/1artmem.htm.

The Hans Christensen Sterling Silversmith Award

The Society of American Silversmiths will be presenting its first lifetime achievement award to an outstanding American silversmith.

The award is named after the late Hans Christensen, silversmith at Georg Jensen Silversmithy in Denmark, and Professor of Silversmithing at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. The annual award will honor those individuals who have made significant contributions to the field.

Many thanks to Supporting Member Thomas M. Sandretto, who approached SAS with this idea in February. He and others, primarily students of Hans’s, wanted to honor him for his immense contributions as an outstanding teacher, designer-craftsman, and good friend.

The Award

The award, presented at SilverWorksII on June 3, 2000, will be a full-size engraved sterling hammer, patterned after a 50th birthday present given to Hans in 1974 by his students, and a certificate in a beautiful presentation folder. The recipient will also have his or her work and biography immortalized on this Web site.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Any silversmith who is a United States citizen

  • Academics, professionals, or working in the industry
  • At least 50 years of age
  • Practicing silversmith for at least 20 years
  • The silversmith must be living.

2000 Selection Committee

Jeffrey Herman, Executive Director of SAS, and Artisans Robert Butler and Susan Ewing.

The Jurying Process

Beginning in 2001, a ballot of all SAS Artisans and other noteworthy silversmiths in the United States who are at least 50 years old, will be sent to SAS Artisan members. They will be asked to make their top three choices. The selection committee will review all ballots and, at its discretion, select the award recipient.

Hans’s biography and images of his work can be found at http://www.silversmithing.com/1hans.htm.

2000 Student Silversmiths Competition Underway!

Student silversmiths nationwide are fortunate to have three Artisan members assisting in organizing this year’s competition; they are Sue Amendolara, Cynthia Eid, and Billie Jean Theide. Posters and entry forms were sent to 125 institutions offering silversmithing programs. Our deepest appreciation goes out to the following prize donors:

Professor B. Seymour Rabinovitch: Presenting a $1,500 commission to the grand-prize winner to create a broad-bladed sterling server of the winner’s design. Professor Rabinovitch is a noted collector and author of Antique Silver Servers. This piece will become part of a collection of contemporary servers assembled by Rabinovitch in support of the craft and will provide a focused comparison of American and British styles and techniques.

Allcraft Tool & Supply, 45 West 46th St., New York, NY 10036, 800/645-7124, 212/840-1860: Presenting a certificate for $200 worth of hammers and stakes to the grand-prize winner.

Hoover & Strong, 10700 Trade Rd., Richmond, VA 23236, 800/759-9997, 804/794-3700, Fax: 800/616-9997: Presenting a 12" x 12" x 18-gauge (.040") sheet of sterling to each of the two finalists.

Safety Source Northeast, 111 Pennsylvania Ave., Warwick, RI 02888, 800/354-6113, 401/736-8774: Presenting safety supplies, including 3M half-face respirators w/particulate filters, Uvex safety glasses, Max-Lite earplugs, nitrile gloves, and aprons to both finalists.

If you’re planning on purchasing tools, silver, or safety supplies, please consider buying from the above companies that are supporting this competition.

For complete information and entry form for the 2000 Student Silversmiths Competition, visit the competition page at http://www.silversmithing.com/1comp2.htm.

SilverWorksII Announced

SilverWorks was such a resounding success last year that SAS has made it an annual event! SilverWorksII, planned for June 3, 2000, will include demonstrations by Cynthia Eid–Fold Forming, Robert Butler–Power Raising, Jeffrey Herman–Silver Cleaning, and Valentin Yotkov–Chasing & Repoussé. Please see the enclosed SilverWorksII brochure, or visit http://www.silversmithing.com/1silwork.htm.

SAS Exhibition Services

Since 1990 SAS has been organizing Artisan silver exhibitions around the country and now offers its expertise to museums and galleries. Allow the Society to professionally produce your next silver show. We do it all; you need only supply the cases! And, be assured that you'll be showing the finest silver produced in this country. The following services are included at a very reasonable price: individual object condition sheets, price list, valuation list, customized object labeling for use on or in your display cases, duplication of your fonts and label style, detailed packing slips supplied within every incoming shipping carton (eliminating confusion), individualized pressure-sensitive return shipping labels, resumés of participating Artisans, press releases sent to national magazines and newspapers, publicity kit with photographs, color slides, press release sent to you for local publicity, silver care kit with cleaning instructions, SAS organization information, and educational videos. Give us a call at 800/584-2352 today, and relax—we'll take care of everything!

New Benefits for Members

The Crafts Report, 300 Water St., Box 1992, Wilmington, DE 19899, 800/777-7098, 302/656-2209, Fax: 302/656-4894: Offering members a one-year subscription for $29, plus 14 Must-Read Articles for Crafts Business Survival, a $12.95 value. The Crafts Report has compiled 14 compelling articles that will greatly enhance the selling of your crafts. These carefully selected articles are practical, and will help you survive and prosper in today's rapidly changing craft environment. Renewing subscribers will receive $5 off the normal $29 rate.

SilverWorks: This SAS event is a retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. It has been planned with fun in mind, with plenty of delicious food and renowned demonstrators, all within the wonderful country setting of northwestern Rhode Island. Members will receive a 20% discount for the event.

Artisan Member News

On April 30, 2000, Jack da Silva will be hosting a free public slide lecture and potluck supper for Swedish silversmith and artist Olle Olls, at his Metal Design Studio in El Sobrante, California. For more information, call Jack at 510/ 223-1616.

Apologies to William Frederick for not being mentioned as a participant in “Magic and Ritual: Hannukkiahs Seen Through Contemporary Eyes,” held at the Steinbaum Krauss Gallery in New York.

Sue Amendolara, Cynthia Eid, Fred Fenster, Robly Glover, Michael Jerry, Curtis LaFollette, Lynda LaRoche, Randy Long, Richard Mawdsley, Billie Jean Theide, and Munya Avigail Upin participated in the “Republic Bank Holidazzle National Silver Invitational” at the Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Michael Banner exhibited at the ACC Craft Show in Baltimore in February, and will be at ACC’s Atlanta show from March 18–19, 2000. Michael will also be selling his holloware at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC, from April 27–30, 2000.

Jack da Silva, Cynthia Eid, Robly Glover, Nancy Slagle, and Munya Avigail Upin who curated, participated in “Refined 2000 North American Metalsmithing Invitational” at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas.

Cynthia Eid, Thomas Muir, Lin Stanionis, and Richard Mawdsley exhibited at “Vessel Invitational 2000” at Davidson Gallery, Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, New York.

Cynthia Eid, Kathy Hart, Munya Avigail Upin, Olle Johanson, Curtis LaFollette, and Harold Schremmer are participating in “This is Not Paul Revere’s Silver” at Cambridge Artists Cooperative in Massachusetts. The show is up until March 30, 2000. Contact the Cooperative at 617/868-5966.

Next SilverChat

Jeffrey Herman has been working with silver for 22 years and has specialized in silver restoration and conservation for the past 16 years. Come visit on March 29, 8:30-10:00 p.m. EST, as he fields questions on silver care, finishes, processes used in the trade, approximate cost of repairs, and career opportunities. Find SilverChat at http://www.silversmithing.com/1silchat.htm.

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