Over, under, over, under, over, under…. music quietly running threw her head phones. All you can hear is the sound of metal wires lightly brushing against each other. The level of concentrations is palpable as Sharon’s fingers carefully bend and manipulate the metal wires of the woven pod she is sculpting. It is a process that requires precise calculations, and many hours of slowly weaving thin gauge copper wire in and out.

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Sharon Stafford has one of those infectious studio practices, that makes you want to settle into your bench and just work! It is apparent in her ZEN like attitude, that Sharon enjoys the process of making. Nothing is rushed, and when she is unhappy with the work she has completed you can find her delicately unweaving her weft.

When asked what inspires her, Sharon simply says “the inspiration comes from the work itself- the process, the techniques and the forms”, though you may notice some natural forms appearing in Sharon’s work as well, pods, leafs, and tendrils. Sharon considers these motifs more of a subconscious inspiration rather than fully intentional.  Take for example Sharon’s “Copperseed Pods” sculptural vessel, which is currently on view at the Society of Arts and Crafts in the Seaport District, Boston! This piece is part of the traveling exhibition “All things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century” on view until June 9th!  Sharon remembers this piece to have been a “wondrous experience in making” as it morphed and grew into beautiful textures and forms.

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But basketry and sculptural weaving aren’t the only skills she’s mastered; Sharon also makes unique jewelry that primarily combines traditional silver smithing with fold forming and metal crochet.  Sometimes these fold forms even find themselves woven into a basket, such as Sharon’s “Coiled Cup” which earned her the Jurors Choice Recognition in the Lewton-Brain Foldform Competion in 2016! One of Sharon’s signature jewelry pieces is her Crochet Wire Scarf; these scarves vary in color, thickness, and are sometimes adorned with pearls or precious stones. These lightweight wire scarfs delicately drape around the wearer’s neck, and can be worn in a multitude of ways… twisted in the front…laying parallel on the body…or doubled up and asymmetrical… the wearer decides!

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Sharon is constantly making, at home and in the Metalwerx studio- which certainly means a lot of wear and tear on her hands and wrists, so this year Sharon has changed her studio practice to be less repetitive. This means each piece takes a little bit longer to complete, but she is working on more pieces at once. When writing this blog post, I walked back to snap a couple of photos of Sharon at work, to no surprise she was weaving a gorgeous new piece. There she was with her giant project board, covered in graph paper, and wires coming out from seemingly every direction! Undoubtedly part of the art of weaving wire is proactively preventing the loose wires from turning into a giant knot!

To get a sneak peek into Sharon’s process visit our youtube page at the link below to see Sharon weaving!

And to learn more about Sharon and her work visit the Society of Arts and Craft on Friday May 25th, at 12pm for her Gallery Talk! ASLO: Don’t miss her work in the 2018 Biennial Member Exhibition at the Fuller Craft Museum, on view until October 7th 2018.

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Metalwerx Online Auction Fundraiser 2018!

by Metalwerx on March 29, 2018

This fall Metalwerx celebrated it’s 20th year anniversary! Over the past two decades Metalwerx has evolved from a small in-studio classroom to the hustle and bustling nationwide know school for jewelry and metal arts.  So how did Metalwerx manifest into the school it is today?  The answer is pretty simple, it’s because of you!  Students, instructors, makers, dabblers, professionals…professional dabblers, you make our community stronger and better.   With each passing class, we get to watch you grow, learn, and find your passion at Metalwerx (a reward higher than we can express).

So when it comes time for the annual Metalwerx Online Auction Fundraiser it is with you mind. Funds from this annual fundraiser allow us to continue to bring you the highest quality classes, with world renowned instructors.  It is with the help from our instructors, students, and community members who generously donate to our Online Auction, Metalwerx is able to grow and improve each year!

This year’s Online Auction Fundraiser is comprised of over 100 donated items, varying from hand cut amethysts, to books, tools, and jewelry!  Oh the jewelry!  Golden glittering Pat Flynn earrings,  a fun geometric necklace by Paulette Werger, a stunning pendant by Alison Antelman, and bold earrings by Tanya Crane…just to name a few.

Or if continuing your education better suits you, you can bid on a tickets to the Society of North American Goldsmith’s 47th annual conference!  Thanks to Otto Frei and SNAG, you can enjoy this inspiring educational conference in Portland , OR!

Please join us in the kick off of the Metalwerx Online Auction at our Preview Party at Monique Rancourt Gallery on April 5th 5pm-8pm.  With wine, cheese, and handmade jewelry it will be a drool worthy event!

Visit us on Ebay to bid! http://stores.ebay.com/metalwerxstudio/

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Metalwerx pays it forward to a Haitian Community

November 28, 2017

On Wednesday November 22, 12 artists assembled in the Metalwerx studio to complete a project in the spirit of giving and of gratitude. The task was to complete 15 gold wedding bands for a group of women who live in Haiti and are to be married in December 2017, but do not have the resources […]

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Program Feature: Friends of Metalwerx Scholarship Program

October 26, 2017

Our Friends of Metalwerx Scholarship program provides opportunities that enable qualified students to attend metalsmithing and jewelry making classes and workshops at a reduced cost. This program has seen immense growth in the past year thanks to the generosity of individual donors and the Waltham Cultural Council in 2017, and our organization is looking to […]

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A Day in the Life of a Metalwerx Marketplace Attendee

September 29, 2017

Metalwerx Marketplace 2017 offers a diverse group of merchants and service providers catering to jewelers, metalsmiths and makers.  The 3-day event features a special opening celebration on Friday evening, followed by two full days to shop, stock up on all the products you need, find new resources, and attend informative lectures and demonstrations in our […]

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Artist Bio: Laura Wood

July 26, 2017

Laura Wood was first introduced to jewelry as an undergraduate at the University of Georgia where she graduated with a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. From there, she studied at East Carolina University earning an MFA in Metal Design. During her time at ECU, Laura was the founding voice of the annual ECU Symposium, a […]

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Artist Bio: Sessin Durgham

June 29, 2017

Sessin Durgham was introduced to jewelry making in his sophomore year in high school, by a teacher who taught their students strict basic silversmithing. Metal techniques came easy to him and he continued to expand his skills and knowledge in college and received a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing.  By the 1980’s Sessin was graduated […]

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Artist Bio: Jeanie Pratt

May 23, 2017

Jeanie Pratt describes her jewelry-making journey as a blend of self-directed and self-taught. Throughout her career as an artist, her medium has taken different forms but her passion for discovery and learning has been a constant. After graduating from the University of Arizona with degrees in Entomology and Botany, with a minor in art, she […]

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Artist Bio: Steven Parker

April 27, 2017

Since a very young age, Steven Parker has been drawn to working with metals and creating jewelry. While in college studying music at Columbia University, he began to explore the world of jewelry making through books he found in the discount section of his local bookstore. Through his exploration, he found a book on 16th […]

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Metalwerx Online Auction 2017

April 8, 2017

The Metalwerx Online Auction Fundraiser 2017 is live! There are only a few days left to bid on some amazing items! Things are going quickly with the “Buy it Now” feature on eBay.  Visit the MetalwerxStudio store soon to make your bid! All of the auction items have been graciously donated by instructors, studiomates and friends […]

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