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Fall Conference 2019

September 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - September 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The Guild of Metalsmiths’ 42nd Annual Fall Conference, aka “The Madness” happened September 20, 21, & 22, 2019

Check our 2019 Fall Conference brochure for full details. (PDF doc)

Valerie Ostenak
Valerie Ostenak studied painting, jewelry and metalsmithing at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff AZ, and continued at California State University Long Beach, CA. She has worked with private clients, interior designers, and architects designing and creating paintings, art jewelry, and sculpture including a decorative railing at the Grand Canyon. Internationally awarded, Ostenak is the recipient of the 2017 Saul Bell Jewelry Design Award in Alternative Materials, the 2011 Centurion Emerging Designer Award: one of six from an international field, and the 2009 Halstead Jewelry
Jeremy Knippel
Jeremy Knippel lives in Merrifield Minnesota. Jeremy has been in the metalworking business for over 30 years, with a background in Auto Body repair. During this time the focus was to repair damaged metal – making crooked metal straight again.This year’s demonstration will include making a wall hook from a 10″ nail that will have a leaf and a heart shape in it. A corkscrew “worm” will be demonstrated by using only a hammer and a swage block. Also, a candle holder or mirror frame will be forged on the anvil. As many people do not have access to a power hammer, the demonstration items will be forged on the anvil focusing on the use of hand tools/tooling.

Family Activities
Contact is: Sheri Stanaitis
home (715) 698-2895; cell (715) 307-3544
e-mail: spaco@baldwin-telecom.net
Jewelry Class Saturday 9 am – Noon Sheri Stanaitis, Instructor.
Broom Making Class Saturday 9 am Mark Jackson, Instructor
Altoid Tin Repousse Sunday 9:00 am-Noon Jesse Gavin, Instructor.
Magnetic Art Design and build magnetic/ferrous creations.
Found Art Herb Fick and company will weld stuff for you!

Bring an example of your work to exhibit in the gallery! This is one of the highlights of the conference. Everyone loves to see what others have created. Items can be newly created or something you’ve brought before. Everyone is encouraged to participate; members, non-members and beginner smiths too. We are encouraging pre-registering your item(s) with the gallery at escherblacksmith@gmail.com Items are registered in and out.
Please bring items for the Saturday auction. We will be holding our traditional auction Saturday evening so we ask our Guild members to bring items they have made or items that have fallen out of favor. These items may become another’s treasure. Please remember that this auction is how we garner most of our operating capital, so please be generous!
Sunday’s mini auction will be of the demonstrators’ weekend works.

This year’s contest…Design & create a unique Trivet

Contest open to all. Must be made of metal. All entries must be donated to the Saturday auction. Auction sale price will determine winners.
Cash prizes will be awarded.
First Place: $100
Second Place: $ 60
Third Place: $ 40


September 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am
September 22, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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Little Log House Pioneer Village
21889 Michael Avenue
Hastings, MN 55033 United States
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