Our Mission

Metals Guild hopes to bring a more tangible and interactive art experience to the CFCC student community, a goal achieved by enrichment opportunities outside the scope of the Metals classroom, and extending the metal working experience from the confines of the classroom to our local community. Metals Guild will encourage members to participate in fundraising and community outreach events such as demonstrations and hands on short workshops. These events will be empowering to its members and spread enthusiasm for craftsmanship, as well as bring an awareness to the art of metalsmithing to aspiring and active participants in the community.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Materials Topis ECU's Metal Symposium

Early in 2013 ECU will host the 4th Material Topics: Making Marks. The metalsmithing symposium will take place on the campus of East Carolina University on January 18th-20th. This is a TREMENDOUS opportunity for metalsmiths in our area to mingle with the big guns!
Presenters are as follows:

Keith Lewis (keynote)
John Stewart Gordon
Alison Baxter
Christina Miller
Jim Cotter
Rachel Timmins

Jillian Moore
Loring Taoka
Kathryn Osgood
Carrie Longley
Gary Schott
Dianne Reilly and Joost During
Jennifer Wells
Autumn Brown

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

New class in metals at CFCC, ART288! This is an independent study studio course. It's been offered many times here at CFCC, BUT the twist is that I, Ms. Manley, will be teaching this class in the Metals studio. My hope is that all metals students will sign up. It's a great opportunity for those who've had Metals 1 & 2 but just don't want to quit! This is a self directed class so you need to already have some ideas of four in depth projects that you would like to create during the semester year. I will be facilitating, but it is not a "learn metals" course. In other words I will not be teaching soldering or other metals techniques. You will work with skills you already have, honing them in the process. You may only take Studio288 once for credit toward your degree. Many other teachers have, and will, be offering the ART288 with potentially different focuses and experience. So discuss the course specifics with the teacher of your choice. Image if from The British Museum and is a French engraving form the late 1500's of "Etienne Delaune, Goldsmith's Workshop".
Inspiring image from Starryeyedcharlie.blogspot.com

Museum of the Jewelry Quarter

dig this cool image from the Museum of the Jewelry Quarter Birmingham UK

Belt Buckle Mania

righteous belt buckles have been created

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Stone dealer here!

Anne Kennedy will be at my house Saturday the 21st from 10-2:30 selling her wonderful cabochon stones! She has polished stones such as Carnelian, Labradorite, Jaspers of all kinds, Petrified wood, fossils... the list goes on and on! Her prices run from around $5 up to $200 or so. There should be a little something for everyone. And if you just want to come drool over stones, chit chat and munch on tidbits then join us!
If folks needs directions of rides let me know and we can getcha covered!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

More Polymer

Thought I'd share some more interesting polymer clay stuff. These items were made by Barbara Briggs. First are embellished clasps, then adorned artist brushes and clay working tools.

And finally Celie Fago ROCKS in my opinion!

Rings made of Bronzeclay and polymer clay and a silver ring embellished with polymer clay.

Polymer Play Date!

Necklace by Cynthia Toops

Monday night the 23rd we'll have "Polymer Play Date" in the Metals studio from 5:30 until the guards kick us out. Bring some polymer clay, clay working tools (if you already have some). A mat to work on would be good too, but we'll use butcher paper or something if need be.

Bracelet by Pier Voulkos