The Northwest Jewelry & Metals Symposium
October 7, 2023
Hosted by the Seattle Metal Arts Guild. "We search the fields of metals and metal related pursuits for both the shining luminaries and the emerging gems who are just beginning to glow. Our goal is to charge your creative batteries and leave you with something new-something that you didn’t see coming. The Symposium is one full day of five speakers, a sale of rare and hard to find books and a silent auction where you just never know what you may walk away with."
SIBs governance committee member Lisa Geertsen will be attending this year. We hope to see you there!
Discount on Dovetail Workwear Products
Hey ladies, femmes, themes, and babes of all sorts! Do you have trouble finding work pants that fit your sweet bod (and are also cute)? Have you checked out Dovetail Workwear? We recently set up a collaboration with them to offer you all a little discount on their products. If you use the code INCLUSIVE_BLACKSMITHS at checkout you'll receive 10% off your order, and we will earn 5% on any product you purchase. Cool right?!? Head over to their website and take a little looksie!
Catskill Mountain Makers Camp Silver Pass Drawing
September 25th, 11:59pm EST
East Durham, NY Oct 6-9, 2023
Add your name and information to this form to enter into a drawing to win ONE Silver Pass
($243 value) for the Catskill Mountain Makers Camp in East Durham, NY Oct 6-9, 2023.
A Silver pass includes:
Entry into the event
All- Hands-On Classes
Tent Camping at Blackthorne Resort
BIPOC In Person Event Survey
BIPOC SIBs members are organizing a committee to develop an in person event for BIPOC blacksmiths and metalsmiths in 2024. Several BIPOC SIBs members have volunteered to get things started, but we need your help! This survey is to gauge interest in attending the event, and an opportunity to get involved in making it happen. Click the link below to fill out the short survey if you would like to be involved in the organizing, or would be interested in attending the event.
Please reach out with any questions to SIBs via our email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Studio space for rent
RAWTOOLS NATIONAL 44K EVENT
Throughout Gun Violence Awareness Month, RAWtools will hold a blacksmithing marathon totalling over 44,000 minutes of labor in remembrance of over 44,000 individuals lost to gun violence in the United States in 2022. Through this national network, there will be a collective of at least one blacksmith or artist
making a tool, jewelry, or piece of art during each day of June. The materials the blacksmiths are
working with are all part of firearms that have all been surrendered at safe surrender sites or have been
donated by people wanting to get rid of their firearms. All items made will be sold to support RAWtools
and its affiliates.
The livestream event, accessible at www.rawtools.org/live, will begin May 31 at 11:00 AM (Mountain Standard Time) and run until June 30.
If you would like to participate you can sign up for a timeslot on the livestream by filling out the form via the link below. You can volunteer your time or request compensation. You can also email Rex Harsin, 44k Project Manager, email@example.com, or Mike Martin, RAWtools Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Relief from CERF+
CERF+’s emergency relief grants will focus on materials-based craft and folk/traditional artists that incurred significant medical expenses related to treatment and recovery from COVID-19 AND/OR experienced a recent, career threatening emergency, such as an illness, accident, fire or climate related disaster.
Win Craft School Workshops
For the month of March Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) has partnered with Peters Valley School of Craft, Pocosin Arts School of Fine Craft, Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, Metalwerx, Lucy Walker Jewellery, and Touchstone Center for Crafts to offer six winners the opportunity to attend workshops at their choice of craft school in 2023.
Single raffle tickets start at $20 or you can purchase a bundle of 6 tickets for $100.
This raffle is perfect for anyone looking to expand their technical or conceptual skills. The winners will be chosen April 4th and will have 24 hours to select their preferred craft school certificate. Head to the link for details.
Fire on the Mountain
Spruce Pine North Carolina
"Fire on the Mountain is an annual celebration of the art of the blacksmith...Each year, the festival contains blacksmith demonstrations, blacksmith vendor booths, youth and adult forge-off, hands-on tents, kids’ activities, food, and more... Thousands gather each year to watch world-renowned blacksmiths forging amazing pieces, using techniques that have been utilized for centuries.
Admission to Fire on the Mountain Festival is free to the public."
SIBs will have a booth at the festival where you can pick up information and merch! Also, SIBs governance committee member Lisa Geertsen will be one of the main demonstrators at this event. Starting at 10:30 am she will be sharing techniques for forging aluminum.
Get Ready Grant from CERF+
"CERF+’s Get Ready program provides individual craft artists grants up to $500 to conduct activities that will help safeguard their studios, protect their careers and prepare for emergencies. Priority will be given to applications from people who identify in the global majority or as Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC)* and folk and traditional artists. Approximately sixty grants will be awarded.
* Language use is a key element of access, equity, and inclusion work, and can help or hinder efforts in this area. We are currently using the term “people of the global majority” and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) to describe individuals from prioritized communities. We recognize that neither term is universally used nor accepted but they are the most commonly used terms in our work. We encourage you to familiarize yourself and utilize the terms that your community members use to describe themselves."
Open Forge at The Alexander Brothers
A monthly open forge event hosted by the Alexander Brothers. It is "a semi structured meeting of smiths. Someone teaches a technique and then everyone does it at home and returns the next month with their own practice piece “sketch”."
Virgina Maker Swap 2023
"Hundreds of crafts people gathered around to buy, sell and trade tools and materials.
Woodworking, Blacksmithing, leather Working and more. Come out and connect with some of Virginia’s best crafts people." This event is hosted by The Alexander Brothers, a SIBling shop.