We hope these opportunities for professional growth and creative development will be helpful to our SIBlings. Please check back regularly to see new offerings and deadlines. If you would like to submit something scroll to the bottom of the page!
Workshop, Paper to Fire: Forged Botanicals
After May 1st
Penland North Carolina
Using paper as a design and problem-solving tool, students will learn to translate the natural world into forged steel. We will start by gathering botanical objects that carry aesthetic intrigue. Then we will make paper patterns inspired by these gatherings and use various tools to cut sheet, thin plate, and angle iron and create leaves, petals, stems, etc. We will cover the transition from a flat plane to volumetric form through folding, creasing, and rolling metal while it is in a malleable state
Penland School of Craft Studio Assistantship
Penland, North Carolina
Studio assistants are students who work closely with studio coordinators and instructors to support studio operation during our workshops. Studio assistantship covers tuition, housing (a double room with a common bath), and meals. Studio assistants work 25–40 hours each week and are required to work from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on the day before their session.
Selected studio assistants are responsible for their travel to and from Penland, along with their share of the studio fee and any materials purchased.
SIBs instructors Anna Koplik and Susan Madacsi are teaching classes that you can apply to be an assistant for.
ACC Emerging Artists Cohort
The Emerging Artists Cohort is a virtual three-month program that cultivates the next steps for independent craft artists to advance their professional practices. The program will support 11 innovative artists early in their careers who expand craft boundaries and challenge us to new perspectives.
The Nuts & Bolts of Running Your Business, presented by The Furniture Society
Starts February 7th
These programs offer insights, guidance, and professional practices for all levels of makers, and have been designed to give you the information and tools you need to help develop/advance your career and grow your business.
All SIBlings are offered the following discount
$25 each - Individual sessions
$125 - 6-program bundle - Six programs for the price of five
In order to receive the discount, you will need to enter these codes when you register. Please note that they are case sensitive.
SIBSNB - individual sessions
SIBSbundle - 6-session bundle
The first series of The Nuts & Bolts of Running Your Business is Shop Talk w/ Abby Mechanic
Feb 7: Space Layout + Planning
Feb 14: Machines, Tools + Equipment
Feb 21: Materials + Supplies
Feb 28: Health + Safety
Mar 6: Systems Management
Mar 13: Personnel Management
Your members are also welcome to apply for a Schooner Scholarship (details on the website)
Once registered, we will send out Zoom links as it gets closer to the event dates.
The second series of Nuts & Bolts programming is in planning:
Business Practices & Management
April 10: What Sets Your Work Apart and How to Talk About It
April 17: Selling Your Work: Behind the Scenes
April 24: Balancing Your Creative Practice with Running a Business
May 1: Photographing Your Work
May 8: Grant Writing 101
May 15: Pricing Your Work
Information and registration for these programs will open in February, information about discount codes to register will be shared soon.
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!
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
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.
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”."
Black Metalsmiths Database
This database is being organized and hosted by Funlola Coker, an accomplished metalsmith herself. Her invitation is as follows. "Are you a black metalsmith or jeweler? Do you know one? I would like to build a database, aka page, on my website (with links to relevant pages) where folks can find us easily. If you're interested, please send your info to email@example.com, and maybe spread the word?"
Student Shop Managers Consortium (SSMC)
SSMC is a community of practice for academic shop professionals and associates and this is the venue for collegial, professional discussion of providing and managing resources for making in higher education.
Membership is open to managers and staff of student fabrication facilities and affiliates in educational institutions worldwide. Manufacturers and vendors of equipment, materials and software of interest to SSMC members are welcome to participate and inform, but this is not a venue for sales and solicitations are not welcome. Go to the link, scroll down, and hit the blue "Join this group" button to join.
Kentucky Crafts Encyclopedia
The Kentucky Crafts Encyclopedia is a portal to information about Kentucky craft practices, craft history, craft institutions, craftsmakers, and places that exhibit or sell craft products. Besides providing a basic overview of the topic, the site links visitors to other websites or places that supply more extensive information. This site is under constant development by folklorist Thomas A. Adler, Ph.D., of Lexington, Kentucky.