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Original Post

Hi Everyone,

Most of us know each other by name or by our work.

It would be great if everyone would take a moment to share a bit

about who you are
how you participate in the field
techniques you like to use
people you are inspired by or would like to meet or take a class with
materials you like or would like to know more about

Don't feel like you have to do them all but the more you share the more we can connect!

Posted at 7:09pm Mar 2, 2012 EST


To get us rolling I'll go first.

My name is Christine Bossler, I live in Detroit, Michigan in the Midtown Area. I am currently serving as President of the Michigan Silversmiths guild and have been a member since 2001.

I went to Wayne State University in Detroit for 10 years and studied with Philop Fike, Jiro Masuda, and Evan Larson.

I feel that my experience through studying at WSU and working with MSG along with a couple of other organizations has taught me a great many lessons about organization, professionalism and ways to participate in a number of communities associated with the arts.

I am interested in commerce, education, and everything in between including public art work, collaborations, community and curating.

I love technique and find that I am happiest fabricating sterling silver although I have been learning to work with gold and find it to be an interesting medium.

I would love to take a class with Deb Stoner, she makes really great one of a kind glasses. I also think it would be really neat to spend time with Susan Cohn and a bunch of others.

I look forward to working with all of you on Etsy Teams and through MSG on our collective endeavors.

Posted at 8:14pm Mar 2, 2012 EST

I am Julie Sanford, I live in Spring Lake, MI with my husband and two sons. I am a current MSG Board member and am working to help facilitate new educational oppportunities and build membership in the Western Michigan region.

I have an Art Education degree from Western Michigan University where I studied metals with Paul Mergen. I took many classes and was also on faculty at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. I currently have a metals studio in Grand Haven, MI, Studio JSD, where I work and teach classes.

I like to explore different processes but my work is primarily fabricated sterling with occasional pieces in copper, gold and various combinations.

I love the enameled vessels of Harlan Butt and would love to take a class with him. I would also love to meet James Miller and see his pierced and enamel work in person.

I have had an Etsy account for a while but just started putting things in the shop. I am a super novice at this! I am glad to be on the MSG Team!

Posted at 11:30am Mar 13, 2012 EDT

I'm Ralph Parus. I just joined MSG yesterday. I have had an Etsy shop for about 2 years but have not looked at it seriously until a little while ago. I am hoping to learn more about marketing my wares on Etsy through this team.
I have also had the pleasure of studying at Wayne State University with Philip Fike and with Gene Pijonowski .
The majority of my work is either Masonite die formed or hydraulically die formed, but I also like to work with other techniques as well.

I am very willing to study metalsmithing with just about anyone I can learn from.

Posted at 7:31pm Sep 24, 2012 EDT

Hi Ralph,

Welcome to the group!

We are happy to have you and help where ever we can.

Posted at 6:46pm Oct 4, 2012 EDT