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Metalsmith Benchtalk with Diane Falkenhagen & Sandie Zilker

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On Thursday's, January 28th broadcast, I will chat with Diane Falkenhagen & Sandie Zilker. Diane Falkenhagen, http://www.dianefalkenhagen.com, a studio jeweler with a private studio on Galveston Island, was recently resurrected after Hurricane Ike’s destruction in 2008. Diane is best known for her one-of-a-kind, mixed media compositions that often combine characteristic pictorial imagery with fabricated metal forms and a diverse range of art media. Her work has been exhibited widely and published in numerous magazines and books including: American Craft, Metalsmith, Ornament, and several of the Lark 500 Series books. Aside from her studio work, Diane teaches workshops nationally and is “growing” a small jewelry/metalsmithing program at Alvin Community College, just south of Houston. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Galveston Arts Center and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths. Sandie Zilker, see http://crafthaus.ning.com/profile/SandieZilker, is a frisky artist, metalsmith, and educator. Her wild and colorful work has been exhibited worldwide in lots of museums and galleries. Several collections include her work: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Racine ArtMuseum, DESIGNMUSEO, Finland, and Norden Feldske Kundiondustri museum, Norway. Her work has been published in numerous books. She loves to share her excitement about diverse materials and processes through workshops and classes at Penland, Arrowmont, Haystack and others. Zilker is Head of the Jewelry and Enamel Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Glassell School of Art and currently serves on the Board of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and on the Advisory Board of The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Please join us for a fun hour of metalsmith shop talk, SNAG and the annual meeting 'Going To Xtremes' in Houston, Texas, March 10-13th, 2010.

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