Two-day silversmith Workshop July 22-23 with noted jewelry designer Brenda Smith
Brenda Smith is an artist, metal smith and award-winning designer and Acworth Cultural Art Center Board member Her work has been exhibited in many galleries and jewelry stores and has recently been recognized for her “Celebration Earrings,” the award-winning design entry in the International Pearl Design Competition sponsored by The Cultured Pearl Association of America. Nine countries competed in this contest.
A former creative director with more than 25 years of advertising, design and teaching experience, she easily transitioned from graphic arts to innovative jewelry design. “Jewelry design is just another form of art utilizing metals and gemstones as the medium. I also enjoy teaching jewelry design since it is a win-win situation,” she says. “It keeps me thinking creatively in a communicative way, be it verbally or visually.”
Brenda has been referred to as “The Passionate Jeweler” whose work is influenced by a myriad of thoughts, symbols and unique materials. She strives to create jewelry that fuses exceptional design with powerful symbols and inspirational messages. “The design is inside just waiting to emerge as wearable art. It is a part of who I am.”
She earned her BF&PA from Kent State University and her MBA from Kennesaw State University. Brenda Smith is a member of the American Gem Trade Association, the Cultured Pearl Association of America, and the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Florida Society of Goldsmiths, the Southeast Federation of Mineralogical Societies, Inc., the Cobb County Gem and Mineral Society, National League of American Pen Women, teaches jewelry design at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts and Silversmithing locally.
Next month's two-day Silversmithing Workshop project will be for each student to design and make their own handmade jewelry piece. During the two-day workshop, scheduled for the weekend of July 22-23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., you will learn about piercing, stamping metal, soldering, sizing, finishing and finally setting your own stone. Your $200 fee covers the class and materials.