A jeweler's vice, finger files, large files, and polishing and grinding tools. All tools used commonly by a metalsmith.
Please make your contribution to the Midwest metals community.
Midwest Metalsmiths has been in existence as a non-for-profit organization for 27 years. During that time all of the work of running the organization has been done exclusively on a volunteer basis. The people in the various positions have moved around and done different jobs, but it has mostly been just a few members doing the work. It is your turn. We need your help. It's fun, your learn a lot, you get a chance to make friends with some very talented artists and move the world of metalsmithing into the future.
Open Chair Positions
Scholarship Committee - Oversee the Midwest Metalsmith Merit Scholarships. Getting the word out, making the selections, and overseeing distribution of funds. Any questions ask Deborrah Daher or Lanie Kodner.
Website Administrator - Maintain existing website, put up current events, coordinate forms for membership, workshops, etc., and be the communications center for the organization. Any questions ask Kathryn Bowman. Kathryn will train the volunteer on the WIX platform. This free training could be beneficial to the volunteer in their career as an artist and being able to build their business website.
Social Media Administrator - This is a new position for Midwest Metalsmiths. All of the officers and committee chairs have been doing this job for their particular job or committee, but it is time to have someone oversee these tasks in a coordinated way. The person that takes this job on would be able to write their own job description coordinating the organizations website output, Facebook Page, Instagram and always and importantly communicating with the membership. Any questions ask Catherine Geyer.
2022 Recipients for
Three $3000 Scholarships are going to Midwest University students.
Annually, scholarships are awarded to three outstanding metals students at Midwest Universities.
Midwest Metalsmiths annually contributes to the Craft Alliance youth program.
Fran Siegel Memorial Scholarship Awarded to one Midwest Metalsmiths member to take a class at William Holland School of Lapidary Arts
Photo Credit: Michelle Smith-Lewis
Lisa Geertsen 2022 Recipient from
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Midwest Metalsmiths embrace many aspects of metalwork: enameling, jewelry, sculpture, blacksmithing, and vessels as well as educators, and gallery owners. Visit the individual member's page to acquaint yourself with the depth of talent and the broad use of metalsmithing skills. Meet Our Artists
Pieces of metal just cut for jewelry pieces using a metal shear.
Miles of precious and ferrous metal wire goes into wire work jewelry.
Log with holes drilled in it to organize Metalsmithing tools.