The 11th annual Portland Jewelry Symposium in Portland, Ore., has released event details—and its speaker lineup—for its 2018 event, scheduled for Sept. 30-Oct. 1.
The theme for this year’s symposium is “Craft Meets Technology: Keeping It Real in a Digital World,” and programming will seek to distill expert perspectives on how makers can navigate between art and science in their work.
“This is a theme we hear over and over again,” said Teresa Frye, founder of the Portland Jewelry Symposium, in a statement. “We are an industry immersed in art with a long tradition of skilled handcrafting that now requires the thoughtful use of technology. We seek to explore technology not as the primary driver of design and process, but rather as a very powerful tool in the jeweler’s toolbox.”
JCK news director Rob Bates will kick off the event at a dinner Sunday night with a keynote address that will include his forecast on where he sees the jewelry industry heading in increasingly tech-driven manufacturing and retailing landscapes.
Seminars and panels on Monday will cover topics such as high-tech casting methods and out-of-the-box approaches to digital marketing—featuring speakers including Andrea Hill, CEO of Hill Management Group; Teresa Frye, president of TechForm; and Shankar (Shan) Aithal, corporate metallurgist for Stuller.
Additionally, Ann-Marie Carey, a professor at Birmingham City University, will present her joint project with the Museum of London that demonstrates the digital reproduction of a 17th-century artifact from the Cheapside Hoard (a hoard of jewelry from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, discovered in 1912 by workmen using a pickax to excavate in a cellar at 30–32 Cheapside in London, according to Wikipedia).
The symposium will also feature two panel presentations that will leave time for audience Q&As with metallurgists and experts in the casting of 3D resins. Bench demonstrations, sponsored by Rio Grande, will feature Ann Cahoon from the North Bennet Street School.
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