Sunday, May 11, 2008

One The Rise, Work from the Metalsmithing + Jewelry Program at Towson University

One The Rise, Work from the Metalsmithing + Jewelry Program at Towson University will be on view at the DCCA (Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, Wilmington, DE) from June 5- July 31, 2008. The opening reception is Friday, June 6th from 5-8pm. Below is a list of participants. Please come and support the program at the opening recepption. If anyone would ike to drive with me, just let me know.


Beth Pohlman
Eliza Mundy
Elizabeth Steiner
Amy Klainer
Jenn Parnell
Janet Huddie
Douglas Bucci
Megan Auman
April Wood
Adrienne Wiegmann
Rebecca Dortzbach
Liz Mathews
Whitney Marsden
Juliet Ames
Jan Baum


Taylor Gilbert was awarded the Hasboro Toy summer internship. He will be spending the summer in Rhode Island (must eat quahogs!) Taylor take good photos and do a talk for us at the beginning of semester party in the fall.

Sherri Shawver and Suzi Fitz will be starting internships at Girardini Design in Sykesville. The Girardini's make amazing stuff and are amazingly cool, smart and talented. You are both fortunate and as are the Girardini's to have you.

Liz Steiner’s work was recently published in 500 Pendants and Lockets by Lark Books. Congratulations Liz!

If I have overlooked YOUR accomplishment, please let me know ASAP.

Thank You!

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Metals Club and Metals Club Sale this spring. Each year it gets stronger and it is a great opportunity to sell work, get feedback and just get more experience. Remember, anyone (really) can participate in our sales. A big shout out to Rich Holt, a.k.a Nicest Guy In The World, for being so hospitable.

Rebecca Dortzbach, thank you for your leadership in the club throughout most of this year. We couldn't have done it without you, Rebecca!

Lizzy Hanner, current whip-cracker (president). You have already done an amazing job. Youknow how to make things go and your are fun and smart. Hooray for the club.

Annie Chau- awesome alumni and all around great person, thank you for showing more people the Gocco way. What a Way indeed.

Thank you all who participate in the club in small or grand ways. The club is yours and it is a great opportunity to make good things happen. Get Involved. Stay Involved.

Happy Spring!

Saturday, May 10, 2008



I am a board member for the Metals Guild of Maryland and I am putting together the annual trip up to SOFA NY. The trip will take place May 30th and will cost $60 round trip for the bus (tickets into SOFA are $25, boo.) There will be some absolutely amazing work shown by galleries around the country as well as the chance to do a little shopping in Jeweler's Row.

If anyone is interested and would like more details, just shoot me an email at beth.pohlman (at) and I will forward you all the info.


Wednesday, May 7, 2008

ICFF Show-NYC-May 17-20

Those of you who requested a free pass....they are on their way to me. Everyone must show a photo ID to get into the show. Hooray, ICFF!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Plagiarism + Your Future

So, plagiarism is just a bad idea. Its slimy. Don't do it.

I recently attended a small gathering of people to hear Anirban Basu, of The Sage Policy Group, talk about the current state of affairs.....Baltimore, the US, the world. A fascinating individual and dynamic speaker. I wish I was 1/2 as smart as he is. And accessible, I had a great conversation with him and somewhere out there are pictures. (You can hear Anirban Basu daily on WYPR.)

One of the things he mentioned (that sent me running for a pen) was that if an individual is found guilty of plagiarism they can never get a US security clearance. Until moving to Maryland I would have thought "big deal". But perhaps it is a bigger deal than many of you dear readers realize. Government jobs of a certain level require a security clearance and businesses working on government jobs. I have a friend who is an information architect who works for a company that manages a government job- she had to pass a security clearance. I have another friend who translates Farsi for the government. Okay, maybe he needs a security clearance and that is obvious. (Plus if someone is motivated to learn Farsi chance they are they are stupid or lazy enough to commit plagiarism.) Observation: it seems like the natives like the Baltimore/DC region and don't readily relocate. If you weren't going to resist plagiarism just because you didn't want the slime near you, consider limiting future job opps.

From Wikipedia:
is the practice of claiming or implying original authorship of (or incorporating material from) someone else's written or creative work, in whole or in part, into one's own without adequate acknowledgement. Unlike cases of forgery, in which the authenticity of the writing, document, or some other kind of object itself is in question, plagiarism is concerned with the issue of false attribution.

Within academia, plagiarism by students, professors, or researchers is considered academic dishonesty or academic fraud and offenders are subject to academic censure. In journalism, plagiarism is considered a breach of journalistic ethics, and reporters caught plagiarizing typically face disciplinary measures ranging from suspension to termination. Some individuals caught plagiarizing in academic or journalistic contexts claim that they plagiarized unintentionally, by failing to include quotations or give the appropriate citation. While plagiarism in scholarship and journalism has a centuries-old history, the development of the Internet, where articles appear as electronic text, has made the physical act of copying the work of others much easier, simply by copying and pasting text from one web page to another.

Plagiarism is different from copyright infringement. While both terms may apply to a particular act, they emphasize different aspects of the transgression. Copyright infringement is a violation of the rights of the copyright holder, when material is used without the copyright holder's consent. On the other hand, plagiarism is concerned with the unearned increment to the plagiarizing author's reputation that is achieved through false claims of authorship.

Design Pulses-April 28

From the Board The Week of April 28th
Joan Parcher

Klimt 02
Linda Winetraub
Charon Kransen Arts
Ted Meuhling
Adam Wallacavage
Pinar Yolacan
Susan Hamlet
Nervous System
Paul Morelli

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Spring Sale

The Metals and Jewelry Club will be having its Spring Sale in conjunction with the Ceramics Spring Sale this Thrusday, Friday and Saturday. Stop by and check it out! We've got great stuff for Mother's Day, summer birthdays or even an end of semester splurge for yourself! Hope to see you there! (Oh yeah, ceramics makes a great wedding gift! Buy handmade!)