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July 19-21, 2019 ~ Golden, Colorado


Early Bird Registration ended on May 31st. Current Registration Fees for the 3 day conference are as follows:

CoMA Member - $354

CoMA Student Member - $210 

Non-Member - $430

Additional Banquet Guest (Saturday night) - $45

In addition, day passes for will be available each day for purchase on site:

Regular Member: $150

Student Member: $100 (full or part-time)

For more details and to register - see below!

American Mountaineering Center,
710 10th St, Golden, CO 80401, USA
Travel Info
Pre-Conference Workshop




With the support of donations from members, CoMA is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to the conference every year. Thank you to those generous members!

2019 Aspiring Metalsmith Scholarships

In keeping with CoMA's mission, we want to support and foster the professional, educational, and artistic growth of all metalsmiths! The intention of the following definition is to include aspiring metalsmiths of all ages and following a diversity of paths to metalsmithing. Applicants should have the goal of developing a metalsmithing career. If you have any questions or need clarification, please contact Stacey Booth,


Aspiring Metalsmith is defined as follows:


- graduated from a full-time or part-time educational program (college, university, technical college, community college, non-traditional school) and/or any other degree, certificate or non-certificate granting program within the last 3 years.


- enrolled full-time or part-time (2 or more classes) in any educational program (college, university, technical college, community college, non-traditional school) and/or any other degree, certificate or non-certificate granting program. 


- having less than 3 years of professional experience as a metalsmith.

Application Deadline - 6PM, Monday, May 6th, 2019.

Aspiring Metalsmith Scholarship recipients will be selected by the current CoMA Board and notified by Monday, May 20th, 2019. (leaving plenty of time to still take advantage of Early Bird Registration if you're not selected!)

Eligibility Requirements


  • Meet the above definition of Aspiring Metalsmith with the goal of growing your metalsmithing career.

  • Not a past recipient of a CoMA Scholarship

  • Current CoMA Member

Application Requirements

  • Curriculum vitae

  • Images of work completed in the last 3 years. Maximum of 10 images showing a minimum of 5 different works.

  • Artist Statement

  • Website (optional)

  • A 2-4 paragraph personal statement on your artistic goals, experience, current work, and why you'd like to attend the CoMA Conference.



Harlan Butt Pre-Conference Workshop
Harlan Butt Pre-Conference Workshop
Harlan Butt will be demonstrating the use of silver foil on enamel as a design element. He will incorporate technology in the form of a CNC machine to cut out the foil, but the same results could be achieved with more low-tech methods.
Jul 16, 2019, 9:00 AM – Jul 18, 2019, 4:00 PM
Arapahoe Community College,
Art & Design Center, 2400 W Alamo Ave, Littleton, CO 80120


Golden, Colorado is an historic old mining town located approximately 20 minutes from downtown Denver and 45 minutes from the Denver International Airport.


Like most small towns in Colorado, summer weekends can fill up with events. As such, we highly recommend that you reserve your accommodations early! The two hotels within walking distance of the American Mountaineering Center are Table Mountain Inn and The Golden Hotel. There are also a few B&B's and smaller lodging options nearby. You may be able to find other unique walkable choices with Air B&B or VRBO. And, of course, there are hotels within a very short drive.


There is a large free parking lot right next to our venue.


Sunny & hot! Temps average in the mid to high 80's in July. Golden sits at 5,675 ft above sea level so bring your sunscreen and stay hydrated!



The City of Golden and the Chamber of Commerce have two websites with lots more info!


The All Members Show Opening Reception and Members Social on Friday evening will take place in Olde Town, Arvada, Colorado. This is approximately a 15 minute drive from our venue in Golden. There is plenty of public parking in Olde Town and ride services like Lyft and Uber are readily available. 


The Ira Sherman Artist Talk & Exhibition at Bitfactory Gallery on Sunday evening will take place in the Santa Fe Art District in Denver, CO. This is also a 20 minute drive from our venue in Golden. Parking is mostly on the street in this neighborhood.

Charles Lewton-Brain

Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain trained, studied and worked in Germany, Canada and the United States to learn the skills he uses. His work is concerned with Process and Beauty as well as function. His work and writing on the results of his technical research have been published internationally. He published two major books in 2008, Foldforming with Brynmorgen Press, and The Jeweler's Bench Book with MJSA Press. Since 2012 he has co-juried the Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition, an international online exhibition organized by the Center for Metal Arts and Sue Lacy. Charles is also a distinguished Fellow of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and a Fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain. He has lectured and taught in England, Germany, the United States, Canada and Australia. He is a consultant on the jewelry field, and has contributed a plethora of valuable of information that metalsmiths use every single day.

Jesse Mathes

Jesse Mathes received her BA in Metalsmithing and Applied Design from San Diego State University in 1998, and an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Indiana University in 2004 where she focused on large scale sculptural adornment.  She has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the United States, and has pieces in both private and public collections, including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Swope Art Museum, and the Miami University Art Museum.  She currently resides in Colorado where she works as a professional artist.

Harlan Butt

Harlan W. Butt is a Regents Professor of Art at the University of North Texas where he has taught since 1976. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally for over thirty years and spent a year studying enameling and metalsmithing in Kyoto, Japan. Harlan is past President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), past president of the Enamelist Society, a Fellow of the American Crafts Council and has his work in esteemed collections around the world. Currently, Harlan lives with his wife Robin in Denton, Texas. He also maintains a studio in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, where he spends the summer months.

Lola Brooks

Lola Brooks is an artist, metalsmith, clotheshorse and sometimes writer who studied fashion at Pratt Institute but quickly found herself drawn to the metals studio and the possibilities that the intimate scale of jewelry presented. Deciding to pursue jewelry full-time she went on to earn her BFA in metals from SUNY New Paltz in upstate New York. Living and working in New York City for 25 years provided infinite possibilities for a multi-faceted approach to exploring the format of jewelry as it relates to art, design and fashion.

Lola’s work has been reviewed and/or included in many publications including four of the Lark Books jewelry series; American Craft, Metalsmith, Out, W, Vogue, Lucky and BlackBook magazines. Her work can be found in the collections of the Yale Art Gallery, New Haven, CT, the Samuel Dorsky Museum, New Paltz, NY, The Racine Museum of Art, Racine, Wisconsin, and both The Museum of Art and Design and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. She now lives and works in rural Georgia.


9 AM - Conference Registration Opens


Drop off silent auction donations

& design competition entries


11 AM - Opening Remarks


11:30 AM - Charles Lewton-Brain Talk & Demo

1 PM -  Lunch (provided)

2:30 - 4:30 PM - Members Spotlight & Q&A

Dinner on your own

6 PM - All Members Show Opening Reception at Balefire GoodsMember Social at The Bluegrass Lounge (Arvada, CO)


10 AM - Morning Announcements & group photo!

10:30 AM - Lola Brooks Talk & Demo

12 PM - Lunch on your own

Visit vendor room, silent auction, pin making station & design competition!

2 PM - Harlan Butt Talk & Demo

3:30 PM - Annual Members Meeting


4:15 - Pin Swap & Cocktails

5 PM - Banquet Dinner w/ Live Band!


10 AM - Morning announcements

10:30 AM - Jesse Mathes Talk & Demo

12 PM- Lunch (on your own)

1:30 PM - Masters Forum

3 PM - Silent Auction Report, Design Competition Awards, Closing Remarks

6 - 8 PM - Ira Sherman Exhibition and Salon Session

Hardcore Chastity Couture

Ira will give an artist talk and presentation at this CoMA exclusive event and the Bitfactory Gallery owner, BIll Thomason, will be on hand for a brief Q&A. (Denver, CO)

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