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Thank you to our conference sponsors:

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Saturday, July 15 - Monday, July 17, 2023 ~ Fort Collins, Colorado

 Current Registration Fees for the three-day conference are as follows:

Early Bird - $275 - through May 15, 2023 - t-shirt with conference logo included!

CoMA Member - $350 

CoMA Student Member - $100 

Student Group Rate (5+) - $75 each (code required) 

Non-Member - $400

In addition, day passes will be available, on the day, for Sunday & Monday ONLY @ $150 each.

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David Huang

At the young age of eleven I decided I wanted to be an artist when I grew up.  For some reason I never seriously wavered from that path and devoted much of my time to learning and improving my skills.  In high school I discovered metalsmithing and was immediately enamored with the material and processes involved.  I had always had this sense in my head that it took big, powerful industrial tools to shape metal.  When I discovered that with just the power of my arm and a hair thin saw blade I could cut shapes with great precision I was hooked.  Shortly thereafter I became enthralled with how the humble hammer could form metal into almost any shape desired.

After an extended 12 year college “career” I finally earned my BFA with an emphasis in metalsmithing from Grand Valley State University.  It is at Grand Valley that I discovered the raising process I use to form my vessels from flat sheet, still using that humble hammer and the power of my arm.

In 2003 I finally achieved that goal of my young eleven year old self and was able to sustain full-time career as an artist.  It was not an easy dream to achieve, but for me it was worth seeking.  I now spend my days at my Michigan home/studio working to bring objects of beauty, light, and inspiration into the world. 

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Barbara Minor

Barbara was raised in Chicago, Illinois and studied  jewelry and metalsmithing as an undergraduate student. The addition and love for enameling, in combination with metalworking and jewelry making, began during graduate school with continued exploration during the following ten years of university teaching. Barbara left the university with a desire to spend her professional life as a full-time studio artist.  She spent the next twenty years creating and marketing her enameled jewelry in galleries and by participating in prestigious juried craft shows such as the American Craft Council Craft Shows and the Philadelphia Museum Craft Show. Her work can be seen in publications such as The Art of Enameling, 500 Enamel Objects, 500 Brooches and The Penland Book of Metalworking. Barbara now focuses her studio practice on researching and innovating enamel processes, preparation for teaching workshops and creating very special enameled jewelry and objects that utilize her well developed enameling and metalworking skills. 


Paulette Werger

 “My jewelry relates to the abstracted botanical form and the discipline of line drawing, reminding the wearer of the first forms of spring or the last of winter. “

Born into a family of makers, Paulette’s childhood activities of drawing and fixing things in her dad’s auto garage, formed her passion for tools, metalsmithing and jewelry making. Growing up, surrounded by Hudson River school landscape paintings of her great grandfather, the importance of the natural world persists in the narrative of her work. The spark of making and curiosity took hold and Werger pursued art as her career.    

Werger’s emphasis of design strips away excess and gets to the core of the image, surface, and the mechanics of function. She works with silver, high-karat gold, ethically sourced, gems and pearls. Torch-fired enamel adds pops of color to her neckpieces, chains and brooches.
Paulette works directly with materials using the classical techniques of fusing, forging, forming and fabricating to create each piece by hand. 

Paulette Werger is an upstate NY native living in New Hampshire. She received her B.S. in Painting and Sculpture from the College of Saint Rose and Skidmore College, NY, and her M.F.A. in Art Metal from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches metal techniques nationally and online. From her studio at AVA Gallery and Art Center, Paulette creates jewelry, flat ware and vessels. 

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#4 & #5 Keynotes 



Price and Denver Metro Area location will be confirmed by end of March.


Barbara Minor

Price and Denver Metro Area location will be confirmed by end of March.


With the support of donations from members, CoMA is able to offer a limited number of scholarships to the conference every year. For 2023 we have 8 scholarships available for Emerging Metalsmiths to attend the 2023 BENEATH THE SURFACE FREE of charge. 

2023 Marlin Cohrs Emerging Metalsmith Scholarship


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 Kim Harrell,


Emerging 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.

If you have received a CoMA scholarship anytime in the past, you are no longer eligible to apply.

Applications are open to all qualified persons regardless of member status.

Emerging Metalsmith Scholarship recipients will be selected by the current CoMA Conference Committee and notified upon acceptance.


The city of Fort Collins, Colorado is located approximately 1 hour north from downtown Denver and 1 hour from the Denver International Airport. It is rich in recreational activities, local craft breweries and distilleries, as well as art in public spaces, and cultural-rich venues.

"Colorado State University acknowledges, with respect, that the land we are on today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples. This was also a site of trade, gathering, and healing for numerous other Native tribes. We recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land and all the relatives within it. As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties Nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed." 


428 Linden St

Fort Collins, Colorado 80525



There is free parking at Block One Events


Sunny & hot! Temps average in the mid to high 90's in July.  Ft Collins is 5,003 ft above sea level so bring your sunscreen and stay hydrated!



CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: Fort Collins offers a variety of local cultural venues, historical sites, and activities such as: The Lincoln Center, Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Check out the Visit Fort Collins Colorado website for more information:


NORTHERN COLORADO REGIONAL AIRPORT: 4900 Earhart Road, Loveland, CO  80538 


EXIT 269B from I-25 NORTH


Continue on E Co Rd 50/Mountain Vista Dr. Take E Vine Dr to Linden St


10 AM - Attendee check-in opens
           - Vendor Room opens
           - Silent auction items intake


1 PM - Welcome


1:15 to 2:45 PM - Keynote Presentation:
          Barbara Minor - "Enameling: Preparation,Opportunities,Choices,

Growth, Results"

2:45 - 3:15 PM -  BREAK

3:15 - 4:00 PM - All Members Meeting


4 - 4:30 - Member Spotlight - Liz Covert

4:30 PM - End of Day Announcements

[Dinner on your own]

7 PM - Jewelry Night Trivia with MC             Andy Cooperman - Venue TBC


9 AM - Vendor Room opens: 
          - Coffee & Pastries available

​          - Late check-in table opens

10:00 AM - Silent Auction opens

10:15 AM - Morning Announcements &

10:20 - 11:50 AM - Keynote Presentation:
                             David Huang


12 - 12:30 PM - Member Spotlight - TBD


12:45 - 2:00 PM - Lunch provided @ 
                           Block One

2 - 3:30 PM - Keynote Presentation:
                    Paulette Werger

3:45 - 4:15 PM - Michael Boyd Demo:
                 Fusing Stones in place


4:15 PM - End of day announcements

              - Pre-Dinner Drinks & Pin Swap

5:00 PM - SILENT AUCTION ENDS           

6 - 9 PM - All Members Show Reception

@ Darvier Jewelry Design Studio


9 AM - Coffee & Pastries in Vendor Room
         - Vendor Room open
         - Silent Auction pick-up opens


10:30 AM -12 PM - Keynote Presentation:

12:15 - 12:45 PM - Metalsmithing

12:45 - 2 PM - Lunch provided @   

                      Block One

2 - 3:30 PM - Keynote Presentation: TBC

3:40 - 4:10 PM - Member Spotlight - TBC


4:15 - 5:15 PM - Master Panel with all                            5 Keynote Presenters

5:15 PM - Closing Remarks

Pre-Conference Workshop
Post-Conference Workshop
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