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2018 Annual Conference 


July 21-23, 2018

Salida Steam Plant Theater

220 W Sackett Ave, Salida, CO 81201

The CoMA Annual Conference has been going strong since the organization was founded. We work hard to bring together world class presenters in an intimate atmosphere that is conducive to learning and connecting with other metalsmiths. 

The Annual Conference is the highlight of our year! This year's theme is Collaboration. Our presenters include Monica Coyne, Sharon Massey, Biba Schutz, and Jeff & Susan Wise. 


In addition to informative and inspiring presentations, additional highlights include:

Registration Costs

This year we are offering discounted Early Bird Pricing for Members! Members save 20% if registered before June 15th. Non-members will be able to register after June 15th at non-member pricing.

Early Bird Pricing

Regular Member $295

Student Member $175

After June 15th

Regular Member $354

Student Member $210

Non-Member $430

Non-Member Student $260

2018 Presenters

Monica Coyne

"Steel is a tendon that connects us to the system. It is made from iron which we pulled from the earth and have manipulated. Monica Coyne can follow the vein of iron and carbon and take it to a place of function. She lets the metal move and explores the forms it takes of skin and bone and water.  Monica takes us on a journey of her artistry. She takes us along as she incorporates these forms into exquisite tables, chandeliers and sculptures."
Monica Coyne studied Industrial Arts at Humboldt State University with an emphasis in woodworking. She began blacksmithing in 2004.  
She is an instructor with the California Blacksmith Association (CBA). She has been a featured demonstrator for the Artist Blacksmith Association of North America (ABANA),The Northwest Blacksmith Association (NWBA) and the CBA conferences. 

Her work has been published in“Fine Homebuilding Magazine” Taunton Press, 2017. “The Anvil's Ring” cover 2016, “HEPHAISTOS” the International German Metalworks Magazine,  “Ironwork Today 4”, “NOMMA” magazine “Skills of a Blacksmith, Traditional Joinery”, by Mark Aspery. 

Awards and shows: 
Victor Thomas Jacoby Award- Humboldt Area Foundation-2018 Finalist NICHE Award 2013 Juried show, Nu Iron, SNAG conference New Orleans, 2017 Black Faun Gallery, Eureka, Ca, August and November 2017 The Twisted Laurel Gallery, The East West Show, Men and Women of Iron, Spruce Pine, North Carolina, May , 2016 The Blacksmith Shop, Ferndale California , 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 The Ozone Gallery, Newport Oregon  2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

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Sharon Massey

Sharon Massey is an assistant professor of Jewelry and Metals at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Her work has been exhibited in Germany, Estonia, Poland, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, Canada and Australia, as well as across the United States. She has served on the board of directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and the board of trustees of The Enamelist Society.


Sharon’s work has been included in numerous publications, including Metalsmith magazine,The Art of Enameling, and Art Jewelry Today 2nd, 3rd, and 4th editions. She received her BFA from Winthrop University in 1999, and her MFA from East Carolina University in 2006.


artist statement

artist | jeweler | metalsmith

board of trustees, The Enamelist Society
assistant professor of jewelry & metals
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

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Biba Schutz

I make objects for the body, creating a place of mystery, dimension, fluidity and intrigue.  I like to travel to and through my work and hope the things that interest me will interest and seduce the wearer/collector.

I am attracted to the challenge of materials and processes to create work that investigates the body.  My jewelry is influenced by history, my memory, experiences and environment.  My environment is urban - in the city of glass and concrete I explore space, shadows and nature.  I am an observer -  walking and public transportation is my library.  


Through the structure of jewelry and adornment I want to tease our senses,  create awareness of our bodies and encourage communication.

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Jeff & Susan Wise

Our jewelry is sculpture in a diminutive scale whose full significance is revealed when it is worn on the body.  We embrace the challenge of making work which is light and comfortable, yet powerful in scale and concept.  We are inspired and impassioned by the bold abstract paintings of Rothko and Miro’, by the myriad and bizarre forms of cacti, and the architecture of Santiago Calatrava.  We make bold, dynamic forms which create a bridge between shapes whose roots are organic and those which are based more on architecture and geometry.  

The tactile aspect of our work has as much importance as it’s visual appeal and so we make pieces with variegated textures and dappled surfaces which are pleasing to touch, and small hollows for the fingers to rest in.  This tactile quality is also expressed in our pleasure with making secure, smoothly operating mechanisms and catches which are fully integrated into the design of the piece.

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