2020 Board Members

CoMA is run by a volunteer board. We are all metalsmiths of varying stripes and believe that connecting artists is the key to a building and maintaining our vibrant metal arts community in Colorado. Board members are elected at the Annual Conference for two year terms. If you are interested in joining the board or volunteering in another capacity (we can always use help!), contact our President, Julia Mancarella, at president@coloradometalsmiths.org

Julia Mancarella
President
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I am a jeweler and metalsmith who primarily uses recycled gold and silver & ethically sourced gemstones to create jewelry that ​aims to make the wearer feel beautiful but also feel that they are contributing to a healthy society and planet. Utilizing age-old methods and techniques and approaching them from a contemporary perspective is one of the many aspects of this craft that I continually rediscover my love for. 

 

I am proudly a member and volunteer for CoMA because I love the local artist community in my home state, and interacting with a variety of makers makes me feel inspired and energized. 

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Donna D'Aquino
Vice-Chair
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Donna D’Aquino was born in the Hudson Valley Region of New York State. She received her BS in Design in 1989 from The State University College of New York at Buffalo, and her MFA in Jewelry/Metalsmithing in 1999 from Kent State University.  Originally trained in Graphic Design and Metalsmithing, D’Aquino was interested in becoming an illustrator. While taking a workshop in graduate school, she was handed wire and told to “draw”. This was the beginning of the ongoing body of work consisting of 2 and 3-dimensional linear drawings. They became line drawings and objects both to be worn on the body and displayed as a piece of art on the wall when not being worn. Inspired by interior and exterior skeletal structures found in architecture, the work consists of a series of objects that reflect an exploration of line, form,volume, movement, structure, geometry, space, light and shadow.

 

For the past several years, D’Aquino has been exploring the idea of scale and different placement for these pieces. The work has grown in size to 5 and 6 feet,functioning both indoor and outdoor. D’Aquino’s work can be seen in over 25 books and magazines and at a number of the finest Galleries representing Art Jewelry internationally. She has received numerous awards and honors. Her work had been shown internationally, and is held in both public and private collections throughout the US.

 

D’Aquino has recently relocated to Loveland, Colorado. She has joined the artist community at Artworks Loveland, where she maintains a full time studio practice.

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Rynn Miller
Treasurer

I’m a  metalsmith working in silver, gold, and luscious stones. I love the process – give me fire and red-hot metal any day.  I also have to keep making jewelry to support my stone-buying obsession.

I love contributing to COMA because I have received so much from them it is time to give back!

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Crystal Hinds
Secretary

I am mostly inspired by the things I find in nature, and how humans interact with nature.  My bodies of work span many genres, but I have always been rooted in the natural world, and human interaction.  My art bounces happily through different mediums, exploring possible media of each discipline. Finding the world of metal was the best discovery of my life. I am always looking for ways to combine all of my passions to create art.  I graduated Colorado State University in 2017 with a Bachelors of Art, focusing in Education and Metals Studio Practice. Currently, I am a member, shop captain, instructor, and studio holder at the Tinkermill in Longmont, CO.  This is where you will find me most of the time!

 

I wanted to become a member of the board for CoMA because I believe this association provides valuable service to the metalsmithing community, new comers and veterans alike. Without their undying devotion to the craft and social connections, the metalsmiths of Colorado and beyond would be islands in a sea. CoMA helps to bring us together to share our work and ideas, inspire each other and learn.  They are alive with the growth mindset and I want to be part of that, now and into the future.  

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Cara Coder
Education Coordinator

I mainly work in silver and love adding unexpected materials to my pieces, like plastic, glass or bone. I enjoy making jewelry that can be worn every day as well as pieces that would very much be considered unwearable! I love teaching students the art of making. It's exciting and rewarding to me to see their accomplishments when they thought they weren't capable to begin with.

 

I volunteer with CoMA because I think it's so valuable to stay connected to your community of makers. A community gives us the opportunity to continue to learn, grow and be inspired!

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Kim Harrell
Communications Chair/Conference Co-ordinator
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I am a silversmith and jewelry artist who makes distinctly textured and clean-lined jewelry and silverware using precious metals and occasionally combined with unconventional materials such as felt, rubber and steel. I studied at the London Metropolitan University, Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design where I obtained a B.A. in Silversmithing, Jewellery and Allied Crafts. I am a Denver native and currently reside in Aurora, CO where I run my studio and teach at The Art Students League of Denver and the Community College of Aurora. My work is available at Mountain Home in Evergreen; Jace Romick Gallery in Steamboat Springs and form+concept in Santa Fe, NM. My work is in several private collections in the USA and Europe. The Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver acquired a set of spoons which can be seen in the Sculpture gallery.

I volunteer with CoMA because I love being part of a group of metalheads! It is such an important aspect of sustaining connection with colleagues, learning new things, sharing our knowledge and giving a hand up to the next generation.

 

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Melissa Laugen
Exhibitions & Shows Coordinator

 

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