We have two special events coming up at Danaca Design:
Tool and Supply Swap Meet
Saturday, March 12, 10am-1pm
Come out for our annual tool and supply swap meet. A variety of vendors will be here with tools and supplies to swap or buy. It is always a great time! You don’t need to have tools of your own to swap…cash works too. Or maybe you will find a treasure on our free table. The swap meet is a great place if you are just getting started to find tools and supplies at great prices.
House Rules! Show
Saturday, May 7, 6pm-9pm
The House Rules! is an annual fundraising event highlighting the Danaca Design Studio “crew”. The “crew” is a widely varied group of artists who help out with administration and maintenance, studio monitors, and gallery attendants. We feature studio staff and members in the gallery, raffle a collaborative neckpiece and host a silent auction.
All raffle and auction money goes to fund the Danaca Design Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund, our scholarship program.
Raffle tickets are only $5.00 and are available in the studio, from someone in the crew, or at the event!
This is a great opportunity to support the studio and its crew, get a gift for Mother’s day, support a student and maybe take home the grand prize, an outrageously cool necklace! Please join us to celebrate. We will have delicious treats from Bodrum Bistro in Wallingford.
See our website for more details about upcoming events, our studio, and our scholarship program. We hope to see you at an event soon!
Danaca Design is located at 5619 University Way NE, Seattle WA
Did you know we offer scholarships for students who want to learn about metalsmithing and jewelry making?!
Each spring we host the Danaca Design House Rules! show to highlight work from our “crew” of employees, members, and volunteers. This event also serves as the fundraiser for our Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund, which feeds our scholarship program.
Each quarter we offer scholarships to matriculated students ages 16-24 who are currently enrolled in high school or college in Washington Sate. Scholarship winners may select any Danaca Design class or intensive series appropriate to their skill level. This is a great opportunity to learn new skills or refine existing ones, explore project ideas, discover new techniques and tools, and create in a well equipped metalsmithing studio that serves a range of enthusiastic beginners, passionate hobbyists, and established artists.
As part of our House Rules! show and Jewelry Art Stimulus fundraiser each crew member creates a segment for a collaborative necklace that is raffled off to benefit the Jewelry Art Stimulus Fund. This year our most recent scholarship winner, Sophie Lipitz, contributed a lovely segment to our collaborative necklace! We also have a few of her pieces for sale here in the Gallery. I’m looking forward to seeing what she makes next!
Last winter we had work in the gallery from one of our other scholarship winners, Kathryn Wood. Kathryn sold work in our Holiday Show and also participated in the Seattle Metals Guild Passing the Torch competition and exhibition for Washington State High School students, which is on display at the Bellevue Arts Museum through June 1st.
The deadlines for scholarship applications are: March 1st, June 1st, September 1st, and December 1st.
We request that recipients give back by posting about their experience on our Facebook page or our blog. Recipients also have the option of contributing or participating in the annual Jewelry Art Stimulus fundraiser that takes place during the House Rules! show the following year.
Please see the scholarship section of our website for complete details on elligibility and the application process. It’s free and simple to apply!
Scholarship info: http://www.danacadesign.com/index.php?p=classes&c=scholarship
If you’d like to learn more about Passing the Torch, a Seattle Metals Guild outreach program, please visit the Seattle Metals Guild website: http://www.seattlemetalsguild.org/programs/passingthetorch/
Please help spread the word to any students who may be interested in this scholarship! We want to share our space with interested young metalsmiths out there!
Our 5th annual house show is coming up! The HOUSE RULES!
The house show will feature work from most of the staff here at Danaca Design. ALSO! It’s a great opportunity to support our Art Stimulus Fund. All of us who work here have access to this wonderful studio space, and we use the Art Stimulus Fund to pass that opportunity along to a young person (ages 16-24) who’s interested in learning to work with metal. You can read more about our Art Stimulus/Scholarship Fund here.
Each member of the Danaca Design crew has made either a 6″ length of chain or a bead, and these components have been assembled into two necklaces. The necklaces will be raffled off on Friday May 2nd at 8:30pm. Raffle tickets are $5 and are available through the staff/artists, and in the gallery, all the way up until the drawing takes place. You don’t need to be present to win!
The HOUSE RULES! show will be up from May 1st- 31st, with an Open House on May 2nd, 6-9pm. Raffle drawing during the Open House on May 2nd at 8:30pm.
During the Open House we will also have a silent auction benefiting the Art Stimulus/Scholarship Fund. Items to be auctioned include tickets to On the Boards, jewelry, tools, and other art.
Here’s a little more about the artists featured in the house show…
The Danaca Design Studio “Crew”
The crew at Danaca Design is a widely varied group of artists who help out with administration and maintenance as studio monitors and gallery attendants. Below are the 2014 House Show contributors, with some insights into the wonderful folks who make Danaca Design Studio a great place to be.
Dana Cassara is an artist and maker, who discovered jewelry in the early 90’s. The medium of metal, combined with just about anything else provides her with a surplus of creative and technical opportunities. Making jewelry, unlike many other artistic pursuits, demands a level of attention which requires absolute concentration and patience, generating an internal calm difficult to attain any other way. In addition to owning and teaching at Danaca Design Studio, Dana creates a wide variety of custom jewelry pieces.
Allan Thorne got his start making jewelry when a friend showed him how to solder. Years later, he began taking jewelry making classes at the Los Angeles County Museum. Shortly thereafter, he created a jewelry studio in his living room, providing a creative outlet to cope with the stress of life in Los Angeles. In 1992, he took up residence in Seattle and went on to work out of the Danaca Design Studio where he presently teaches enameling and makes jewelry. Allan, among the founding members of Danaca Design Studio, is a weekly monitor who shows regularly in the Studio gallery. He is a true friend to the Studio and the best bartender during our open houses!
Amy Brounstein took her first wax carving class in 2002, which led her to enroll at the American Jeweler’s Institute. After spending three years snowboarding in Mt. Hood, Oregon, she decided to move to Carlsbad, CA to attend the Gemological Institute of America where she learned about gemology, jewelry design and fabrication. After graduation, she designed costume jewelry for a company in San Diego. Now in Seattle, she is a member at the studio, where you will also find her tending the gallery once a week.
Brenda Cregeen began working with beads in 2005. She then discovered the joys of working with metal in 2008 while taking classes at Danaca Design. She enjoys making jewelry and studying new techniques. Brenda’s designs are influenced by traditional shapes, brilliant surfaces, and beautiful gemstones. Brenda is currently our primary studio maintenance gal keeping the space tidy and the pickle strong!
Carly Kellogg discovered her love for metalsmithing in Portland, Oregon at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, where she completed her B.F.A. in 2009. Since then, she’s been traveling and teaching in Peru, living and loving in Argentina, and, most recently, making her way back to Seattle to attend graduate school. She graduated in 2013 with a M.S. in Nutrition from Bastyr University.
Being artful and making things with her hands will always be two of Carly’s favorite things. She uses art as meditation, a way to practice being present. Carly’s helps out as a gallery attendant when we are lucky enough to have her in town.
Charise Randell began her artistic career designing women’s apparel professionally in Seattle. Her love for creating fashion extended naturally to jewelry, and her work reflects an appreciation for romantic European elements and delicate feminine detail. Using combinations of semi-precious stones, enamel, and silver, Charise crafts each piece to create individual and unique wearable art. Charise is a long-time friend who I first met as a student many years ago. Charise is a weekly studio monitor and her work is available in the Danaca Design Studio Gallery.
Erika Laureano was born into art and encouraged by her mother, a painter, who took her to galleries and openings. She studied Fashion Design at Virginia Commonwealth University and worked in the fashion industry for 15 years. Now living near Seattle, she finds that the bold colors of high fashion and the subtle textures in nature inform her current jewelry line. Erika’s unique and ever-evolving work is regularly available in the Danaca Design Studio Gallery, among many other classy venues, including the Seattle Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and the Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum in Seattle. Erika is a currently a weekly gallery attendant in the studio who merchandises like no other.
Jennifer Forland was born in Astoria, Oregon and grew up in Poulsbo, Washington. She has been making art for pretty much as long as she can remember – drawing, printmaking, pottery and photography at North Kitsap High School, followed by a minor in photography at WWU in Bellingham. She got her start with metal crafting at North Seattle Community College, when she took a class from Dana Cassara, and began incorporating metal work into her repertoire. She exhibits at craft shows around the region and has been a regular exhibitor in the Danaca Design Studio gallery for years. Jennifer is a current member in the studio and tends the gallery weekly.
Juan Reyes began studying silversmithing in 1995 at North Seattle Community College and since then has developed extensive expertise in a wide range of techniques including lapidary and goldsmithing. He is generous with his knowledge, patient beyond measure and well-loved for his helpful, non-judging nature. Originally from Mexico, Juan brings warmth and creativity to the studio. Juan is also a practicing massage therapist so if that crick in your neck is making it hard to saw, he can fix it! Juan teaches regularly the studio and currently exhibits in the gallery.
Kristen Hummel has been making jewelry since she was 15, when she discovered high school jewelry making class had more to do with metal and fire than beads and string. Now she makes jewelry and small-scale hollow forms. Working mostly in silver, copper, and brass, she particularly likes making homes for found objects and discarded parts of failed experiments. Kristen is currently doing administrative work for the studio, as well as helping to manage the tools and supplies, tend the gallery and prep for classes. Kristen is our girl Friday.
Nancy Hom’s creativity was nurtured early on by her mother, from whom she learned the intricacies of sewing, knitting and crocheting. These skills, coupled with her mother’s example as a sewing machine operator and freelance jewelry maker, encouraged Nancy to pursue her own dreams of becoming a designer. Nancy has enjoyed success as an apparel designer for the past 30 years, and began her own jewelry line under the name Sunlan Designs in 2007. Nancy’s pride in her Chinese heritage, and desire to honor her beloved mother, are the inspiration for each piece in the Sunlan collection. Nancy is a weekly studio monitor/mother, the Jewelry Arts Scholarship coordinator, and all around good egg who helps whenever and however she can. Nancy is also the primary House Show coordinator. Thank you Nancy!
Nanz Aalund received her BFA in Jewelry Arts from Northern Illinois University, and her MFA in Metalsmithing from the University of Washington. She has taught jewelry making and design for many years, and has won a number of jewelry design awards, including an AGTA Spectrum Award, two Platinum Guild International Awards, and two DeBeers Diamond’s Today Awards. Throughout her career, Nanz has traveled to Berlin, Paris, London, Florence, San Francisco, and New York to study jewelry design and manufacturing. Nanz teaches regularly at Danaca Design Studio and we are fortunate to have her as a current member in the studio, where she is always willing to offer helpful tips and insights.
Sophie Lipitz is a junior at the Northwest School and has been making jewelry for four years. Her jewelry is primarily inspired by the delicate balance between the natural world and the mechanism of metalworking. She has spent the last five summers attending and then working at Buck’s Rock camp as an instructor in the metals shop. As Danaca Design’s most recent Youth Stimulus Scholarship student she began a mentored independent study with Juan Reyes this past Fall. Sophie’s favorite mediums and techniques include resin, enamel, and forming. Sophie contributed a 6” length of chain to our raffle necklace. Her work will also be featured during the House Show.
Tegan Wallace has been metalsmithing since she was 15. Since then she’s been creating one-of-a-kind and limited-edition jewelry lines combining precious metals with other materials, sold in galleries and at art fairs across the country. Her work juxtaposes smooth precise lines with more freeform organic ones. Tegan is a weekly gallery attendant, occasional monitor and substitute teacher. If you call when Tegan is tending the house, you will always get a friendly and helpful voice on the other line.
Tory Herford was raised in a rural environment, and spent countless hours observing and interacting with the wonders of nature. Tory’s work involves nature or natural themes, with an emphasis on organic forms and textures. Considering herself more a sculptor than a jeweler, she often works directly from natural or found objects, taking them out of their original context so they can be experienced in new ways. Tory is our longest surviving studio member!