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Metal Jewelry Artistry Award Competition Judges


Andy Cooperman makes all sorts of things from all sorts of things and is known for applying the ethos and discipline of High Craft Metalsmithing to a wide variety of often disparate materials, including wood, pingpong balls, quills, bronze, sterling, steel and gold. He has been a jeweler and metalsmith for over thirty years and a writer and educator for close to that. As a teacher, Andy’s goal is to help students develop the creative problem-solving tools that will allow them to open new doors onto the creative process.

Andy’s work has been exhibited widely and can be found in public and private collections as well as books and publications that include The Penland Book of Jewelry, Humor in Craft and many more.

Exhibitions include Protective Ornament: Contemporary Amulets to Armor at the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, a solo exhibition at the Appalachian Center for Craft and most recently in Metalmorphosis, the Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial Exhibition. Andy lectures nationally and has spoken at the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference, the annual Colorado Metalsmithing Association conference and as keynote speaker for the International Society of Glass Bead Makers and the East Carolina University Symposium. 


Linda Darty is a jewelry professor at East Carolina University and founder/ director of the ECU Italy Intensives study abroad program in Tuscany, where she currently lives and teaches.  She has an extensive international exhibition record, is the author of

The Art of Enameling and frequently teaches workshops on enameling in this country and abroad.  Linda is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for research from East Carolina University, the Board of Governors Award for teaching excellence and the Life Time Achievement Award from The Enamelist Society.  Her work is in public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London & the Museum of Art and Design in NYC

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