Our team is growing as the organization does. Ethical Metalsmiths relies on its dedicated staff and the willingness of committed collaborators to work toward the organization's goals. Take a minute to meet our team.
♦ What we borrow from the earth & How we extract it poses a vital question. And whether we choose to leave behind in our vapor trail a desolate society or whether we decide to bequeath our heirs a renewable, vibrant community reveals our karma. Ethical Metalsmiths’ scope of work ranges across latitudes & longitudes on our one small planet, taking a clear stand, and establishing a path to the goal of wise and responsible studio practice. Given the vision, clarity, & magic that metal artists coax from raw, rare materials, it seems only natural for metalsmiths to decide to work in health & harmony & to choose supply sources with integrity, transparency & sustainability. Glad to be on this team.
♦ I am a native New Yorker, fierce & loyal to the Big Apple, who also relishes his times lived in the bountiful Midwest & la charmante Quebec, la belle province. ♦ A narrative printmaker who has done intaglio & woodcut prints for numerous solo & collaborative exhibitions & an educator in many settings. ♦ Also, curator & publisher of The Levee, a print portfolio of 40 copies, featuring 28 artworks linking the creating of the blues to the building of the levees on the banks of the Mississippi. The 28 artists worked in six countries spanning four continents, with each artist receiving the boxed set.
♦ I’ve worked primarily in either non-profit arts administration & fund development since moving to Virginia in 2000 to direct the 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA, a non-profit artist-centered venue. ♦ BA, Grinnell College, BFA, KCAI, MFA, Cranbrook Academy of Art. More recently, ConEd studies: Arts Admin at NYU & Development at the Institute of Philanthropy at the University of Richmond. ♦
Student Committee (EM Students), Co-Chairs
Co-Chair of the Ethical Metalsmtihs Student Committee is a position valuable for the students and the community.
Christina T. Miller
Chair, Advisory Council, Co-founder, Ethical Metalsmiths
I believe that every living being deserves to live its life within a thriving ecosystem. Our own behavior has the potential to determine the quality of others’ lives. I am optimistic about our future because there are many people willing to continue improving their habits and offering creative ideas for others to consider.
In 2004, I co-founded Ethical Metalsmiths with Susan Kingsley. We worked collaboratively to educate jewelers and the public about the challenges standing in the way of ethical material sourcing, encourage the making of responsible jewelry and offer support to jewelers willing to try out some new ways of doing things.
Today I am proud to continue working with an incredibly dedicated community of jewelers and consumers to leverage the power of jewelry to create long-term, positive benefits for the global community.
Susie Ganch (President Elect - EM Board)
Director of Radical Jewelry Makeover
I became involved with Ethical Metalsmiths in 2007 through Radical Jewelry Makeover. As a studio artist and professor, I felt compelled to “do something” about what I saw as wasteful use of precious materials. As co-creator of Radical Jewelry Makeover I have been able to channel my energy into this positive project instead of being paralyzed by the daunting truth about mining or even more general information about the ways in which we mistreat our planet. I really do believe that everyone can contribute to positive change in the world. If each of us puts our energy and knowledge toward change, then change will happen.
I am Associate Professor and Head of the Metal Program at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. I exhibit my work nationally and internationally, have been published widely in books and magazines and have received numerous grants. Having both an individual studio practice and collaborative work has brought deeper meaning to my identity as an artist.