Beads and Yarn



Free Talk with Master Enamelist Keith Lewis

Saturday, November 16, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

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Cost: FREE!

Join us for a free talk with master enamelist Keith Lewis from Seattle, WA. We are excited to host Keith for a talk and workshop in cooperation with the Center for Enamel Art.

For over 20 years, jeweler Keith Lewis has investigated the ways that jewelry can represent a form of regard and remembrance. Beginning with a series of brooches commemorating friends and acquaintances who died of AIDS and continuing through work that explored gay male identity and sexuality, Lewis has used jewelry as a vessel of love, regard and political memorialization.

In his newest body of work, “The Saddest Aisle”, Lewis addresses his longstanding belief in the obligations of empathy through the abandoned, forlorn baskets in the aisles of Goodwill. Silent, uncomplaining receptacles of joy and pain, he believes that they deserve redemption and regard. So he takes them, renders them permanent and then dresses them in finery as a recognition of the lives that they have witnessed.

In his talk, Lewis will discuss the trajectory of his work and the ways that the current series–– despite being ornamental and non-narrative–– continues to allow him to explore his longstanding goals and preoccupations.

This is a free talk, so there’s no need to register. Everyone is welcome to come and learn about Keith’s work and his techniques for enameling.


Keith Lewis received his BS in Chemistry from Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA) in 1981 and his MFA in Jewelry & Metalsmithing from Kent State University (Kent, OH) in 1993. He has been teaching at Central Washington University since 1994, where he is currently CWU Distinguished Professor.

His jewelry deals with issues of identity, loss, memory and the notion of jewelry as a transportable polemic. It has been widely published and shown both nationally and internationally and is represented in a number of significant public and private collections, including the The Houston Museum of Fine Arts, The Rotasa Foundation (CA), The Porter/Price Collection (NC), the Susan Beech Collection (CA), The Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), The Smithsonian Institution, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Los Angeles County Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

In addition to his work as an artist and teacher, he has also written for a number of publications including Metalsmith, New Art Examiner and Artweek and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and of the Metalsmith magazine Editorial Advisory Board.

His favorite fruit is jabuticaba.


None - open to everyone!

Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA


Instructor: Keith Lewis

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Free Talk with Master Enamelist Keith Lewis

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