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About Karen Christians

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Karen Christians is an educator and maker in the metal arts. She taught and developed Open Studios program in the Metals program at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, founded the community studio Metalwerx: Jewelry and the Metal Arts in Waltham, a non-profit school, and the Hot Craft Studio for Jewelry at Artisan's Asylum in Somerville. She teaches and lectures nationally, and is published in many professional and technical magazines. She is the author of two books Making the Most of Your Flex-Shaft, and recently, Jewelry of Burning Man, which was funded on Kickstarter in 2014. Karen holds a BFA with High Honors from the Massachusetts College of Art. 

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education

2006 Revere Academy East, Granulation, North Carolina
1997 Massachusetts College of Art, Metals and Sculpture, Boston, MA, BFA
1990-93 DeCordova Museum School, Metals and Enameling, Lincoln, MA, 1990-93
1992 Idylwild School for the Music and the Arts, Idylwild, CA, Michael Kaboti, Hopi Jewelry Overlay

teaching

2015
Jewelry I, II, III, Photoetching, Resin Inlay, Flex Shaft, Stone Setting, Make a Ring(s), Jewelry Orientation Artisan’s Asylum
Soldering, Resin Inlay, Flux Metal Arts, Cleveland, OH

2014
Flex Shaft, Flux Metal Arts, Cleveland, OH
Jewelry I, II, III, Photoetching, Resin Inlay, Flex Shaft, Artisan’s Asylum

2013
Jewelry I, II, III, Photoetching, Resin Inlay, Flex Shaft, Artisan’s Asylum

2012
Soldering Boot Camp, Idyllwild Metals Week
Jewelry I, II, III, Photoetching, Resin Inlay, Flex Shaft, Artisan’s Asylum

2011
Making a Steampunk Clock, Charles River Museum of Industry, Waltham, MA
Soldering 101, Metalwerx, Waltham, MA
Jewelry I and II, Emerson Umbrella, Concord, MA (program start up pending)
EL Wire, Waltham, MA
Photoetching, Private Teaching, Amesbury, MA

2010
Soldering 101, Metalwerx, Waltham, MA
Resin Inlay, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, WI
Resin Inlay, Idllwild School of Art, Idllwyild, CA
Resin Inlay, Metalwerx, Waltham, MA
Making the Most of Your Flex Shaft, Metalwerx, MA
EL Wire, Waltham, MA
El Wire, Maynard, MA

2009
Soldering 101, Metalwerx, Waltham, MA
Resin Inlay, Metalwerx, Waltham, MA
Resin Inlay, The Bead House, Providence, RI
EL Wire, Boston, MA

1998 - 2008
Metalwerx, Waltham, MA - Beginning and Intermediate Jewelry
Photoetching, Cambridge Center for Adult Ed, Cambridge

1998 - 2001
Cambridge Center for Adult Education – Beginning, Intermediate Jewelry and Studio Saturdays

exhibitions

Jewelry of Burning Man – curated exhibition for Society of North American Goldsmiths 2015
Where Science Meets Art: Metals & Wearables of Artisan's Asylum 2015
Somerville, MA Somerville Open Studios, 2014
Maynard MA ArtSpace Maynard Holiday Show 2012
Wellesley MA Wellesley Marketplace Craft Show 2010-14
Denver CO West Southwest Gallery Buckles and Bolos 2002
Duxbury MA Duxbury Art Associations 28th Annual Winter Juried Show, Best in Sculpture 2002
3M Competetion, Innovations, Spoon for Eating Rocky Road Ice Cream 2002
Cohassett MA South Shore Arts Center, Summer Artist in Residence and Group Show 2001
Concord MA Concord Arts Association, Group Invitational 2001
Cambridge MA Open Photography & Sculpture Show, Cambridge Arts Assoc. 2001
Boston MA Legal Seafoods Corporate Office, “Fine Dining” Cavalcade of Cod 2000
Concord MA Concord Art Assoc. “Best in Show for Jewelry” Photography/Sculpture II 2000
Boston MA “Freud’s Third Dream” Private Collection Mass College of Art Annual Auction 2000
Woburn MA Metalwerx High Tea 1999
Lexington MA The Lexington Society for Arts and Crafts Metalmania 1999
Portsmouth NH Barrett Gallery The Metalheads Guild Show 1999
Seattle WA Society of North American Goldsmiths, Invitational The Links Project 1998
Lafayette LA Lafayette Art Association International Exhibition 1998
New York NY Slowniski Gallery “Sculpture for the Palm of the Hand” Emerging Artists Finalist 1998

lectures

Watertown, MA, Metalwerx Vendor Day, Soldering Sanctuary, 2010
Watertown, MA, Metalwerx Vendor Day, Soldering Fundamentals, 2009
Boston, MA, Massachusetts College of Art, Marketing for Artists, 2006
Philadelphia, PA, University of the Arts, Guest Lecturer, 2005
Tucson, AZ, Manufacturers Jewelers and Trade Association, Making the Most of Your FlexShaft. 2004
Belmont, MA, The Glass Bead Society, Marketing for Artists, 2004
Las Vegas, NV, Making the Most of Your Flex Shaft, JCK Show, 2004
Boston, MA, North Bennett Street School, Marketing for Artists, 2004
Cambridge MA, Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Victorian Flatware: Form and Function, 2001-03
Tucson, AZ, Rio Grande Catalog in Motion, Marketing for Artists and Modernist Jewelry, 2003
Boston MA, Massachusetts College of Art, Metalwerx: How it all Began, 2001 - 03

publications

Jewelry of Burning Man, Book, 2015
Metalsmith Magazine, The Art and Movement of Steampunk, 2011
MJSA Journal, Portable Polishing, 2010
MJSA Journal, Clip It, 2010
Jewelry Artist, Green Tools Tool Review 2009
MJSA Journal, McGyver Using a Sharpie Marker for Annealing 2007
MJSA Journal, McGyver Using a Potato as Heat Sink 2007
Texas Jewelers Magazine, Flex-shaft: A Tool of Diversity 2006
MJSA Journal, Totally Tubular 2005
Making the Most of Your FlexShaft Book, MJSA/AJM Press 2005, 8rd reprint
Lapidary Journal, Suzanne Wade, You Can Do It, article about Metalwerx, 2003
American Jewelers Magazine, Tool Junkies , 2004
February Issue, American Jewelers Magazine, John Shanahan, ³Breaking the Creative Block, 2001
American Jewelers Magazine Suzanne Wade, Consignment Galleries, 2000
American Jewelers Magazine, NewsFront, Review of Steve Midget¹s Mokume Gane, 2000
October Issue, Lapidary Journal Suzanne Wade, Silver, 2000
July Issue, Crafts Report, Linda Kaye-Moses, How Two Artists Started a Jewelry School,1999

achievements

Founder of Hot Craft Shop for Jewelry, Artisan’s Asylum, 2012-
Pendant Project for Burning Man, Black Rock City, NV, 2006 -
Founder Cleverwerx 2008-
Tool Designer of Titanium Jewelry Soldering Tools, 2003
Founder and Director, Metalwerx, 1998 - 2007
Society of North American Goldsmiths Board Member , 2001-03
Massachusetts College of Art, Graduated with Distinction for Academic Merit, 1997
Massachusetts College of Art, Departmental Honors for Artistic Merit,1997
Massachusetts College of Art, Foundation Auction Award for Outstanding Achievement in 1997