Meet the Jurors

Maegan E. Crowley

Maegan earned a BFA from University of the Arts in Metalsmithing and her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work is in private collections and is exhibited nationally. She has taught blacksmithing workshops at Haystack, Penland, Ox-Bow, Peters Valley School of Craft and the New England school of Metalwork, and has demonstrated at numerous regional blacksmithing conferences across the country.

Maegan owns and operates “Iron Maegan Metalworks” in Dolores, Colorado where she produces custom metalwork for residential, public and commercial sites. From this small town she has created a client base that spans the country producing sculpture, fireplace accessories, cabinet hardware, railings and furniture with a modern aesthetic and impeccable craftsmanship.


Instagram: @ironmaegan

Zack Noble

My current work involves stretching and expanding on traditional techniques in an effort to create modern designs with a focus on craftsmanship. I make sculptural, functional, and architectural work and enjoy challenging myself with each new project. My work can be found in or around clients homes from Florida to New York to Main Street Telluride, Colorado. I have been published in several books including Dona Meilach’s “Ironwork Today: Inside & Out” and Matthew S. Clarke’s “From Fire to Form”. I have taught at Penland School of Crafts, Peter’s Valley Craft Center, John C. Campbell Folk School, and have demonstrated nationally. I run my shop in Asheville, North Carolina and I live with my wife and our three children.

Instagram: @noble_zack


Lindsay Gates

Lindsay Ketterer Gates has been the Executive Director of Touchstone Center for Crafts since 2018. For over 20 years she has been a studio artist whose work is in the permanent collection of the American Embassy in the Republic of Djibouti, The Museum of Art and Design in NYC, Yale University Art Gallery as well as other international collections (formerly Lindsay K. Rais). Her work was included in the touring exhibition ‘Rooted, Revived, Reinvented: Basketry in the 21st Century’ and recently on loan in the American Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan and ‘Innovators and Legends; Generations in Textiles and Fibers”. She lectures and teaches nationally including at the Smithsonian’s American Craft Museum – Renwick Gallery, St. Louis Art Museum, Textile Study Group of NY, Haystack Mt. School of Craft, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Craft, Peters Valley School of Craft, SOFA Chicago, and the Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh. Lindsay’s work has been featured on the cover of Metalsmith Magazine and on the pages of American Craft MagazineFiberArts, Fiber Art Now, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle, Spindle and Dyepot Magazine, FIBERARTS Design Book VII, 500 Baskets, Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to being an Artist/Craftsmen, to name a few. In 2005 she was awarded an Individual Creative Artists Fellowship by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation.

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