Matthew Parkinson


Matthew (Wolcott, CT), ABS Journeyman smith and Forged in Fire Champion, has been a full-time smith since 1998 specializing in historical blades and culinary knives. He has won several awards for his knives, has written for Knife Magazine and had his work featured in many publications.  Matthew has taught bladesmithing throughout the US since 2007 and is a partner in Falling Hammer productions and its subsidiary Dragons Breath Forge. 

Maurie Traylor

Painting & Drawing

Maurie (Tulsa, OK) enjoys teaching through visual storytelling with portraits and figures at Waterworks Art Center and incorporates art in her special education classroom. She has participated in Mayfest Invitational Gallery (2018) and displays her artwork at 108 Contemporary.

Misty Gamble


Misty (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) is a celebrated artist and educator. She has been widely published and her work is exhibited both nationally and internationally. Teaching and residencies: Kansas City Art Institute, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, Vermont Studio Center, CRETA Rome, SACI Florence, and Studio Nong International Sculpture Collective.

Nick Deford

Special Media

Nick (Knoxville, TN) is an artist, educator, and arts administrator. He received his MFA from Arizona State University, and a MS and BFA from the University of Tennessee. He exhibits nationally and has also taught workshops at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, East Carolina University and the University of Louisville. Currently, Nick is the Program Director at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and works on his fiber art practice from his home studio.

Nyle Gordon

Painting & Drawing

Nyle (Ethel, MO) holds a BFA in drawing & painting from University of Central Missouri. Residing in Ethel, Missouri, he divides his time between studio and plein air painting, as well as teaching. Nyle’s work has garnered several awards in both regional and national competitions.

Patrick Thompson


Patrick (Norfork, AR) has owned and operated Heritage Springs Forge in Mountain View, AR since 2005. During that time he has been a member of the Arkansas Craft Guild, the Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour, Blacksmiths of Arkansas (BOA) and on the founding board of the Arkansas Craft School.  Most recently, Patrick was the Resident Blacksmith at the Ozark Folk Center State Park (Retired in 2017).  

Preston Carson


Preston (Eureka Springs, AR) has many years of experience in all types of welding, having set up and run his own welding business, as well as a welding shop in Kansas City area for a large manufacturing facility.

Richard Stephens

Painting & Drawing

Richard (Hot Springs, AR) graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 1969 with a degree in art. During the past 17 years he has been teaching watercolor workshops around the country. Stephens has been awarded the 2018 Arkansas Governors Arts Award for an Individual Artist.

Robert Dancik

Small Metals

Robert (Seymour, CT) is an artist/educator/author and developer of materials for artists. His work can be seen in numerous books, publications, museum and private collections around the world. He has taught workshops around the world and maintains an active teaching studio.