Insurrection is a fantasy novel by Thomas M. Reid, it is the second book of the War of the Spider Queen hexad, a series set in the Forgotten Realms fictional universe of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game. The party led by Quenthel Baenre journeys to the drow city of Ched Nasad in hopes of learning more about Lloth's silence; the beginning of the book is a running battle as Quenthel Baenre foolishly commands the party to travel through the domain of Kaanyr Vhok who dispatches his Tanarukk soldiers to destroy the party. The Alu-fiend continues to harry them; the party makes it to Ched Nasad. Once there, they realize; the city is much in conflict as the lesser races have taken to the streets and violence is around every corner. One of Ched Nasad's noble houses has contracted with a Duergar mercenary band to attack the city. For the drow, the duergar do too good of a job with their stonefire bombs and in the ensuing battle Ched Nasad is destroyed. Quenthel's party fights at every turn to try and escape the doomed city and they reach a portal.
The book ends just as the drow party escape through the portal and the City's Calcified web strands give out causing Ched Nasad to fall to its doom. This book introduces the characters Halisstra and Danifae to the drow party, both of whom go on to become prominent in the rest of the series; the first printing of Insurrection was 125,000 copies
John Rais is a designer and sculptor known for his architectural work and furniture. Rais works in steel as well as titanium, copper, stainless steel, other materials, he is well known for his one-of-a-kind firescreens. Rais was born and raised in Burlington, the youngest of seven children. Rais was introduced to blacksmithing in a sculpture class at the age of 18, he went to college at the Massachusetts College of Art, graduating in BFA Sculpture. After working at an architectural ironworks and a living history museum in Massachusetts, he decided to go to graduate school. Rais received his masters of fine arts degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1998, after which he worked at Peters Valley Craft Center as a department head. Rais was a department head of blacksmithing at Peter's Valley from 1998 to 2001, he has run his own design and metalsmithing studio since 1998. He now resides in Philadelphia, PA. While at Cranbrook, Rais was approached by two collectors to make three fire screens for their large Arts and Crafts style home in Bloomfield, Michigan.
This commission was the springboard to him opening a business. Rais opened his studio after graduate school in 1998, he did so with a fire screen commission. In the early years of the studio, several collectors and gallery shows sustained the studio, including the designer, ceramic artist and friend, Bennett Bean. In 2001, Rais began to try doing craft shows as a way to reach a wider audience and gain the attention of galleries, his first national show was the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. He went on to exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum Show, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington Craft Show, Craft Boston, he gained many gallery relationships through these shows. He had shown with and or represented by Thirteen Moons Gallery, Del Mano Gallery, Gallery 500, Mobilia Gallery, Snyderman-Works Gallery including several others, his commissioned architectural work has always been one of a kind. It is collected nationally and is featured in books and magazines. In 2009 he began working on a Museum acquisition for Yale University Art Galleries.
The project is a series of 90 decorative panels. The project takes many design cues from the building's Gothic Revival style and is influenced in part by some of the architectural ironwork in the museum by Samuel Yellin; the work is now part of the museum's permanent collection. Rais was one of only three artists commissioned by Yale Art Galleries as part of the museum's massive renovation/expansion completed in 2012. In early August 2013, John moved his studio to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in order to focus on expanding his business. In September 2013, John was asked to design and create the decorative metal work for the famous Addison Mizner house, Villa des Cygnes, in Palm Beach, Florida; the scope of this project includes seven balcony rails, entrance gates, grills and doors, which will be executed through his studio as well as several other skilled metal studios from Philadelphia and Maryland. The main project was completed in February 2015, with some additional pieces that will be installed throughout the year.
Adjunct Professor, Pennsylvania Fall 8-week concentration, "The Skin and Soul of Iron" 2012 Session 2 Instructor in Iron, "Intersections", Penland School of Craft, North Carolina Adjunct Instructor, Purchase College, State University of New York, Senior Lecturer, University of the Arts, Pennsylvania Adjunct Professor, State University of New York at New Paltz Adjunct Instructor, County College of Sussex Departmental Head of Blacksmithing, Peters Valley Craft Center Honorary Doctorate in Art History. Yale University Artscope Magazine Philadelphia Home Milford Magazine Departures magazine Ritz-Carlton magazine Metalsmith American Craft Anvils Ring Maker Profile John Rais, Contemporary Makers series DVD Graham Eccles, Odyssey DVD Great Britain 48 minutes Architectural Ironwork by Dona Z. Meilach, 2001 Schiffer Publishing, page 28 Fireplace Accessories by Dona Z. Meilach, 2002, Schiffer Publishing, pp. 42, 69, 219, 242 Art of the Tea Pot by Dona Meilach, Schiffer Publishing 500 Metal Vessels, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, pp. 25, 318 500 Enameled Objects, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing, p. 179 Art Metal, by Matthew Clarke, Schiffer Publishing, 2008 Memphis Impressions, Bob Schatz, Farcountry Press, p. 13 Residency, Windgate Foundation, in Applied Design, SUNY Purchase 2007 Residency, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Wisconsin Artists Choice Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.
C. Best Metals Design, Philadelphia Furniture and Furnishings Show, Pennsylvania Residency at Peters Valley Craft Center, New Jersey Finalist, Niche Magazine Awards, Metal John Rais Studios. Http://www.johnraisstudios.com. Interview with John Rais by Krista Gromalski. Http://www.northeastblacksmiths.org/ashokantext/galleryindex1000rais.htm. Biography, New England School of Metalwork. Http://www.newenglandschoolofmetalwork.com/blacksmithing/index.php?page=new-forms-in-steel. Additional information provided by John Rais, e-mail, 09/26/08