Hammer time

My work for the Artist Trust Auction, coming up later in February.

Point Line Plane brooch iv, 2013

You can touch this. If you go to the Artist Trust auction (Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center) you could even win it! The menu is up and the artist works already online look good. Just sayin…

And on now:

I am very pleased to have my work Ruchnoy Protivotankovy Granatomyot (or RPG) in this exhibition, which, as the exhibition media tells it, “drew over 1,000 submissions from 8 countries around the world. Juror Perry A. Price selected 70 works for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center including works from 27 states in varying media including metal, wood, plastic, ceramic, fiber, glass, and mixed media.”

31st annual Materials: Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition & Exhibition
Meadows Gallery, Patterson-Appleton Arts Center
Opening Reception | Friday, February 2, 6 – 8 PM (Artist Awards at 7 PM)
February 3 – May 5, 2018

Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. Now in its 31st year, the exhibition opens to international artists as we celebrate the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media.

Yep, pleased as punch!

A plethora

Exhibits, exhibitions, shows and prizes!

of exhibitions contain my work right now!

Social Unit, 2017

Beijing International Jewelry Exhibition 2017 has some of my enamel works, and it has a short run, from November 18-26, 2017 at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology Park (BIFTPARK)

Itami International Jewellery Exhibition in Japan also began on November 18 and runs until December 24, 2017. I’m pleased to share that I was awarded one of the Judge’s Choice prizes for the Social Unit series (above) in this years Itami!

And finally, Bilk gallery has White Christmas, for which I made a few new goodies, like the ornament below, and some jewels to go along with them of course. Because who doesn’t want to match their decor this celebration season?

Wreath ornament, 2017

Vote for more IMAGINE Peace Now

Boris Bally must not sleep, so please vote for the IMAGINE show to keep touring so he can get some rest! Me, I sleep, a lot. I made a video (in my waking moments) of the work that’s in Boris’ show, for those of you who won’t get to see it IMAGINE Peace Now.

Boris Bally must not sleep.

Do you like what we are doing with the I.M.A.G.I.N.E. Peace Now exhibition?  If so, we could really use your help.

This national competition opens for voting today and is a chance for us to support the exhibition’s travel to Southern Indiana and Southern Kentucky and to include vital community programming aimed at the gun violence epidemic in this region.

Vote here. Vote often

(you can vote daily til May 12 – that’s the 13th of May in Aus!)

My work from the exhibition will (hopefully!) be heading along with the touring show, so if you are in Indiana or Kentucky and you want to see it, please vote 😉 And for those of you who will vote but won’t get to the US, here’s a video I made of the making process:

Going to Munich

Going to Schmuck, going to Schmuck, going to Schmuck hey hey, hey hey! (You like my song?)

spread from Art Aurea

Can’t wait to see my friends at my first international jewellery hook-up (it’s not that kind, please,) for the year, starting next week. If you want to see my work, and it’s just the one, it’s at Schmuck 2017, from the 8th-14th of March, 9:30am – 6pm daily at the International Handwerkmesse, in the Fairground Messe München, Hall B1.

And if you want to see a couple of my mates? Well the best place to see the line up, and what everyone else is up to, is on the Current Obsession website, or better yet in their Paper edition which you can purchase in select places in Munich (of course there’s also the shorter Master Program with metro map here, with thanks to Klimt02). Seek out Claire McArdle’s work in Sextet, opening Thursday March 9 from 6-8pm at Das KloHäuschen. And Zoe Brand will be exhibiting with Atta Gallery in Hall B1 – as a part of the internationally gallery line-up at the IHM. Then there’s Kat Cole in Perfect Strangers, and a tonne more people in Duality of Presence – just look up the CO list, yeah?

Meanwhile, lots of work to finish. Eeep!

Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial – Metalmorphosis

The Bam Biennial starts next week – see you at the opening!

Detail image of work My House - Tanya Lippe's Lunch Box, made out of lunch box steel, stainless steel, vitreous enamel. 2016.
Detail image of work My House – Tanya Lippe’s Lunch Box, made out of lunch box steel, stainless steel, vitreous enamel. 2016.

Yesterday my newly finished piece My House: Tanya Lippe’s Lunch Box was installed at Bellevue Arts Museum just in time for the opening of the much anticipated juried metal exhibition Metalmorphosis, which opens this Thursday night.

Delivery of the pieces and installation went smoothly, though the complexity of hanging my piece made it the longest single hang of the exhibition thus far (Maria Phillips’ hang was still in progress – I think she’s now officially the longest BAM hang of all time!) … A dubious honour  I can tell you, as Elizabeth, who I spent the day working with, is a real pro. That said, the 3rd floor of the museum was an incredible place to be yesterday, especially as most of the works were in situ (and those with power were running) and it is looking really magnificent. I hitched a ride home with Kirk Lang (a locally-based jeweller/sculptor who is an incredibly precise metalsmith and artist) and both of us were sharing our experience of awe on arrival into the space, at seeing the pieces already installed. It’s a little hard to communicate how amazed and thrilled I am to have my work precariously dangled alongside the glorious fruits of so many high calibre artists and artisans.

Needless to say, if you’re in the Seattle area and you haven’t already got a ticket, then please consider yourself invited to the Thursday night shindig by me! You can head over to the ticketing page and grab a ticket for the opening night party that starts at 6pm on Thursday the 1st, or they’ll be $20 on the door. If you’re willing to wait a day (you will miss out on seeing me though…) you can have free entry for Friday’s opening to the general public. And if you’re in Seattle right now but are going to be in town before February, I encourage you to get along. It’s a heck of a show, and I’ve not even seen it fully installed yet!

From the exhibition media:

BAM received a record-breaking 330 applications for this year’s biennial. From this vast and talented pool of applicants, 49 Northwest artists were selected to participate:

Rik Allen, WA Ruth Beer, BC Lanny Bergner, WA
Jana Brevick, WA Julie Brooks, WA John Buck, MT
Ben Buswell, OR Deborah Butterfield, MT Melissa Cameron, WA
Christine Clark, OR Andy Cooperman, WA Maria Cristalli, WA
Casey Curran, WA Garri Dadyan, WA Marita Dingus, WA
Andrew Fallat, WA Chelsea Gaddy, WA Aran Galligan, WA
Catherine Grisez, WA Laurie J. Hall, OR Bruno Hervieux (Normandie Woodworks), WA
Ron Ho, WA Mary Lee Hu, WA Lynne Hull, WA
David Keyes, WA Bob Kramer, WA Kirk Lang, WA
Cheryll Leo-Gwin, WA Phillip Levine, WA Keith Lewis, WA
Micki Lippe, WA Susan Madacsi, ID Chris McMullen, WA
Taiji Miyasaka &
David Drake, WA
Ries Niemi, WA Allan Packer, WA
Ross Palmer Beecher, WA Beverly Petow, BC Maria Phillips, WA
Peter Reiquam, WA Lyndsay Rice, OR Midori Saito, WA
Anika Smulovitz, ID Julie Speidel, WA Spencer Staley, OR
Nicky Statius, OR Lori Talcott, WA Kristin Tollefson, WA
Nancy Worden, WA


Schmuck/Talente deadlines have been extended

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a bit of a time getting my Schmuck entry in this year. I’m finally done (phew!) but completing it did involve tedious word counts and emailing the images – a bit unusual. One thing it did not involve was Firefox, so try another browser. I had to use Safari.

So, as per last year (and the previous if I recall correctly), I was unsurprised to find that the Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern has now extended the deadlines.

Talente 2016 (Bewerbung bis 15.10.15 möglich)
Schmuck 2016 (Bewerbung bis 10.10.15 möglich)

Schmuck is now due on the 10th of October and Talente on the 15th. Good luck everyone!


Deadlines Extra!! Schmuck/Talente!!

Aw geez, I left off the big one, sorry folks. But hey, now it gets it own post!

Now I’m in for it… Apologies all – I turn up over a month late with my little deadlines post, and I leave off the most important entry..! I’m so sorry.

Here it is, the only link you need:

*** der Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern. Deadline October 1st – same time every year, folks.

Schmuck/Talente – if you need a description, you probably shouldn’t enter…


(I’ve now added it to the deadlines page, along with Parallels for the Melb-ish folk.)

Mixed messages

Mixed messages

Invitation - Anna Davern

1/ I’ve been watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix with Turbo (the link is to an interesting review on Indiewire regarding its place in the feminist canon). I mention it here only because Lily Tomlin has been graced with some wonderful pieces of contemporary jewellery to wear as Frankie. That’s interesting on a few layers (which will be even more front-of-mind if you read the link) but you knew that already 😉

2/  I have some works going on display in Sydney in the Perfect Mutations exhibition that’s coinciding with the 2015 Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia conference (Aussies, please tell me you’re going! Support your tribe! I’ve now got a mole to fill me in on what happens at the Pravu Mazumdar lecture, but it won’t be the same…)

PERFECT MUTATIONS: An exhibition that includes 45 diverse jewellery and object artists. (Postcard above thanks to curator Michelle Genders – look at all those names: WHAT. A. SHOW. !) Opening:  6 to 8pm Wednesday 08 July 2015. Exhibition continues:  09 July to 19 July 2015. Chrissie Cotter Gallery Sydney, Pidcock Street, Camperdown. Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11am-4pm


3/ I received a Merit award in the Objects section at the recent 2015 Taiwan International Metal Craft Competition! The exhibition is now on view at the Gold Museum in Taiwan, and will travel in Taiwan and then onto the US at the end of the year. Check it out from:

– June 26th to August 23rd 2015, at Jin-Shui Special Exhibition Hall and Gold Refining Building at Gold Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan
October 2nd to November 15th 2015, at Creative Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan
-December 13th to March 13th 2016, at National Ornamental Metal Museum, TN, USA


4/ THANK YOU! to everyone who viewed my video on the SNAG TV site in the lead-up to the SNAG conference in Boston last month. I won the Make section of the competition, and bagged myself a one year membership to Snag for our collective efforts! Tell me you clicked on the link the next time I see ya and I’ll buy you a coffee 😉

5/ SEATTLE! We’re preparing you an ah-maze-ing Symposium lineup for this year’s 20th anniversary of the Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium. (Of course, that’s also open to anyone else planning to be in the PNW around the 18th of October.) I don’t want to blow the ole horn too much, but it’s the best roster of talent I’ve seen assembled here yet… #justsayin