Connexions officially open!

After a hiccup and a delayed start, we opened our window display in Paris overnight on October the 13th. So you can finally see the (admittedly abbreviated) Connexions in the real! We’re at Galerie Assemblages as a part of the Parcours Bijoux jewellery festival:

66 rue Legendre, 75017 Paris, France

Exhibition dates are being extended so we can keep our 3 week engagement, so likely closing around November 7th.

Hours: We’re a window display open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The original COVID-19 friendly way to see a show! And because we’re clustered in a window there’s a few works we couldn’t fit (ok, more like 3/4 of the show) so please peruse those works at your leisure on our website.

Seattle symposium 2020 is an anywhere symposium!

This year’s annual Seattle Metals Guild Symposium is happening and will be presented online for your convenience on Oct. 10, 2020. If you’ve never attended one because of expense or distance you’re in luck! There will be an outstanding lineup of speakers, artists, silent auction, speaker panel, and even a Happy Hour! It will all be recorded for viewing anytime from your time zone. You can register and get tickets now.

The Seattle Metals Guild put on the symposium annually – you’ll have seen me spruik it here before – and this year a few of my buddies are speaking. It’s not a local affair by any means – the 5 main speakers are all very much non-Seattleites, but 3 of them just happen to be colleagues/friends I would pretty regularly catch up with around the US at different events. There’s Cappy Counard, Stephen Yusko and Maria Eife, my occasional SNAG wife (or wifey, cos Eife and wifey… For those unfamiliar, there’s a lot of people who share a twin room at SNAG every year with the same friend, who claim their shared-room-partner as their SNAG-spouse 😉 ) along with Andrea Hill and Morgan Asoyuf.

Yes! They still managed to get an international guest! Morgan Asoyuf hails from British Columbia and is a jeweller and cultural education teacher. She is from the Tsm’syen people and has a rich First Nations and traditional goldsmithing background. And Andrea Hill will be talking growth for jewellery businesses, so it’s a very well rounded year, with those two, Stephen the precision blacksmith, (I bought a lovely bottle opener made by him the first time we met, which was nicked by some rascal at a party at ours one time – something tells me I shoulda searched Andy Cooperman [see video above] as he left the party… He and I both were introduced to Stephen at the same event and he lusted over it too.) Cappy the professor of jewellery who I did the Smitten Forum with in 2018, whose beautiful layered practice really makes you think, and Maria the designer par excellence who has been innovating with laser and 3D print technologies her whole career, and who knows the ins and outs of the jewellery fair scene. See pic below for proof!

Maria at the Smithsonian Craft Fair with Jamie Lannister.

So the benefit of not being in realbody for this symposium, aside from the ‘no pants’ option Andy has kindly laid out to us, is that those of us in completely non-synced time-zones can get onboard and see these unique and talented makers talk about their works when it’s convenient for us. For a price that’s about a third of the usual dirt-cheap SMG Symposium sign-up fee. Huzzah! COVID-19 can’t take all our fun 🙂

And so, I will get up at 7am next Sunday and while still bleary-eyed make myself an early morning mimosa, to toast all of my friends at the Zoom Happy Hour. Feel free to join me!

(And don’t let it slip, when I tell them it was all great, that I won’t be watching them speak until later that day. Ssshhhh…)

Exhibitions and events!

This week: With Other Eyes, next: Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium, the following: Uneasy Beauty

object 1, object 2. steel from a shipping container, vitreous enamel. 2018

1/ With Other Eyes:

See Contain, a brand new series of works I produced for this exhibition, the last works to come from my Seattle studio.

With Other Eyes

29 September – 18 November 2018

Stephen Bottomley, Melissa Cameron, Helen Carnac, David Gates, Beate Gegenwart, Kiko Gianocca, Margit Hart, Rebecca Hannon, Kirsten Haydon, Mari Ishikawa, Kaori Juzu, Fritz Maierhofer, Ruudt Peters, Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Isabell Schaupp, Bettina Speckner, Gabi Veit, Silvia Walz, Gudrun Wiesmann, Tamar De Vries Winter

Enamel and Photography


‘Photography has changed, expanded and even deluded our perceptions. It is a vessel of memory, yet also a corrective instrument thereof.

Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts
Park Road, Ruthin
Denbighshire, Wales

2/ Symposium

Come join me at The Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium, presented by the Seattle Metals Guild:

This year’s dynamic speaker line-up includes European jewelry artist Terhi Tolvanen, metalsmith/sculptor David H. Clemons, jeweler/enamelist Deborah Lozier, and repoussé master Douglas Pryor; plus Ideation: From the Belly to the Brain, a panel discussion featuring artists Melissa CameronEva Funderburgh, and Gina Pankowski.

The Symposium will be in Seattle this year, rather than in Tacoma as originally planned. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we’ve had to make a last-minute change, so this year we will be at the Langston-Hughes Performing Arts Institute, with everything the Symposium has to offer: Silent Auction, Book Sale, and a fabulous line up of speakers and panelists, detailed above.

Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Location: Langston-Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Seattle, WA

It’s the day before I leave the USA permanently for Perth, Australia, so come say goodbye and join us at the after-party to end all after-parties!

3/ Uneasy Beauty

See my works Drone: Attempts to Kill… and RPG in this exhibition at The Fuller Craft Museum in MA, curated by Suzanne Ramljak the former editor of Metalsmith Magazine.

Uneasy Beauty: Discomfort in Contemporary Adornment will bring together 75 examples of contemporary jewelry and costume that demonstrate the immense power of adornment to impact us physically, emotionally, and intellectually. Showcasing wearable work in various media from regional and national artists, the exhibition will explore the outer limits of comfort through works that constrict body movement, irritate the skin, make extreme demands, or touch upon sensitive cultural nerves. Uneasy Beauty is part of the Mass Fashion collaborative, a consortium of eight cultural institutions that aim to explore and celebrate the many facets of the Bay State’s culture of fashion. This exhibition is curated by Suzanne Ramljak, an art historian, writer, curator, and former editor of Metalsmith magazine.

October 6, 2018 – April 21, 2019
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street
Brockton, MA 02301

Going to Greenville

Going to Greenville, NC. Flight got delayed, so I’ve got a little more time on my hands than originally expected…

Sovereign Body/Contested Body. Stainless steel, titanium, vitreous enamel, 2017

That title sounds like a John Darnielle song…

I’m on my way to East Carolina University for the Material Topics Symposium which begins tomorrow. Eep! I’ve just checked out the action packed schedule, and Nadia, Adam and co. have given us a Sophie’s Choice for the breakout sessions on Saturday morning. Or maybe to keep up with the parlance of the kids, it’s a Hunger Games kind of scenario. Now I’ve said it, the idea of seeing Stone vs Cooperman in a battle does tickle me, but to the death might be going a bit far. Though something tells me that Matty Lambert could (albeit with a heavy conscience – which would make for a gripping finale,) take them all out. However, I’ve not met Kimberly Winkle, so she is the dark horse in this competition. From the few images I’ve googled, I feel like she could be an unassuming type (not necessarily a closet killer, but it’s always the quiet ones, y’know?), so I’m not ready to lay any bets…

Anyway, that bout of creative writing (I think I’ve been cooped up too long today…) has not helped me to triage the list at all, so it remains to be seen who I will end up learning from on Saturday. But there’s time to influence me if you have any intel on ways to break the Cooperman-Lambert-Stone-Winkle dead heat. What I do know is that I’m on last on Sat afternoon, so if you have been on the fence, you still have time to head on over and check out what has been manifesting in my basement since I got to the US in 2012. And to catch the infectious Mike Holmes, a literal treasure-trove of information and history about the industry.

Though you will have missed the slew of openings scheduled for tomorrow night, as well as the keynote slot by Andy. Yeah, you should probably leave now.

In case it wasn’t obvious, I’m really looking forward to this one.

Deconstruct/Reconstruct

East Carolina University Material Topics Symposium – entitled Deconstruct/Reconstruct – is going to be a blast. See you there!

It’s taking me a few years, but I’m finally going to the annual East Carolina University Material Topics Symposium – entitled Deconstruct/Reconstruct – in January. It’s going to be amazing – the list of speakers and break-out presenter list is incredible! Am I just saying that because a bunch of my friends are going to be talking and I’m really looking forward to catching up with them all?

Of course not!

Where else are you going to see Mike Holmes reveal what he learned at Velvet da Vinci, and Andy Cooperman lecture and deliver a break-out on tool tips, or have the beautiful Matt Lambert deliver a break-out session? And then back it up with the vivacious Jina Seo and Harlan W. Butt! And this is me cherry picking – I don’t want to leave out the inimitable Judy Stone… Or Lisa Klakulak! Seriously – look at the list and the exhibitions too. And, hey, if you’re lucky, I might also have a few things to say 🙂

See y’all in Greenville.

US Exhibitions: North & South

Shows at Bellevue Arts Museum and at form & concept. Jewellery is just bouncing around this great big country.

One half of Quatrefoil Trio by Melissa Cameron, pieces made for a work in collaboration with Sean Macmillan, 2015. On display at BAM

The Bellevue Arts Museum is hosting an enormous group exhibition Making our Mark: Art by Pratt Teaching Artists, which went live at a grand party for the artists (and there’s a tonne of us) at the start of November. There are too many local legends to name; jewellers, wood-workers, painters, sculptors and of course the Northwest’s favourite, glass artists, so I’ll just mention me, and the very famous glass artist who happens to live across the street from me (!) Preston Singletary. We’re finally in a show together! One day I’ll work up the courage to tell him 😉

Also just opened is a show at form & concept center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, called Smitten Forum. So what is Smitten Forum, then?

Call it a mobile artist colony, a colorful social experiment or a crafty piece of performance art. Each year since 2014, Sara Brown and Marissa Saneholtz have invited a new group of pioneering jewelers and metalsmiths to work side-by-side in a communal studio for 7 days. The initiative is called Smitten Forum, and invitees range from emerging to well-established makers who employ a staggering array of mediums and techniques. This year’s participants are headed to Abiquiu, New Mexico in late December, but they’ll also leave their mark on the nearby art center of Santa Fe. The form & concept shop is pleased to present the Smitten Forum exhibition, which features wearable artwork from all of this year’s artists.

And now it is also an exhibition, with this year’s Smitten cohort exhibiting: Sarah Perkins, Melissa Cameron, Bryan Petersen, Cappy Counard, Cheryl Rydmark, Tanya Crane, Rebekah Frank, Anika Smulovitz, Don Friedlich, Laritza Garcia, Leslie LePere, Hannah Oatman, Marissa Saneholtz and Sara Brown

It opened on the 24th of November and finishes on the 6th of January. And Smitten Forum itself? Yes, this year I’ll close out my year hanging with that awesome crew, at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. Yes, the Ghost Ranch that Georgia O’Keffee lived and worked at.

Tales in the making.

Monday – Gun day

Monday – gun day, 2. Click through to see what 33,636 guns looks like.

Wow, a whole week has rolled around without an intervening post – sorry team, that wasn’t mean to happen, but the Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium took over my focus late last week (from making works for Bilk Gallery in Canberra – more on that soon…) and the whole weekend, and what can I say, it was a CORKER! The best yet. If you’re ever in the area for the third weekend in October, you HAVE to head to it. And I can say this with unbiased hand to unbiased heart, as I’ve been off the organising committee a full two symposia now 😉

So, it’s Monday – gun day, part II.

I have a bunch of gun research that stretches back to 2012, which I’ve decided to start sharing, and lucky for y’all, this seems to be the obvious place. I’m not trying to trigger anyone, so if you’re not keen on following this line of thought, know that on Monday (Tuesday in some time-zones,) there will be posts generated as a result of my past and ongoing gun research.

The above images comes from a really interesting post that I first saw a couple of years ago, in 2015. I see it semi-regularly, as the post has been open in my web-browser since the day I came across it. I found it really arresting, but I didn’t know what to do with it. It’s so affecting, however, that I now count it amongst my always-open tabs (there are a random assortment of site alongside this, not just my mail client.) When I occasionally run across it, I’ll again scroll through to see what 33,636 guns looks like.

The author of this really unusual ‘article’, Matt Haughey writes; “According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2013 all deaths due to firearms in the US amounted to 33,636 people.” He found a unique and very compelling way to visualise this, which proves really ‘sticky’ (you know what I mean?), at least to my brain.

I hope you take a look.

Heat Exchange: Symposium at St. Andrews Museum

Heat Exchange Symposium in Scotland! Go see the immense superpower Elizabeth Turrell talk about enamel. Register NOW!

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The Heat Exchange Exhibition is in Scotland at St Andrews Museum, Fife, and to coincide with the final weeks that it is there on display, there is a symposium on Friday the 19th of February:

“The event will begin at St Andrews Museum (Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road, St Andrews, KY16 9DP) with registration and an informal tour of the exhibition, Heat Exchange II.  The remaining part of the event then takes place at the Byre Theatre (Abbey Street, St Andrews, KY16 9LA)

I’d encourage you to hit the link above to get along but the event is now fully booked, but you can get in touch via that link in order to be put on the wait list.

If you’re no where near the show you can see images of all the works installed at the first Cardiff incarnation of the exhibition on the Heat Exchange website here and here. My favourite at the moment is the collaboration between partners Cath Fairgrieve and Andy Griffiths.

20th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium!

20 years of symposium shenanigans in Seattle. It’s a minor miracle (trust me, I’d know..!)

Nervous System - Kinematics Dress
Nervous System – Kinematics Dress

Saturday, October 17th
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Register Here!

The Seattle Metal Guild’s Symposium Committee are pleased to present the 20th Anniversary Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium!

This year’s stellar lineup includes the dynamic designer-creator partnership of Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg – better known as Nervous System, who together will present Growing Objects about their unique working methods, their title a nod to 3D printing jargon as well as the growth systems of flora and fauna that they replicate. Jewelry artist and writer Jillian Moore will talk Big Time, Small Potatoes about how the facets of her practice – making, writing, teaching and selling – are delicately fused together to form her creative career, while object maker and educator Christine Clark will expand on her love of craft and humanity and how these twin loves meet in her installations, and the residencies that have helped her in her artistic journey. Blacksmith John Rais will present The Process of Design, Large And Small, charting his career through his works, including the collaborations that have especially helped his larger objects. Finally, artist Jennifer Trask’s talk, Vestige: Written in Bone will expand on her practice, from the influence of archaeology, anthropology and biology to her metalsmith training, and her passion for the decorative arts.

The 2015 edition sees us back on Broadway in Capitol Hill and ready to rock with all the Symposium classics, but as ever there is more than just one day of action. This year the weekend prior to the Symposium will host a Jillian Moore Workshop: New Surface Techniques with Resin, proudly presented by Seattle Metals Guild’s Workshop Committee. You’ll have to get in quick for this one as Jillian has previously hosted sold-out workshops in Seattle!

While regular attendees will know that the Symposium includes not one but two silent auctions, the news is that this year we have already secured works of eminently collectable handmade jewelry by famous local artisans, so check out the donations link for more details on these unique pieces, or if you have something to donate. And if you’re in the market for a bargain we have already started amassing many other treats! As usual there is also Charon Kransen’s book sale, which specializes in hard-to-find titles from the realms of jewelry and metalsmithing, and the Resource Table with High School Teachers’ Meet and Greet, a wonderful space to share knowledge and expertise about the industry.

If this is your first Symposium we welcome you too! We have planned a day that is carefully balanced between the formal and informal, the informative and the playful, between knowledgeable scholars and gifted makers, each of whom has a unique story to share. We welcome everyone who is interested in the craft and art of jewelry and metalsmithing, and trust that you will be embraced by a warm and open community of fellow enthusiasts, hobbyists, educators, technicians and full-time artisans and artists.

For the first time we have the added excitement of a pop-up exhibition right after the Symposium. Organized by local maker Everett Hoffman and featuring Northwest talent, it will be on view in the time between the last speaker and the now-customary speakers reception. Entitled Home Ties: An Intimate Study of Adornment for the Body and Home, it is an “exhibition of jewelry and adornment that questions and redefines the idea of home,” and will aptly take place inside a house located within walking distance of the Broadway Performance Hall.

Which brings us, finally, to our closing number! In honor of our 20th year we’ve added a few special flourishes across the day to celebrate, with an extra special finale at our now-traditional close-of-day speakers’ reception, this year at Rhein Haus in Capitol Hill. Everyone is invited to continue the festivities and join the speakers and current and past committee members in a toast to our 20-year milestone!

WHO
Founded in 1989, The Seattle Metals Guild is a non-profit community dedicated to promoting educational and networking opportunities for metals artists at all career levels and skill sets through lectures, workshops, social gatherings, and other enrichment opportunities, in order to strengthen our creative community.

Symposium 2014

The Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium 2014 was a great event. Were you there? Then share!

I live-tweeted the 2014 Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium yesterday, presented by our hardworking committee, on behalf of the Seattle Metals Guild. It was a great event! (And I’m not just saying that because I was on the committee.. ;P )Check it out in my little Storify below. Or you can also check it out on the web!