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.

Enamel workshop and talk – next week

Melissa will be enameling and talking about enameling for all comers in Oakland next week. Come along!

HEAT II in stainless steel, vitreous enamel and titanium, 2016. Image of the wall work and brooch, as installed at Arrowmont.

There’s a day or so left to register for my upcoming workshop in Oakland next week:

Enameling Recycled Steel for Jewelry and Objects – a workshop with Melissa Cameron

I will be sticking around in Oakland to attend day one of a weekend of large scale enameling at KVO Industries on the 9th, which is super-exciting. Knowing that I have plans to make some more panel-based works in the next year or so for a show in the UK, I’m looking to up my large-format game, and since Judy Stone at the Center for Enamel Art – all-round champion of enamel and artists – suggested I do it, how could I refuse? Not that my moderate-panel game appears to be too shabby, as I recently won a prize for Wall Works (for the above) in the Enamelist Society Alchemy 4 Juried Exhibition!

I’ll also be giving a free public lecture next Wednesday night at California College of the Arts:

“From a tamper-proof fence to Body Politic – my enamel journey so far” 7:30pm, Nahl Hall, Oakland Campus, 5212 Broadway (map)

Looking forward to spending time in the heat after just finishing up my Aussie shenanigans of the past few weeks. Northern Summer, come at me!

Drawing the Line @ Facèré in Seattle

Melissa is exhibiting at a group show at Facèré Jewelry Art in Seattle. Lecture and opening: Wednesday, May 3 at 4 and 5pm!

“Attempts to kill…” 2016

I’m really pleased to share the Drone works (half of which is in the image above) will be showing alongside the the Drawing the Line exhibition at Facèré Jewelry Art when it opens this Wednesday, May 3rd, in downtown Seattle. Come to the opening lecture from 4pm to hear me talk about the works in the show – the new additions to the Body/Politic series, and their progenitor, the Drone series.

May 3, 2017 – May 23, 2017
Lecture: Wednesday, May 3 at 4:00 PM
Reception: Wednesday, May 3 at 5:00 PM

More upcoming

I’m getting about, gadding about, even. If you want to see me in the flesh, try checking these places:

my studio, circa 2016

Announcing more stuff! Here’s some other things that I’ll be doing over the coming months:

March: Starting March 18th I’ll be in an exhibition curated by the irrepressible Maggie Smith (not the dame, but a grande dame) called Tech in Craft. So far we have two dates, from the 18th-27th of March at Libbie Mill Library, Henrico Co Virginia, and then directly after at CodeVA’s Eureka Workshop, Richmond VA until May 5th. These are non-traditional exhibitions venues as this series of exhibits is focused on education, so I can’t wait to see what people have to say! More on this shortly.

Studio disruption – Also in March we’ll be having our basement – aka my studio space – waterproofed. On the place side I won’t have to navigate through the space on pontoons during the wet season (and being Seattle, it rains only a paltry nine months.) but on the down side I have to pack up the studio to keep the sensitive equipment – and the sandblaster – away from the dust. (It is well timed to sort out the taxes though…)

May: From the 9th of May I’ll have work in a show at the new Studio 2017 Project Space in Sydney organised by the impressive Sarah Heyward, entitled:

FORCES: Strength and Fluidity in contemporary jewellery and object practice using steel – the dirty metal

Also in May: Along with everyone else I’ll be at the SNAG Conference in New Orleans – come along to the Trunk Show where I’ll have my little collection (including some of the RESISTance) laid out and bag yourself a pretty.

July: I’ll be speaking at the Association for Contemporary Jewellery’s 20:20 Visions Conference in Sheffield in the UK. My presentation will be on my work, and the political turn it has taken which began at a residency I undertook at the University of the West of England in 2011.

August: It’s looking very likely that I’ll head over to Arrowmont for the Enamel Society Conference, where you can see my previously mentioned latest attempt at curating, the exhibition Plate Glass.

At Arrowmont I’ll also have works in the exhibition Alchemy4, the 16th Juried International Enamel Exhibition, sponsored by the Enamelist Society. So please come along to see that too! I plan to be there for the opening on the 4th of August. After Gatlinburg the show will tour, first to the Ohio Craft Museum, Columbus, OH and then beginning early in 2018 it will be exhibited at the National Ornamental Metals Museum, Memphis, TN.

September: In the first week of this month I’ll be teaching an enameling workshop as a part of the Radical Enameling Workshop series presented by the Center for Enamel Art at The Crucible in Oakland, California.


So, if this is ‘more stuff’, what was the original stuff?

In addition…

AVL, do you read me?

… to the presentation I’m doing tomorrow on the SnagSpark theme of holistic practice (where I’ll go into how and why to sustain your creative existence and ways to attain and maintain flow from 3:45pm at the On Broadway Arts Building) I’ve also been added to the 20/20 lineup for Friday night.

“What is this 20/20 that you speak of, Melissa?”

I’m so glad you asked! This Friday, May 20th from 7:00-10:00pm at the On Broadway Arts Building (49 Broadway Ave) in Asheville there has been added a group of 20 x 7 minute slide presentations where people are going to “Show us their vision.” More specifically, I’m going to talk about my recent solo show Body Politic that took place earlier this year at Gallery Bilk in Canberra.

I’ve lots of things to say about the show, the work and the inspiration for each work, and only a tiny time to do it in (SEVEN MINUTES!!) so come watch me talk my own face red trying to squeeze too many words into far to little time. I’m on second so y’all better be on time!!

And of course, let’s not forget the Trunk Show – 3pm – 6pm in the Grand Ballroom at The Renaissance on Saturday.

And after that??


(that’s just one, of course, before an early night after which I head out to Spruce Pine to see our Shared Concerns show at Penland Galleries on Sunday the 22nd…)

Tomorrow night!

Part B, Sin Título, Mexico. Melissa, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Washington. Lots of stuff going on tomorrow night.

“San Título”, courtesy of Cristina Celis and Sin Título
“San Título”, courtesy of Cristina Celis and Sin Título

Two things..

Sin Título is opening their new studios in Mexico City tomorrow night, and with it they open an exhibition of jewellery for their patron saint, San Título. (Head back in time and read what happened when I met with them last year, and the event that kicked off this collaboration.) During last year Part B teamed up with Sin Título to work on a project together. We have created jewels for the saint, photographed them in Melbourne (and Seattle…) and these will now be displayed on the walls of Sin Título’s new digs in their first studio exhibiton. If you’re in Mexico, please check it out!

Jueves 30 de abril – 7pm
“Sin Título” Estudio de Joyería
Dr. Mora 9, 2o piso interior 22
Centro, Cuauhtémoc
México, D.F.

– A quick reminder that I’m giving an artist lecture tomorrow night at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

“Join artist-jeweler Melissa Cameron as she presents her work through images and words in the BIMA Auditorium. This event is a special Meet the Artist presentation in conjunction with her 2014 Artist Fellowship through Artist Trust. Thu, Apr. 30, 2015 6:30pm — 8:30pm”

Doors open at 6:30pm | Reception with light food and beverage | Admission is free of charge with advance reservation.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
550 Winslow Way E.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

And yes, discard my last few days of complaints via social media; I have found my voice and I will be able to speak tomorrow. See you there!

Upcoming lecture: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Melissa was New York, Seattle, Perth and Melbourne via LA and Brisbane in the last month. Now she’s back in Seattle and catching up with business… Lecture business!

Melissa Cameron - Infinity Affinity II

Hello America! Yes, I’m back in Seattle, and just in time too. I’ve got a little over two weeks to prepare for my upcoming lecture at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, (known to locals as BIMA.)

I’m going to be talking about my art, my heritage, my moves across OZ and to the US, my inspirations and my work – the laser cut pieces and the hand-cut object series, and I’ll include a sneak peak of the Escalation Series that I’ve been working on for the last two years. Don’t know what I mean and live within a 25 mile radius of Seattle? I encourage you to come along and listen to my tale. We can take the ferry-ride across to BIMA together!

Tickets are free but you do have to reserve a seat and there will be light refreshments served. Fancy!

Looking forward to seeing some of you there.

Melissa @ BIMA

Melissa will be speaking at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on the 30th of April 2015. If you’re in Washington why not come along, and try to refrain from throwing tomatoes 😉

One Design - #26, Pendant 07, 2014
One Design – #26, Pendant 07, 2014

Just a quick heads up: in a month’s time I’m giving an artist lecture at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on Bainbridge Island just across the sound from Seattle, in Washington, presented by Artist Trust.

More details to come!

19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium

Announcing the 19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium – I’m going to be there, so get amongst it!

Something for the Table, 2013. Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Hand wrought silver. 2.5x12x8"
Something for the Table, 2013. Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Hand wrought silver. 2.5x12x8″ Reproduced with permission.

Announcing the 19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium

Saturday, October 18th

Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402

The volunteer members of the Seattle Metal Guild’s Symposium Committee are pleased to announce this year’s lineup of speakers for the annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium. Working to the theme of Continuum, we have selected six speakers – curator Suzanne Ramljak, historian Stephen Fliegel, metalsmith Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, artist Jennifer Trask, jeweler Todd Pownell and sculptor Vivian Beer to share their expertise and wisdom with our audience.

This year the event coincides with the unveiling of the exhibition Protective Ornament: Contemporary Armor to Amulets at the Tacoma Art Museum. Speaker Suzanne Ramljak, editor of the prestigious Metalsmith magazine has curated this exhibition, which also features many Northwest artists. She will be on hand to celebrate the opening along with its initiator Carissa Hussong, of the Metal Museum in Memphis.

The beautiful Washington State History Museum, located a short stroll from TAM, will play host to this incarnation of the Symposium. The date also coincides with the annual Tacoma Arts Month, which this year will again feature Metal-Urge, a celebration of metal arts with multiple events planned for locations throughout the city during October.

The close-of-day speakers’ reception will also double as the opening celebration for the Protective Ornament exhibition, meaning Symposium attendees will be among the first to see this beautiful collection of wearable objects.


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.


Bookings via the SMG website

Out & about – jewels & jewellers

August, Erfurt and Artist Trust. Heat Exchange 2. All the haps, chaps 😉

August this year is shaping up to be a belter; I have the One Design exhibition opening in Sydney on the 1st with the workshop following later that month, while more of my works will appear in three other exhibitions opening in that same 31 day bracket, in America, Ireland and Italy. And most of this will happen while I’m in Germany!

I’m heading over to Erfurt for a two-week stretch to be with my mentor/friends Elizabeth Turrell and Beate Gegenwart and several of the second group of Heat Exchange artists, where we will be doing a group residency for two weeks at the Kuenstlerwerkstaetten. At the end it is planned that we will present a small showing of our ‘research findings’ to the community there.

To help me get over there, I’m pleased and proud to share that just last week I was amongst those awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship. Artist Trust is a Washington based organisation that supports Washington State-based artists with a merit based (rather than project-based) cash award.

The fellowship awards are given to around fifteen artists annually, with the focus on music, media, literary and craft disciplines every even-numbered year, and emerging fields & cross-disciplinary, performing, visual and traditional & folk arts in odd numbered years.

In receiving the award, artists commit to: “participating in a Meet the Artist event held outside their place of residency yet within Washington State. The purpose is to outreach to underserved populations that are not aware of the artist and/or have little access to art.” So now I’m investigating where and who I should talk to, and hoping that wherever it is they can get past my accent to understand the content.

One thing I do know about it already, it won’t be happening in August…