backtrack – more Pittsburgh

OK, we’re getting meta for a second here. Melissa’s workshop inspires a teacher-in-training to create a writing exercise.

I know, I’d just moved on to what was happening in Perth last month, but I have a little note to add to what I already told about the workshop entitled Building Jewelry from Found Objects that I taught at the beginning of the month, thanks to the recently refurbished SCC blog.

Kyrstyn, one of the group of amazing attendees I had for my SCC workshop, has taken the time to write both a review of the workshop as well as a curriculum proposal (she is studying to be a teacher at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh) for students to do a writing exercise based on the instruction she received and the works produced.

Creativity begets creativity. It’s a wonderful thing.

And the bride wore… wood!

A wooden necklace for a cabinetmaker. Melissa’s sister is also known as the Lady Tradie.

Still on last month’s activities… (yes, I’m still playing catch up) I had three full days home, consisting mostly of frantic bench-time, once I returned from Pittsburgh before I hopped on a plane to Australia. When I got off I was whisked first to meet my three-month-old nephew, and then via a quick change (I got christened with baby-spew to boot!) to my sister’s hens party. We don’t go in for veils for the bride, so part of my bench-time earlier in the week was devoted to making this little morsel.

This year’s bride is a cabinetmaker, thus this year’s neckpiece, specifically created for wear at her hens day, (and brought out again during the hair/makeup session on the day) was rendered in timber. As you would expect.

Melissa Cameron, Bride, 2013. Timber, recycled wooden beads. Image © Melissa Cameron
Melissa Cameron, Bride, 2013. Timber, recycled wooden beads. Image © Melissa Cameron
Melissa Cameron, Bride, 2013. Timber, recycled wooden beads. Image © Melissa Cameron
Melissa Cameron, Bride, 2013. Timber veneer, recycled wooden beads. Image © Melissa Cameron

It was such a frail object I was sure that during the night’s shenanigans it would snap. It didn’t! The Lady Tradie sure knows how to look after timber 😉

Last day in Pittsburgh

Well, my final day in Pittsburgh last month was the day of the Out of Hand show at SCC. I got to have some rest time in the morning after the previous day’s efforts. Friday had been my final day of teaching the high school seniors, and had also included making a presentation to more Uni students, this time to JoAnna Commandaros’s class from the Studio Arts Department at the Pittsburgh University, which took place at SCC so they could see the exhibition works on display.

Jim and Yoko came into town early (they were also invited to Out of Hand that evening) to show me some of the Pittsburgh sights I hadn’t yet made it to, so we headed out to the Carnegie Museums (of art – incorporating architecture and decorative arts! – and natural history) and the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning, the interior of which is a unique pastiche of historical world architecture (much of which was closed, it being a Saturday and all) though we did get up the tower to see the amazing view of Pittsburgh from the top floors. Equally impressive was the steel staircase in the student lounge way up there, which I managed a couple of quick snaps of, once I realised it was not made from timber but actually slowly rusting steel.

And as the sun set on the steel city, I wend back into SCC to finish out the week where I started it, standing amongst my works on the exhibition floor.

01 Carnegie Museum of Art 02 Catherdral of Learning ground floor interior 03 University staircase 04 University staircase 2 05 University tower of learning 06 Pittsburgh Sunset

Deadlines April 2013

Deadlines for jewellery competitions, conferences, exhibitions and other opportunities.

Upcoming opportunities to exhibit, learn, earn or perhaps even teach, from all over the place (but mostly in Australia and the USA.) ** New additions

Undated Opportunities

Patina Gallery seeks Master International Artists. Make ‘Soul-Stirring’ works? Wanna be one of 3 artists added to their stable? No deadline, but post went up Jan 23rd, so perhaps sooner rather than later?

Tributaries: Call for entries. The Metal Museum, in Memphis, has an ongoing call for exhibitions from emerging and mid-career artists. First deadline Feb 2013, for upcoming shows, and they keep applications on file for 2 years.

The Imperial Centre for the Arts + Sciences in North Carolina have a permanent exhibition call out, with shows booked 2-3 years in advance.

Lord Coconut in Melbourne has outdone himself by publishing this listing of opportunities for artists in his gallery. As ever, this is to exhibit jewellery for men. Thanks to Karen at Melbourne Jeweller for the heads up.

Opportunities with deadlines

Quality Images of Contemporary Brooches and Pins. Clunky title, interesting idea. Have your work shown at the 2013 SNAG conference, without the hassle of international postage/customs. Show images! Due April 20, 2013.

Toowoomba Contemporary Wearables. Australia and New Zealand resident artists, this one is for you. Entries must be postmarked Friday May 3, 2013

2013 SNAG Conference – Meta-Mosaic. Toronto, May 15-18 2013.

** Artist in Residence – applications open for Edinburgh College of Arts. Head of metals is Stephen Bottomley who studied under David Watkins and who works with computer cutting and enamels. Other opportunities open as well. Applications due May 17 2013.

Cheongju International Craft Biennale. South Korean competition and exhibition. This year’s theme: Something old, something new. Prize money amounts, and amount of awards being made have changed since 2011, with more money for less artists being the general trend (this info is available under the 첨부파일 (2) link which appears just below the ‘Attach Entry Form’ link, which is all on the landing page from my link above). June 13, 2013

Making Jewelry Magic with the Orion Pulse Arc Welders: OK, so it’s just a class at the Southern Highland Craft Center in Asheville, NC, but I really want to go. I’ve been stopping into Orion’s page a lot of late (Tony Price – whoever that is – still keeps on trying to engage me with chat each time I open the window…) so when I saw this I was already primed to go. Anyway, it’s only $110, and on June 22nd and 23rd 2013.

** Craft and Design Enquiry have a call for papers for their OPEN section, for Issue 6, 2014. Deadline for submission June 30 2013.

** AJF Emerging Artist Award. The 2013 edition of this competition closes midnight on June 30th.

** Participation and Exchange – 2013 Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia conference in Brisbane, Australia. Conference dates: 12-14 July 2013, with early-bird registrations open now!

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See also SNAG’s Springboard, (the successor to SNAGnet) to check out and add new opportunities.

**disclaimer – please check all dates for veracity, and watch out for time zone shenanigans**

Still in Pittsburghia

Melissa is still talking about her week in Pittsburgh. Will it ever end?

During my travels I overheard a local mention that Pittsburgh was on its way to becoming ‘the new Portland’. Given that actual Portland is only a 3 hour drive from Seattle you think I’d be able to make a call on this… I’ll let you know when I get down there.

So while I was in Pittsburgh I spent part of Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday teaching a group of seniors at a local high-school the basics of working with recycled materials, so that each could make a small wearable pendant. I don’t have images of those guys, but I hope to have images of their works to share with you at some stage.

What I do have however is an image of what I made on Wednesday before class, after an overnight dumping of 5 inches of snow. It’s meant to be a snow kangaroo – a ‘White Boomer’, if you will.

Boomer

Yes, I know, it’s more of a snow wallaby. Or a snow quokka even.

On Thursday I went out to Slippery Rock University with assistant professor in metalsmithing Sean Macmillan. He also just happens to be one of the first people to have put one of my works in an exhibition in the ‘States, many moons ago. Turns out I incorrectly stated that he was actually the first to bring my stylings to America. I have since had a read of my own CV (memory failing already is it jewellist?) and realised that I first got a piece into SFASU in Texas, with Slippery Rock not far behind. Sorry guys!

Out on the big Slippery Rock campus I first got a tour of the jewelry/metals building and then did, for want of a better description, a technical demonstration of Autocad. Using my computer I went through a bunch of my drawings and explained what and how I ideate and then design straight into cad. I had with my one of my lasercuts as well as a bunch of my drawings printed at scale and a few completed works that I make from such a beast. Using them as props I described how I work, the concessions I have to make for the laser and the general process I have for when I’m making drawings for someone else to cut.

After this we had a coffee and a quick tour of the creative buildings of the campus, including the new textiles facility, before I went back to the 3d/sculpture building to give a second presentation on my work. The lovely Sharon Massey (previously mentioned as part of my Monday night capers) came out to The ‘Rock (she now runs the gallery that Sean was previously in charge of on campus) and we all went for lunch that turned into a great discussion that lasted half the afternoon.

Metalsmithing studio overview.
Metalsmithing studio overview.
Metalsmithing studio, view over the soldering/casting area.
Metalsmithing studio, view over the soldering/casting area.
Sharon Massey in the enamelling room of the SRU's metals building
Sharon Massey in the enamelling room of the SRU’s metals building
Sean Macmillan in his office/studio.
Sean Macmillan in his office/studio.

Pittsburgh… Interrupted

Installation images of Melissa’s show in Pittsburgh.

Now, before I interrupted myself with the last post, I was reminiscing about my trip to Pittsburgh last month. Where was I?

Ahh, yes. Now as I recall… I never actually put up images of the *actual exhibition*. I know, installation shots of jewellery are always a little anaemic looking, but humour me here, ok?

01 Bridge Installed 2013 02 Bridge Installed 2013 03 Bridge Installed 2013 04 Bridge Installed 2013 05 Bridge Installed 2013 06 Bridge Installed 2013

The Drop In Studio in the basement of SCC where people were able to make a take-home work inspired by the exhibition above.
The Drop In Studio in the basement of SCC where people were able to make a take-home work inspired by the exhibition above.
One for the road - a pic taken of my weekend workshop students in the jewellery workshop at SCC.
One for the road – a pic taken of my weekend workshop students in the jewellery workshop at SCC.

SMG Biennial Exhibition

The Seattle Metals Guild is having its biennial members exhibition, come check it out!

The Seattle Metals Guild is having its biennial exhibition this year, opening on the 11th of April and running until the 7th of  July, 2013 in the South Galleria of the Washington State Convention Center. So I’ve been led to believe (as all our media states), the Galleria space is the central thoroughfare of the Convention Center, with nearly 20,000 visitors walking through daily. Certainly sounds impressive, eh?

I’m slated to hep with the installation this week, so I’ll get back to you with pictures of the venue, as I’ve not yet been inside the convention buildings. They are pretty unmissable when you are downtown as they actually cross over Pike St, so as you head uphill towards them you see a large archway – a semicircular glazed canopy – over the road. I still find it strange when private property is able to traverse public space in that fashion, though I know there are plenty of examples of it in and around Melbourne. (The most menacing for my money being the Westfield over the Nepean Highway in Cheltenham. Brrrr.)

But I digress. The details of the exhibition if you do want to get along:

SMG BIENNIAL EXHIBITION
Washington State Convention Center
Corner of Pike St and 8th Ave in Seattle WA
2nd Floor, South Galleria
Show Dates: April 11– July 7, 2013
Opening Reception: April 14, 2013   4:00 – 6:00pm

I’ll be at the opening reception next Sunday if you want to come by. I’ll show you the WHOLE CASE of jewellery and objects that I have on display. Yup, I get a case to myself. The sole perk of being the SMG Emerging Artist for 2013. Oh, along with bragging rights. I think I’ve just about used them all up though…

Also in Pittsburgh

I spent my third day with ceramicist Yoko Sekino Bové, and we were joined for the second part by her partner Jim Bové, lecturer in jewelry/metals at California University of Pennsylvania. Yoko took me out to breakfast before letting me tour around the Mellon Hall of Science at the downtown Duquesne University, which is a building by my home-boy Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. I was rapt to spend some time in and around the space, only the second Mies building I’ve managed to see so far. There’s a few more in the states, so with any luck I’ll be getting around some more of them.

Mellon Building Stairwell Mellon Building

Mellon Building Corner Mellon Building Date

Fan-girl time over, I was then whisked to Cal U by Yoko to present a talk on my work to Jim’s metal/3D design students.

In full flight post lecture, discussing some of the works I brought along to show.
In full flight post lecture, discussing some of the works I brought along to show the students.

Jim and Melissa pose with the students in the jewellery rooms at Cal U

After that and a quick tour of the university we were back into Pittsburgh for some other commitments, which somehow resulted in an informal night tour of Carnegie Mellon University’s public art collection. Being a wealthy institution with a large campus they of course boast some interesting pieces of public art, and architecture. But no Mies buildings… Here we also caught up with Sharon Massey and Adrienne Grafton, and with them leading the charge we headed in to Lawrenceville for drinks and finally some dinner.

Pittsburgh

Melissa goes to Pittsburgh. Shenanigans ensue. And a workshop. This post is primarily about that. The workshop 😉

Whoa. Well, March was quite the month, so the blog has been let to wander unsupervised for a bit. It’s now a little behind reality, so let me take a moment to catch you up.

I started March by flying to Pittsburgh, beginning my stay at the lovely home of Lauren Lampe. I was in town to teach my first ever workshop at the Society for Contemporary Craft, as well as lecture, teach some high school seniors at their school and be a guest artist at the annual SCC fundraising auction. Arriving on Friday night, I was immediately whisked to an opening at the Pittsburgh Glass Center by my co-coordinator (and mentor) for the week, Sherrard Bostwick, via a quick pit-stop for me to see the Bridge 12 exhibition at the SCC.

My workshop began the next morning, with two Lauren’s, Kyrstyn and my studio assistant as well as a participant, the lovely  Sarah Loch-Test. One of the Lauren’s was my aforementioned host for the week, so please don’t get the idea that everyone in Pittsburgh is named Lauren.

Everyone really ‘got’ the project, and in practically no time we started to see some fabulous pieces arising from the chosen objects. Below are the objects that my students started with, followed by their finished works.

Kyrstyn collects beautiful containers, such as this powder case. What will she do with it during her first metalsmithing experience?
Kyrstyn collects beautiful containers, such as this powder case. What will she do with it during her first metalsmithing experience?
Kyrstyn's pendant, a cross with a sparrow and quatrefoil motif she asked to borrow from my drawings. Happy to oblige this first-time metal-worker
Kyrstyn’s pendant, a cross, with sparrow and quatrefoil motif she politely asked to borrow from my own drawings. Happy to oblige this first-time metal-worker!
Kyrstyn's complete set, with mirror back in original setting.
Kyrstyn’s complete set, with mirror back in original setting.
Lauren's choice of weapon - a tin lid
Lauren’s choice of weapon – a tin lid
We dubbed this collection from Lauren 'Pearls for the housewife of the future...' It's a wonderful set of wearable works, but look out for the remainder of the tin
We dubbed this collection from Lauren ‘Pearls for the housewife of the future…’ It’s a wonderful set of wearable works, but look out for the remainder of the tin
Lauren's future pearl ensemble, complete with stitches on her zombified-container-lid! (The little guy in the hat is running away.)
Lauren’s future pearl ensemble, complete with stitches on her zombified-container-lid! (The little guy in the hat is running away. As well one should!)
Sarah's un-sawn tin
Sarah’s un-sawn tin
Sarah Loch-Test's pendant from her ginger candy tin. The back section is also cut - she had this part enamelled by the end of the week!
Sarah Loch-Test’s neckpiece from her ginger candy tin borrowed the design from the print on the container. Notice that he back section is also cut – she had this part enamelled by the end of the following week!
Lauren L's tin - we missed getting the un-sawn shot, but this is with the full tin and pendant - her first work from this object.
Lauren L’s tin – we missed getting the un-sawn shot, but this is with the full tin and pendant – her first work from this object.
Lauren L's container lid (yes, it IS a Thomas the Tank Engine lunchbox she 'borrowed' from her son) with her pendant made from the centre of her shield motif cut-out
Lauren L’s container lid (yes, it IS a Thomas the Tank Engine lunchbox she ‘borrowed’ from her son) with her pendant made from the centre of her shield motif cut-out
Lauren L. Tin cutout with cut plan still affixed. She promised to finish it later.
Lauren L. Tin cutout with cut plan still affixed. Parts are cut, with the rest awaiting action. She promised to finish it later.
Lauren L's silver and pearl earrings
Lauren L’s silver and pearl earrings
Group Shot!
Group Shot!

Thanks to my ladies for their drive and determination, it made for a wonderfully rewarding weekend.

Denise J Reytan

Denise J Reytan. A brilliant jewellery artists, and from the evidence of her workshops, an inspiring and inspired teacher.

Plastic Poems is a workshop run by one of my favourite jewellers, Denise J Reytan. Having done a few artist-run workshops in my time, and recently delved into workshop teaching myself, I find the outcomes from her students really exciting.

Plastic Poems I

Plastic Poems II

The images are beautiful and the work really amazing. Clearly an inspiring and inspired teacher.