Deadlines December 2013

Deadlines for entries etc, December 2013 issue.

Seasonal Deadlines. Deadlier than ever.

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Opportunities with deadlines

Matchbox Microcosms. Make curios? Ever wanted to be shown in a van that’s going to travel around the UK, showing off your work against its other, curiouser, displays. Wanna be shown to school groups, amongst others? Now’s your chance! Open to all nationalities, not just you of the British persuasion (Yup, I checked). Deadline Dec 31, 2013.

*** Bodies-February 2014 Juried Exhibit, North Seattle Community College. Entries Due 10th Jan 2014. Application Deadline: January 10, 2014.

*** United States Mint Call for Artists: Seeking Artists to Design United States Coins and Medals.

*** Artist Trust Fellowship 2014. Washington State artists only. Due 13th Jan 2014.

*** Stephen F Austin University: Texas National 2014. Open art show to all in America. Entreis due 18th Jan 2014.

*** Arts Business Institute Scholarships sponsored by SNAG. “The Arts Business Institute’s 2014 Winter Workshop, taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on January 18-19, 2014.”

ONoff: An exhibition of makers that work ON and OFF the body. Juried by Susie Ganch. Deadline for submissions: January 19th, 2014.

*** Womens Works 2014. Old Court House Arts Center on the Historic Town Square in Woodstock, Illinois. Due 19th Jan 2014.

Functional Art: The Wine Country Home exhibition open for US residents at Larson Gallery, Yakima, Washington. Submissions: January 25, 2014 (MST)

*** 2014 The Alice Prize: National Contemporary Art Award – Australians only. Deadline Jan 31st, 2014.

*** 2014 SNAG “Exhibition in Print: Animal Instincts” Deadline Jan 31st, 2014.

***Passion to Perform… art competition which celebrates the success of Yamana Gold.” Deadline Feb 7th, unless they reach 1000 entries before that time.

LaGrange National XXVIII. Exhibition opportunity for US residents. Deadline Feb 11th, 2014.

*** Changing Hues: Color Embraced by Metalsmiths Around the World. Ganoksin online exhibition. They really wrote this: “We do not judge your design work, but we do reserve the right to refuse photographs of lesser quality.” Deadline Feb 15th, 2014.

Origomu: Master and Protégé Contest. Pair up with a demale someone who does not enjoy the same privileges as you, and submit your entries by Feb 15th 2013 to win cash prizes for you and your protégé.

*** Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – Residency Program. March 1st, 2014.

*** Play That Funky Music ! A crafthaus Online Exhibition. March 15th, 2014.

TOP Jewels – National Jewelry Design Exhibition, “A showcase featuring the very best artists working in the medium of jewelry design to educate the public about their craft.” USA only exhibition opportunity, entries through CaFE. Deadline April 11th 2014.

New Traditional Jewellery 2014. As a part of the SIERAAD arts fair in Amsterdam, this competition has taken ‘ CONFRONTATIONS’ as the 2014 theme. Registration due 1st June 2014.

*** Call for papers for c+de#7 (2015) NOW OPEN:“Landscape, Place and Identity in Craft and Design”. Guest Edited by Kay Lawrence. (c+de#7 = Craft and Design enquiry issue 7). The Call for Papers for this issue is now open and will close on 30 June 2014.

Rolling Opportunities

*** PORTFOLIO AND EXHIBITION PROPOSALS FOR LINCOLN CENTER ART GALLERIES – entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

*** The Peoria Art Guild. “Currently accepting submissions, and are sending out a call to artists, around the world and at all stages in their careers, to submit their portfolios for consideration.”

*** Commissioners’ Choice Invitational Lone Tree Arts Center.– entry via CaFE, but instructions on the linked site (hint, scroll down).

Contemporary Metal in Perth have updated their class timetable and there is some great stuff on offer. Check it!

Dallas County Community College District – Visiting Artist for our Art Metals Summer Workshop in Summer 2014.

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.

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More huge props to Melbourne Jeweller for finding this Art Prize Website for Aussie artists and publishing it here with her monthly Calendar posts. It’s a good ‘un. Thanks Karen!


Blacksmithing. Yup, bitches, I’m almost as hard as you are!

For his most recent birthday His Nerdness asked to do a blacksmithing course. After lining up all the options for learning blacksmithing in Seattle we both enrolled at the Pratt Fine Arts Center on a 6 week Monday night course, which we finished last week. If you know me you know that I’m not much into hammering metal, so this was a challenge, that especially in the week before, I was not relishing the prospect of.

Turbo with his assortment of forged nails and leaves - lesson 1
Turbo with his assortment of forged nails and leaves – lesson 1

Yet I actually had a good time, a great time in fact. As Monday rolls around again I’m feeling kinda wistful that I won’t be back at Pratt, standing in the freezing cold next to a hot fire getting ready to hit some metal. Hard.

It turns out that once you know what you’re doing, four hours of whacking metal can be a breeze. The shakes and aches that followed the first couple of sessions will give way to small gains in strength in the shoulders and arms, making the task more achievable, and enjoyable.

Pratt's smithing studio - the half where I spent my time on the anvil.
Pratt’s smithing studio – the half where I spent my time on the anvil.

On the final night I walked into the studio knowing that I had a half-finished ‘art deco’ style (never in my studies of deco has such a smithed ornamentation passed before my eyes, but who am I to question the northwest blacksmithing community?) ornamented staff in the cupboard awaiting me. I had also been racking my brain all week as to how I could somehow smith a Christmas tree. (On a side-note, it has been a point of pride for me that Turbo and I have only once had a real Xmas tree – which was last year when we were living the ‘authentic’ local experience and yes, the scent of Douglas Fir is pretty amazing, as is the needle droppage – over the years. We’ve celebrated Xmas over an assortment of foliage both ‘real’ and ‘fake’ including a token poinsettia, trees fashioned from copper wire then beaded in different hues of green, folded paper and a carefully decorated cushion bush.)

Some may see a trivet and a coil - I saw a tree in potentia!
Some may see a riveted trivet and an unfinished coil – I saw a tree in potentia!

Then I had a brain wave. The staff was made by coiling round steel, and if I sprung it open vertically instead of growing it out horizontally for the ornament I was supposed to be making I figured it would easily make a tree! I asked Andy, our teacher if it was possible to ‘grow’ myself a tree out of this coil and he said a flat out “No.” I refrained from explaining it further as I figured proof could arrive in the dessert course – with the (plum) pudding. I went back to whacking my coil. Soon after Andy came up to me and said “Oh, you mean pulling it out that way.”- whilst moving his hands. “Well, sure. I stand corrected!” He then went off to find a conical die over which to form my tree.

Me Tree!
Me Tree! (perhaps I could have dispensed with the photo documentation and concentrated on removing the fire scale from the tree?)

Eventually after a lot more whacking and a bit of help from Andy my tree was formed. It now sits topped by a koala on the coffee table.  It’s a little on the small side for ornaments – especially the rainbow of paper ornaments I made out of paper for our first ‘real tree’ last year, but as an ornamental tree I think it’s doing just fine.

Happy Holidays ya’ll. Hope your tree stands tall!


... and a Koala up a steel tree!
… and a Koala up a steel tree!

Hello Portugal!

Melissa has work in the Europe, at Gallery Tereza Seabra in Portugal.

I have work in Galeria Tereza Seabra’s Christmas Exhibition, in Lisbon/Lisboa.


Exposiçao de Natal
Galeria Tereza Seabra
Rua da Rosa 158-160
1200 – Lisbon
Telephone: 21 342 53 83
Fax: 21 342 53 83

There’s a lot of brilliant emerging and established artists in this show, so if you can get over there I heartily recommend checking it out.

Uniques Sale

Snag’s Uniques Sale – now on!

Check it!

The Uniques Sales is a chance for you to pick up some of my work (and that of another 30 odd jewellers and metalsmiths) as well as benefit SNAG at the same time. I know, what a deal, eh?

The hardworking Gwynne Rukenbrod, newly named Executive Director of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, has had her thinking cap on to find ways of fundraising for SNAG given their current budget crunch. One of the plethora of ideas has been to organise an opportunity for member artists to make some dough in the way they know best, by selling their work, of course!

So these guys are on sale right now, and if you get in quick you might just be able to pick them up for a song.

Titanium Batwing II Earrings, 2012. Sandblasted + heat coloured titanium, 925 silver hooks
Titanium Batwing II Earrings, 2012. Sandblasted + heat coloured titanium,
925 silver hooks
Titanium Victory (pendant on chain), 2012. Sandblasted + heat coloured titanium, stainless steel, stainless steel chain.
Titanium Victory (pendant on chain), 2012. Sandblasted + heat coloured titanium, stainless steel, stainless steel chain.
Titanium Spine II (edition 2 of 2 - alternate colouring), 2012. Sandblasted + heat coloured titanium, stainless steel, stainless steel chain.
Titanium Spine II (edition 2 of 2 – alternate colouring), 2012. Sandblasted + heat coloured titanium, stainless steel, stainless steel chain.

The other artists involved are: Stefanis Alexandres, emanuela aureli, Hratch Babikian, Erica Bello, Rebecca Belz, Melissa Cameron, David Choi, Lucy Clark, Luana Coonen, Chris Crosby, Mimi Favre, Robin Gordon, Jill Baker Gower, Adrienne M. Grafton, Amber D. Harrison, Sarah Holden, Roxy Lentz, Tara Locklear, Jera Lodge, Sharon Massey, Kim Nogueira, Gretchen Otto, emiko oye, Jennifer J Park, Louise Perrone, Meghan Patrice Riley, Steve Riley, Kendra Roberts, Cara Romano, Nazanin Rostami, Matthew Smith, Melissa J Tyson, Julie Prunier Vecchio, Sarah West, Lisa Wilson and Laura Wood.

In that list are a few names who might be familiar to you, like Sharon Massey whose work will feature in the next Schmuck exhibition (2014) and who is curator of Sup Brooch, an upcoming online show recently featured in my Deadlines posts. Then there’s Meghan Patrice Riley, winner, early in 2012 with her work Interstitial, of the Elizabeth R Raphael prize in the Transformation 8 Exhibition at the SCC Pittsburgh.

What else can I say? Srsly, check it!!!