New website!

Talking about my new site and a rare ode to my fave website developer, Bruce II.

So I guess you might say it’s more of a revamp, but I feel that the changes we made have given it a new-site-sheen, which I like!

Check out what we’ve done with the place

Once again I think team jewellist (read: Turbonerd) has hit new heights with the website design.  I know I think that with every iteration of, but it’s really true. This version of the site has a better use of space, which in turn allows for bigger images, making them the focus.

While I was very happy with what we implemented back in 2011 at the time, after the current crop of changes I do have to say that I’m very proud of my favourite webdev. The bloke has amazed me – as a coder and as a designer!

To try and keep up I’ve also tweaked the blog (by comparison to the other overhaul, tweaking is almost too big of a description) so that the links you see at the top of the page are in a better order, and I’ve renamed my collected Deadlines page to read Monthly Deadlines Calendar, because that better describes what that section is about.

OK, that’s enough banging on about the system architecture. I’ve just got back from a trip to Kent, Asheville/Penland and Richmond (the one in Virginia, not Victoria y’all) so I’ll be back soon to share with you my east-coast shenanigans.

Enamel Workshop

Melissa is teaching liquid enamel on copper and steel at Pratt in Seattle. Come along, the 2 day course is a blast.

I slid this one in under the radar as a part of my last Deadlines post:

*** Workshop: Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper. Come learn to enamel on steel with ME! Weekend class takes place on the 5th and 6th of April, 2014 at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. Enroll here!

In this class we’re going to add copper to the list, as liquid enamels can do some great things on this material.

It’s going to be a bigger class given the bigger space, so please come along. In fact, why not bring a friend?

Deadlines February 2014

The 15th of March is shaping up to be a big day for getting your entries in – check it out below.

I haven’t scraped CaFE for entries for a while, so if you’re keen to see what is being offered check out their site and even sign up for the email updates.

***This month’s new additions***

Are you in The Britain? Sign up to the benchpeg newsletter, whydoncha? They’ll send you a much more professional newsletter with this kind of material, weekly.

Opportunities with deadlines

*** F-1, exhibition. “F-1 represents the visa status that all foreigners must procure to study in the United States.” February 22nd, 2014.

*** Earrings Galore 2014, Heidi Lowe Gallery exhibition. February 28th, 2014.

RESOLUTELY AMBIGUOUS: Exhibit during SNAG 2014. Entry Fee: $25. Entry Due:  March 1, 2014.

Yavapai College Art Galleries are accepting proposals – the Gallery committee reviews submissions yearly in March and schedules exhibitions two years in advance. (I’m going say that means…) Deadline March 1 2013.

Haystack Summer Residency. Application deadline is March 1, 2014.

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

*** Heidi Lowe Gallery – Summer Internship. Opportunity closes on March 15th, 2014.

*** Earthly Delights: Metalsmiths Inspired by Nature. Deadline March 15th, 2014.

*** Society for Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh: Scholarship and Apprenticeship. Deadline March 15, 2014.

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

*** Red Carpet Call for Entry, SNAG 2014 closing show. Deadline March 15, 2014 11:59 pm (Central Time)

23rd Legnica International Jewellery Competition ‘CLASSIC’. Work to the theme, prizes ahoy! Deadline for sending works:  30th March 2014.

*** Workshop: Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper. Come learn to enamel on steel with ME! Weekend class takes place on the 5th and 6th of April, 2014 at the Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle. Enroll here!

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.

*** BKV Prize for Young Applied Arts. 9th May 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.

*** The Halstead Grant Call for Entries. “The Halstead Grant is awarded each year to a promising new jewelry designer working primarily in silver.” Deadline June 9, 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 + Undated Opportunities

*** Assistantships, Residencies, Volunteering & Employment at Touchstone Center for Crafts, Farmington, PA.

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.

**** And finally ****

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!

Heading east-side

Like a buzzard, like a bird, I’m getting out an about in realbody 😉

From tomorrow until Monday you’ll find me haunting Kent State University in Ohio. I’m heading over for the opening of The Digital Hand exhibition at The School of Art Gallery on this Thursday night, the 13th of February, from 5-7pm. At the invitation of Kathleen Browne, the curator and head of jewelry/metals, I will also be presenting a public lecture on my practice on Friday the 14th from 12pm. The School of Art Gallery is located on the second floor of the Art Building at 400 Janik Dr. in Kent, with the lecture taking place in the adjacent auditorium, room 202.

I’m really please to be invited to exhibit amongst a pretty amazing array of artists (from the Kent State News and Events site):

Pam Argentieri, Kristin Beeler, Allyson Bone, Doug Bucci, Melissa Cameron, David Choi, Joshua DeMonte, Arthur Hash, Matthew Hollern, Nicole Jacquard, Amy Klainer, Plural Studios (Courtney Starrett and Michael Gayk), Phil Renato, Rebecca Strzelec, Kim Tatalick, Jess Todd and Linda Threadgill.

And once I’m done there, if you’re in Asheville I’m spending an afternoon and evening in your town next Monday, before I take a day trip out to Penland on Tuesday to visit with the wonderful Elizabeth Brim, blacksmith extraordinaire.

Then I hop a flight to Richmond, VA, where I’ll be chillin with Susie Ganch and team at VCU for a few days, particularly as one class starts their Radical Jewelry Makeover project, making new jewellery from old. And as I’ve just learned, other artists participating in the project are welcome to join us!

I’m going to give a public lecture there too, in room 535 of the Bowe St building, on the afternoon of Thursday the 20th from 12pm. I’m sticking around for a few days, as guest artist, hanging out in the classroom to help out as the students begin work on their recycled jewellery project. I’m planning to have a dabble with the tools myself if I get a chance, since I will have work in the upcoming RJM exhibition that opens in Richmond on the 4th of April. I encourage you to check out the RJM site, as they’re posting up images and text about what each of us participants are getting up to, as we go along.

Oh, and if you do have some old jewellery that you’re keen to have upcycled properly, please send it along to Susie and her team as their call for donations ends this Friday!

Phew, ok, I gotta go pack…

Any questions?

The artist will now take questions. Please?!

I’m not crowd-sourcing my homework, (honestly!) however, I’m not above finessing by proxy…

I’m writing a couple of presentations at the moment (for delivery in the next two weeks – more details soon) and since feedback is going to come too late to help me improve the presentations, I’ve resorted to begging anyone who has a connection to my working practice for their insights. (I got the idea off Andy Cooperman. He’s talking at SNAG this year, so he’s not doing it without good reason.) And yes, that means you too 🙂 No, please, don’t walk away…!?!


What would you like to know? What is the one burning question you have about my work, my process or my professional practice – especially those I haven’t answered in all the time we’ve known one another?

Or perhaps I should word it this way;

What would be the first thing that you’d expect me to address if I was presenting a talk on my work?

And what would you like to hear less of?

I thank you all in advance for your thoughtful and considered responses, and for your patience in indulging me.

xx Melissa

Refined VIII: Makers Choice

Refined is on at SFASU in Texas. Check it out if you’re in the area!

Dear Refined VIII: Maker’s Choice contestant:

I am happy to announce the winners for this year’s competition, jurored by Cindi Strauss, curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as follows:

1st PLACE – HOLLAND HOUDEK, Hip Implant, Ms. Kleinjen, 2013
2nd PLACE – JESSICA ARMSTRONG, Connected Brooch #1, 2012
3rd PLACE – FRANK CONNET, Untitled #30, 2011

HILLAREY DEES, Sclerotinia Study Bracelet, 2012
MELISSA CAMERON, Cold Handle, 2012
ROBERT THOMAS MULLEN, Montane Brooch, 2012

I want to thank each and every one of you for participating. The exhibition is beautiful and features 37 artists from 15 states and Australia. We will be posting pictures from the opening reception on Facebook shortly. Follow us a SFA Art Galleries.

John Handley, PhD
Director, SFA Art Galleries
School of Art

Well hello, yes, it was a bit of a surprise. The text above is direct from the CaFE mailout I received earlier this week. What can I say but…

If you’re in the Texas you can go check it out from the 24the of January until the 29th of March at the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.