Metalsmith Magazine

Melissa is on the Metalsmith Editorial Advisory Committee. Look out!

New news!

I, along with some other new faces, have recently been appointed to the Metalsmith Editorial Advisory Committee! I know, that’s a little out of the blue, what what?

The current listing of volunteer advisers, which I am still slightly astounded to have become a part of, is:

Angela Bubash, Suzanne Pugh, Biba Schutz, Cindi Strauss and yes, Melissa Cameron. And I might mention that we serve the magazine editor Suzanne Ramljak.

Questions, comments, thoughts on Metalsmith? Please, let me know.

Thanks to The Carrotbox!

Melissa’s pieces, as posted on the blog *here* have lepts onto the pages of The Carrotbox, a long running jewel (and specifically ring) related blog. It’s her second sighting on those pages 😉

The Carrotbox blog has featured a couple of my jewels today. Some rings, of course 😉

Big thanks to Alice Matsumoto, for my second appearance on her glorious blog, and for her endurance in the blogging world. My first appearance was down to some of my very early jewels, made in 2006 and appearing on The Carrotbox in 2007. The pieces referred to by her in that link were created as a part of my studies at Postgraduate Diploma in Jewellery Production, and have long been superseded by more up-to-date works on website. In fact, the site it was on has itself been superseded, multiple times.

But here’s what she was probably talking about when she referred to ‘mini people’, way back in 2007: *sounds of Melissa rummaging through the archive*

The Tourist
The Tourist. 2006

Still mathematical.

AutoCad designed and milled in sterling silver, by one of two companies, either Poolegrave or Close Tolerance Engineering.

Deadlines January 2015

The Deadlines. January 2015

2015. Seriously. Time to take this show on the road. There’s going to be LOTS of new work. Lets get it out there, people!

Also currently listed – teaching positions. There’s suddenly a lot of doors opening within academia in the USA – see the end for details.

Other places to find yourself some deadly deadline action:

  • CaFE – Call For Entry site: check out the site and sign up for email updates. America focused. (*** I’ve given up posting from their newsletter – it’s just too long…)
  • Sign up to the benchpeg newsletter,  professional jewellery news, delivered weekly. Britain focused.
  • Klimt02. Newsletter. Epic site. Enough said.
  • Snag’s Springboard – you can get that in an RSS feed, so each new entry will come straight to you. America focused.

*** This month’s new additions *** Added Additions!!**** – Jan 14th

Metalsmith magazine, 2015 Curated “Exhibition in Print” — Call for Related Work for Moved by Metal: On Beauty as Interaction. Guest Curator, Wendy Steiner. Deadline the 15th of Jan, 2015.

2015 Internships and Apprenticeships at SCC‏. Deadline the 15th of Jan, 2015

**** International Interdisciplinary Artist-in-Residency Craft & Design Disciplines
Australian National University School of Art. LAst year was Lauren Kalman (USA)! Deadline Jan 23rd, 2015.

*** Jewelry Edition. “Jewelry Edition is seeking a new group of 6 early career artists to be represented for 2015.” Deadline Jan 24, 2015.

*** Translation – a master class with Marian Hosking. “Course Outline: Marian Hosking will lead a 4 day class exploring image making in low relief,” at Queensland College of Art Griffith University. Dates + Time: 24-27 January inclusive 9.00 am – 4.00pm.

The Power And The Beauty. At the gallery Alchemy 9.2.5., Boston. Deadline for application: 1/30/15

The Emerging Artist Platform Award + The Emerging Writer Platform Award from Sienna Gallery. Submission start October 1st, entries due Jan 31st, 2015.

Call for Entries: Mindful: Exploring Mental Health through Art. Exhibition at the Society for Contemporary Craft in Pittsburgh, submission proposals due Feb 1st, 2015.

Call for Artists: ‘Mimesis’ Amberif Design Award 2015 – Poland. February 9, 2015

CAST: “We are seeking high quality images of cast jewelry and objects.” Authors Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling (SNAG President Renee and board member Jen) are calling for images of cast pieces, as well as the casting process. Application dates: Aug 1, 2014 – Feb 1, 2015.

*** Graduate Metal 2015 – Aus + NZ grads only. Graduate Metal XIV will be held in conjunction with the biennial Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia Conference 2015. DEADLINE TBA – but the details say notification is early March, so you don’t have a lot of time I’m guessing.

FOUNTAINHEAD FELLOW – Richmond, VA. Deadline: Feb 15, 2015.

Cooperation Garnish. “Metalsmith and jewelry artists are asked to form two-person working partnerships.  Each pairing should consist of a maker who self-describes as “traditional,” the other self-describing as using nontraditional materials and/or decidedly current techniques. In essence: 2 diverse approaches should be clearly evident in the resulting work.” Deadline: Feb 15, 2015.

2015 Taiwan International Metal Crafts Competition. Metal artists accepted in jewellery and object categories. Applications accepted February 9, 2015-February 22, 2015.

*** Earrings Galore 2015! Heidi Lowe Gallery. This opportunity closes on March 1st, 2015

CALL FOR RESIDENT ARTISTS! Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. “3, 6, 9, and 12 month residencies available.” My SNAG mistress Caitie Sellers was amongst the residents last-and-this year, and the results speak for themselves! Application deadline : March 1, 2015.

The Françoise van den Bosch Foundation invites jewellery artists from outside the Netherlands to apply for an annual two months working period in a studio in Amsterdam during the months May – June. Application deadline : March 14, 2015.

*** BOUNDARIES. 24th Legnica International Jewellery Competition Deadline for sending works:  27th March  2015

Call for papers craft+design enquiry Issue 8 (2016)  ‘Global Parallels: Production and Craft in Fashion and Industrial Design Industries.’ Expressions of Interest close on 30 April 2015.

American Society of Jewelry Historians, scholarship award competition, for current and recent graduate students. Deadline June 15, 2015

Radiant Pavilion. Melbourne. 1st – 6th September, 2015. I can’t explain this incredible event in one line, just go to the website. Or Klimt02.

Rolling + Undated Opportunities

*** Bag an Internship at Current Obsession Magazine. “We are looking for motivated interns for 2015 and it’s shaping up to be a fantastic year to join our team!”

*** Klimt02Applications for internships are ongoing. If you have any questions or want to apply, send an email to and we will discuss possibilities!”

Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry – Dallas, TX. The Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry is a 2-year, full-time appointment with primary responsibility to support the Margot B. Perot Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Design.

New Jewelry Artist Studio and Gallery seeks work. Paul Bierker: “I am opening a new state of the art production gallery in Pittsburgh PA… I am hoping to find new candidates to showcase in this location… I seek various styles with renewable materials as a big plus. Please message me here [Crafthaus] or send info to Paul (AT) Pittsburgh Artists are STRONGLY encouraged to send work.

Artist in Residence in the Industrial Monument Jakob Bengel – Idar-Oberstein, Germany. 1-3 month residency for jewellers in the factory, including stipend and accommodation! Looks amazing.

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!

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.

Teaching – full time faculty

These are generally Associate Professor/Tenure Track positions, and are listed alphabetically.

Kent State, Ohio. Deadline February 26th, 2015.

Rhode Island School of Design. Deadline – until filled.

San Diego State. “Review of applications will begin September 9th, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.”

Suny New Paltz, New York. 2 positions available. Deadline December 2nd, 2014.

New in Enamel on Steel – Some Insights

this one is for you enamel enthusiasts

Christmas Ornament made from welded tin-can mild steel and vitreous enamel. The grey is Thompson GC-16 Cobalt Blue, while the white is a medium fusing white, over a layer of the ground coat as a base

After the enamel course I taught at Pratt in November/December, I was inspired to make some holiday ornaments (insert your regional nomenclature here – the Perth of my youth would say ‘Christmas decorations’) with tin-cans and enamel. I should have known better!

The thin steel doesn’t take too many layers of enamel well, and when I experiment on what are meant to be finished pieces, I always end up sandblasting off as many layers as I put on which, in this thin a material, tends to create its own problems…

But still!

I managed to get enough layers to stick to make the piece that I posted previously here on Christmas day, as well as the little number above, and one other piece a little different to these two that used the centre parts of the lid parts used here and featured some greensih-blue seed beads on a white ground.


What I’m really here to share is that, as a part of this process, I finally used the Thompson GC-16 Cobalt Blue ground coat in anger, and whaddya know? It works a treat!  My previous tip was to fire a BC layer – (BC = Base Coat) of clear – medium or low, (depending on the application) if you were using a tricky steel, but now I’d definitely say try the Cobalt Blue Ground Coat if you’re using lower quality steels (read ‘tin-can’ steel – it really is appalling for anything other than samples, but soooo cheap!) Nothing else will stick as well on first go, though you can get BC layers (these are ‘clear’, or at least transparent, liquid enamels in low fusing and medium fusing versions) to go well too, though they can be more likely to have crackle problems, if that’s something you’re prone to promoting in your work.Like I sometimes am. When in a rush. Around the holiday period, say..

Other steels are less finicky (so a colour straight on is just fine), but if you’re going to build up the layers and don’t want to risk crummy adhesion, or if you are using a less than optimal steel, definitely go the GC-16 as the starter. It has reasonable adhesion direct to the 3″ x 3″ low-carbon sample squares that Thompson sells, which aren’t sandblasted but have a subtle imprinted randomised pattern. Though as you might guess, better adhesion is achieved on a sandblasted surface. Even on shim steel. Of a type that would be better off being recycled than turned into art*.

And of course I’ve updated the Enamel on Steel – Some Insights section of this self-same blog with the above details on the GC-16, so you know where to find this info if you need it again.


* here I use the term loosely

Estonia! Get amongst the jewels!

The Words & Works from a World Away (Sõnad ja tööd sealt kaugelt) Austraalia ja Eesti ehted ja objektid exhibition is on in Estonia for another week – get into it!

Friends, Estonians, jewellery fanciers, lend me your ears… The Words & Works from a World Away (Sõnad ja tööd sealt kaugelt) exhibition is on in Estonia for another week. If you’re in the area – the Baltic states perhaps, or you currently chilly Nordics, what else can I say but get into it! More details are on the facebook page (in eesti keel) or curator Claire McArdle’s site.