Object Evolution

Object Evolution: Jewellery from Objects by Melissa Cameron. April 10 – 30 at Bini Gallery Contemporary Jewellery, Melbourne

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Dear Melbourne,

I’m pleased to share that my work has been available in your beautiful city since November of last year, and to celebrate, next month I’m bringing an exhibition of my Object works to Bini Gallery Contemporary Jewellery from the 10th until the 30th of April, 2015. I will be there for the opening on the 10th of April, from 5 – 7:30pm and I’d love for you to join me!

Entitled Object Evolution, this will be the first time I have gathered a selection of my hand-pierced Object works together for a solo exhibition.  Included in the display will be some classic pieces as well as two new works from the Escalation series, sister works to those that were recently on display in Sydney at the Comments exhibition.

Bini Gallery Contemporary Jewellery is at 62 Smith street Collingwood, +61 03 9486 0145, and on Facebook.
Hours: Monday to Friday 10 am – 6 pm Saturday 10 am – 5 pm – Sunday 12 pm – 4 pm.

Deadlines March 2015


Fresh baked, coming at ya outta New York state.

**** EVEN MORE ADDITIONS –  2nd of April.


***WHOA can you believe I forgot the BUDA show? New Additions – 24/3***

JOBS are BACK! – see end for details

As of February 1st, 2015, jewelryunder30.com, an online platform to encourage young makers to write and hone their unique voice, has been live. Check it!

NB. I’ve removed the Teaching Positions from the end of this listing as I’ve heard that many of them have been filled. I realise the Kent State on doesn’t say it’s closing til the 26th of Feb, so if you want it head back to my last deadlines post and you can see it there. (Rumour has it that interviews are/have been in progress.)

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 re-listing 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 ***

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

*** #ThisIsABrooch Photo Booth Call for Entry. “In conjunction with SNAG Impact: Looking Back, Forging Forward, #ThisIsABrooch will be curating an interactive photo booth exhibition during the 2015 conference.” Ccloses on April 1st, 2015.

*** 1st Annual Chasing and Repousse International Exhibition. A Survey 2000 thru 2015. Deadline approaching April 1, 2015.

*** “This $500 scholarship is intended to honor a dedicated metalsmith with the opportunity to expand their skillset through a course at Metalwerx during the spring or summer 2015 semesters.” Deadline April 1st, 2015.

1st Annual Chasing and Repousse International Exhibition: A Survey 2000 thru 2015. “The juried exhibition will showcase exceptional metal work from around the world.” Deadline April 1st, 2015

Peter’s Valley Artist Fellow & Studio Assistant Opportunities Summer 2015 deadline to apply is April 1, 2015.

MJSA Vision Awards Call for Entries. The deadline for submissions is April 2.

*** SMG Brooch exhibition. SMG Display of Pins at the Bellevue Arts Museum, at the same time that the Madeline Albright collection will be on show – what a coincidence! Deadline April 3.

**** Victorian Craft Award – Vic (Australia) residents only, as organised by Craft. A couple of jewellery awards up for grabs. Deadline midnight April 6th.

*** Can you design “A logo for WCC-Australia”? Entries due by April 13th.

**** Emerging Artist in Residence Program at Millersville University – a program of work in exchange for space, under prominent smith and educator, Becky McDonah. Appication deadline, April 15th.

*** Craft scholarship. “CCCD is broadening this impact by offering grants of up to $500 to scholars invited to present craft-focused papers at any scholarly conference.” The next deadline is April 30th, 2015

Seattle Metals Guild members:  show pins at the Bellevue Arts Museum Store alongside the upcoming exhibition Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection. Registration:  March 2 – April 3

SNAG + Design Museum Boston: Rapid Jewelry 3D Printing Design Competition. Files only required! Entries due by: April 3, 2015 @ 11:59pmPT

Mendocino Art Center Artist in Residence Program. Closes on April 10th, 2015

SNAG TV 2015 “Members broadcast their stories and practice among SNAG members, conference attendees, and viewers around the world.” Deadline April 10th, 2015

The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) National Student Scholarship (USA). Deadline April 15th, 2015.

***** Americans, home cooks and lovers of Meryl Streep – there’s a call out to design/make a trophy and logo for the inaugural Julia Child Culinary Awards! Deadline April 24th.

***** “EMBELLISH is a short exhibition that will showcase 20 necklaces made by friends in our community made within the past five years.” On show at Metalwerx for SNAG 2015. This opportunity closes on April 27th, 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.

***** “GIA is offering more than 125 scholarships worldwide for its Fall 2015 Gemology and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts programs.” This opportunity closes on April 30th, 2015

*** BUDA 2015, several prizes including the big one for silversmithing, for Australian residents and citizens. First deadline (by regular post, no email entries) 1st May 2015.

ASJRA’s 10th Annual Conference, Women and Early 20th Century Art Jewelry. Conference Date – May 2, 2015

***** SO FRESH + SO CLEAN 2015. “Annual Emerging Artist Award.” This opportunity closes on May 31st, 2015

Metal Museum Studio Apprenticeships & Internships. Opportunity closes on June 2nd, 2015.

Halstead Grant 2015. “New jewelry artists working primarily in silver are invited to apply. The winner will receive $5,000 in cash for their business start-up, $1,000 in jewelry supplies, and recognition in the industry.” Applications are due June 9, 2015

For the 2015-2016 year Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago is seeking a Metals/Jewelry Artist in Residence. Deadline is June 15, 2015

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

*** Eastern State Penitentiary’s now accepting art proposals for the 2016 season. Proposal Deadline (for all funding and approvals): Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 4:00 pm.

Jewelry Instructor, White Plains, NY. Opportunity closes on June 25th, 2015

**** The 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize. Deadline July 3rd.

**** Itami Award. The biennial awards, hosted in Japan. Those of you who’ve been following for a while will be familiar with this one. Considerable entry fees apply. Dedline 24th July.

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

***Artners Gallery, an online jewelry gallery selling fine art jewelry, is seeking new jewelry artists.”

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 klimt@klimt02.net 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) Paulmichaeldesign.com. 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.


*** Half Time Instructional Support Technician: Suny-New Paltz

*** Summer Internship. Heidi Lowe, metalsmith and gallery owner is accepting applications for a summer internship at Heidi Lowe Gallery. Applications due by April 15, 2015

***** Gallery Position. “J. Cotter Gallery, with locations in Vail and Beaver Creek, CO is looking for an outgoing individual.” ASAP, thought SNAG says that this opportunity closes on April 30th, 2015

***Camp Fernwood, a summer camp in Maine, is seeking highly motivated instructors to teach metals for the summer of 2015.” This opportunity closes on May 1st, 2015

***** Society for Midwest Metalsmiths Call for 2016 Instructors. Also via Snag’s Springboard. Deadline: May 1, 2015

*** Marketing Intern. “Contemporary fashion jewelry designer seeks a detail-oriented, tech-savvy individual.” May 5th, 2015

*** Production Intern. “Contemporary fashion jewelry designer seeks a quick learning individual to be a part of a small-sized, fast-growing company where each employee plays an integral role in our success.” May 5th, 2015

*** Professor of Jewelry. Join SCAD Savannah as a full-time professor of jewelry to support this unparalleled program. This opportunity closes on July 21st, 2015

**** Research Associate for Contemporary Jewelry. “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 in the coordination, research, and overall development of the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition and publication of the Rose-Asenbaum Collection of Contemporary Jewelry.” Needs reading ability in German…

Start spreading the news…

Off to NY to enamel the town red, but I’m going to be enamelling in other places too…

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S’ok, my eyes aren’t blue. I’m off to New York (State that is), on Monday to teach an enamelling class as a part of the Enamel Guild North East’s annual Conference series. The Friday-Saturday class is fully booked, but if you’re in the area and free on Wednesday-Thursday it’s not too late! If you check out that class you can stick around for the Helen Elliott: Painting on Steel enamel class, or Chris Darway: Shadow Boxing on Friday-Sat or even Katharine Wood: Linear Solutions on Saturday. Not to mention all the shenanigans of the actual conference on Sunday. Amongst sales and raffles I’m going to be talking about my practice!

But if you’re not in NY and you want to come hang out with me and learn something about applying liquid enamel to steel? Well I have 2 more options for you.

1\ Local enamel aficionado Rebbecca Tomas has kindly asked me to team up with her to teach an eight-week class at Pratt in Seattle, Beginning Enameling Survey. Starting on the 25th of March, Rebbecca will take the class through the basics of enameling onto copper, and then I step in on week five to take the scene to the steel level. It’s going to be a comprehensive guide to getting the best bang for you buck out of powdered and liquid enamels on the two best materials, copper and steel.

2\ If an 8 intensive is not your style, and you were looking for a early-summer West Coast play-cation, then perhaps this final class will be more up your alley? On June 13th and 14th I’ll be reprising last year’s Enamel on Copper and Steel in a weekend workshop, also at Pratt in Seattle. In that class we’re going to be using liquid enamels on new and recycled steels and copper, working with them and the sandblaster to achieve unique textures and surfaces. I know I’ve had some queries as to when I’d be doing another weekend workshop, so I’m glad to finally be able to oblige. I’ll be sure to let you know when it goes live for registration.

Comments – Opening Tonight

The Comments exhibition, curated by Michelle Genders, opens at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney tonight

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The Comments exhibition opens at Gaffa Gallery in Sydney tonight! Head along to see the work by an amazing* group of artists, and see the work I made out of the non-stick tartlet pan (above) that I bought off Amazon earlier this year. Yes, I’ve been making works out of new stuff. Why? Well, that’s what my works in the exhibition will (hopefully) reveal.

*the amazing group of artists:
Alexandra Darby, Anna Davern, Claire McArdle, Felix Gill, Fiona Meller, Jan Turzo, Karen Strang, Karin Findeis, Lorena Lazard, Luke John Matthew Arnold, Melissa Cameron, Michal Oren, Neke Moa, Suse Scholem, Rui Kikuchi, Vernon Bowden, Zoe Brand