Tomorrow night!

Part B, Sin Título, Mexico. Melissa, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Washington. Lots of stuff going on tomorrow night.

“San Título”, courtesy of Cristina Celis and Sin Título
“San Título”, courtesy of Cristina Celis and Sin Título

Two things..

Sin Título is opening their new studios in Mexico City tomorrow night, and with it they open an exhibition of jewellery for their patron saint, San Título. (Head back in time and read what happened when I met with them last year, and the event that kicked off this collaboration.) During last year Part B teamed up with Sin Título to work on a project together. We have created jewels for the saint, photographed them in Melbourne (and Seattle…) and these will now be displayed on the walls of Sin Título’s new digs in their first studio exhibiton. If you’re in Mexico, please check it out!

Jueves 30 de abril – 7pm
“Sin Título” Estudio de Joyería
Dr. Mora 9, 2o piso interior 22
Centro, Cuauhtémoc
México, D.F.

– A quick reminder that I’m giving an artist lecture tomorrow night at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

“Join artist-jeweler Melissa Cameron as she presents her work through images and words in the BIMA Auditorium. This event is a special Meet the Artist presentation in conjunction with her 2014 Artist Fellowship through Artist Trust. Thu, Apr. 30, 2015 6:30pm — 8:30pm”

Doors open at 6:30pm | Reception with light food and beverage | Admission is free of charge with advance reservation.

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
550 Winslow Way E.
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

And yes, discard my last few days of complaints via social media; I have found my voice and I will be able to speak tomorrow. See you there!

Blog Shenanigans

Shenanigans are afoot. You’ve been warned.

Art work by Melissa Cameron, depicting through the motifs used and numerical data, the life and work of Ethel Harriet Raybould, the first female professor at the Univerist of Queensland - the first female professor at that institution.
Art work by Melissa Cameron, depicting through the motifs used and numerical data, the life and work of Ethel Harriet Raybould, the first female professor at the Univeristy of Queensland. Infinity Affinity, 2011. Vintage baking dish, steel, 925 silver.


The big news from google this week (aside from the Earth Day quiz, through which I found out my spirit animal is a giant squid. What a fool I feel – I’d always thought it was a penguin), was that they would cease pushing sites that weren’t optimised for mobile viewing.  No surprise there from the google pundits. Some surprise from this humble bloggist.

What’s a good internet citizen to do? Update her blog, that’s what.

Thus, I bring you @thejewellist 2.0. It was about time, really, after 5.5 years on the default 2009 WordPress theme (albeit with a couple of hard-won tweaks.) So now I’ve brought us all the way up to 2013. Baby steps.

What am I saying? Well, for those of y’all who visit the site at its address (rather than have content scraped and sent to you via an RSS feed or email) you will notice a few little changes. Right at the minute the big one is the shemozzle that is the Monthly Deadlines Calendar tab (nope, I’m not even going to link to it…) Suffice to say, I’m working on it.*

Aside from that, there’s been a small modification to the header image. Yup, all go here…


*26 April – I fixed it! With a little help from my friend Turbo.. A very little – intuitive programming FTW!

On Show

There’s a few places to see my work these next few weeks – especially in you’re in Seattle!

Object Evolution exhibition installed at Bini Gallery in Collingwood, Australia.
Object Evolution exhibition installed at Bini Gallery in Collingwood, Australia.

My solo exhibition, Object Evolution, is on at Bini Gallery in Collingwood until the 30th of April. It’s got some new works and some old works, some borrowed works (that have finally be returned) and some blue works!

Jewel for a wall - 8 rhombii. Melissa Cameron. 2014
Jewel for a wall – 8 rhombii. Melissa Cameron. 2014

I guess this one is a teaser – I’ve posted about this piece, what it is, where it’s pointed me to and where it’s not going – over on the Heat Exchange blog.

Stacked Window Brooch. Stainless steel and 925 silver by Melissa Cameron, constituent parts from the Sieve Pattern of 2010.
Stacked Window Brooch. Stainless steel and 925 silver by Melissa Cameron, constituent parts from the Sieve Pattern of 2010.

This piece and two of its sisters are on display as a part of the Seattle Metals Guild Biennial Exhibition, on show at the Washington State Convention Center:
Corner of Pike St and 8th Ave in Seattle WA
2nd Floor, South Galleria
Dates: April 2– June 21, 2015

Blue Radical Axis. Brooch in stainless steel, 925 silver and vitreous enamel. 2012.
Blue Radical Axis. Brooch in stainless steel, 925 silver and vitreous enamel. 2012.

This piece is also out and about courtesy of the Seattle Metals Guild, as a part of the SMG Display of Pins at the Bellevue Arts Museum Store. Display Dates: April 17 – June 7, 2015.

Seattlites/Bellevue-ers are incredibly lucky at the moment as BAM has a couple of great jewellery exhibitions on right now. Just last week saw the opening of Jana Brevick: This Infinity Fits in My Hand which runs until August 16, 2015, and BAM also has the incredible travelling: Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection on display from from March 13 – June 7, 2015. Jana is giving an artist talk on the 9th of May – I’ll see you there!

Stitching the Void - brooch. Stainless steel and 925 silver by Melissa Cameron, constituent parts from the Sieve Pattern of 2010.
Stitching the Void – brooch. Stainless steel and 925 silver by Melissa Cameron, constituent parts from the Sieve Pattern of 2010.

Finally, the annual Pratt Fine Arts Center Auction (the Seattle Pratt, for you east-coasters) happens this weekend, and I have a piece that has been juried into the collection that will be offered to attendees on Saturday night. If you’re keen to just check out the work there’s a viewing open to all at Bell Harbor Conference Center – Pier 66, on Friday as well as an online version of the catalogue.

Deadlines April 2015


Hello from Seattle. I know, it seems like it’s been ages!

JOBS are BACK! – see end for details
As of February 1st, 2015,, an online platform to encourage young makers to write and hone their unique voice, has been live. Check it!
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 everything 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 *** ****new new – 21st April****

*** Windgate Museum Internship. “This opportunity provides $5,000 stipends to four nationally selected undergraduate or graduate students to work under the direction of curators or directors in decorative arts or contemporary craft collections, exhibitions and/or programs” April 17th, 2015

*** Artist Trust Fellowship Lecture: Melissa Cameron. Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Doors open at 6:30pm | Reception with light food and beverage | Admission is free of charge with advance reservation. April 30th, 6:30pm

*** Artist in Residence. “Artist in Residence will receive housing accommodations and complete access to the Metal Arts studio. In exchange, the AiR will volunteer for BCAT 25 hours a week.” Start Date: May 18, 2015- applications ASAP.

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

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.

*** Handmade at Kew. “Applications are invited worldwide from individual makers, groups, organisations and galleries working in the following areas: ceramics, jewellery, fashion & textiles, glass, paper, furniture, metalwork, sculpture and interior accessories.” Deadline for applications is 6pm on Thursday 30th April 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

*** SYMPOSIUM! Zimmerhof 2015. FUTURE JEWELLERY ICONS, thanks to Current Obsession Magazine. (Don’t read this magazine? Why not!?!) Registration closes 16th of May.

*** Nava Australian Artists Grant – deadline quarterly (link is about 1/3 the way down). Applications for the next round close on midnight Saturday 16 May 2015.

*** CONFERENCE! SNAG Conference 2015! This weekend – but booking closes in about 3 weeks from today (April 17th).

**** SYMPOSIUM! Making Futures: Craft And The (Re)Turn Of The Maker In A Post-Global Sustainably Aware Society. “Making Futures will be held on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th September 2015 within the magnificently sited Mount Edgcumbe estate on the River Tamar opposite the city of Plymouth, Devon.” Early bird registration + Call for papers – 17th + 18th May.

*** Everyday Earrings 2015. “This summer opens the Everyday Earring curated by Elizabeth Tokoly, owner of NEW Art Jewelry Gallery EatMetal, Inc. located in Hoboken, NJ.” May 23rd, 2015

*** The Australian National Brooch Show 2015. Contemporary Art Society of Victoria. May 25th, 2015

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

**** Cast. “CAST will feature gorgeous images from both contemporary and historic artists whose work is defined by their use of casting as a primary process.” Jurors are familiar to anyone who hangs at SNAG conferences: Jen Townsend and Renee Zettle-Sterling. Deadline June 1st.

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

*** I’m teaching a weekend enamel workshop at Pratt in Seattle! June 13 and 14, 2015 (the details are about 3/4 of the way down this page – or search my name.) Class starts June 13th, enrollments close about a week before. Sign up by June 5 – ish.

*** Emerging Artist Opportunity: 2015 SAC Mentor Program. “The Society of Arts and Crafts’ Mentor Program prepares emerging artists for participation in premiere craft shows via CraftBoston Holiday” Deadline June 15th, 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.

*** Call out for new work, for Gild gallery. “GILD is a new art gallery in Los Angeles opening late summer 2015 and is the only gallery in the city dedicated to studio jewelry.” Deadline July 31st, 2015.

*** SYMPOSIUM! “The Grand Marais Art Colony, in partnership with the Minnesota Jewelry Arts Guild (MNJag), is pleased to host Findings: A Jewelry Symposium, June 11 – 14, 2015.” August 8th, 2015

*** Elizabeth Tokoly, artisan jeweler, metalsmith, teacher and gallery owner is seeking an intern. August 13th, 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.

**** The AJF Artist Awards: AJF Artist Award cycle will open the application process in September 2015, with a deadline of November 15, 2015. Information about the purpose of the award, entry criteria, application requirements, and deadline will be available on AJF’s website in August/September 2015.

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 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.


Half Time Instructional Support Technician: Suny-New Paltz

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…

Upcoming lecture: Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Melissa was New York, Seattle, Perth and Melbourne via LA and Brisbane in the last month. Now she’s back in Seattle and catching up with business… Lecture business!

Melissa Cameron - Infinity Affinity II

Hello America! Yes, I’m back in Seattle, and just in time too. I’ve got a little over two weeks to prepare for my upcoming lecture at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, (known to locals as BIMA.)

I’m going to be talking about my art, my heritage, my moves across OZ and to the US, my inspirations and my work – the laser cut pieces and the hand-cut object series, and I’ll include a sneak peak of the Escalation Series that I’ve been working on for the last two years. Don’t know what I mean and live within a 25 mile radius of Seattle? I encourage you to come along and listen to my tale. We can take the ferry-ride across to BIMA together!

Tickets are free but you do have to reserve a seat and there will be light refreshments served. Fancy!

Looking forward to seeing some of you there.

Opening Friday in Melbourne

Melissa is having her first solo show of her intricate hand-sawn objects at Bini Gallery in Collingwood. April 10, 2015.

Object Evolution - Bini 2015

The exhibition is almost ready! We now have turned over the window to Holly Elliot of Azevinha to work her magic.

Come join me for the opening of Object Evolution at Bini Gallery in Collingwood from 5 – 7:30pm, this Friday, the 10th of April.

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.

Opening Monday in New York, amongst a slew of events…

the Radical Jewelry Makeover project from 2013 is back on the move – see it in NY now!

Brass Brooch 2014.
Brass Brooch 2014.

The Ethical Metalsmiths, via their website, are right now engaged in raising funds for their mission via the Gardens of Gold Gala online auction, which started in March and ends soon, on the 11th of April. You still have time to pick up some great items – from pieces of jewellery to unique experiences and jewellery lessons – through the auction, but be aware that there will be some competition next week when the Gala goes into overdrive next week, with a live event on Wednesday April 8, 2015 5-9 PM at Linhardt Design, NYC.

And word is in from Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) director, Susue Ganch, that “As part of the gala we are mounting an exhibition highlighting work from RJM (specifically the Artist Project) as well as other members of the organization.” This means that alongside a host of other RJM artist’s pieces, my RJM work from last year will be on show at the Linhardt Design gallery from Monday! Need I add that if you’re in the New York area this is the first opportunity to see my work in your city? And this news just after I spent a week in your state at the Enamel Guild North East conference? I couldn’t be more thrilled!

Melissa @ BIMA

Melissa will be speaking at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on the 30th of April 2015. If you’re in Washington why not come along, and try to refrain from throwing tomatoes 😉

One Design - #26, Pendant 07, 2014
One Design – #26, Pendant 07, 2014

Just a quick heads up: in a month’s time I’m giving an artist lecture at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art on Bainbridge Island just across the sound from Seattle, in Washington, presented by Artist Trust.

More details to come!