JMGA Sydney 2015

    My work from the Caltrops series - 20th C Caltrop, 2015 - will be appearing in the  'Perfect mutations' exhibition will be held at Chrissie Cotter gallery from July 8th (opening) to 20th 2015
My work from the Caltrops series – 20th C Caltrop, 2015 – will be appearing in the
‘Perfect Mutations’ exhibition at Chrissie Cotter gallery from July 8th as a part of the 2015 JMGA conference program. Curator: Michelle Genders

So I’m back from #SnagBoston, and made it home to cap off a great, if somewhat frenetic, conference experience with the 2015 edition of that perennial favourite, #SnagFlu. I’m blaming the 6:30am fire alarm on Thursday morning for getting us all off to a premature start, and costing us the last bit of energy needed to scrape home with immunity uncompromised. I know that I did promise a Snag update (and no, this is not it) immediately following the conference, but it’s been delayed… Sorry chaps!

Rather than history, we’re looking forward, as it’s time to remind y’all that coming up from the 10th – 12th of July is the biannual JMGA Conference, this time hosted by the wonderful team in Sydney, which is this year entitled edgesbordersgaps. From the exhibition media:

In 2015 the broader conference project includes 3 days of talks; an exhibition program; a workshop program (pre- and post- conference); social events, including the infamous Pin Swap; and additional satellite events [that] include a multitude of jewellery exhibitions.

Guest speakers include:- Peter Bauhuis, Pravu Mazumdar, Atinuj Tantavit, Gitte Nygaard & Josephine Winther (Makers Move). Workshop hosts include Philip Sajet, Peter Bauhuis, Vick Mason, Sue Lorraine and Catherine Truman.

For the extended blurb see the website; I’m going to cut to the chase on this:


The name might not immediately ring bells, but if you keep up to date on the AJF website (RSS that sh*t, c’mon people, it’s important) and blog you will know him as the author of two (or one, if you push the halves of what was intended as a whole back together) of the best posts that went up last year. His critique of criticism is  well reasoned and beautifully written, and his analysis of Bruce Metcalf meticulous and incisive, and the whole piece a master work on the subject, both necessary and timely. But don’t believe me:

Against Criticism pt I
Against Criticism pt II

Not yet convinced? He’s spoken in Munich during the Schmuck week at Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich, and written catalogue essays for Alchimia amongst others. If I had not already made my quota of trips back home for the next 3 years in the last 12 months I’d be stomping onto an A380 and getting my butt to Sydney for his presentation alone. I cannot wait to hear what else has been forming in this person’s brain. I will willingly give this little stage to any person who wants to share, or perhaps even critique, his presentation in Sydney.

And there’s more! For some more detail on the rest of the presentations, check out the Speakers tab on the website.


Image courtesy Platforma
Image courtesy Platforma

Going to be in Boston for the SNAG conference this week? Come say hi! Not going to be there? Follow along with the shenanigans on Instagram or Twitter by following @thejewellist (t) or @thejewellist (i).

Don’t know/care what I’m talking about with all that #@ nonsense? Then stay with me here on the blog and I’ll wrap it up at the end of the weekend. But for those of you needing a hit beforehand, here’s the skinny on where I’m going to be…

1/ OK, first up, permit me one more hashtag while I explain what I’m going to be doing on Friday:

Collect- from our Artist-Agents (announced soon)
Photograph- on yourself or a friend
Hashtag- #stickitsnag
Post (fb/insta/twitter)

It’s a secret no more! I’m an Artist-Agent (always wanted to be agent melissa!) for Platforma’s 2015 #‎STICKITSNAG‬ SNAG adventure. Come get yourself a sticker from me any time on Friday, put it on, snap a pic and post it – oh and hashtag yourself and the gorgeous work/non-work. And might I add, one of those images is actually a work from me… It’s simultaneously the most/least effort I’ve ever put into a pin-swap 😉

2/ My video (need I remind you?!) is IN COMPETITION! I’m keen to get it played in front of a whole auditorium of my peers – am I? Well, lets say I am, and let’s say you could be a decisive figure in actioning my wish.

I know, actioning?

3/ Trunk Show!!

The Sieve Pattern of 2010, lasercut in Arches watercolour paper, 2015 along with a work from The Sieve series, Layered Window, 2010-2015
The Sieve Pattern of 2010, lasercut in Arches watercolour paper, 2015, along with a work from The Sieve series, Layered Window, 2010-2015, stainless steel.

I have amassed a beautiful collection of my Sieve series works – including some rare 2015 jewels that I recently made made from parts that I had been holding on to for a rainy day –  and today I’ve taken delivery of a limited edition set of full-sized laser-engraved prints of the Sieve pattern from my laser-cutter, all of which will be for sale at the Trunk Show this coming Saturday! The laser-engraved prints pictured are full size and in miniature, with the smaller versions to be packaged with works sold at SNAG only!

(I had a copy of this pattern pasted on my wall over my computer in Australia, under which I had written and signed “When I die I want this pattern etched onto my casket.” That’s how proud I was of this work/how much I love this pattern.)

All of these, along with some pieces from the One Design Series (yup – as shown in the video above) as well as a few earrings and pieces from the La Geometrie Series will be on display this Saturday, so if you’ve every wanted to check out an array of my all stainless and titanium works, Saturday is the day.

The Trunk Show will be held on the 23rd of May in the Plaza Ballroom with VIP entry from 3:30 pm and open to all from 4:30pm – 6:30pm. Not at the conference? No worries! Come along – we’re at the The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Tower, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington St. Boston, MA 02116

And for those of you who are nowhere near the conference – let’s talk. Email me for a price list.

Deadlines May 2015

Time to pick yourself some deadlines, folks!

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 ***

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. My blog post here.) 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.

*** Scholarships to Pratt Fine Arts Center – Seattle. “Pratt is pleased to announce the 2015/2016 Scholarship Program”, deadline of June 19, 2015

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

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

*** SYMPOSIUM! 16th JMGA Conference, Sydney. Registration and More Info. 10-12 July 2015

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

*** Niche Awards 2015 “Celebrating excellence and innovation in American and Canadian fine craft. ategories include: Ceramics, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry,…” This opportunity closes on August 21st, 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.

*** Be a part of our 21th International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Fine Craft.
$8,000+ in Awards. “Craft Forms 2015, the International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Crafts, will be on display at the Wayne Art Center from December 4, 2015 – January 30, 2016.” This opportunity closes on September 10th, 2015

*** The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. Craft Research Fund – Exhibition, Project, Graduate Research and Travel Grants (up to $15,000.) (More detail – Crafthaus. )Application Deadline: October 9, 2015

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

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…

*** Jewelry & Metalwork Assistant Professor Position. The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia invites applicants for Assistant (tenure track) Professor of Jewelry & Metalwork. This opportunity closes on August 1st, 2015

*** Lead goldsmith for a small fine jewelry workshop with two other goldsmiths. This opportunity closes on August 21st, 2015

*** Jewelry and Metalsmithing teaching positions available for adult classes. EatMetal, Inc studio in the Hoboken and Jersey City area. This opportunity closes on September 5th, 2015

Categorized as Deadlines

Enamel on Steel – a weekend workshop

Image of jewellery by Melissa Cameron. Photograph by Melissa Cameron.
Parallel Planes Brooch III, 2012. From the La Geometrie series

Come along to Pratt Fine Arts Center here in Seattle and learn how to use liquid enamel for steel and copper from one of the best in the north-west… ME!

“We’re surrounded by enamel fired onto steel, from enameled oven- and cook-wear in the kitchen, to whiteboards and signage in the school and street. But it’s not just an industrial process! Learn how to use liquid enamel on steel and copper, from metal surface preparation to enamel mixing, application, and firing. Extend your decorative palette with appealing textures and patterns using simple techniques, perfectly suited for items like jewelry and small objects. Also learn how to prepare and apply enamel to recycled steel and found objects.”

Want to know more about me and the two-day course I run? I recently led back-to-back two-day workshops in New York for The Enamel Guild North East annual conference, who just happens to maintain a great website with maker interviews from past conference speaker/instructors. See my recent profile here!

Class #: 5498
Date: Saturday the 13th + Sunday the 14th of June
Time: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Fees: $240
Master Member Fees: $216
Prerequisite: none
Supply fee: $20
Can’t make it this time? Send me an email and I’ll put you on the mailing list for the next one. Or you can read up on the process without even having to leave this blog!