20th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium!

20 years of symposium shenanigans in Seattle. It’s a minor miracle (trust me, I’d know..!)

Nervous System - Kinematics Dress
Nervous System – Kinematics Dress

Saturday, October 17th
Broadway Performance Hall
1625 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122

Register Here!

The Seattle Metal Guild’s Symposium Committee are pleased to present the 20th Anniversary Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium!

This year’s stellar lineup includes the dynamic designer-creator partnership of Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg – better known as Nervous System, who together will present Growing Objects about their unique working methods, their title a nod to 3D printing jargon as well as the growth systems of flora and fauna that they replicate. Jewelry artist and writer Jillian Moore will talk Big Time, Small Potatoes about how the facets of her practice – making, writing, teaching and selling – are delicately fused together to form her creative career, while object maker and educator Christine Clark will expand on her love of craft and humanity and how these twin loves meet in her installations, and the residencies that have helped her in her artistic journey. Blacksmith John Rais will present The Process of Design, Large And Small, charting his career through his works, including the collaborations that have especially helped his larger objects. Finally, artist Jennifer Trask’s talk, Vestige: Written in Bone will expand on her practice, from the influence of archaeology, anthropology and biology to her metalsmith training, and her passion for the decorative arts.

The 2015 edition sees us back on Broadway in Capitol Hill and ready to rock with all the Symposium classics, but as ever there is more than just one day of action. This year the weekend prior to the Symposium will host a Jillian Moore Workshop: New Surface Techniques with Resin, proudly presented by Seattle Metals Guild’s Workshop Committee. You’ll have to get in quick for this one as Jillian has previously hosted sold-out workshops in Seattle!

While regular attendees will know that the Symposium includes not one but two silent auctions, the news is that this year we have already secured works of eminently collectable handmade jewelry by famous local artisans, so check out the donations link for more details on these unique pieces, or if you have something to donate. And if you’re in the market for a bargain we have already started amassing many other treats! As usual there is also Charon Kransen’s book sale, which specializes in hard-to-find titles from the realms of jewelry and metalsmithing, and the Resource Table with High School Teachers’ Meet and Greet, a wonderful space to share knowledge and expertise about the industry.

If this is your first Symposium we welcome you too! We have planned a day that is carefully balanced between the formal and informal, the informative and the playful, between knowledgeable scholars and gifted makers, each of whom has a unique story to share. We welcome everyone who is interested in the craft and art of jewelry and metalsmithing, and trust that you will be embraced by a warm and open community of fellow enthusiasts, hobbyists, educators, technicians and full-time artisans and artists.

For the first time we have the added excitement of a pop-up exhibition right after the Symposium. Organized by local maker Everett Hoffman and featuring Northwest talent, it will be on view in the time between the last speaker and the now-customary speakers reception. Entitled Home Ties: An Intimate Study of Adornment for the Body and Home, it is an “exhibition of jewelry and adornment that questions and redefines the idea of home,” and will aptly take place inside a house located within walking distance of the Broadway Performance Hall.

Which brings us, finally, to our closing number! In honor of our 20th year we’ve added a few special flourishes across the day to celebrate, with an extra special finale at our now-traditional close-of-day speakers’ reception, this year at Rhein Haus in Capitol Hill. Everyone is invited to continue the festivities and join the speakers and current and past committee members in a toast to our 20-year milestone!

Founded in 1989, The Seattle Metals Guild is a non-profit community dedicated to promoting educational and networking opportunities for metals artists at all career levels and skill sets through lectures, workshops, social gatherings, and other enrichment opportunities, in order to strengthen our creative community.

a kinda Deadlines addendum…

some not-so-deadliney-yet-still-related action

1/ I’m compelled to note here, in a whole new post, that I made some changes to the Deadlines post yesterday post initial publication. Quite a few, in fact. The reason I note that now is because if you are subscribed to a feed of this blog (email/rss) you may not have got all the deadline-y goodness that has been offered, and I’d hate my lil’ error to be the cause of that. You’ll have to visit the page to pick up the rest, but they include an internship and the potential to have a short residency at Penland over the winter, so mebbe it’s worth it..?

2/ This is not really a deadline, but I wanted to put this out / remind those folks who have seen it, that AJF Editor Ben Lignel is on the prowl for writing talent. Why not check this out? I for one think you’d be great 😉

Deadlines September 2015


The management wishes to inform you of … NEW Deadlines! And why not have some Residency Opportunities while I’m here?

Extra places to look: CaFE – Call For Entry site. Check out the site and sign up for email updates. America focused. (I’ve given up re-listing appropriate deadlines from their newsletter – it’s just too long…)

  • In the UK? Sign up to the benchpeg newsletter,  professional jewellery news, delivered weekly. Euro/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 your chosen portal. America focused.

*** THE September Issues…***

The annual Smithsonian Craft Show is a juried exhibition and sale of contemporary American crafts and design. September 20th, 2015

The LEAP Award. “The program recognizes exceptional emerging talent in the contemporary craft field and provides opportunities for these early career artists to bring their artwork to the consumer market.” Deadline to apply: September 30, 2015.

***Exclusive FREE live training for SNAG members! September 30, 2015.

***der Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern. Schmuck/Talente – if you need a description, you probably shouldn’t enter… Deadline October 1st – same time every year, folks.

People near RISD – this one is for YOU!: Artist Fellowships “Through generous funding by the National Endowment for the Arts, the RISD Museum is pleased to offer Artist Fellowships for 2016–2017. Two selected artists receive stipends of $10,000 each, professional development support, and the opportunity to work closely with the Museum’s collections and staff members.” Deadline October 1st.

*** The Vermont Studio Center is excited to announce 40+ fellowship awards for visual artists and writers. October 1st, 2015 deadline.

*** Penland Winter Residency & Core Fellowship Program. ” The winter residency is an opportunity for a small community of artists to work independently for a short term in our studios during Penland’s quiet season.” Winter Residency Applications due October 1, 2015.

*** Professional Artist Development Series. Designed to engage emerging and mid-career artists, the series is led by experts in their related fields and utilize resources in the Southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois region. Oct 7, Oct 21, Nov 14. Final November 14th, 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.

*** Enamel Guild North East presents – UNDER FIRE: a Virtual Gallery of International Enamel Artists. Juror: Barbara Seidenath. Works from last 2 years, with enamel as an important component. Deadline: Oct 9, 2015

*** One-On-One Intensive: 1 hr Portfolio Review and Career Advice for Craft Artists in Chicago “Starting out as a maker and looking for advice? Mid-career and needing a nudge? Get answers from Brigitte Martin” at Lillstreet Art Center: Saturday, October 10, 2015 and Saturday, November 21, 2015. Price: Lillstreet Art Center Members $120.00 / Non-Members $125.00

*** Shunpike, Spokane / Laboratory Residency Call for Artists. “Come spend 1-3 months making awesome stuff”. October 15, 2015

*** “2015 Beijing International Jewelry Art Exhibition is hosted by the Executive Committee of Beijing International Design Week and organized by Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT), is set to be held in Beijing from 16th December to 30th December 2015.” This thing is huge, get involved! Deadline 12pm on 16th October 2015. This will be China time – behind you Melbourne, about where you are, Perth, and almost up to a day ahead if you’re in the USA.

***Xchange: Fashioning Intersections.Snag’s Exhibition in Motion for 2016, is looking for large-scale collaborative wearable objects and looks. All large-scale sculptural looks must be created by a group of 2 artists or more in partnership and collaboration. Prospectus. Applications. Applications are due by midnight EST on October 16, 2015.

SYMPOSIUM!Keystone Metals Forum II at Touchstone outside of Pittsburgh, PA, will take place Friday to Sunday, October 16th–18th.


The Seattle Metal Guild’s Symposium Committee are pleased to broadcast the details of the upcoming 20th Anniversary Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium. This year’s stellar lineup includes the dynamic designer-creator partnership of Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg – better known as Nervous System, jewelry artist and writer Jillian Moore, object maker Christine Clark, blacksmith John Rais and artist Jennifer Trask.

Saturday, October 17th, all day!

SYMPOSIUM MJSA ConFab is set to for Oct. 18 at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City. October 18th, USA.

The Saul Bell Design Award. Recognizing distinction in jewelry design – affilliated with Rio Grande (and therefore Berkshire Hathaway – aka Warren Buffet.) Entries accepted Aug. 5–Oct. 23, 2015

*** Gallery 110’s annual juried exhibition showcases work by emerging and established artists. Our gallery location and reputation offer artists access to Seattle’s Pioneer Square gallery district and First Thursday Art Walk.  October 24, 2015 (midnight Mountain Standard Time).

*** “Touch: Interactive Craft” – Gatlinburg, TN  Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts invites artists to enter “Touch: Interactive Craft,” the 2016 National Juried Exhibition. This opportunity closes on October 24th, 2015.

*** Sparklegasm! – AZ, United States. Krikawa Jewelry Art Gallery in Downtown Tucson seeks art for Sparklegasm! which opens on November 21st. We are looking for sparkly and/or risqué artwork in all mediums. Deadline October 30th, 2015.

Revere Academy. “The New Student Scholarship contest is open to everyone who has not attended the Revere Academy before. The winner receives an all-expenses-paid round trip from anywhere in the US to San Francisco, including air, lodging, tuition and fees for any regular 3-day class at the Revere Academy in San Francisco.” This opportunity closes on October 31st, 2015

*** The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) is pleased to announce that it will award an ACE© It Appraisal Conference Scholarship. This opportunity closes on November 1st, 2015.

‘By Hand’ A National Biennial Fine Craft Competition and Exhibition. Juror: Elisabeth Agro. Deadline: Nov 12, 2015.

*** The Information is in!! AJF Emerging Award: “Ambitious contemporary jewelry artists age 35 and under have until November 15, 2015 to apply for this international prize in contemporary art jewelry, which includes $7500 USD for the winner and an exhibition during Schmuck in February 2016 for the winner and four finalists.” Deadline of November 15, 2015

Hip Pop is a bridging program designed to help emerging artists enter the high-end craft show market. Application process opens September 1, 2015. First application deadline: November 13, 2015.

Jewelry Edition Workshop – Pittsburgh, PA. December 5th. Jewelry Edition is a web based exhibition and pop-up experience showcasing the work of emerging and early career jewelry artists. Two of its creators – Kat Cole and Laura Wood are hosting a workshop. Register by November 30.

Reis Nichols Jewelers is looking for a CAD designer/ bench jeweler to join our existing team of nearly a dozen jewelers. Closing December 12, 2015.

*** International Exhibition on Animals in Art – Baton Rouge, LA
The International Exhibition on Animals in Art began in 1987. This judged and juried show is open to all media. This opportunity closes on January 8th, 2016.

Jewelry Industry Summit. “The Open Forum on Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry.” Planned for March 2016 immediately preceding the JA/NY trade show.

2016-17 Artist in Residence Program – Mendocino, CA. The AIR program brings emerging and established artists to this unique art center in rural Northern California. The deadline for 2016-17 applications is April 11, 2016

Rolling + Undated Opportunities

*** Interns Wanted – Austin, TX. CSJA is in search of a few interns! This opportunity closes on January 1st, 2016.

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!”

Klimt02 offers to students (Master or Bachelor degree) or professionals the opportunity to undertake internships for a period of 4 to 6 months. We offer different positions depending on the candidate’s skills and profile. Work at Klimt02 isn’t a “bench work” and most of the time will be spent in front of a computer / thinking. For this role it is very important to be aware of what is currently happening in the jewellery field, how the industry works but also it’s a theoretical work.”

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

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…

Instructor, Jewelry Manufacturing Arts (On-Campus Bench Jeweler). “Teach Graduate Jeweler (GJ) and Jewelry Manufacturing Arts (JMA) lab class course content creating a positive, constructive, and productive learning environment in which to deliver the On-Campus JMA GJ Program.” Opportunity closes on October 9th, 2015

 Bench jewellers / Goldsmiths wanted – Nanaimo , British Columbia , Canada. Alchemy Adornment is hiring! We are looking for a talented goldsmith/bench jeweler to join our team. Apply to info@alchemyadornment.com with a cover letter and resume. This opportunity closes on December 23rd, 2015.

Professor of Jewelry. Join SCAD Savannah as a full-time professor of jewelry to support this unparalleled program. No date on this, but the sooner the better.

Melbourne Jeweller

Thanks to Karen T of Melbourne Jeweller.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home. 2015. Replica 1861 rifle cartridges in handmade Irish 60gsm cartridge paper, parrafin wax Minie' ball replicas, glass beads and waxed and unwaxed linen.
When Johnny Comes Marching Home. 2015. Replica 1861 rifle cartridges in handmade Irish 60gsm cartridge paper, parrafin wax Minié ball replicas and glass beads with waxed and unwaxed linen.

Karen – aka Melbourne Jeweller – has said some lovely things on her blog about the little exhibition that Jill Hermans and I have currently running in a window of Hill of Content bookshop in Melbourne. While the incredibly successful Radiant Pavilion has closed, our show (and others) is still running. You have until the 15th of September to check it out, and it is still open 24 hours a day!

rose turk—o

A new gallery is opening up in Richmond, VA, USA, and I’m in the first show, Angles, curated by The Dame! (Maggie Smith – no, the other one)


Rose Turko is a new jewellery gallery being opened in Richmond, VA (in the USA for all you Melbournians who now think I’ve sold out…) by long-time local Kathy Emerson.

I am now represented by this new space, and have the added pleasure of being in the inaugural exhibition, Angles: architecturally inspired jewelry, which has been curated by well known Richmond jewel-arts instigator, Maggie Smith. (Nope, not that one, but I do call her Dame Mags in my head most of the time.) She is also the creator of the gorgeously funny #ThisIsABrooch site, “because kids don’t know“!

Anyway, as you can see the Angles show is populated by the great (them) and the good (me!), and I’m very happy to be amongst them all, especially in the architecture/jewelry context. Finally! If you’re in the area, please check out the opening on Thursday night from 6-10pm, and say ‘hi’ to The Dame from me 😉

Heat Exchange 2 – Craft in the Bay

Heat Exchange 2 opens soon! Then the world of HE enamel goes on tour.

HE InvitationIt begins! HE2 is open in Wales from next Saturday, with the exhibition preview from 6-8pm at Craft in the Bay on Friday night. It runs from the 12th of September until the 8th of November before it moves on to Scotland for the next dates, starting in December. Those details (and so much more…) available on the HE2 website.

Craft in the Bay
Open 10.30am -5.30pm, seven days a week
The Flourish
Lloyd George Avenue
CF10 4QH
Admission to Craft in the Bay is free.

And if you’re in the area, there’s a masterclass with the inimitable Elizabeth Turrell associated with the exhibition:

Masterclass in Enamelling with Elizabeth Turrell
Sunday 27 September – 10am to 4.30pm, £75
An introduction to the possibilities of non-traditional approaches to vitreous enamel.
Prior booking is essential as only 6 places available.