Enamelling is a great way to protect jewellery made from mild steel and is easy to master. Come join me in a weekend workshop at Pratt in Seattle to learn the skills to turn your rusty recycled bits and bobs into beautiful and unique jewels.

Workshop in progress: White Plains NY, 2015
Workshop in progress: White Plains NY, 2015
Image of jewellery and wall works from the 'Jewel for a Wall' series. Stainless steel, vitreous enamel
Image of jewellery and wall works from the ‘Jewel for a Wall’ series. Stainless steel, vitreous enamel

Come to Pratt in Seattle for a weekend of enamelling with me! We’re running the ‘Liquid Enamel for Steel and Copper‘ (at this stage you’ll have to scroll to the bottom of the link for the full details) weekend workshop again on the 9th and 10th of April in the very well appointed Pratt facility on Capitol Hill.

What is there to say about this workshop? Well, there’s a bunch of cool techniques that don’t fly with using regular powdered enamels that are great options to convey meaning and beauty with liquid enamel; the kinds of tricks that you can see used in cake decorating, clay manipulation as well as glass painting are all up for grabs with this water-based medium. And then there’s my trick of creating a pair of earrings for everyone in the class to enamel from a single tin-can lid… How do you do that, I hear you ask? Bring along a pair of ear-wires and find out!

No prior enamel experience necessary! Bookings through the link above 😉

See yas there!

slow… slow.. slow. FAST!

Been makin. Yup, that’s why it’s been quiet. Been travellin too – check that out on Instagram 😉

Glass Bead Neckpiece

Neckpiece in stainless steel, glass beads and titanium. 2016
Neckpiece in stainless steel, glass beads and titanium. 2016

I have been working on the same piece now for over a month, and while it’s made it very easy to get up in the morning and know my routine for the day, steady progress does not give the same emotional satisfaction as finishing a work. So today I got up early and made six pieces before lunch – in three hours and 45 minutes in fact. (I realise that’s very specific. Have you seen my work?!)

After weeks of same-same, that was some satisfying action!

Suffice to say, they’re just little tidbits, which I’ve already delivered to Danaca Design here in Seattle. If you’re after some inexpensive earrings or neckpieces, head on over to the U district! Dana also took delivery of some bigger and more fancy pieces too, if that’s more your style 😉 This was my first time welding tiny titanium links through some of my stainless laser-cut forms, and I decided that a little glass bead would top each section off nicely. The two colours indicate the different sides of this neckpiece.

Nuthin fancy, but I like it. There will be more of these beads 🙂

Meanwhile, on the AJF website…

More writing, by me, and by others, available elsewhere…

I’ve had the rest of my Material Concerns series – a bunch of photos with tiny descriptions bot by me – published in the last couple of weeks.

Material Concerns: Seeing Light through a Handmade Skirt

Material Concerns: A Thai Surprise

If my writing is not to your taste (fair enough, you just come here for the links and images, I get it…) there’s a lovely little piece by our fearless leader, Ben Lignel, about what it’s like to calculate one specific aspect of his job. What can I say – I feel you Ben.

Melissa Cameron; frequently moving between GMT +11 (or sometimes +10), GMT +8, and today coming from GMT -8.

Deadlines December 2015

Da daa daaaa…. Deadlines!

I made it! It’s still December where I am! Here are your December deadlines, folks!

Savour this post – if you’re the sentimental type – as the time has come for me to leave shouting about deadlines to the experts/organisations that we all pay money to, to put these details out for us.

As I’ve mentioned before, but permit me one last time… Here’s most of the places I find this info. Good luck!

  • Artist Trust – Washington State, mostly
  • Juried Art Services – o’course they only know the deadline’s they’re operating
  • crafthaus – there you have to be a member (at last check it’s $75/year), but Brigitte publishes all the calls that get sent to her, and members post their own
  • Sign up to the newsletter of your favourite/local gallery, or to the blog of regularly occurring symposia/conferences, like the annual ECU symposium that always brings a wealth of opportunities.
  •  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. Deadlines.
  • Snag’s Springboard – you can get that in an RSS feed, so each new entry will come straight to your chosen portal. America focused.

*** new NEW new ***

*TODAY – you have a few hours to get this in the mail!!* BAM Biennial 2016: Metalmorphosis. (Pacific Northwest Artists.) Submission Deadline (postmarked by): December 31, 2015.

*** ALICE ABRAMS CONTEST – San Francisco, CA. (Revere Academy: The contest is open to everyone who makes jewelry in the U.S.) This contest is open to jewelry artists at all levels. A scholarship will be awarded to the winner. This opportunity closes on January 1st, 2016.

Typeset is an exhibition exploring connections between jewelry and literature. Deadline: January 1, 2016

and with moves like MacGyver. The exhibition will feature two pieces by each maker selected: one jewelry object or small sculptural piece displayed alongside a specialized tool that was created by the maker for the sole purpose of completing that object, with the premise that neither item would exist without the other. Deadline: January 1, 2016

MINT is proud to announce an all-media call to artists for “Where We are Going, Where We Have Been”. January 3rd, 2016

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.

*** Beyond Jewellery: Performing the Body “We invite speakers to take part in the Beyond Jewellery symposium.” Abstract submission: deadline 8th January 2016

*** Artist Trust Fellowships 2016 – CRAFT!! (NB: Washington Artists only.) Get an unconditional $7,500 toward your practice AND even get a bonus one-month residency with a $1,000 stipend! The deadline to apply is January 11, 2016.

*** True Blue Call for Entry – MD, United States This opportunity closes on January 15th, 2016.

*** SHOW AND TELL “EatMetal Art Jewelry Gallery welcomes local artists to international artists.” Deadline January 25th, 2016.

***“Shifting Sites” is SNAG’s 2016 Juried Exhibition in Print produced by Metalsmith magazine. We are seeking examples that address fluid boundaries in the production, subject matter, and siting of current metalwork and that creatively engage with their environment. Deadline: January 31, 2016.

*** “The School of Art and Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky is now accepting exhibition proposals for its newly renovated gallery.” This opportunity closes on February 1st, 2016.

***Here is an opportunity for those who have never attended the Revere Academy to take a free class. Open to all” Feb 1, 2016

*** Arrowmont 2016-2017 Artists-In-Residence. Deadline February 1, 2016.

“Chaos” National Juried Exhibition 2016 – at Arc Gallery. DEADLINE: February 21st, 2016

BeadDreams, a juried competition of exceptional bead artistry from around the world. “NEW THIS YEAR: Metalwork category!” February 26th, 2016

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Artist Residency Program. 2016 – 2017 Call for Artists Is Now Open! Deadline to apply: March 1, 2016

* – details added – Jewelry Industry Summit. “The Open Forum on Sustainability & Responsible Sourcing in the Jewelry Industry.” March 11- 13 2016, with opening reception March 10th.

*** 25th Legnica International Jewellery Competition. C I T Y within the framework  of Legnica Jewellery Festival SILVER 2016. Rules of the competition will be available at soon. Deadline for sending pieces: 25th of March 2016.

*** John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program – Sheboygan, WI. The Kohler Residency!! Myra’s done it, so have tonnes of architects and artists. Get on board!! This opportunity closes on April 1st, 2016

*** Design the 2018 World War I American Veterans Centennial Silver Dollar – United States. ( This opportunity closes on April 18th, 2016.

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

Craft is opening up to expressions of interest from artists and curators in Victoria and from interstate for the 2016-2017 schedule. (Australia)

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) 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…

 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.

Francisca Rendic Jewellery Designer, is looking for a jeweller with manufacturing and repair experience. Rendic is a tenant of Gaffa, Sydney.

*** Senior Lecturer in Jewellery/Course Leader – United Kingdom. School of Jewellery, Birmingham. “The School of Jewellery has global recognition as a centre of excellence in the specialist sector and the BA (Hons) Jewellery, Design & Related Products course is a highly sort after degree programme within its diverse portfolio. We are seeking a senior lecturer to take responsibility for managing the course.” This opportunity closes on January 4th, 2016.

The Cleveland Institute of Art seeks a full-time Technical Specialist to maintain and provide technical support for the Jewelry + Metals department. This opportunity closes on February 13th, 2016

Assistant/Associate Professor of Art, Jewelry/Metals, Ball State University. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled. March 10th, 2016.

*** Summer Arts Camp Counselor/Instructor – Buck’s Rock Performing and Creative Arts Camp – New Milford , CT. This opportunity closes on March 31st, 2016.

*** Assistant Professor of Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design, Appalachian State University. “Tenure-track Assistant Professor–Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design beginning Fall 2016.” This opportunity closes on April 1st.

*** Queen village jewelry shop Bario Neal is looking for a full-time bench jeweler & studio coordinator. April 28 – or probably much sooner.