Bellevue Arts Museum Biennial – Metalmorphosis

Detail image of work My House - Tanya Lippe's Lunch Box, made out of lunch box steel, stainless steel, vitreous enamel. 2016.
Detail image of work My House – Tanya Lippe’s Lunch Box, made out of lunch box steel, stainless steel, vitreous enamel. 2016.

Yesterday my newly finished piece My House: Tanya Lippe’s Lunch Box was installed at Bellevue Arts Museum just in time for the opening of the much anticipated juried metal exhibition Metalmorphosis, which opens this Thursday night.

Delivery of the pieces and installation went smoothly, though the complexity of hanging my piece made it the longest single hang of the exhibition thus far (Maria Phillips’ hang was still in progress – I think she’s now officially the longest BAM hang of all time!) … A dubious honour  I can tell you, as Elizabeth, who I spent the day working with, is a real pro. That said, the 3rd floor of the museum was an incredible place to be yesterday, especially as most of the works were in situ (and those with power were running) and it is looking really magnificent. I hitched a ride home with Kirk Lang (a locally-based jeweller/sculptor who is an incredibly precise metalsmith and artist) and both of us were sharing our experience of awe on arrival into the space, at seeing the pieces already installed. It’s a little hard to communicate how amazed and thrilled I am to have my work precariously dangled alongside the glorious fruits of so many high calibre artists and artisans.

Needless to say, if you’re in the Seattle area and you haven’t already got a ticket, then please consider yourself invited to the Thursday night shindig by me! You can head over to the ticketing page and grab a ticket for the opening night party that starts at 6pm on Thursday the 1st, or they’ll be $20 on the door. If you’re willing to wait a day (you will miss out on seeing me though…) you can have free entry for Friday’s opening to the general public. And if you’re in Seattle right now but are going to be in town before February, I encourage you to get along. It’s a heck of a show, and I’ve not even seen it fully installed yet!

From the exhibition media:

BAM received a record-breaking 330 applications for this year’s biennial. From this vast and talented pool of applicants, 49 Northwest artists were selected to participate:

Rik Allen, WA Ruth Beer, BC Lanny Bergner, WA
Jana Brevick, WA Julie Brooks, WA John Buck, MT
Ben Buswell, OR Deborah Butterfield, MT Melissa Cameron, WA
Christine Clark, OR Andy Cooperman, WA Maria Cristalli, WA
Casey Curran, WA Garri Dadyan, WA Marita Dingus, WA
Andrew Fallat, WA Chelsea Gaddy, WA Aran Galligan, WA
Catherine Grisez, WA Laurie J. Hall, OR Bruno Hervieux (Normandie Woodworks), WA
Ron Ho, WA Mary Lee Hu, WA Lynne Hull, WA
David Keyes, WA Bob Kramer, WA Kirk Lang, WA
Cheryll Leo-Gwin, WA Phillip Levine, WA Keith Lewis, WA
Micki Lippe, WA Susan Madacsi, ID Chris McMullen, WA
Taiji Miyasaka &
David Drake, WA
Ries Niemi, WA Allan Packer, WA
Ross Palmer Beecher, WA Beverly Petow, BC Maria Phillips, WA
Peter Reiquam, WA Lyndsay Rice, OR Midori Saito, WA
Anika Smulovitz, ID Julie Speidel, WA Spencer Staley, OR
Nicky Statius, OR Lori Talcott, WA Kristin Tollefson, WA
Nancy Worden, WA


I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a bit of a time getting my Schmuck entry in this year. I’m finally done (phew!) but completing it did involve tedious word counts and emailing the images – a bit unusual. One thing it did not involve was Firefox, so try another browser. I had to use Safari.

So, as per last year (and the previous if I recall correctly), I was unsurprised to find that the Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern has now extended the deadlines.

Talente 2016 (Bewerbung bis 15.10.15 möglich)
Schmuck 2016 (Bewerbung bis 10.10.15 möglich)

Schmuck is now due on the 10th of October and Talente on the 15th. Good luck everyone!


Deadlines Extra!! Schmuck/Talente!!

Now I’m in for it… Apologies all – I turn up over a month late with my little deadlines post, and I leave off the most important entry..! I’m so sorry.

Here it is, the only link you need:

*** der Handwerkskammer für München und Oberbayern. Deadline October 1st – same time every year, folks.

Schmuck/Talente – if you need a description, you probably shouldn’t enter…


(I’ve now added it to the deadlines page, along with Parallels for the Melb-ish folk.)

Mixed messages

Invitation - Anna Davern

1/ I’ve been watching Grace and Frankie on Netflix with Turbo (the link is to an interesting review on Indiewire regarding its place in the feminist canon). I mention it here only because Lily Tomlin has been graced with some wonderful pieces of contemporary jewellery to wear as Frankie. That’s interesting on a few layers (which will be even more front-of-mind if you read the link) but you knew that already 😉

2/  I have some works going on display in Sydney in the Perfect Mutations exhibition that’s coinciding with the 2015 Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia conference (Aussies, please tell me you’re going! Support your tribe! I’ve now got a mole to fill me in on what happens at the Pravu Mazumdar lecture, but it won’t be the same…)

PERFECT MUTATIONS: An exhibition that includes 45 diverse jewellery and object artists. (Postcard above thanks to curator Michelle Genders – look at all those names: WHAT. A. SHOW. !) Opening:  6 to 8pm Wednesday 08 July 2015. Exhibition continues:  09 July to 19 July 2015. Chrissie Cotter Gallery Sydney, Pidcock Street, Camperdown. Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 11am-4pm


3/ I received a Merit award in the Objects section at the recent 2015 Taiwan International Metal Craft Competition! The exhibition is now on view at the Gold Museum in Taiwan, and will travel in Taiwan and then onto the US at the end of the year. Check it out from:

– June 26th to August 23rd 2015, at Jin-Shui Special Exhibition Hall and Gold Refining Building at Gold Museum, New Taipei City, Taiwan
October 2nd to November 15th 2015, at Creative Tainan, Tainan, Taiwan
-December 13th to March 13th 2016, at National Ornamental Metal Museum, TN, USA


4/ THANK YOU! to everyone who viewed my video on the SNAG TV site in the lead-up to the SNAG conference in Boston last month. I won the Make section of the competition, and bagged myself a one year membership to Snag for our collective efforts! Tell me you clicked on the link the next time I see ya and I’ll buy you a coffee 😉

5/ SEATTLE! We’re preparing you an ah-maze-ing Symposium lineup for this year’s 20th anniversary of the Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium. (Of course, that’s also open to anyone else planning to be in the PNW around the 18th of October.) I don’t want to blow the ole horn too much, but it’s the best roster of talent I’ve seen assembled here yet… #justsayin

One Design – the video

Some of you might remember this video from last year?

Well it’s now in a contest for most popular video, to be decided by likes and number of views, with presentations to be made during the upcoming SNAG conference.

Need I say more? 😉

Schmuck + Talente 2015 time-shifted

Once again, the Schmuck and Talente deadlines have been extended. From the site:

“The application-deadline for Schmuck 2015 is extended until 7th October 2014.

The application-deadline for Talente 2015 is extended until 15th October 2014.”

Enjoy the extra time to polish your entries, folks!

Writing about jewellery

Writing about music is like dancing about architecture

Martin Mull, and about a million others.

You’ve noticed that writing about jewellery is a big thing right at the minute? Yeah, I’ve been seeing it too. There’s the posts that are being cooperatively published by the AJF and Klimt02 websites on criticism (we’re up to post #4 by Garth Clark, which has links back to the other 3) and then there’s a few awards and competitions that are trying to get writers writing and submitting jewellery analysis and criticism. I’m going to mention them first because one is possibly self-serving and the other is really interesting.

The first on is the annual 2 Danks Street Award for Contemporary Art Criticism. Thanks to a heads up in the Studio 20/17 newsletter, I’m now aware that my collection of works currently on display in the gallery, One Design, is an eligible exhibition to write about for the award. So if you’re an aspiring critical writer in Sydney, you’ve got a couple of days to go see my show and write about it to submit it to the award by the 15th of October. And let me be plain, I’m happy to answer any questions, and approve use of/furnish you with images for you to use alongside your essay.

Secondly, Sienna Gallery have just announced that alongside their biannual emerging artist award (you get a show in the gallery – for goodness sakes apply, American residents!) they will also be sponsoring an emerging writer platform award. This is a chance for an emerging writer to write about the emerging artist show, and be published, with editorial help provided.

This is all good. And a little hopeful. Possibly towards being overly optimistic.

I want people to write about jewellery, and I want jewellery artists to write about jewellery. But I also want the writing to be good. And when people are not practiced at it, when they have not been trained as writers, or have even chosen a profession because they know that they will be able to avoid structuring sentences for perhaps even months at a time, then the ramp-up to reasonable communication, let alone useful criticism, is going to require the endurance of a Tour de France type of  ascent, rather than the gentle up and over of mounting a kerb (or curb) in an SUV. So while I’m all for the idea of getting more writers, I’m also a realist. One who recognises that the writing needs criticism, just as much as the work being written about.

(And before y’all come after me with your burning soldering picks – I know I’ve written some bland dross on here on occasion, but I set up this blog as a practice forum. One of the two main reasons I’m here is to try to get my writing in tune for the kind of scrutiny I should reasonably expect as a working artist. [The other being to share my experiences with my colleagues, so that we all might learn from what I do right and what I do wrong.])

I’m keen for a renaissance of critical writing for art jewellery, as much for the development of individual works of jewellery as the raised standard of critical thought it will encourage, and also for the improvements in writing that it will undoubtedly foster.


What I’m reading:

Deutsche Kunst – Catalogue on artist Moritz Götze (also works in large scale enamel)
Gender and Jewelry: A Feminist Analysis  – Rebecca Ross Russell
Mies – Detlef Mertins
On Jewellery: A Compendium of international contemporary art jewellery – Liesbeth den Besten (Yes, still – I’m just about done, but when you underline, write down and research something on just about every page, it’s slow going!)
Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World Mark Miodownik

On Order:

A History of Contemporary Jewellery in Australia & New Zealand – Damian Skinner and Kevin Murray


The AJF Blog and a feed of their Articles

Unmaking Things –

Unmaking Things is an online creative platform, edited and run by History of Design students at the Victoria and Albert Museum / Royal College of Art. It is a space in which questions can be raised, work can be published, and reflected on critically. Whilst the site is operated in connection with the MA course, we encourage connections between all those engaged in the field of design history, and so we welcome a diverse range of submissions – whether from students, practitioners, or professionals.

Refined VIII: Makers Choice

Dear Refined VIII: Maker’s Choice contestant:

I am happy to announce the winners for this year’s competition, jurored by Cindi Strauss, curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, as follows:

1st PLACE – HOLLAND HOUDEK, Hip Implant, Ms. Kleinjen, 2013
2nd PLACE – JESSICA ARMSTRONG, Connected Brooch #1, 2012
3rd PLACE – FRANK CONNET, Untitled #30, 2011

HILLAREY DEES, Sclerotinia Study Bracelet, 2012
MELISSA CAMERON, Cold Handle, 2012
ROBERT THOMAS MULLEN, Montane Brooch, 2012

I want to thank each and every one of you for participating. The exhibition is beautiful and features 37 artists from 15 states and Australia. We will be posting pictures from the opening reception on Facebook shortly. Follow us a SFA Art Galleries.

John Handley, PhD
Director, SFA Art Galleries
School of Art

Well hello, yes, it was a bit of a surprise. The text above is direct from the CaFE mailout I received earlier this week. What can I say but…

If you’re in the Texas you can go check it out from the 24the of January until the 29th of March at the Reavley Gallery of The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Deadlines December 2013

Seasonal Deadlines. Deadlier than ever.

Are you in The Britain? Do you want to be? Might I suggest you sign up to the benchpeg newsletter? They’ll send you a professional newsletter with this kind of material, weekly.

***SuperNewFreshoffthePress additions***

Opportunities with deadlines

Matchbox Microcosms. Make curios? Ever wanted to be shown in a van that’s going to travel around the UK, showing off your work against its other, curiouser, displays. Wanna be shown to school groups, amongst others? Now’s your chance! Open to all nationalities, not just you of the British persuasion (Yup, I checked). Deadline Dec 31, 2013.

*** Bodies-February 2014 Juried Exhibit, North Seattle Community College. Entries Due 10th Jan 2014. Application Deadline: January 10, 2014.

*** United States Mint Call for Artists: Seeking Artists to Design United States Coins and Medals.

*** Artist Trust Fellowship 2014. Washington State artists only. Due 13th Jan 2014.

*** Stephen F Austin University: Texas National 2014. Open art show to all in America. Entreis due 18th Jan 2014.

*** Arts Business Institute Scholarships sponsored by SNAG. “The Arts Business Institute’s 2014 Winter Workshop, taking place at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on January 18-19, 2014.”

ONoff: An exhibition of makers that work ON and OFF the body. Juried by Susie Ganch. Deadline for submissions: January 19th, 2014.

*** Womens Works 2014. Old Court House Arts Center on the Historic Town Square in Woodstock, Illinois. Due 19th Jan 2014.

Functional Art: The Wine Country Home exhibition open for US residents at Larson Gallery, Yakima, Washington. Submissions: January 25, 2014 (MST)

*** 2014 The Alice Prize: National Contemporary Art Award – Australians only. Deadline Jan 31st, 2014.

*** 2014 SNAG “Exhibition in Print: Animal Instincts” Deadline Jan 31st, 2014.

***Passion to Perform… art competition which celebrates the success of Yamana Gold.” Deadline Feb 7th, unless they reach 1000 entries before that time.

LaGrange National XXVIII. Exhibition opportunity for US residents. Deadline Feb 11th, 2014.

*** Changing Hues: Color Embraced by Metalsmiths Around the World. Ganoksin online exhibition. They really wrote this: “We do not judge your design work, but we do reserve the right to refuse photographs of lesser quality.” Deadline Feb 15th, 2014.

Origomu: Master and Protégé Contest. Pair up with a demale someone who does not enjoy the same privileges as you, and submit your entries by Feb 15th 2013 to win cash prizes for you and your protégé.

*** Houston Center for Contemporary Craft – Residency Program. March 1st, 2014.

*** Play That Funky Music ! A crafthaus Online Exhibition. March 15th, 2014.

TOP Jewels – National Jewelry Design Exhibition, “A showcase featuring the very best artists working in the medium of jewelry design to educate the public about their craft.” USA only exhibition opportunity, entries through CaFE. Deadline April 11th 2014.

New Traditional Jewellery 2014. As a part of the SIERAAD arts fair in Amsterdam, this competition has taken ‘ CONFRONTATIONS’ as the 2014 theme. Registration due 1st June 2014.

*** Call for papers for c+de#7 (2015) NOW OPEN:“Landscape, Place and Identity in Craft and Design”. Guest Edited by Kay Lawrence. (c+de#7 = Craft and Design enquiry issue 7). The Call for Papers for this issue is now open and will close on 30 June 2014.

Rolling Opportunities

*** 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!

Dallas County Community College District – Visiting Artist for our Art Metals Summer Workshop in Summer 2014.

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.

**** And finally ****

More huge props to Melbourne Jeweller for finding this Art Prize Website for Aussie artists and publishing it here with her monthly Calendar posts. It’s a good ‘un. Thanks Karen!