A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

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A New Path: Enameling in the Round

Blogging the workshop experience “Enameling in the Round,” with Harlan Butt at Peters Valley

- by Nicolette Absil, 2014 Peters Valley/crafthaus Workshop Scholarship Recipient

While I was at Peters Valley to learn, and did learn so much more than I could've hoped, I think overall the most important thing about my trip was community. Often times, as makers, craftswomen/men, artist, or as a hobbyist we do not have the chance to physically spend time with our peers. Regardless of whether the talk at dinner is about your chosen medium to work in, or how many desserts you're going to have (the food at PV was pretty good!) - it's the fact that we all share this common thread. Something we're all passionate about. That is the greatest thing about these past five days... to be able to connect with weavers, photographers, woodworkers, blacksmiths, ceramists, enamelists, and just have a great time together because we have this greater thing in common.

Continue reading Nicole's blog post "Final Day"...

Thank you to Peters Valley and Crafthaus for this great opportunity to study “Enameling in the Round,” with Harlan Butt! Follow the experience.

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19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium

Posted by Melissa Cameron on August 19, 2014 at 8:30pm 0 Comments

Something for the Table, 2013. Myra Mimlitsch-Gray Hand wrought silver. 2.5x12x8" Reproduced with permission.

Announcing the 19th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium

Saturday, October 18th

Washington State History Museum

1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA…

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Purchase of ART or CRAFT Does NOT Purchase the Copyright or the Right to Copy

Posted by Harriete Estel Berman on August 19, 2014 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

With the rise of scanning, 3-D printing, maker-bot and a host of classes, the growth of craft has a new maker audience that wants to make without design skills or confidence in their creativity. So where do they find their ideas? You know....they copy.



Have you…

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Keystone Metals Forum October 24–26, 2014

Posted by Brigitte Martin on August 19, 2014 at 12:19pm 0 Comments

The Keystone Metals Forum will take place at Touchstone Center for Crafts from Friday, October 24, to Sunday, October 26. The Forum is a great opportunity for jewelers and metalsmiths from across…
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Alchemy 3 - Enamelist Society 2015 Conference

Posted by Brigitte Martin on August 19, 2014 at 10:53am 0 Comments

August 5-12, 2015 in Beverly, MA.

Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA will host Alchemy 3, the Enamelist Society's  2015 biennial Conference,…

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Call for Artists: Materials Hard and Soft 2015

Posted by Brigitte Martin on August 19, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

February 6 - April 2, 2015

This annual competition and exhibition of contemporary crafts was started in 1987 and is now in it's 28th year.…

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And Breathe... Back to Positivity

Posted by The Justified Sinner on August 14, 2014 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Lyme Regis Harbour



After that last blast of negativity in the previous post, I am back to my more usual, balanced, self!



Over the summer, Dingo and I spent a long time in the West Country, visiting Devon and Dorset and spending one…

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Silver Jewelry Artist Erica Bello Wins the 9th Annual Halstead Grant

Posted by Brigitte Martin on August 14, 2014 at 11:33am 0 Comments

Silver Jewelry Artist Erica Bello Wins the 9th Annual Halstead Grant

Halstead is proud to announce Erica Bello of Rochester, NY as the winner of…

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The Trudie Alfred Bequest Ceramic Scholarships 2015

Posted by Brigitte Martin on August 14, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Trudie Alfred

The Trudie Alfred Bequest Ceramic Scholarships 2015

The Scholarships are awarded annually and this year marks the fourth round since it began in 2011. This bequest is open to all students (currently enrolled), from second year onwards, of a ceramics certificate, diploma or degree course (or an arts course with a…

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Janet O'Neal - The Collective Unconscious

Posted by Brigitte Martin on August 12, 2014 at 9:47am 0 Comments

Persephone's box

18''h x 8''w x 11''d

3D Mixed Media Assemblage

My work as an artist is intrinsically connected with my life and personal growth. The inspiration for my art come from all areas of my life: from emotion, philosophies, interests and…

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A Liar And A Cheat and Why You Should Close Your Paypal Account

Posted by The Justified Sinner on August 11, 2014 at 1:30pm 14 Comments

Fencing With Fulco Verdura - 12



This is a long, somewhat involved and ultimately negative blog-post but I think it contains information of interest to many makers who use the PayPal payments service.



Some of you who follow my blog or who…

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