PARTICIPATORY SPORT FOR CRAFT ARTISTS
The MASSC Jewelry Challenge
The Metal Arts Society of Southern California invited its membership to enter into a jewelry challenge as an avenue to participate and push themselves. Each of the participants received identical kits with materials which in the end would be bent, hammered, stretched, soldered, riveted and morphed into the finished pieces. They were given a timeline of 6 weeks to complete and return the finished piece. Photos were taken of everybody’s pieces and a luncheon was held for the members to vote on their three favorite pieces. The event was very successful and I’m proud to say that my entry received honorable mention.
I take a lot of in progress photos so I’d like to show you how I went about creating my locket.
- blog post by Amber O'Harrow, 2014 Arrowmont / crafthaus Workshop Scholarship Recipient
Day 4 was an exciting day of gut experimentation. We started by looking at and handling some of Pat Hickman’s work.
Jenny Ayrton captures miniature wonderlands in molten glass. Based on often overlooked everyday scenes she creates stage-sets upon which viewers may project their own story. A full-time mum six-days of the week she takes inspiration from the domestic world, often finding that the…Continue
A rich feast of color radiating from a large, handwoven tapestry of alpaca wool; an elegant choker necklace delicately twined and forged with 18K and 22K gold; a cosmic quilt, woven from mylar and holographic film; a Whisker Organ made of real cat whiskers, which play lovely organ music…Continue
Material: Porcelain, glaze, hand-painted decorations, fabric, embroidery
Dimensions: Various, highest point of jug: 26 cm
Commission: Nymphenburg, München
"It began as pure necessity. I had a small space to work in and it was a very convenient. I just needed a blade, a ruler, some cardboard and a cutting…Continue
I'm on holiday just now and for the first time in years actually have a holiday to take with no classes to teach. It is quite a luxury and I'll be spending the next few weeks entertaining a metalsmith friend from the USA, Madelyn Smoak and there will definitely be blog posts about that. In the meantime,…Continue
Gillian Bates is a UK-based textile artist who specializes in embroidery to capture memories of seaside Britain. Her work is done as if she’s drawing with needle and thread instead of a pen, as she makes her mark by using a freehand…Continue
I disassemble typewriters and then reassemble them into full-scale, anatomically correct human figures. I do not solder, weld, or glue these assemblages together-…Continue