Metal Clay Playhaus

A discussion forum for all things metal clay related.  We will share discoveries, discuss problems and celebrate in each other's successes! 

Members: 67
Latest Activity: Dec 23, 2013


Discussion Forum

New Directions Exhibitions and Catalog

Started by Christine Norton. Last reply by Susan Breen Silvy Sep 13, 2011. 42 Replies

Watch this thread for important updates about the exhibitions and catalog.

Tags: metal, clay, Metallurgy, Powder, New

Metal Clay World Conference 2011

Started by Christine Norton. Last reply by Lesley Messam May 12, 2011. 22 Replies

Let's use this discussion thread to chat about the upcoming conference.

Tags: 2011, metal, clay, Conference, World

Masters Registry

Started by Christine Norton. Last reply by Catherine Witherell May 11, 2011. 6 Replies

This is where we can discuss the Masters Registry - celebrate successes, discuss technical issues, etc.

Tags: registry, masters, clay, metal

Copper Metal Clay

Started by Christine Norton. Last reply by 1y7i2urrga5d6 Apr 25, 2011. 8 Replies

Everyone  - Let's move all this good discussion about copper into this discussion thread so it all stays together.  Thanks

Tags: copper, clay, metal, Playhaus

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Metal Clay Playhaus to add comments!

Comment by Rebecca Skeels on December 23, 2013 at 4:49am

“Message: Beyond Adornment” 
Exhibition Announcement and Call for Your Readers Help and Participation 

The Farnham based Jewellers and Silversmiths Network (JSN) have challenged themselves to design, make and exhibit a collection of works in response to the theme of:
“Message: Beyond Adornment”
The members of the JSN will be exploring creative boundaries and interpreting the theme in its broadest sense developing ideas including environmental, philosophical, social and personal in a variety of media. 
The exhibition will run from 27th April 2014 – 7th June 2014 at The New Ashgate Gallery, Waggon Yard, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PS

One of the displays will be a collection of work sent in by anyone who would like to join in be they professional, or amateur, young 
or old. It will look at how we can try to take control of images of ourselves, a topical theme given the prevalence of social media sites and the speed with which our image can be spread across the internet
JSN Member Poppy Porter says; “ we are keen to involve as wide an audience as possible with this exhibition and engage with people beyond a passive viewing experience. Get involved make a necklace.”
THE BRIEF: Design and make a piece of revisable neckwear that says “I Agree” on one side and “I Disagree” on the other. This allows the wearer to physically attempt to send a message about whether they want their photo taken or not. “I Agree” and “I Disagree” is the terminology commonly used in computer software user agreements. You can use any materials you like in any style. There is only one proviso – it is a swap, you will not get your own necklace back but you will get someone else’s. Do not use precious materials unless you are willing to give them away – if you make a necklace out of diamonds be aware you may get one back made out of wool.
Submissions must be received by March 24th 2014
Send to : Rebecca Skeels, Jewellery and Metalwork, University for the Creative Arts, Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey GU9 7DS
Including an SAE with postage to cover the return of a necklace.
• "The Jewellers and Silversmiths Network is a group run by and for its members with the aim of strengthening links with other makers in the local area around Farnham, Surrey. We meet regularly at the Maltings, Farnham to exchange useful information and explore new skills. We also exhibit together as a group, presenting our work to as wide a range of people as possible. As members of the group, we are able to take advantage of, and create, collaborative opportunities that would not be available to us as individuals."
• The New Ashgate Gallery Trust is dedicated to promote and champion the best contemporary art and craft and to provide an unparalleled resource in Farnham, Surrey.
Please contact JSN for hi-res images via Dropbox on

Comment by Christine Norton on July 10, 2012 at 7:45am

Hi everyone!  This group has been mighty quiet!  I just wanted to point out that Holly Gage has opened the Call for Entries for her annual calendar - details are below!  Hope to see TONS of your gorgeous work submitted - y'all are amazing! :-)

(The official details are too long to post on the wall so I've added it as an attachment.  Let me know if you can't see it and want me to e-mail it to you.)



Comment by Mary Ann Nelson on September 18, 2011 at 12:04pm

Thank you from across the pond!!! What an honor!!!

Comment by Janet Alexander on September 18, 2011 at 10:40am

Great idea! Thanks Barbara!

Comment by Angela Baduel-Crispin on September 18, 2011 at 7:32am
how cool! Excellent news! Thank you all for giving this exhibit extra visibility!
Comment by Kristie Miller McMahon on September 18, 2011 at 6:09am

This really is exciting news!  Thank you Barbara and Hattie for bringing our work to Japan!  Have a wonderful conference, and please post photos!

Comment by Donna Lewis on September 17, 2011 at 7:42pm

That's awesome Barbara, excellent choice of work to show.  Some real stunning pieces in there.  Have fun!  Show photos!!!  Travel safe!!!!

Comment by Lorena Angulo on September 17, 2011 at 11:04am

Thank you Barbara !

Comment by Barbara Becker Simon on September 17, 2011 at 10:07am

I am sorry if I stepped on any toes of folks in the exhibit who are from another country.  This exhibit consists of entries from all over!  sorry guys!  I hope a lot of conferees will see this and marvel!!

Comment by Sophia Georgiopoulou on September 16, 2011 at 10:27am

This is so exciting....and to think that I have not seen the catalogue is with my daughter in Seattle!

Thank you Barbara and Hattie! Have a safe trip!


Members (64)


Latest Activity

Karen Lester and Stephen Saracino are now friends
3 hours ago
Brigitte Martin replied to Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge in the group SNAG
"That's perfect, Lieta! Love your international  outlook. You are so right, 10 years ago, none of this could have happened this quickly and on this scale. Enjoy, let us know how you're coming along."
4 hours ago
Lieta Marziali replied to Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge in the group SNAG
"Hi! I managed to get one this year, mainly because I practically got there within the first few hours of it going on sale (despite the time difference here in the UK!). It's going to be my first Halstead challenge but the project fits very much…"
4 hours ago
Brigitte Martin replied to Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge in the group SNAG
"Hello Adriane, Very good to hear about your being prompted to use materials you wouldn't otherwise. That's another valid good point for people to consider: breaking out of your trot, trying something new often changes how we look at our…"
5 hours ago
Jason Kishell posted photos
5 hours ago
Adriane Dalton posted photos
5 hours ago
Adriane Dalton replied to Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge in the group SNAG
"I was able to successfully acquire a kit too (largely through aggressively refreshing my was like buying tickets to a quickly sold out concert!). I am thrilled to have a one/off project that can deviate from my other projects and…"
5 hours ago
Profile IconThe Justified Sinner, Harriete Estel Berman and 4 other members joined Karen Lester's group

Boundless Boundaries

MAJSRP 2015-2016School of jewellery, Birmingham, UKProfessor Jivan Astfalck 2016Boundless Boundaries was the graduate showcase exhibition of the MAJSRP 2015-2016, held at Birmingham Museum, UK, Sept 5th - 15th, 2016…See More
11 hours ago


  • Add Videos
  • View All

Masthead Credits

Jason Kishell, "Smug Mug"


Get the book on Amazon!

What happens when professional craft artists are allowed to let loose when they get to explore their mischievous and irreverent sides? Find out in this groundbreaking book, which, for the very first time, reveals an entirely different side of serious craft. Hundreds of images and essays from all over the world allow you to gain insight into the creative minds of contemporary artists like never before.

A variety of traditional craft media are shown, such as furniture, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, and metal, as well as a number of unique, nontraditional techniques. Even a bus shelter in London gets a creative make-over that is sure to make you smile!

The topics range from the playful to the serious, but the message is always most enjoyable. Humor in Craft is a treasure trove for craft aficionados and humor enthusiasts alike.

More information about the book, exhibitions, press and other hurrahs here.

WINNER GOLD MEDAL, 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards

FINALIST, 2012 USA Best Book Awards

© 2016   Created by Brigitte Martin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service