What's New? [week of May 8]

Please welcome our newest crafthaus members:

Michael J. Strand    
  Lane Vorster


Call for artists....

   "Behind the Brooch":

I have always thought that the back of a jewelry piece is as important as the front. If you feel the same way, consider sending images of the front and backside of your brooches to Lorena Angulo asap. Lorena is looking for images to place in a future crafthaus online exhibition!   
More information about this call....


Participants are asked to send one
 image of a piece of chain between 10 - 20 cm (4-8 inches) long. Any media.
The online exhibit will be the result of the images selected and linked in a long and unique chain shown on real size. These works will be visually connected by a round jump link.  
More information about this call....

More calls for artists on crafthaus....


Job listings...

Associate Marketing Manager, Jewelry and Watches
Avon - New York, NY (Greater New York City Area)

The Associate Marketing Manager, North America Commercial Marketing is charged with focusing on profitability, revenue, and productivity growth for the North America Jewelry & Watches division. The Associate position is a developmental position intended to prepare the incumbent for a Manager position. The Associate will have ownership of a portion of the Senior Manager's overall business and manages the processes to achieve sales, gross margin, size of line, and productivity objectives while maintaining the appropriate aesthetic. The Associate should be an independent and forward thinker with a clear vision of the customer base and should support all team strategies to build a consistent and strong brand identity. S/he should possess an extraordinary talent for creating and executing myriad and complex financial reports and then be able to analyze and recommend changes based on those results. S/he should cultivate successful financial strategies to increase total Jewelry & Watches sales and profitability for long-term growth.

Apply on company website:

Full-time teaching opportunity for a printmaker

Houston Community College, Central campus.

Posting closes May 16! 

More information about this position!

E-Commerce Director
Sterling Jewelers - Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area

The role of the Director within the E-Commerce Merchandising initiative calls for a person able to manage a team of associates dedicated to obtaining the companies e-commerce goals and objects. It will require a tenured associate that possesses a fundamental understanding of all jewelry/timepiece categories, an operative understanding of website operations, experience in both budgeting and forecasting and the ability to work with both numerous departments within Sterling as well as outside suppliers.
Accountabilities: Lead and manage a staff of Buyers/Asst. Buyers/Coordinators, developing and implementing a merchandising strategy that will meet or exceed online sales projections; Ensure on-line only offerings are communicated to store level associates, making certain they can appropriately deal with product that is shipped to or returned at store level; Guarantee all on line offerings adhere to all corporate and regulatory policies; Interact with all applicable store based CMTs, thereby ensuring both continuity as well as maximizing on-line opportunities; Work directly with outside suppliers relating to content

Company Description
Akron, Ohio-based Sterling Jewelers Inc. is the U.S. operations of Signet Jewelers Ltd, making it part of the largest specialty retail jewelry company in the world. For career information visit our website www.sterlingcareers.com.

Continue reading about these listings and view other job opportunities...

(please sign in as a ch member to view the listings, feel free to add your job postings!)


The SNAG conference is getting closer! 

Jillian Moore and Liz Steiner blog the events of the 2012 SNAG Conference "The Heat is On!" for crafthaus. May 23-26, in Phoenix, AZ.

Please join the group and participate in the excitement! If you cannot get to the conference this year, being part of this email group will be a great way to keep up with it from afar!

The countdown has started....

The PDS will again have a live blogger at the conference, Lindsey Snell will type as fast as she can to bring you live reports from the Professional Development Seminar on Saturday May 26!

Keep your eyes peeled for her posts at http://pdsnews.tumblr.com/ 

Follow her on twitter @pds_news !


"SCROUNGE" Blog: Concrete to Paper: Tom McCarthy and Francesca Vitali

In 2007, Francesca Vitali explored metals for the first time when she took the Necklaces class taught by Tom McCarthy at the Penland School of Crafts.  She’d never touched a saw blade before, but had been creating intricate paper jewelry forms and was looking for a way to incorporate metal. 

Tom McCarthy's found object jewelry is unlike any other. Clean lines, forged and planished elements, and gleaming surfaces boast the skill of a traditional bench jeweler while his integration of found and repurposed objects continues to push the envelope. He uses everything from recycled steel pipes and found concrete to everyday plastic objects, such as pushpins, to add bursts of color.

Continue to read "Concrete to Paper"

Business Blog for Creative People:

eMERGE has a feature article in Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) Magazine

Artist Amanda Palmer raises almost $600,000 on Kickstarter



Harriete Estel Berman:

Who is Responsible for Damage to Work On Consignment?

A question from Pei Sze, student at Academy of Art, San Francisco: "If we put our works on consignment and it gets damaged, who is usually responsible for the damage?"

Read Harriete's response to this important question....


Wanaree Tanner: A Firing Guide for COPPRclay (4PAM_13)

A lot of my copper pieces are made using Metal Adventure COPPRclay, it's flexible and forgiving in it's greenware state, and has a nice long shelf life in an opened package. Of course, since it's a base metal, it comes with a whole slew of potential problems when firing. After several years of working with and firing this medium I'm finally ready to release my firing guide... and no, there's not one golden formula that is going to work for everyone in all situations, it's guide to finding what will work for you and your kiln. Although one golden formula would be much nicer!


Continue reading Wanaree's post...

The last word....

Presenting the Aficionado Studios "Tools for Sophistication"

Watch the video by Angelina Ciulik!


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