March 2011 Blog Posts (39)

A Dog's Life

I have a very easy-going relationship with my students. They all know that they can look at the things on my bench, ask me questions about them, make suggestions and talk about any projects that I'm working on. They also sometimes make subtle little jokes. 


After I've completed my current project (see below), I'll be moving onto a brooch entitled "Future Legend", which will feature a dog head cast in gold. In order to make the head, I bought a plastic toy dog, which was put…


Added by The Justified Sinner on March 31, 2011 at 4:10pm — No Comments


Having finished my "secret" commission, I've been able to work on a piece which came about as the result of receiving a package of presents from Dee Wilder, a marvellous artist who works predominately in polymer clay:


Mystery Package... 13


I've worked with Dee's pieces before (for example, the brooch "Richard III" - …


Added by The Justified Sinner on March 30, 2011 at 3:32pm — No Comments

Radical Jewelry Makeover is going to Santa Fe, NM!

Dear crafthaus members,

It is a treat to be part of this network and I love reviewing the weekly highlights. This week Ethical Metalsmiths has something to share too and we need your help.


Our popular and effective jewelry mining and recycling project, Radical Jewelry Makeover is going to Santa Fe, NM this October! Students, alumni and faculty at four regional schools, Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe Community College - School of Art and Design, University…


Added by Ethical Metalsmiths on March 29, 2011 at 2:31pm — No Comments

Busy Weekend


I am completely done in: it has been non-stop since Friday and the stupid clock-change thing happened, which always makes my sleeping patterns go wrong...

Friday night was a night out with one of my friends of longest-standing, John. Through to Edinburgh to chat about things and see some sights, which mostly includes the inside of our favourite bar, The Regent. Didn't get home until 2am but had to be on the 10am train to Perth to go and see the Scottish Glass Society show in the… Continue

Added by The Justified Sinner on March 27, 2011 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

"Patterns of Consumption" featuring Stacey Lee Webber and Haley Renee Bates

Patterns of Consumption
April 2-15th • Atrium Gallery • Tyler School of Art • 2001 N. 13th St. (Map)

Exhibition of artworks…

Added by Brigitte Martin on March 27, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

Monitor Madness - Going Nuts in a Nut Shell

Recently I spent hours and hours trying to figure out if my computer monitor was giving me an accurate color image.…


Added by Harriete Estel Berman on March 25, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments


Alchimia Alumnus Selen Ozus will be exhibiting her latest works in "Error" an exhibition starting today. The exhibition opens today at 18:00 in ElaCindoruk Gallery in Istanbul, Turkey. Dont miss this!!…

Added by Alchimia Jewellery School on March 25, 2011 at 4:48am — No Comments

Search Engines Have No Vision - Play TAG, Your IT - Create Tags for better SEO from 2.0 sites

Most 2.0 sites allow tags for images including Crafthaus. Tags are an important tool to assist search engines to find your art or craft, but unfortunately this tool is under utilized.

Do your own test! Go to the search box at the top of…


Added by Harriete Estel Berman on March 24, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Pro Nailz!

I am so excited to have my most recent round of documentation back from my photographer, Maureen Keaveny. The images came out wonderfully, and she really did a wonderful job capturing the essence of the pieces that I've recently completed. I'm most proud of the series of knuckle dusters that I've been working on, which feature bezel… Continue

Added by Islay Taylor on March 23, 2011 at 11:09pm — No Comments

Kicking, squealing, Gucci little piggy

Finally finished my earring, "The Use of Ashes". I've been wanting to make this piece on this theme for myself to wear for almost 15 years and have finally done it! It didn't even take that long to make from start to finish.

 …The Use of Ashes 8


Added by The Justified Sinner on March 22, 2011 at 3:33pm — No Comments


Slimazia, 2010;
copper, polymer clay, epoxy resin, paint, ink;
8 x 6 x 3.25 in.…

Added by Brigitte Martin on March 22, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Search Engines Have No Vision - SEO for 2.0 sites like Crafthaus.

Images on the Internet can not speak for themselves because search engines can NOT see images, they only read text.

Braille Images must have text titles and descriptions for search engines to match your images with  search queries. If you want your images to be found, they need titles, and…


Added by Harriete Estel Berman on March 22, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

Job Opp: Guest Editor at THE STUDIO POTTER magazine


Published twice a year, THE STUDIO POTTER has been the independent voice of ceramics since 1972. Based in first- person narrative and studio practice, the journal has fostered thoughtful writing

on such themes as the environment,…


Added by Brigitte Martin on March 21, 2011 at 12:20pm — No Comments

Farrah Al-Dujaili selected for "Mediterraneo" 2011

Jewellery designer maker Farrah Al-Dujaili has been selected for "MEDITERRANEO" an international contemporary jewellery exhibition. The colours and marine life of the Mediterranean inspired the selected piece ‘Codium vermillara’.


The jury was composed of three members: Rita Marcangelo, artist and owner of "Alternatives…


Added by Farrah Al-Dujaili on March 21, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Call for Artists: In and out of the Box

In And Out Of The Box


Concept: The ebb and flow of consumerism initiated the decline of shopping in person at big box/warehouse stores and the rise of the virtual/mail order shopping experience.  As a result of this shift, there has naturally been a rise in the number of boxes being sent around the world from retailer to buyer.  Additionally, the experience of packaging, sealing, opening, and unwrapping has…


Added by Brigitte Martin on March 18, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

The Use of Ashes

I'm sworn to secrecy on my newest project, which is a commission. That is all I can say. No photographs, no details!

In between times, however, I've been making a piece I've been meaning to make for ages: an earring on the acid-folk-psyche song, "The Jeweller" by the band, "Pearls Before Swine". This is going to be a single earring and today I managed to get quite a lot of it made:



Added by The Justified Sinner on March 17, 2011 at 4:18pm — No Comments

Web Site, and Sheet Metal Corsets!

Finally, It's done!


My web site - proper web site that is!


Just still have to add music, but it is up and running! Finally!


Building a site is harder than I thought it would be! No wonder they charge so much.


Well, here it is - the link:


I hope anyone who reads this,…


Added by Dawn M. Miller on March 17, 2011 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

Search Engines Have No Vision! So Help SEO "SEE" Your Images

Search Engines can not see your images. They can not see color, black and white, in focus, out of focus, or pixelated. They are completely blind to images.  They have no vision. …


Added by Harriete Estel Berman on March 17, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Review of 'Topos'

Led by Dr. Robert Baines, this exhibition of 18 Australian postgraduate jewelers from RMIT University is an exploration of place.

Though each artist chose their specific subject to research, their work is unified under the theme of ‘topos’, Greek for ‘place’. Teasing out ‘topos’ into four manifestations, the objects serve as a locus of dialogue.

‘Topos of remnant, detritus, found and collected materials’ encompasses the work of Renee Ugazio using the detritus of the… Continue

Added by Patti Bleicher on March 17, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

'Topos' Opening Night Photos

What a wonderful turnout for the 'Topos' exhibition. Thank you everyone for coming, especially to our Australian artists: Dr. Robert Baines, Melissa Miller, Nicole Polentas, Christopher Milbourne and Renee Ugazio.…


Added by Patti Bleicher on March 17, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

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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, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

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I've just got back from almost a week in the Lone Star State which I was visiting on the invitation of my friends and colleagues, James Thurman and Umut Demirguc Thurman. What a trip! Based in Denton, Dallas, the main reason for my visit was to speak to the students at the University of North Texas and to work with them on a couple of practical workshops. Before…See More

Instill - Material Matters 2014 - The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, UK

INSTILL- material matters offers an opportunity to experience the recent works by MA postgraduates from The School of Jewellery at Birmingham City University, one of the most important and internationally renowned contemporary jewelry programs in Europe.

Crafthaus has been privileged to show work from the graduating jewelry classes of the Birmingham City University for the past 5 years in a row. Thank you Professor Astfalck for this wonderful opportunity!


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