April 2012 Blog Posts (17)

Wot, No Iron?

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been really busy with family matters as well as learning to use the new mill and the associated software, so I've not really had a chance to make any of my usual work. I've been forced to make quick projects and have also been using the products of the mill as it is always so much more encouraging and interesting to be teaching oneself something with a real goal at the end.

As a result of this, I've been working largely in more conventional…


Added by The Justified Sinner on April 26, 2012 at 2:36pm — No Comments

"What is the First Step to Get my Artworks Shown in a Gallery?" - a question from Eva

Andy Cooperman talking to the audience after the program. Last week, Andy Cooperman and I gave a presentation with Q & A for an audience of students and emerging artists. Co-sponsored by the Academy of Art San Francisco and the…


Added by Harriete Estel Berman on April 26, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Follow Your Own Path -- Be Resilient, Postive, and Passionate

I was reading an article about "Pinterest's Ben Silbermann to 'Treps: Make Something Beautiful" on Entrepreneur.com. Though the article lists three pieces of advice for entrepreneurs, it struck a cord in me. A resounding echo that could be solid advice for artists and makers. Each one builds on the other.…


Added by Harriete Estel Berman on April 24, 2012 at 11:20am — 1 Comment

Upcoming Exhibition: Heat Exchange

Heat Exchange is an exhibition of enamel works curated by Elizabeth Turrell (UK), Beate Gegenwart (Germany/UK) and Melissa Cameron (Australia).

Heat, in physics, is defined as an exchange of energy. In thermodynamics, a heat exchanger is a system built to effect efficient…


Added by Melissa Cameron on April 23, 2012 at 12:09am — No Comments

Still Time and Space to Prepare for Success

Are you looking for direction on your  path to success?

Where do you want your work to go? What insights would you like to gain from my 30+ years of experience?  

Is your work consistent with your marketing? Are you images good enough to…


Added by Harriete Estel Berman on April 20, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments

Jessica Alba

SO I just finished making a norigae for Jessica Alba.  She's going to Japan then Korea for celebrity stuff and will be wearing a traditional Korean dress and the norigae is a decorative element worn in front.  I'm pretty excited about it.  Picture soon to come!

Added by Dha-Mee Hahn on April 20, 2012 at 9:19am — 1 Comment

Not About Work...

My colleague is off on paternity leave just now, leaving me holding the fort with part-time and temporary staff and my excellent technician, Fiona. A fault in the fire-alarm system in the building means that I can't cast anything, and I've not had time to work at the bench. Additionally, I just spent two weeks on holiday, so haven't much to report other than that I sent all my work off to the gallery at Cwmbran in Wales today,…


Added by The Justified Sinner on April 17, 2012 at 2:47pm — No Comments


Late last year I introduced to you a silver plate, in my post Currently on the bench.

The plate was about to meet the saw, for a piece that was being made for exhibition as part of Transformation 8: Contemporary works in small metals, an exhibition that displays the finalists of the 2011 …


Added by Melissa Cameron on April 17, 2012 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Nature inspired work for new store

looking for work that has grapes, acorn, olives, plants, flowers.  I am putting a gift shop together for UCDavis in Ca. It is the largest agriculture school in the country and the Arboretum is word famous.  If you have nature inspired work and would be willing to consign to begin, please send some images, thanks, Nancy Shapiro/Metalsmith

Added by Nancy Shapiro on April 10, 2012 at 12:13pm — 1 Comment

The Crafts Report, May 2012

I have been a long subscriber to The Crafts Report Magazine.  When I first started out as an "Art Fair" artist it was a great place to find good shows and learn…


Added by Julie Sanford on April 9, 2012 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Solo Exhibition at the Benaki Museum Athens Greece

Added by Liana Pattihis on April 8, 2012 at 10:43am — No Comments

Make Your Own Metal Clay Punches (4PAM_12)

Ever find yourself with in the middle of a metal clay project and couldn't locate a punch or clay cutter in the right size or shape? I've been experimenting with  "granulation" or "pebbling" in metal clay lately, and the one thing that became apparent was the need to come up with some punches/cutters in unique shapes and sizes. As you can see in the piece "Sophia," that along with the circular granulation, there is also a tear…

Added by Wanaree Tanner on April 7, 2012 at 7:46am — No Comments


MJSA would like to interview any artists who have used used self-produced books via websites such as Snapfish or Blurb to promote their work to galleries or curators or as show catalogs. Article deadline is looming. Please email Sharon Elaine Thompson ASAP sharonet@sharonelainethompson.com

Added by 2Roses on April 5, 2012 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Avoid the Red Flag of IRS Form 1099

Redflag In struggling through my taxes (along with everyone else this time of year), the number crunching reminded me of the 1099 "red flag" that probably triggered my tax audit in 2010.  Don't let this happen to you!…


Added by Harriete Estel Berman on April 4, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

OK, Your Kid Probably COULD Make Something Better Than This


Our Blog Carnival* topic this month is “nobody’s perfect”. We are frequently told this applies to us. Someone once said “art is making the difficult look easy. Maybe, but not the way we usually do it.... read more at 2Roses' blog: Jewelry…


Added by 2Roses on April 3, 2012 at 11:45pm — No Comments

"Year of the Dragon" Bezel setting an enamel cab in a magnetic closure locket

Okay, okay, so I didn't catch up in time. That means the next two weeks I'll be posting two processes in an attempt to make up for last month. My recent blog and 4PAM slacking isn't apathy related, I've just been juggling lots of…


Added by Wanaree Tanner on April 3, 2012 at 7:49am — No Comments

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