September 2011 Blog Posts (40)

Not much done today...

I didn't really get a lot done today. Too busy dealing with other things and the students!

I did make a mould of the pewter hawk's foot, using a 2-part silicone rubber compound and making it into a 2-part mould by a very rough-and-ready technique:

 

Fashion:Victim - In Memoriam ALMcQ (WIP 44)

 

I used this stuff before and it is…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 30, 2011 at 3:12pm — No Comments

New material: Spectar. Handles like acrylic but can be cold formed without breaking!

If you are like me, you are always on the lookout for cool new materials to mess with. So imagine my delight when I came across this entry in make magazine. I wonder how long it will take before I see someone work with this material. I'm itching to get my hands on this.

 



UK educational supply center centre…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on September 30, 2011 at 1:22pm — No Comments

Tube cutting

It struck me today that I have been using a tip bench trick for ages now which I have selfishly not shared with anyone, not out of malice or self-interest, but simply because I use it so very regularly that it never entered my head until one of the students mentioned today how unusual it was. The idea originally came from another one of my students who asked me why there are no tube cutters for jewellery of the sort plumbers use to cut pipes. Her partner is a plumber and he gave me a…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 29, 2011 at 4:07pm — 3 Comments

Root 5: A London, UK based pop-up gallery

I recently came across an interesting group of three East London based makers who form root 5, a cooperative whose intention it is to "bring together the innovative, the playful and the maverick; multi-faceted body-orientated projects located outside the mainstream." Goal of the group is to organize pop-up galleries that "support work by artists and designers that have the body and adornment (though not necessarily the adorned body) as a concern and focus."

 

Needless…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on September 29, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Call: MJSA Vision Awards

 

MJSA Vision Award Winner If you’re a designer, you know that feeling.

You’ve spent hours in the studio, pouring your skill and creativity into a new design, struggling to turn your vision into reality. Finally, you hold it in your hand—an innovative, finely crafted piece of jewelry that anyone would be proud to wear.

It’s a moment of immense satisfaction, of triumph—and you want everyone to know about…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on September 29, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments

Developing

Just back from a long weekend in Brighton.

 

Brighton Rock

 

And back into the workshop for more on Fashion:Victim. Both the ball elements are nearly ready for development into finished pieces. The hinges are completely on one and the other has the main structural elements for the hinge in place - should be hinged…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 28, 2011 at 3:57pm — 4 Comments

American Glass Guild Conference to be held in Pittsburgh, PA

American Glass Guild Conference

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 20 -22 July 2012



Pittsburgh is recognized the world over as being the steel-making capital of the 20th century. But long before…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on September 28, 2011 at 12:48pm — No Comments

Three identities

Added by Jin ah Jo on September 26, 2011 at 9:02am — 1 Comment

Upcoming Fall Exhibitions

As we slip away from summertime, we are looking forward to two fall exhibitions at the gallery.

Please save these dates in your calendars:

Robert Ebendorf
Opening: October 15th
Exhibition runs October 11th through November 6th.

Klaus Burgel
Opening: November 19th
Exhibition runs November 14th through December 9th.

More details forthcoming soon!

Added by Patti Bleicher on September 23, 2011 at 11:05am — No Comments

Calling all jewelry designers: Create a line of jewelry utilizing Palladium

CALLING ALL JEWELRY DESIGNERS!

Do you want to design a jewelry line and have someone else produce and market it for free?

 

Well it’s your lucky day! Gen Art and Palladium Alliance International (PAI) are on the search to challenge an emerging, hip, and innovative jewelry designer to create a line of jewelry utilizing Palladium - fashion’s emerging metal!  Your 6 piece collection will be produced in this lightweight, naturally white and luxurious precious metal, marketed and sold… Continue

Added by Brigitte Martin on September 22, 2011 at 6:35pm — No Comments

Behind the Curtain: Tips for Improving Your Juried Application

Recently, I was a juror for an exhibition using CaFE for entry and for review of the submissions.

It was a real eye opening experience to be on the other side of the CaFE curtain discussed in previous posts here on Crafthaus and ASK Harriete.

 

In SEVERAL posts on ASK…

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

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me.

I came across this wonderful quote by Ira Glass today:

 

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.But your taste, the thing that got you into the…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on September 21, 2011 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

sign o' the times

One of my students is so hard up just now that he is selling off his gemstones. Normally, I love buying gemstones, but this felt like I was doing something wrong. Still, I gave the (fair) prices asked, so nobody lost out. It is just sad that it has come to this. Hardly surprising as precious metal prices rocket, though I was amazed to see that silver was actually higher in 1980 than it is now, something I only just remember. It was 1980 when the Hunt Brothers tried to corner the market.…

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Added by The Justified Sinner on September 20, 2011 at 3:21pm — No Comments

Another reason we love Moss!

As if featuring contemporary jewelry artists wasn't enough, Moss's founder Murray is spicing up the Victoria and Albert Museum in London with 3-D printed designs that cheekily reinterpret some of the museums most famous objects.

 

Murray Moss on Putting…

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Added by Patti Bleicher on September 20, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

October 2011 Open Studios in San Francisco

Join 10 artists from the Metal Arts Guild for Artspans annual Open Studios

OPENING RECEPTION Friday September 30th 6 - 8

Open Saturday Oct 1st from 12 - 7

Open Sunday Oct 2nd from 12 - 5



724 Studio, 724 Valencia Street @ 18th (next to Mission Cheese)
San Francisco,…
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Added by Shana Astrachan on September 18, 2011 at 11:47am — No Comments

SOFA Chicago

If anyone is going to SOFA Chicago please stop by Urban Glass and check out Foster & Malone. That would be me and my fantastic colaborating artist/friend Charlene Foster. This is my first show ever and I'm sooo excited. I will post pics as soon as they are…

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Added by Regina Rose Malone on September 17, 2011 at 12:15pm — 1 Comment

Big Yellow Bunny made from local Swedish materials

 

The ‘Big Yellow Rabbit’ installation by Rotterdam-based artist Florentijn Hofman is a temporary 13 meter high sculpture thrown against the statue of Engelbrekt. It is an enlarged cuddle toy made out of Swedish products – concrete, metal, wood,…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on September 17, 2011 at 7:43am — No Comments

Call for Artists: Talente 2012

Young artist working in the applied arts and technology will have the opportunity to show their work in the international competition TALENTE 2012 in Munich, Germany, during the International Trade Fair for the Skilled Trades from 14th – 20th March 2012.



In an area of 600 m², the works will be shown to a wide audience, with an international jury selecting the winners of the TALENTE prize. An illustrated catalogue will be published.



The aim of TALENTE is to promote young…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on September 16, 2011 at 1:09pm — No Comments

Call for Artists: Schmuck 2012

64th International Trade Fair Munich

Schmuck ‘2012, 53rd Special Jewellery Show

14th until 20th March 2012



With this letter we want to invite you for the entry to Schmuck 2012. Please apply online on www.hwk-expo.de until 1st October 2011.



If you cannot apply online we accept your submission as follows:



1. Please send us a CD with up to 8 quality colour photos of the pieces that you have in…

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Added by Brigitte Martin on September 16, 2011 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Update

Update

I have had a busy schedule this year, in spite of pulling out of almost all my galleries and shops in January. I have been heavily involved in organising…
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Added by Alison Bailey Smith on September 16, 2011 at 8:11am — 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.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/whaleystudios

Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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