November 2011 Blog Posts (17)

Introducing.... Dr Grace!

Why hello there! Aren't introductions awkward?!

Basically I am a contemporary jeweller based in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. Obviously I am so much more than this... I hate mushrooms, lemon flavour desserts, wasps and my feet. I love tea and biscuits and watching films that are so bad they cross over into genius. But that's not really important right now! What is important is Dr Grace.

In the…


Added by Grace Page on November 30, 2011 at 5:20am — 3 Comments

Where it all started...

Wondering where it all started? Here's a bit of background for you. During my degree I became fascinated with old Victorian cures that blatantly didn't work. My particular favourite? 'Dr Sandens electric belt, a never failing cure for all weakness in men'. (Brilliant!) People actually bought these, convinced by the pseudo-medical talk on the poster.

If the Victorians could get away with inventing…


Added by Grace Page on November 30, 2011 at 5:00am — 1 Comment

Dr. Seuss, I Owe You One!

The Supercollider piece is progressing apace. I managed to cast the central torus element today:


Supercollider - WIP - 22


I got really fed-up cleaning it! Overall, I'm pretty pleased with this, though it still presents the problem of how I am going to get all the investment plaster out of the inside of the hollow…


Added by The Justified Sinner on November 29, 2011 at 4:07pm — 2 Comments

"The essence of success" by Sienna Patti.

Sienna Patti of Sienna Gallery offered her "essence of success" during the Forging Communities Symposium. She challenged everyone in…


Added by Harriete E Berman on November 29, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Resin Trials...



I don't know why I keep tinkering with the resin idea.  I LOVE the look of glass...but I can't tell you how many times I get asked if my plique-a-jour pieces are resin.  So I purchased a buttload ( that's a metalsmithing term) of different kinds of…


Added by Aimee A. Domash on November 29, 2011 at 12:21am — 6 Comments

Working Backwards (But Sustainably)

On Friday, I was sent to the most annoying meeting I've ever been forced to go to. It was given by a moron, an idiot who thought that it was enough to pompously declaim his unvalidated, ill-researched opinions on things relating to "sustainability", yet was hypocritical enough to brag about his "frequent visits to Greece" and his "two weeks in the Maldives", presumably all involving flights. Well, it is nice he can afford these things by selling his services as an advisor on…


Added by The Justified Sinner on November 27, 2011 at 2:02pm — No Comments

The difference between a goal and a wish? from Brigitte Martin's lecture during the "Success Panel" at Forging Communities

"I just want to clearly state what a goal for success actually is, because I think there’s a big problem people have with understanding: I think there’s a difference between a goal and a wish."*

Powerful words from Brigitte Martin, a speaker with the "success panel" during…


Added by Harriete E Berman on November 22, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Back to the Blog

Having now had a couple of weeks where a combination of loads of things on my plate and general late-autumn lethargy have conspired to prevent me from making any blog entries, I'm back to it after a week in which I saw an opera featuring a depressed singing egg and created a seriously dangerous structure.


Having seen the Call for Entries on Crafthaus for the "Hot…


Added by The Justified Sinner on November 20, 2011 at 2:09pm — 4 Comments

“Lighting Shiny Surfaces for Quality Photographic Images” by Philip Cohen

Contemporary Seder plate by Harriete EStel Berman for TuBishvat.Sed When taking photos of objects or jewelry with shiny reflective surfaces, catching the right light may seem like a difficult challenge or just a matter of luck.

Shiny surfaces reflect light like a mirror, possibly creating excessive or unwanted highlights.  What is reflected could be anything in the room that surrounds the work.  What can be…


Added by Harriete E Berman on November 17, 2011 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Work Accepted

Just wanted to let everyone on crafthaus know that I've had work accepted in Art Jewelry III and in an upcoming (2012) Lark Book, Metal Clay Fusion. Wooohooo!



Added by Linda Kaye-Moses on November 15, 2011 at 12:58pm — 4 Comments

Forging Communities - Information, blogging and notes from An Intimate One Day Symposium for Networking and Information

ForgingCommunitiesTaraBranniganKindofStrangetumblr Forging Communities - An Intimate One-Day Symposium was an amazing success. Sponsored by the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco in honor of it's…


Added by Harriete E Berman on November 15, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

EcoArts Awards - A Competition Opportunity for Everyone


If you have ever wanted to promote ecology while expressing your artistic expression, here is an opportunity to weave both together. 


All ecology-minded artists, artisans, and makers should submit their works to this upcoming competition.






Eco Arts…


Added by Harriete E Berman on November 14, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Exhibition Opportunity: Hot Under the Collar

Hot Under the Collar: A Survey of Contemporary Necklaces


Choker, collar, lariat, torque, pendant, the necklace is one of the most diverse formats available to metalsmiths today. Whether cascading down the front, or draped down the back, the possibilities are nearly endless. The human torso provides us with one of our largest canvases, while still keeping body as site.


From comments on the classic strand…


Added by Liz Steiner on November 9, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments beans... Lark accepted my bracelet project...:-)


"Translucent" featuring recycled school folders, will be featured in the upcoming Lark book entitled, "30-Minute Bracelets" by Marthe Le Van.  The book is set for release in mid 2012.



Added by Aimee A. Domash on November 7, 2011 at 10:31pm — 6 Comments




Added by Mary Hallam Pearse on November 3, 2011 at 6:47pm — No Comments

Belated Hallowe'en

I wanted to have this piece finished for Hallowe'en but things got in the way, so here is my Spoon Skull Cross, a bit of fun made from iron wire from a building site in Brighton, a rusted bolt, some flat ground tool steel from a derelict workshop, a silver souvenir teaspoon, silver, copper, rubies, sapphire, garnets and carnelian:


Spoon Skull Cross 10


Added by The Justified Sinner on November 3, 2011 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Online Updates

As a bit of a precursor to an online exhibition I'm organising on Crafthaus about contemporary craft in Scotland, glass-artist Jeff Zimmer, an American who is representing Scotland at SOFA, has just posted images of the works he is exhibiting there. Hauntingly beautiful.



Added by The Justified Sinner on November 1, 2011 at 4:39pm — No Comments

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