The big news down here in Camp Cooper/Cameron is that we're moving to Seattle. My husband, TurboNerd, has accepted a position working for a big geek farm, and so it's time to up stakes from Marvelous Melbourne (Australia) to Superb Seattle (in the USA).

We have just finished a scouting trip to Seattle, during which I was able to check out the Pratt Fine Arts Center and Danaca Design, both places where a wayward jeweller might find a place to stretch her saw-frame, if she happened to be without her own studio for a time. At Pratt I met jewellery studio minder Joshua Mans, while the next day I found Dana Cassara, of Danaca fame, still in her shop/gallery having finished a morning class in the workshops beyond. She is the current president of  the Seattle Metals Guild, so I was honoured to be given a personal tour of her teaching/workshop space.

In the very short time I spent at each of these places, I noticed (or was informed) of a few little differences between my own metalsmithing practices and current best practice in Washington. Some are purely of my own making but still, they won't wash in a group environment. For instance, I put stainless steel in my pickle, because it's my pickle and I work in stainless. Others issues were more of a surprise to me - the Pratt studios don't have propane torches as it's considered dangerous (because it sinks in our atmosphere and can thus collect unbeknownst to the user), so they use acetylene mixed with air.

I was already well informed of the voltage difference between the US and Australia, when I ordered a Paragon kiln earlier this year, and it came untested (and thus didn't work. Luckily the remedy in my case was simple.) Such issues remind one that one's coveted (and massive) sandblast cabinet contains a vacuum unit that's probably wired specifically for 240 volts, and thus will be useless with out a large converter unit. Never mind the 10amp air compressor.

Hmmm. Maybe some things just aren't meant to travel...

With this weight of evidence pointing to at least a few workshop changes, and the chance of encountering a bit of a learning curve in order to continue in my profession to my usual standard, I've been thinking. What else is going to change? And how will altering my method alter the outcome?

In short:

What's going to happen to my work?

Stay tuned folks...

Views: 43

Tags: Australia, Melbourne, Seattle, USA, equipment, jewellery, metalsmithing, tools

Comment

You need to be a member of crafthaus to add comments!

Join crafthaus

Comment by Tamsin Leighton-Boyce on January 4, 2012 at 5:27am

wow what a change! sounds very exciting. I will be following your progress! 

Comment by Tegan Wallace on January 3, 2012 at 3:48pm

(Early) welcome to Seattle, Melissa! I'm Dana's SMG Vice Pres and I spend a lot of time working at Danaca, too. Welcome to our metals community - we're a pretty friendly lot. I hope the relocation goes well and am looking forward to meeting you!

A Midsummer Day's Dream

Amber O’Harrow 

www.daisyspider.net

Iowa Blue: The Urbane Chicken

5’2” x 3’ x 6’4”

Cast Aluminum

A Midsummer Day's Dream - crafthaus online exhibition

Curated by Marie and Glen Guarino.

Latest Activity

Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"September's Featured Maker Each month we feature the work of a different artist/maker on our website. Take a look and find out about their inspiration, how they create the work and generally what makes them and their work unique. Michael Hart…"
4 hours ago
John Lunn added a discussion to the group Tapestry of Talents: Bringing Your Whole Voice to Your Craft
Thumbnail

Life has many layers - like lasagna.

I've been absent from these pages for the summer while I started a new book and concentrated on getting some flute projects out the door. This month I've actually (gulp) taken a spare bag or two of time to myself and done sweet fork all. What a treat that was. It's been at least a century since I could live a couple of weeks without feeling compelled to do anything.Well, not nothing... (How can any self respecting obsessive compulsive polymath really do nothing ?) That would be unconscionable.…See More
9 hours ago
Stacey Lee Webber and Nicolette Absil are now friends
21 hours ago
Younha Jung posted photos
yesterday
Brigitte Martin liked Peters Valley School of Craft's blog post Enameling in the Round with Harlan W. Butt
yesterday
Amanda Denison is now a member of crafthaus
yesterday
Kimberly Jackson joined Brigitte Martin's group
Thumbnail

Co:Operation GARNISH

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 exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
Saturday
Brigitte Martin liked The Justified Sinner's blog post Back in the Workshop
Saturday
Brigitte Martin liked Vicky Saragouda's blog post The Cornershop
Saturday
Vicky Saragouda posted a blog post

The Cornershop

Artist Lucy Sparrow has hand stitched the entire contents of a corner shop. All familiar brands of grocery have been recreated in felt.…See More
Saturday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Joanna Gollberg: Collected An Exploration of Travel Through Jewelry VELVET DA VINCI September 3 – 28, 2014 Artist’s Reception: Friday, September 5, 6-8pm San Francisco’s Velvet da Vinci is proud to present Joanna…"
Friday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Conservation of Architectural Ironwork CPD Course A two day conservation course DATE: 6 OCTOBER 2014 - 7 OCTOBER 2014 For further details about NHIG CPD courses please click here. To book a place on this course please download our booking form and,…"
Friday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"RUBERG Our 'Cuboid' collection is now available at the beautiful jewellery boutique Ruberg. As part of the Islington Design District, Ruberg will be taking part in London Design Festival this September. Alongside the designs of Kamilla…"
Friday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"ROCK VAULT Supported by the British Fashion Council and curated by Stephen Webster, Rock Vault is a jewellery initiative to support, showcase and promote Britain’s most innovative, fine jewellery talent. We are so pleased to have been selected…"
Friday
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Flavour of the month Henrietta Fernandez - jewellery http://jam-eton.co.uk/makers/henrietta-fernandez.html Henrietta Fernandez creates contemporary jewellery inspired by her love of floral pattern, graphic shapes, colour and simple form. Henrietta…"
Friday
The Justified Sinner posted a blog post

Back in the Workshop

After the travels and entertaining of the summer, I am back to a very autumnal Glasgow and my new students. As the dust settles on the new term, it has been good to be able to grab some time in the workshop to actually make something. This time, inspired by one of my contacts on Flickr, "…See More
Friday
Peters Valley School of Craft posted a blog post

Enameling in the Round with Harlan W. Butt

The Fine Metals Studio was thrilled to have Harlan W. Butt on campus for "Enameling in the Round" ~ stunning work was done! Photo credit to our Fine Metal Artist Fellow Kristal! And we hope that Nicolette ~ Crafthaus Scholarship recipient enjoyed her time at Peters Valley School of Craft!…See More
Friday
Peters Valley School of Craft joined Glen Guarino's group
Thumbnail

A Midsummer Day's Dream

We are delighted to present "A Midsummer Day’s Dream"an online exhibition hosted by Crafthaus.  All artwork is designed and made by the artists.  The lead image is Hanging Planter by Chelsea Fay. Curated by Glen & Marie Guarino See More
Friday
Peters Valley School of Craft joined Brigitte Martin's group
Thumbnail

Co:Operation GARNISH

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 exhibition cooperatively arranged by Rachel Timmins and Brigitte Martin.Please join this group to stay informed !! This is the official exhibition blog.See More
Friday
Peters Valley School of Craft joined Nicolette Absil's group
Thumbnail

A New Path: Enameling in the Round

New experiences in enameling, while taking "Enameling in the Round," with Harlan Butt at Peters Valley.See More
Friday

© 2014   Created by Brigitte Martin.

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service