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CALL FOR ENTRY: MSG at the South University Ann Arbor Art Fair

March 7, 2017 by Lorraine Kolasa

Click here for more detailsMSG and the South University Area Association will sponsor two booths for the 2017 South University Art Fair. All current MSG members are eligible to apply. All work submitted must be made by the applicant. Although mixed media pieces are accepted, some metal is required. Members who are interested in learning about art fairs or may be considering them as a career path are especially encouraged to apply. No previous art fair experience is necessary!

The Long Awaited Return of the Hammer In!

March 6, 2017 by Mary Kernahan

It's back by popular demand! The time honored annual Hammer In at College for Creative Studies and Wayne State University is coming soon. It's a free and fun event, so come and join in for Dr. Cotters Travelling Metals Show with special guest Nicole Jacquard. Sponsored by the College for Creative Studies, Wayne State University, and the Michigan Silversmith Guild the Hammer In will be held March 16th, 17th, 18th, 2017.Events: Thursday, March 16 1:30p 3:30p Presentation on Business + Professional Life with Jim Cotter & Nicole Jacquard at the auditorium of the Walter B. Ford II Building.Friday, March 17 2-5 Jim Cotter Demo at CCS, Metals Studio B211. Invited are Wayne, MSG, CCS, Cranbrook (not for the general public) 5-6:00 Chili Potluck, HUB of Kresge Ford. 6:00-7:30 Lecture in Walter B. Ford Auditorium, presenters Jim Cotter & Nicole Jacquard. 7:30-8 Networking/socializing reception sponsored by SmithShop.Saturday, March 18 1-4 Nicole Jacquard demo at Wayne State University, Studio 50 and 52.More information about Jim Cotter may be found at More information about Nicole Jacquard may be found at

METALS 2017 Exhibition at Eastern Michigan University

February 23, 2017 by Mary Kernahan

Curated by Dr. Gretchen Otto, Professor of Art, and Brianna Wickoff in partnership with the Michigan Silversmiths Guild, METALS 2017 features the metalwork of 11 regional schools. There are over 60 pieces in the exhibition from Bowling Green State University, College for Creative Studies, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Eastern Michigan University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Grand Valley State University, Kendall College of Art and Design, Northern Michigan University, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University. Instructors were invited to show their work and select several pieces of their students' work. The exhibition is an opportunity to honor students who will show alongside the best work in the area. It allows students and instructors to see what is happening in other institutions. This can spark curiosity and excitement and an opportunity to make connections and exchanges.Metals 2017 includes two receptions. The opening reception will take place Wednesday March 8, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. A second reception, sponsored by the Michigan Silversmiths Guild will he held Saturday March 11, from 6-8 p.m.The works will be on exhibit from March 8 to April 11 at the University Gallery at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center. The center is located at 900 Oakwood St., Ypsilanti. Gallery hours are Monday and Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

2017 Metals Graduate Exhibition

February 13, 2017 by John Myer

Click here for more detailThe premise of this show is to celebrate the achievements of the Graduates of the Metals programs at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies and Eastern Michigan University. This exhibit will take place in an inclusive setting that will allow everyone to look broadly at the result of all the hard work that went into accomplishing your goal. The Details: A Graduate of a jewelry/metals program must have created the Artwork submitted for display. The artists must have graduated during 2017. Work created in a school curriculum is eligible. Artists may select their very best three pieces. No inclusion or sales commission fees. Location: City Hall Artspace Lofts (2017 Metals Graduates Exhibition opening held in the community room of the Annex Building of the old Dearborn City Hall) Annex bldg. located at 4500 Maple street, Dearborn, 48126 Enter the Annex building from the south, patio entrance. For a MAP copy and paste this link "" Dates: Show opening Saturday June 3 6-8 p.m. closing Thursday, June 29.

2017 MSG All Members Salon Exhibition

February 3, 2017 by John Myer

Click here for more detailThe premise of this show is to celebrate the achievements of all of our members in an inclusive setting that will allow us to look broadly at the diversity amongst our membership that includes metalsmiths, jewelers, blacksmiths, students, and independents. The Details: The work must be original. Work produced in a school curriculum is eligible. Participants must be current members of MSG Artists may select their very best three pieces for inclusion. No participation Or sales Commission fees for all members. Please indicate a permanent address and best phone/email for proper communication. Location: City Hall Artspace Lofts. 2017 MSG All Members Salon Exhibition opening held in the community room of the Annex Building of the old Dearborn City Hall located at 13615 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, Mi. 48126 Dates: Show opening Saturday April 1 6-8 p.m. closing Saturday April 29.

Case of the Nomads Residence with Casey Shepard, Get Lost, Do Art

January 9, 2017 by Julie Sanford

Get Lost, Do Art COTNs ResidencySpend 7 days off the grid with Nomadic Artist Casey Sheppard in Southern California at Joshua Tree National Park. Casey has lived the nomad life since July 2015 in her converted van, spending much time away from society which has greatly influenced her as a maker, artist and person. The purpose of this residencies is to allow artists the opportunity to explore limitations as creative outlets, learn how to use less, to connect with nature and to become exposed to the minimalist lifestyle. Resident will stay in a tent at a primitive campsite with Casey and India. We will bring in/out all necessities along with trash. Time will be spent in the back country hiking, exploring, spending time getting lost (figuratively) in nature and creating. Tent (Big Agnes), sleeping bag, pillow, lights, camp stove (BioLite), water, sunscreen and transportation to campsite are provided. Resident may only bring a small bag NO LARGER than a carry on : 10" D x 16" W x 24" L and must pay for their own travel to Joshua Tree or Palm Springs, California, food for a week and provide any materials wanted/needed. Please be minimal, the point of this residency is to push yourself as an artist and human with using less. Cell phones may or may not work and charging of devices will be limited. Prepare yourself for separation from your phone, social media and FaceBook. Don't worry, you can post all you want when you get home! Casey is also CPR/First Aide certified. And be prepared for a fun, exciting and new adventure!!!Selection Process : One person will be selected for this residency by Casey. Selection will be made without regard to race, religion, gender, marital status, or age; however, applicants must possess the ability, skills and experience to fully participate in the back country and desert. Newbies are welcome to apply but must be physically and mentally welcoming to new adventures and experiences. Dates : Application Due Date : January 25th 2017 Notification : February 14th 2017 Residency Date/Length : March 29th - April 4th 2017 : 7 Days

2017 SNAG Conference, Registration is now open!

July 15, 2016 by Julie Sanford

May 24-27, 2017 New Orleans Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LANicknamed the Big Easy, New Orleans is known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene, and exceptional cuisine. A melting pot of French, African, and American cultures, it is one of the countrys most culturally and historically-rich cities. Its beauty, mystery and continuous regeneration is the perfect backdrop and inspiration for SNAGs 46th conference, NEXUS: A Connection of Ideas.Nexus: A Connection of Ideas will focus on motivating thinkers, collectors, and makers to bring new and old, materials, techniques, and ideas together in a true New Orleans celebration.

Jewelry and Objects Exhibition 2016

April 29, 2016 by Christine Bossler

The Michigan Silversmiths Guild is pleased to present the Jewelry and Objects 2016 exhibition, juried by Billie Thiede. The exhibition will be held at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, Birmingham, MI from September 9 to October 15, 2016. The J&O show is a competitive metalsmithing and jewelry exhibition sponsored by The Michigan Silversmiths Guild in Collaboration with the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center. The Juror Billie Theide is Professor of Art and Chair of Crafts and Metal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She holds a MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN and a BFA from Drake University in Des Moines, IA. She is the recipient of a Visual Arts Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and five Artists Fellowship Grants from the Illinois Arts Council. Her creative work has been included in over four hundred invitational, competitive, group, and one-person exhibitions. She is a Distinguished Member and Past-President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths.

Damascene: The Original Velcro with Thomas S. Madden

  • When: April 8-9, 2017
  • Where: College for Creative Studies
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Discover Damascene the long cherished secret of ancient masters. Create surfaces of vibrant pattern and rich narrative through contrasts of gold, silver, copper, pewter and aluminum on iron. rnThis workshop explores the direct application of nonferrous metals onto articles of iron using the chisel inlay process. Let your imagination lead you to create objects of eloquent expression and beauty. Transform your ideas into articles of substance, to be enjoyed for years. Damascene is great for hobbyist, craftsmen, hunters, and makers of all ages. Transform utensils, tools, knives, and jewelry into rich statements of personal importance. Tool development, surface preparation, inlay application, finish and patination prepare participants for a lifetime of creativity and satisfaction.

David Huang Vessel Chasing with Microcrystalline Wax

  • When: June 5-7, 2017
  • Where: Milwaukee Area Technical College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Using pre-made spun copper vessels, this workshop will explore how to embellish the form with designs and textures created using the technique known as chasing. In place of traditional pitch we will be using a microcrystalline wax, one commonly used in bronze casting. During the course of the workshop we will cover the basics of making ones own chasing tools, and participants will have the opportunity to make some if they wish. We will also cover how to finish a vessel edge by soldering on a wire rim.