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Call for Entry - Demonstrators and Volunteers for MSG Ann Arbor Art Fair Booth

May 14, 2016 by Mary Kernahan

MSG is seeking artists to demonstrate at this years Ann Arbor Art Fair Booth. In keeping with the Guilds mission to educate others about the craft of metalsmithing, the Guild is providing demonstrations of metalsmithing techniques throughout the Art Fair. In return for providing a demo, on the day of the demo participating members will be able to display and sell work that is related to or derivative of the technique demonstrated. Its a wonderful way to gain some art fair experience and have the chance to sell your work! All current MSG members are eligible to apply. More information and a downloadable application may be found on the website at

MSG Call For Entry: Jewelry and Objects Exhibition 2016

April 29, 2016 by Christine Bossler

Click Here For The Call For EntryThe Michigan Silversmiths Guild is pleased to announce the call for entry for our upcoming 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. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, June 3rd.

Annual MSG Holiday Party 2016 and Studio Tour Hosted by Paul Mergen

March 19, 2016 by Mary Kernahan

Join MSG for a day of fun, fellowship and food at Paul Mergens studio in Portage, MI. Browse Paul's work, enjoy some of his fabulous hammer demos, and learn a new skill as he shares his twine making techniques using roadside weeds. The party will take place Saturday April 23, from noon till 10 p.m. This year's holiday party is potluck style with catering and beverages provided. Due to space limitations attendance is limited to 25 people. To reserve your spot send your RSVP to Carol Tomasso at The deadline is April 16, but sign up early!

Upcoming MSG Workshop: Laser Cutting and Etching 101 at i3 Detroit

March 11, 2016 by Mary Kernahan

If you're curious about laser cutters and what they are capable of doing, join MSG and i3Detroit for a laser cutting and etching workshop on March 31st. Workshop teacher Terry Wynn will show you how to use a Large 150 Watt laser cutter to cut and etch materials like wood and acrylic plexiglass. The 2 hour course will deal with the concept of line cutting and area etching, the process of loading a drawing into the Laser Cutter workstation, the process of moving the design into the Laser Cutter and executing the final cutting and etching.Each student will get to cut and etch their own small jewelry box from designs provided. Students will take this box home with them. Materials will be provided, but students should bring their sunglasses. Students 17 and younger must be accompanied by an adult/guardian who is also taking the course.i3 Detroit is located at 1481-A Wordsworth Street, Ferndale, MI 48220. The workshop will take place March 31, from 7-9 p.m. There are 12 spaces available with a fee of $15 for MSG members. You may register at

Anticlastic Raising With Michael Good at Wayne State University April 13-15, 2016

February 15, 2016 by Mary Kernahan

Anticlastic Earrings by Michael GoodAnticlastic raising produces forms in which axes curve in graceful opposing directions (saddle shapes). Join Michael and MSG in this 3-day workshop and learn to use various hammers and stakes while exploring the wealth of design possibilities that this exciting technique brings to your own jewelry, sculptural and vessel projects.Registration is limited to 10 participants, so sign up early.Workshop Fee: (includes lunch each day) Members - $450 Nonmembers - $495 Student members - $375Location: Wayne State University Metals Studio/Art Building Detroit, MI 48202About Michael Good: Michael Good has developed and expanded the anticlastic technique so much that his name has become synonymous with anticlastic raising. In the words of jewelry writer Ettagale Blauer, "Tucked away in beautiful and secluded pockets of the vast American landscape are goldsmiths whose work rivals the best the world has known. Pre-eminent among them is Michael Good, a goldsmith whose use of what he calls the anticlastic process has forced the commercial jewelry world to expand its definitions and ideas about how American jewelry should look and how it can be made." Born in Pittsburgh, PA and raised in both the US and Europe, while working as a social activist in NYC in the 1960's Michael learned some rudimentary metalsmithing skills from a sculptor. Largely self-taught and augmenting his skills through workshops, in 1969, he moved with his family to a small town in northeast Maine, where he spent several years doing all sorts of odd jobs while continuing to work on his jewelry. In 1977 Michael took a workshop with Finnish metalsmith Heikki Seppa, who introduced him to the fundamental techniques of making compound curves in sheet metal. Fascinated with the process, Michael dedicated his attention to pushing the techniques further. By 1981-1986, his work had advanced to the level of his winning several prestigious awards, including Intergold, Diamonds Today, and Diamonds International, laying the foundations for a long career designing jewelry and sculpture using anticlastic raising techniques.Today Michael is a member of the American Jewelry Design Council, Gruppe ASPECTS, the Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America, the Maine Crafts Association, among others and is a prolific workshop teacher. His work is found in a limited number of elite galleries, as well as his own gallery in Rockland, Maine.

SNAGneXt conference, Ashville 2016

February 14, 2016 by Julie Sanford

SNAG is thrilled to announce a new experience called SNAGneXt! In 2016 SNAG is hosting the first SNAGneXt in Asheville, NC, May 18-21. SNAGneXt seeks to inspire your entrepreneurial spirit, connecting you in new ways to our field and community and helping further your goals by giving access to people who have made a career of making, selling and running exciting businesses. SNAGneXt will feature 3 days of talks, demos, workshops and events throughout Asheville, our culturally rich host city. Registration opens January 19, 2016.SNAGneXt: Asheville 2016 - An Interchange and Exchange of the Many Facets of Making a Living in the Field will be held in Asheville, NC May 18-21, 2016. It is a new conference event for SNAG, offering the opportunity for people to come together, learn, and broaden their horizons.

Halstead Grant 2016 Call for Entries!

February 14, 2016 by Julie Sanford

Halstead, Inc. is CALLING FOR ENTRIES for the 11th Annual Business Grant Competition. Win start-up funds, jewelry materials, media exposure and recognition by the only business grant competition of its kind in the industry. Halstead is proud to support American jewelry designers every day with our great products & services as well as this development program. About the Halstead Grant The Halstead Grant competition began in 2006 to inspire the pursuit of excellence in design and business practices in the jewelry arts community. Halstead Scott says, The health of the jewelry industry depends on the continuous flow of new talent and design creativity. The Grant has helped talented jewelry artists gain a foothold in this challenging field. POSTMARK DEADLINE: Aug. 1st, 2016

MSG Annual Meeting Lecture: Lines of Influence by Kim Cridler at 3:30. September 13th at 3:30

August 7, 2015 by Christine Bossler

Field Study: Suckering Willow, 2014   by Kim Cridler.  Click here to see more of KimMSGs Annual Meeting, Tool Swap and Lecture will feature Kim Cridler as this years Lecture. The lecture is titled Lines of Influence: A reflection on the conceptual and formal interests Kim has drawn from the decorative arts, vernacular art forms, and craft. Kim will touch on issues of repetition, ideas about beauty and originality, and the essential struggle towards change. The talk will illustrate the development of her work including studio works and recent public art works. Kim Cridler: statement Years ago I began drawing living things from the fields around my home. Drawing taught me to see, and sharpened my consideration of pattern in even the most modest life forms. Through this consideration of line and form I make sculptural works that are unfolding, and that confirm our place within the cycles of the natural world. I approach this by using familiar yet symbolic forms such as vessels and trees, created through a process that is simple and accumulative. By putting bits of metal together to build something lager than the sum of its parts, I hope to create a sense of movement within still objects through areas of density and delicacy. Within movement there lies the potential for instability, and the promise that growth comes from change. These works serve as a reminder that no matter how carefully we construct and manage our daily experiences; life will not leave us alone or untouched by change. Kim Cridler: bio Trained as a metalsmith, Kim was an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, earned an MFA in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz, and studied at Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting. Kim has taught in art programs across the country including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Michigan, San Diego State University, and Arizona State University. Her work can be found in the public collections including the Arkansas Art Center Decorative Museum of Art, the Chazen Art Museum, the collection of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, NYC, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Racine Art Museum, and the Scottsdale Contemporary Museum of Art. Kims practice is inspired by the patterns of nature and the way objects can record and extend our lives. She has applied her use of steel, structure and ornament in large-scale public art projects and commissions for public spaces. She most recently installed a public art project at the Mamaroneck, NY Metro North Station for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts-For-Transit program.

Stone Setting with Gravers, a Master Workshop with Gerry Lewy

Join us this spring as we welcome master gem setter Gerry Lewy for a fourth great workshop! Learn European techniques and old-world craftsmanship as you use gravers to carve settings,cut seats and set faceted stones. "This class will be my fourth workshop at this great studio. I will be demonstrating two types of gravers,Onglette & Flat, as they have a symbiotic relationship in diamond Setting. These 4-days will be a great time for you to advance your setting knowledge in creating jewellery." Seating is limited. Visit the link for more information

Call for Entry - MSG at the South University Ann Arbor Art Fair 2016

The Michigan Silversmiths Guild (MSG) was founded in 1948. Guild members include craftspersons proficient in the field of metalsmithing and serves to broaden the knowledge of its members craft and to facilitate communication with other metalsmiths. In accordance with this mission, MSG and the South University Area Association will sponsor two booths for the 2016 South University Art Fair. In return for a reduced booth rate, MSG has agreed to provide booth sitting for the other artist in the South University Fair, and provide metalsmithing demonstrations for the general public.rnrnEligibility: All 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 this as a career path are especially encouraged to apply. NO PREVIOUS ART FAIR EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY. If you are not currently a member or are not current with your dues, please fill out the MSG membership form available on our web site ( and include it (with membership fee) along with this application.rnrnEXHIBITION RULES: Accepted artists are required to be in attendance for the duration of the fair and work together as a group to carry out all aspects of the art fair booth. They are also required to be at either setup or tear down of the booth. Other tasks will include: establishing an inventory system, creating publicity, daily display setup, selling the art work of all accepted artists, promoting the Guild and answering questions, booth sitting, etc. There will be a booth fee (estimated at $250 per accepted artist) to cover expenses - payable upon acceptance. In addition, all participating artists will be expected to share in all areas of running the booth.rnrnMore information about the entry procedure and the entry form may be found on this site at application deadline is April 15, 2016.rn