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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.

MSG at the Ann Arbor Art Fair!!

July 8, 2015 by Emily Saling

The 2015 Art Fair is here! The Guild sponsored booth is going to be full of fun and excitement again as we bring back the College for Creative Studies Blacksmiths to accompany our member demonstrations. Come down to visit us at booths 115-118 at the corner of Willard and East University. Wee look forward to seeing you there!


May 8, 2015 by Art Fair MSG

Click here to download application.We are 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, we plan to provide demonstrations of metalsmithing techniques throughout the Art Fair. In return for providing a demo, on the day of your demo you will be able to display & sell work that is related to or derivative of the technique you are demonstrating. Its a wonderful way to gain some art fair experience & have the chance to sell your work!

Researchers Discover Bacteria That Produces Pure Gold

October 5, 2012 by Christine Bossler

Click here to read the full article as writen by Jesus Diaz for GizmodoThe gold you see in the photo above was not found in a river or a mine. It was produced by a bacteria that, according to researchers at Michigan State University, can survive in extreme toxic environments and create 24 karat gold nuggets. Pure gold. Maybe this critter can save us all from the global economic crisis? Of course not, but at least it can make Kazem Kashefi, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, and Adam Brown,associate professor of electronic art and intermediaa bit rich, if only for the show they have put together.

Company plans to mine asteroids for riches

April 24, 2012 by Christine Bossler

Click here for full article as written by SETH BORENSTEIN, Associated PressSpace faring robots could be extracting gold and platinum from asteroids within 10 years if a new venture backed by two Silicon Valley titans and filmmaker James Cameron gets off the ground as planned. Outside experts are skeptical about the project because it would probably require untold millions or perhaps billions of dollars and huge advances in technology. But the same entrepreneurs pioneered the selling of space rides to tourists a notion that seemed fanciful not long ago, too.

MSG Annual Meeting Tool Swap and Lecture with Kim Cridler

Events will get under way at 12:30 with the tool swap, shopping for goods with our local suppliers and the opportunity to update your memberships. Our meeting will begin at 1:30 and will run approximately an hour with the inclusion of a recap of the years events a vote for new and returning board members. After the meeting there will be time for more shopping catching up with friends and peers and lunch before our lecture with titled "Lines of Influence: A reflection on the conceptual and formal interest Kim has drawn from the decorative arts, vernacular art forms, and craft " by Kim Cridler at 3:30. For more about Kim, please check out the article under the news column or click the more info link above.

Visiting Artist Workshops With Iron and Gold Master Chris Nelson

  • When: September 18-27, 2015
  • Where: Studio JSD, Makerspace and Galllery, Grand Haven, MI
  • Contact: 616-607-2470
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Join iron and gold master artist Chris Nelson as he reveals his method of fusing high carat gold to iron. Chris will be teaching Ferrous Musings in two separate three-day beginning sessions followed by one advanced session this September at Studio JSD. If you have worked with Chris before and are looking for a refresher, the three day advanced may be right for you. Call the studio or visit the website for more information.

Fabrication 1

Tuesdays beginning September 29, Afternoons 12:30-3:30 or Evenings 6-9 pm. Learn introductory metalsmithing and jewelry fabrication skills as you work your way through two sterling and copper projects. You will learn the basics of texturing metal, forming, making jump rings, assembly, sawing, piercing, drilling, filing, hand and mechanical finishing, rivets, clasps, bails and patina. Studio procedures and safety will be covered along with proper tool use and care. Fabrication 1 is a prerequisite to fabrication 2.

Fabrication 2

Tuesdays beginning October 27, Afternoons 12:30-3:30 or Evenings 6-9 pm. Fab 1 is a prerequisite for taking Fab 2. Fabrication 2 will cover wire forming, work hardening, annealing, basic ring construction, soldering and bezel setting a stone. Students will create a variety of patterned wire, and make several pieces of jewelry including cuff and bangle bracelets, band or stack rings and a bezel set stone ring.