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MSG Annual Meeting, September 11, at Eastern Michigan University

August 30, 2016 by Mary Kernahan

Our first event of the year is our Annual Meeting, Tool Swap and lecture. This years event is September 11th at Eastern Michigan Universities Metal Shop in Briggs Hall. Events will get under way at 12:30 and wrap up around 4:00.Tool Swap: If you plan on bringing items to sell feel free to meet us at EMU at 12:00 to set up. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this event, it is a great opportunity to clean out your shop, studio or closet and bring your unused tools and materials for fellow metalsmiths to bid on. It is free for you to sell your work here! Bring cash or check, sales will go directly to the artist selling who is parting with the bid item. Vendors: We have a great line up of vendors bringing tools and gems for sale. So while you are cleaning your shop make sure to make note of what you need. Bring your list, cash, check and credit card. We will have vending vendors!Annual Meeting: Our Annual Meeting will start at 1:15 pm with an overview of last years activities, projections of future events and vote for open board positions. We are always interested in additional bodies to take on jobs or serve on committees. If you are interested in running please contact Jennifer Marcson, or Ralph Paruskiewic, At 2:15pm Billie Thiede will be our lecturer for this years member event. Billie Theide holds a MFA from Indiana University in Bloomington and a BFA from Drake University in Des Moines. 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. Billie Theide is Professor of Art and Chair of Crafts and Metal at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.See you on the 11th!

MSG Workshop - MAKE | CONNECT with Billie Thiede

August 30, 2016 by Mary Kernahan

MAKE CONNECT - NECKLACE/BRACELET AT A DISTANCEJoin us for this creative workshop with Billie Theide on September 9 and 10, 2016 (9 a.m. -3 p.m.). The workshop will be held at Briggs Hall, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti. Step outside your comfort zone and challenge yourself with new materials. Presenting a hands on workshop, where the participant will investigate and use two assigned alternative materials. Some simple materials will include, knitting needles, crochet hooks, staples, sewing machine thread, etc. Each student makes a runway style piece. Don't miss this opportunity to work with materials that will help push the creative boundaries of your current work. There is space still available. Additional information and registration form can be found here:

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.

In the Line of Fire-Torch Fired Enameling with Anne Havel

August 10, 2016 by Julie Sanford

The Michigan Silversmiths Guild is thrilled to welcome guest artist Anne Havel for a two day torch fired enameling workshop this October. Anne Havel is an enamellist, metalsmith, and lampworker (she makes glass beads). I benefit from personal sensory issues which cause radical direction shifts. My unconscious issues, apparently, are the undisputed project manager at all times. Through my enameling pursuits I explore ideas about current brain-dominating subject matter. Frequent mind disturbances include nuclear power, planet degradation, imaginary space objects and creatures, molecular & cellular structures, mathematical pursuits. As a general rule, my work is an attempt at resolving the battle for brain dominance between chaos and geometry, expressing inner turbulence through abstract drawings. This workshop is open to members and non-members. Click the photo link for more workshop and registration information!


July 19, 2016 by Julie Sanford

Susan Beech,  Prestigious new international competition for mid-career artists Mill Valley, California, USA--Art Jewelry Forum (AJF) is pleased to announce a new international grant opportunity for mid-career artists established by San Francisco-based jewelry collector Susan Beech. The objective of this grant is to recognize a mid-career artist who has made a substantial contribution to the field and to provide resources for the artist to develop and implement a significant jewelry-related project that she/he would not otherwise have the ability to undertake. This grant will alternate with the ongoing AJF Artist Award program, which will run again in 2018. The Susan Beech Mid-Career Artist Grant is open to makers between the ages of 35 and 55 at the time of the proposal deadline. Artists submitting proposals must have an active and ongoing exhibition record and not be enrolled in a professional training program. The proposed project should be about jewelry, loosely defined. There must be a specific outcome to the project, and it must be completed within a two-year time frame. Examples could include (but are not limited to) creation of a new body of work; a book, catalog, or other publication; research and development (including travel study); or performance art involving jewelry. A proposed budget must be included as part of the proposal. The grant recipient will receive a grant of $20,000, to be paid over the two years in which the project will be implemented.Grant proposals must include: A one-page biography of the artist A two-page project proposal outlining the project including an explanation of how the grant will help support the artist's work and career and enhance the field A one-page detailed budget, A project proposal portfolio of five images that support/define/clarify the project proposal The jury of distinguished professionals for this inaugural grant cycle will be: grant founder and collector Susan Beech (United States); internationally recognized maker and academic Iris Eichenberg (Germany/United States); and curator of modern and the Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Cindi Strauss (United States).

Save the Date! 2017 SNAG Conference

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 + Objects 2016 Exhibition

The Michigan Silversmiths Guild (MSG) is pleased to present Jewelry + Objects 2016, a national juried exhibition featuring 24 pieces by 66 artists. The exhibition is juried by Billie Theide, Professor of Art in the School of Art + Design, the James Avery Endowed Chair in the College of Fine and Applied Arts, and Chair of Crafts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This exhibition also includes the work of 22 high school students from four regional high schools. rnJewelry + Objects 2016 will be on view September 9th through October 14th, 2016 at the Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center (BBAC) in Birmingham, MI. MSG will host a public reception and announce the award recipients September 9th from 6-8pm. MSG has printed a full color catalog that will be available in print for $25 and digital editions will be available for free online. Participating Artists: Christine Bossler, Ella Calas, Janice Degen, Marie Dewerff, Leah Hardy, Daniel Juzwiak, Dallae Kang, Lorraine Kolasa, Andrew Kuebeck, Melissa Lovingood, Jo Jo Macey, Thomas S Madden, Tom Muir, Dan Neville, Beverly Seley, Sue Szabo.

Pewter: The Other White Metal with Tom Madden

  • When: November 12-13, 2016
  • Where: College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
  • Contact: Lori Brauer
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This workshop introduces participants to the boundless potential of pewter. Discover why pewter has endured for generations and why contemporary pewter remains the metal of choice, favored by artisans, craftsmen and collectors alike. Once maligned as the second rate cousin to sterling silver, todays pewter is recognized for its rich and warm greytone, its fluid working properties, as well as its attractiveness and service in the home and kitchen. Within this workshop students create objects of utility and beauty while exploring a variety of hollow forming, casting and fabrication techniques. Within this 2-day workshop participants learn to develop patterns, score, bend, weld, solder, and cast. Unleash your desire to make a contemporary keepsake. Workshop will be held at Center for Creative Studies. Click link to register!