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MSG Workshop:FERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS I- MSG Visiting Artist Workshop with Chris Nelson

September 3, 2014 by Christine Bossler

Click here for additional informationFERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS I is a fast-moving 3-day workshop in iron and gold where we will explore the techniques and materials required to create distinctive ferrous jewelry incorporating one gold alloy fused to iron. Chris Nelson is an internationally recognized studio metal artist who has explored the use of iron and gold in great depth and will now be sharing all that he has learned in working these seemingly antagonistic metals. Chris Nelson is an internationally recognized studio metal artist who has explored the use of iron and gold in great depth and will now be sharing all that he has learned in working these seemingly antagonistic metals. Click the link for more information and the registration form or copy and paste the following address to go and see more of Chris Nelsons work! urban-armour.com


MSG Annual Meeting Lecture: An Extended Rationale for the Ridiculous by Andrew Kuebeck September 28th at 3:30

July 30, 2014 by Christine Bossler

SpeciMen by Andrew KuebeckMSGs Annual Meeting, Tool Swap and Lecture will feature Andrew Kuebeck as this years Lecture. Andrew will present a lecture on his work titled An Extended Rationale for the Ridiculous. About Andrew Kuebeck: Andrew Kuebeck received his BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2008 and his MFA in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Indiana University in 2011. He is an Instructor of Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. Andrew works in a variety of formats ranging from functional jewelry to sculptural objects and vessels, and has lectured and has taught workshops nationally on the incorporation of photographic images into jewelry pieces and vessels. He has exhibited regionally & nationally and has had his work appear in numerous publications including 500 Enameled Objects, 21st Century Jewelry, Wrap, Stitch, Fold, and Rivet, and Metalsmith and Niche magazines. He was a 2012 SNAG Emerging Artist and is represented by Charon Kransen Arts, New York. For additional information about Andrew and to see more of his work click the image to the write of follow the link below.


CALL FOR RESIDENT ARTISTS

November 13, 2014 by Emily Saling

Follow this link for details.Media accepted: Wood, Glass, Metal, Fiber, Clay, and Mixed Media. Applicants must be able to fulfill a program requirement of working in their studios 24 hours per week and at least two weekends per month during HCCC public hours. (This changes to 20 hours per week from July 4th Labor Day, as HCCC is closed on Sundays for the summer.) Public hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM 5:00 PM, and Sunday, Noon 5:00 PM. Closed Sundays, July 4th Labor Day.Juried selection is based on quality of creative work, ability to interact with the public, career direction, and program diversity. Accepted artists will be notified via e-mail in April.


CALL FOR ENTRY: PREZIOSA Young Design Competition

July 2, 2014 by Emily Saling

Click here for details.The competition does not have a predetermined theme, and the selection will be made based on: Quality of design and manufacture of the pieces; Originality in the use and interpretation of the materials; Conceptual and technical innovation.


"WE ARE SNAG: Identity" Call for entries.

July 2, 2014 by Emily Saling

Click here for details.WE ARE SNAG: Identity seeks images of traditionally crafted, contemporary, and experimental new works from any current member of SNAG. This online juried exhibition intends to represent the incredibly diverse work and making practices of our membership and is open to jewelry work, metals work, metalsmithed objects, body ornamentation and the like.


CALL FOR ENTRY: Martha Stewart American Made

July 2, 2014 by Emily Saling

Click for details.American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life. We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy. From Detroit to Des Moines, Spokane to St. Louis, people are choosing Main Street over mini-mallssupporting the local and the handmade. Our countrys makers are sparking this change by taking a leap, banking on their creativity and craftsmanship, and living their version of the American dream.


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: FERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS I- MSG Visiting Artist Workshop with Chris Nelson

  • When: November 14, 2014
  • Where: Grand Valley State University
  • Contact: Julie Sanford, 616-638-0518
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FERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS I is a fast-moving 3-day workshop in iron and gold where we will explore the techniques and materials required to create distinctive ferrous jewelry incorporating one gold alloy fused to iron. rnrnChris Nelson is an internationally recognized studio metal artist who has explored the use of iron and gold in great depth and will now be sharing all that he has learned in working these seemingly antagonistic metals.


Exhibition: Cut, Ground, Formed, and Fabricated


This exhibition features work from Grand Valley State University Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing class and the Geology Club. Exhibition Reception: Dec 2nd, 5 to 6pm.


Workshop: Gypsy Set Ring with Lesley DiPiazza


Gypsy and other related flush settings, involve carving a seat into thick metal and hammering the newly created rim down to secure the stone, imbedding the stone in the surface and providing a very clean and secure setting. Success of this centuries old setting technique is dependent on metal considerations, stone characteristics, bur selection, and design elements, all of which will be covered in this class. BASIC TORCH SOLDERING SKILLS REQUIRED.


Workshop: Ice Resin


Learn the clear resin tech and create unique items. Bring personal photos or images you want to incorporate.


Workshop: Icicle Earrings with Mary Kernahan


These kinetic earrings are as much fun to make as they are to wear. Using sterling silver wire, students will learn a controlled melt procedure, which is a very useful wire finishing technique adaptable to making headpins, hinge stems, ball rivets & much more. This class is a good introduction to torch work.


Exhibition: Passion & Adornment II


Please join us the evening of December 5th from 6 to 9pm for the opening of Passion & Adornment II. This show will highlight the work that Amy Beeler created for her first solo show that was held this past spring, in Maine, for the University of Maine Museum of Art. In addition to this work, that bridges the line between sculpture and jewelry, there will be a large selection of her other seed pod jewelry just in time for the holiday season. The exhibition will open December 5th and close in mid January.


Workshop:Torch Fired Enameling


Create stunning compositions of colored glass over copper in this 2 hour torch fired enameling workshop. Students will be introduced to the basic principles of enameling, techniques, materials and tools. Choose from a large variety of colorful enamel as you create a beautiful pendant and earring set.


Workshop: Chasing and Repousse with Kyle Dill


The ancient techniques of chasing and repousse are two of the most versatile techniquesrnrnin all of metalsmithing. Both involve the use of metal punches to manipulate metal to create form, detail and relief, culminating in rnrnendless possibilities for 3-dimensional surface embellishment. First Kyle will introduce you to the fundamentals of tools, supplies and the processes involved, then he will guide you as you gain practical experience in the techniques. You will come away with new and improved skills that will open up a whole realm of fresh design possibilities.


Workshop: Lapidary Class


Lapidary Class is an introduction to using the studio lapidary equipment to cut and polish your own stones. Students will be able to cut and polish at least one stone in this engaging 2 hour class. This class is a pre requisite to using the lapidary equipment independently in the studio. Bring a selection of rough material or use a bit of ours! Taught by Julie Sanford.


Workshop: Bead Weaving- Diamond Back Bracelet


Bead weaving class at Studio JSD. Friday December 12, 2014. 1-4 pmrnLearn to weave a designer seed bead bracelet in your choice of color and finish it off with a clever vintage button toggle. Cost includes all the materials and use of bead loom. Choose from a variety of colorful kits. Bring reading glasses if needed. Taught by Jo Miller.


Workshop: Basic Metalsmithing with Kyle Dill


This is the perfect class if you are new to the jewelry and metalsmithing world, or just want to enhance your fundamental skill set. Among the basic techniques that will be covered are sawing, filing, drilling, sanding, and dapping. Tool use, care and maintenance will also be addressed. Students will gain valuable hands-on experience and practice, and will leave with a pendant of their own design.


Workshop: Fold Forming


Students in this class will be introduced to foldforming and will learn to create dramatic texture and form to sheet copper as they practice basic folding techniques. No previous metals experience required! Taught by Julie Sanfordrn


Workshop: Spinner Rings


Create a stylish ring that moves in this three hour, project based workshop. This beginning to intermediate class will focus on basic metal textures, ring construction and simple soldering. This would make a great holiday gift! Taught by Julie Sanford


Workshop: Chasing and Repousee


Explore metals malleable characteristics and create shallow relief sculpture in copper, brass, and silver. In this two day workshop you will be introduced to specific tools such as pitch, pushers, liners, and a chasing hammer to learn how easy it is to manipulate flat sheets of metal into dimensional reliefs. Students will work on samples to develop an understanding for the process before starting work on a final project. No metals experience is needed. Limit 6 students.


Workshop: Couples Wedding Band Workshop

  • When: March 21-22, 2015
  • Where: SmithShop, 1401 Vermont Street, Detroit, Michigan 48216
  • Contact: smithshopdetroit@gmail.com
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In this two day workshop couples will learn how to make thier own wedding rings using silver, gold, or platinum. All of the basics will be covered including measuring, sawing, forming, soldering, filing, sanding and polishing. We will also cover texturing. No metals experience is needed.


Workshop: Making Multiples


Jayne Redman has been exploring form and function with her jewelry for 18 years, developing ways of designing blanking dies and jigs that dramatically speed up the production process. She has also invented unique engineering and assembly processes for forming sheet and wire. In this workshop, Jayne will share what she has learned about making multiples using blanking dies and designing jigs for findings using Aquaplast, a thermal reactive plastic. Students will be amazed at how quickly they can go from original idea to duplicated shape with tools made in class.


Workshop: Inventive Findings


One of the special aspects of Jayne Redmans jewelry is the way she combines form and function in her designs, creating unusual findings and assembly processes. Jayne will demonstrate her original engineering ideas and teach you how to apply them to your own work. She will consult with each of you to help you create concepts that are unique to your jewelry. This workshop will focus on ways to make tools and jigs to form 3 dimensional shapes and unique findings including ear wires, linkage systems, and clasps. You will learn time saving ways of measuring, cutting, and connecting sheet and wire. You will be able to make exact duplicates of your forms and findings, enhancing your craftsmanship and adding appeal to your jewelry. Stretch your inventive tendencies in this three day forming class. Learn to blend the design facets of form and function to produce jewelry pieces that are truly original, truly your own. One of the unique aspects of Jayne Redmans jewelry is the way she combines these facets to produce unusual findings and develop specialized assembly processes. In this class, Jayne will demonstrate this skill, encouraging students to think in more inventive, creative ways, to expand their craftsmanship by developing tools and jigs to make findings that serve their individual design vision.


Conference: Impact: Looking Back, Forging Forward

  • When: May 20-23, 2015
  • Where: BOSTON PARK PLAZA HOTEL, BOSTON, MA
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Workshop: Intersecting

  • When: August 5-6, 2015
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Learn to create intricate three-dimensional jewelry from a single piece of metal!rnrnWatch as an award-winning goldsmith demonstrates how to use a saw to transform a sheet of metal into an intricate pendant design with a prong setting for a cabochon with a pierced and carved bail. rnrnNo soldering is necessary to execute this complex piece of jewelry. The techniques used in this clever project enable students to work with precision and control, as they build skills in layout, measuring, sawing, piercing, filing, fitting, assembly, and stone setting.rnrnIn this two day workshop students learn how to adapt these imaginative intersecting sheet structures, held together by tension, to a wide variety of jewelry applications. rnrnThis is an introductory to intermediate level class. Participants who have not had a previous workshop experience with Michael will receive instruction in basic use of jewelers saw and files. Returning students will build on their previous skills and develop further fluency with tool and technique. rn


Workshop: Intersecting Sheet Settings


Learn to create intricate three dimensional jewelry from a single piece of metal! Watch as an award winning goldsmith demonstrates how to use a saw to transform a sheet of metal into an intricate pendant design with a prong setting for a cabochon with a pierced and carved bail. No soldering is necessary to execute this complex piece of jewelry. The techniques used in this clever project enable students to work with precision and control, as they build skills in layout, measuring, sawing, piercing, filing, fitting, assembly, and stone setting. In this two day workshop students learn how to adapt these imaginative intersecting sheet structures, held together by tension, to a wide variety of jewelry applications. This is an introductory to intermediate level class. Participants who have not had a previous workshop experience with Michael will receive instruction in basic use of jewelers saw and files. Returning students will build on their previous skills and develop further fluency with tool and technique. rn


Workshop: Beyond the Bezel


This unique experience is all about extracting the most value from of the least amount of material.rnrnBezels can be far more than just a ring of metal enclosing a stone. This three day intensive applied technique workshop elevates the bezel into a self supporting design element. rnrnIn skilled hands, the simplest of tools enable the greatest degree of artistic expression and creative freedom. With dividers, saw, and files, a bezel can become a skillfully decorated setting. Learn to transform a common thick walled bezel into the elaborately carved and pierced centerpiece of a jewel. Create alternative setting designs by articulating bezels into prongs, tabs, channels, serrated and scalloped patterns. rnrnDemonstration and instruction by an award winning professional goldsmith is followed by each participants hands on exploration and adaptation of process and technique. The course curriculum covers forming, shaping, and soldering heavy stock into bezels; precision layout and execution of patterns and repetitive design elements; and setting stones with pushers, burnishers, hammer and punch. rn