Pricing and Photographing Your Work - Informal Meeting of MSG Members
Please join us on January 13, 2019 at CCS for an informal day of learning.
In the morning (10-12:30), panel members will share the processes they use for calculating what to charge for their work. Discussions will include a brief description of their work and how they determine what they will charge. The panel will then take questions from the mediator and attendees, and finish up with an opportunity for attendees to present an item of their making and ask the panel for a pricing critique, based hours, materials, and other criteria that the panel members would use in determining the sales price of the object.
In the afternoon (1:30-4:00), there will be a demonstration on how to make a light box and how to use it to photograph small, shiny objects. Attendees who bring a piece for pricing will also have the opportunity to discuss how best to photograph the piece, get assistance with the placement of the piece in the light box and obtaining appropriate lighting. Attendees will then have the opportunity to take the photo with their own camera/telephone.
Lunch is brown bag, or a short trip to one of several restaurants in the area.
Please see that linked meeting notification. If you would like to join us, complete the rsvp, especially as regards whether you plan to bring a piece for pricing and photographing and return the rsvp portion by January 7, 2019.
David Barr Studio and Sculpture Garden Tour
Join MSG on Saturday December 8 at 12:45 p.m. for a private guided tour of Villa Barr, David's home, studio, and the sculpture gardens with resident artist and MSG member Patty Smith.
The cost of the event is $5 per person, and members are welcome to bring guests. Light refreshments will be served.
Villa Barr is located at 22600 Napier Road, Novi, MI,.
About David Barr:
American artist David Barr (1939-2015) was influential in the development of North American Structuralism. His personal creative philosophy was expressive of the basic constructs of nature combined with the constructive principles of art, melding the arts and sciences. He is known for his public and monumental sculptures, structuralist reliefs, and global conceptual art.
MSG Annual Meeting Weekend
In honor of MSG’s 70th Anniversary, the annual meeting is turning into a weekend long event. It will begin on Saturday October 13 with a day of free member led mini-workshops, and will end with the annual meeting on Sunday October 14. All events will be held in the metals studio at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
Sunday brings the MSG annual meeting, which will begin at 1 p.m. It will start with the annual business meeting, which will be followed by a lecture and presentation by Detroit artist Adam Shirley. As always, the meeting will include board elections, everyone’s favorite tool swap, vendors, lunch, MSG SWAG (a great chance to pick up your new MS hoodie!), networking, and fellowship. You can also renew your membership on site.
Come and join in the fun while celebrating 70 years of MSG. It’s your guild, so make the most of it. We look forward to seeing you there!
Directions to, and a map of College for Creative Studies may be found at https://www.collegeforcreativestudies.edu/contact-us/maps-and-directions
For more information about Adam Shirley, please visit
2018 Graduation Exhibition
Join MSG in celebrating the the graduation of the newest up and coming metalsmiths from Bowling Green State University, College for Creative Studies, Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University with and exhibition on Saturday June 16. Part exhibition and part graduation party, the event will be held in the community room of the City Hall Artspace Lofts, 13615 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI. The festivities begin at 7 p.m.
CALL FOR ENTRY: MSG at UICA's Holiday Artists Market
MSG is looking for artists who are interested in participating in the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) 30th annual Holiday Market, which will be in Grand Rapids, MI on December 1st. Please note that the Guild will be applying for a booth at the event and has not yet been accepted, but the show requires that all participants be identified prior to the application process.
All current MSG members are eligible to apply, no previous art fair experience is necessary, and as this will be the Guild's first year applying to this event, the application for members is FREE! Applications must be in by June 30th.
CALL FOR ENTRY: Demo artists at the South University Ann Arbor Art Fair
MSG is seeking artists to demonstrate at the 2018 South University Art Fair Booth! In keeping with our mission to educate others about the craft of metalsmithing, the guild is providing demonstrations of metalsmithing techniques throughout the duration of the art fair. In return, on the day(s) of the demo, participating members will be able to display and sell work that is related to or derivative of the technique demonstrated. All current MSG members are eligible to apply. No previous art fair experience is necessary!
MSG Co-sponsors the Grinstein Jewelry Scholarship Competition
The Michigan Silversmiths Guild is joining Grinstein Jewelry Design for the second annual Grinstein Jewelry Scholarship Competition. The competition is open to all public and private high school juniors and seniors attending jewelry classes in Oakland County.
Eligible students may enter one jewelry piece that was made during the past year. Three independent and esteemed jewelry professionals will judge entries on design, creativity and craftsmanship. Scholarships will be awarded to the top three prize winners at an awards event will be held at Grinstein Jewelry and Design, 162 South Old Woodward, Birmingham, MI with all entries on display. The event is open to the public, and will take place on Saturday May 12, 2018 from 5-7 p.m. The winning entries will remain on display through Saturday May 26.
CALL FOR ENTRY: MSG at the South University Ann Arbor Art Fair
MSG and the South University Area Association will sponsor two booths for the 2018 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!
UPDATE: Deadline extended until April 7th!
More Info: Click here for more details
Society of North American Goldsmith’s 47th Annual Conference MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage
MADE: Makers Across Disciplines Engage focuses on materials, art, design, and interdisciplinary collaboration. While celebrating traditional and innovative techniques alike, we seek to engage makers and other creative individuals who push the boundaries of our field with a cross-media sensibility. Portland is a city that has a strong sense of community and is home to entrepreneurs and craftspeople alike. In response to this, we invite makers who work across disciplines to explore the unforeseen directions, inventiveness, and ingenuity within the metalsmithing field. Dates of Conference: May 23rd-26th, 2018 Location: Portland, Oregon Hotel: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront, 1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR
SNAG-Emerging Curators Grants
Do you dream of dabbling in the world of curating? Do you have a great idea for an exhibition? SNAG's Emerging Curators Program offers grants up to $2,500 to assist an emerging curator or curators in executing an exhibition focused on jewelry and/or metalwork. Application deadline: December 1, 2017 An emerging curator may be a recent graduate of a jewelry and/or metalwork program; or artists who have hosted a few exhibitions; or curators looking to host an exhibition. Exhibition must open before December 31, 2018.
CALL FOR ENTRY: MSG at the South University Ann Arbor Art Fair
MSG 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!
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 http://www.jcottergallery.com/jim-cotter.html More information about Nicole Jacquard may be found at http://www.nicolejacquard.com/nicole/Bio.html
METALS 2017 Exhibition at Eastern Michigan University
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.