yusko vesselWhen: October 3, 2019, 6:00pm

Where: College for Creative Studies, Ford Campus, 201 E. Kirby, Detroit, MI. 48202, Room B 211 Kresge-Ford Bld.

Co-sponsored by Smith Shop

Stephen Yusko lives and works in Cleveland, OH, where he creates forged, machined and fabricated steel vessels, furniture and sculpture. Yusko has taught at several schools and universities, including Haystack School of Crafts (ME), Penland School of Crafts (NC), and State University of New York (SUNY) at Purchase, where he was a Windgate Artist-in-Residence; and served for nine years as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Haystack School of Crafts. He has exhibited his work widely including the Metal Museum (TN) and the Ruthin Craft Centre (Wales, UK) and is the recipient of two Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Excellence Awards and a Cuyahoga County Creative Workforce Fellowship Award. See more at www.stephenyusko.com and on Instagram @stephenyuskostudios

Screenshot 20190910 190738Annual All Member Meeting will be held at College for Creative Studies on Sunday October 13th.

The meeting will be in the metals studio in the Kresge Ford building, beginning with lunch at 12:30 pm and business meeting beginning at 1 pm.

This year’s lecturer will be MSG member Michael Nashef. Michael has a Masters of Fine Art from Bowling Green State University with a concentration in jewelry design, enameling, and metalsmithing, as well as a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts of Metal/Jewelry Design from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. In addition to his work at Nashef Design, he is also the owner and designer of the commercial bridal line, “Intersecting Hearts®”. More about Michael and his work can be found at www.nashefdesigns.com and www.intersectinghearts.com.

As always, the meeting will include board elections, everyone’s favorite tool swap, vendors, MSG SWAG, networking, and fellowship. You can also renew your membership on site. If you are interested in running for a board position, please contact Jayson Olson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For more infroamtion about the tool swap, please contact Danielle Blanchard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Maker Works is having an Open House on Saturday, September 14th from 2pm - 5pm, to celebrate our 8th year of making!

We'll be running tool demonstrations of the laser cutter, plasma cutter, shopbot, 3D Printing and more.

In the past year we've added Form 2 Resin 3D Printing, a Bead Blaster + Powder Coating Booth + Oven, and a beefier 12" Compound Miter Saw. We'll also have a showcase of member projects.

All are welcome to visit!

Event page: https://www.maker-works.com/events/2019/9/14/8th-anniversary-open-house

MSG is seeking artists to demonstrate at this year’s Ann Arbor Art Fair Booth. In keeping with the Guild’s 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. It’s 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.
 
ENTRY PROCEDURE:  We are not requiring applicants to submit images of their work. Instead, using the application form below, please send a detailed description of your demonstration. Details should include the techniques you plan to demonstrate, along with the tools and materials you plan to use (while MSG has a good selection of tools, you should check with the coordinators for specific tools, and you are responsible for supplying your materials). Demonstrations do not need to be complicated - often a technique can be repeated as spectators come and go. Demos that involve hammers and/or noise or that are highly interactive are especially well-received. No open flames are allowed at the art fair - please plan accordingly.

OTHER INFORMATION:  Demonstration artists must be present for the full day of their demonstration at the art fair, no matter when their specific demonstration is. (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday hours are 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM; Sunday hours are 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM.) You are also expected to booth-sit for other South University Art Fair artists throughout parts of the day. (This is usually 3-4 hours of the rest of your day.)
 
WORKS FOR SALE: Demonstrators may submit up to 20 works for sale relating to their demo technique. As with the regular exhibitors, all works for sale will need to be inventoried prior to their display at the art fair. An inventory spreadsheet, along with instructions on how to tag and price your work, will be provided with the acceptance letter.
 
ENTRY FORMS:  Please fill out the entry form (click Here) and return via regular mail or email by July 5, 2019 to:
 
Charlotte Allen
9298 Crane Road
Milan, MI  48160
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Inventory instructions and assigned demo times will be mailed out by July 12, 2019. If applying via regular mail, please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope for this purpose.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Charlotte Allen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Lorraine Kolasa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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MSG’s 2019 College Graduation Exhibition honoring the graduates of Bowling Green State University and College for Creative Studies will be opening this Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m. in the Community Room Gallery of the City Hall Artspace Lofts in Dearborn. Exhibiting this year are Kathryn Valentine Clapsaddle (BGSU), Jennifer Nickey Marcson (BGSU), Adwowa Atta Panyin Osei (BGSU) and Cai Steen (CCS).

Please join MSG in an evening of fellowship showcasing the work of our newest metalsmithing graduates while celebrating with a casual graduation party. Light refreshments will be served.

For those that cannot make the opening, the exhibition will be open during the afternoon of Sunday June 16.

City Hall Artspace Lofts are located at 13615 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI (at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Shaefer). The gallery is located in the rear of the Annex with a patio gate entrance at the NE corner of John Nagy Drive and Maple. There is free parking on the SE corner directly across the street.

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Student Exhibition Opening

Join College for Creative Studies for the 94th CCS Student Exhibition Opening (SEO), as the academic year culminates in an event celebrating the hard work and talent of CCS students from all different majors.

Tickets can be purchased online until 4 p.m. Thursday, May 9.
Tickets are available for purchase at the doors on Friday, May 10 starting at 5 p.m.

 

SEO continues to be one of the nation’s top events of its kind showcasing the best student artwork to more than 3,000 opening night attendees and thousands more during the two week run of show. Enthusiasts, collectors, and members of the Detroit community celebrate the talented students, browse and purchase exceptional art and enjoy entertainment, food and beverages provided by local restaurants and caterers.

All proceeds from the sale of art goes directly to the student artists to jump start their art and design careers. Proceeds from the Student Exhibition Opening sponsorship and ticket sales helps to provide undergraduate student scholarships and free art programs for Detroit youth.

Opening Night

May 10, 2019
5:30 p.m. Collectors' Reception
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. General Admission

Public Days

May 11-24, 2019
Saturday – Wednesday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. 

 

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Going to the SNAG conference this year?? Relax and leave the driving to us!

The MSG has arranged fun, eco-friendly, comfortable and cost efficient round-trip transportation from the Detroit area, with a pick-up in Kalamazoo, to the doors of the 2019 SNAG Conference in Chicago.

Bus amenities- Overhead Storage Racks, Luggage Compartment, Comfortable Leather Seating, Soft Drinks/Water, Charging Outlets, WiFi, 25 Passenger Seating.

Sit back and enjoy the ride, network with fellow metalsmiths or sleep the whole way. No worries, no tolls and no Chicago parking. Fares starting at just $35. Space is limited, register today!
 
Please find the registration form HERE
 

Sponsored by the Michigan Silversmith's Guild, Rio Grande, Studio JSD, and Halstead Inc. Message the Guild if you would like to be listed as a SNAG bus trip sponsor.

 

Join us as we welcome guest artist Anne Havel back to Michigan for 2 more exciting enameling workshops. The initial workshop (October 4-6th) sold out so quickly we added another session!

Date: October 7-9, 2019 Time: 9am-5pm
Place: Studio JSD-Grand Haven, Michigan
Fee: $285.00 for MSG members
$235.00 student members $335.00 non-members
Materials: All materials are included with class fee.
A tool list will be sent with acceptance notice.
 
Workshop Description:
"Using a torch, various methods of line creation and imagery within your enamel piece will be demonstrated. By
applying successive layers of liquid, acrylic, as well as transparent and opaque powdered enamels, techniques
such as sgraffito, graphite, sifting, firescale, acid-etching, painting, and more, can be covered. Additionally,
under/maturity/& over-firing are utilized to build and preserve drawings and layers in the final piece. No matter
the student's skill level, there will be the opportunity to immerse oneself in new ideas and principles.
Cold-connection and minimal soldering skill options for your piece(s) can be explored"
 
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Registration forms available HERE
Seats will be filled on a first come basis.
Questions: Julie Sanford, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or call 616-607-2470

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Plique-à-jour Enameling with Samantha Zhang

April 19, 20, 21, 2019 • 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

We experienced just a taste of the enameling work of Samantha Zhang at the Member Workshop last year. Now you can immerse yourself in a three-day Plique-à-jour enameling workshop with Samantha.

Registration is limited to 8 participants, so sign up early. Pack a lunch or visit local eateries during the one hour lunch break each day. Please bring the follow in your tool box: A set of needles files, a Swiss file, saw and blades. A Ruler or regularly used stencils. All other materials will be provided.

Workshop Fee:
Members - $280
Nonmembers - $340
Students - $220   

Location:
Canton, Michigan                                   

Registration Deadline: April 12, 2019    REGISTRATION FORM HERE

Maker Works logoFBPlease join us on Saturday, March 9, 2-4pm for a tour of Maker Works, an Ann Arbor makerspace with jewelry studio, metal working, wood working, 3D printing, and more. We’ll show tools from both inside and outside the jewelry studio that can be used to create jewelry-scale objects, whether it is powder coating, sand blasting, welding, precision machining, laser engraving, etc. In addition to access to tools, makerspaces offer instruction, space to use the tools, and a community of creative individuals ranging from artists to engineers, students to entrepreneurs, steel fabricators to fabric artists.

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Please click here for the application form to apply to participate in the MSG booth at the Art of Fire Art Fair in Royal Oak, June 8-9, 2019.misilversmith logo

Please note, you need to complete a separate application for each of the fares (South University in Ann Arbor, Palmer Park in Detroit and Art of Fire in Royal Oak) n which you are interested in participating.

Teach a full-time course load in Metals and Contemporary Art Jewelry and Foundations following National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) guidelines. These may include introductory, and potentially intermediate to advanced Metals and Contemporary Art Jewelry courses, as well as Foundation courses - preferably 2D Design and Drawing - to support the various Art and Design BFA disciplines, BS Art Education and University-wide General Education students. Screening of applications will begin on Monday, March 18, 2019. Submissions will be accepted until position is filled. 

For details, please visit:

https://jobs.uwstout.edu/lecturer-metals-and-contemporary-art-jewelry-and-foundations/job/10589550

Please contact Bryan Ritchie

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misilversmith logoPlease click here for the application form to apply to participate in the MSG booth at the Palmer Park Art Fair in Detroit, June 1-2, 2019. 

Also be on the look out for the call for entries for the MSG booth at the Art of Fire Art Fair in Royal Oak, June 8-9, expected to be sent out next week. 

Please note, you need to complete a separate application for each of the fares in which you are interested in participating. 

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Please select the link for the application form to apply to participate in the MSG booth at the South University Art Fair in Ann Arbor, July 18-21 2019.

Also be on the look out for the call for entries for the MSG booth at both the Palmer Park and Art of Fire Art Fairs, June 1-2 and 8-9 respectively, expected to be sent out end of February/first of March.

Please note, you need to complete a separate application for each of the fares in which you are interested in participating.

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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.

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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.

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 3rd. 

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 70In 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.

Saturday will be a day of concurrent one-hour demonstrations and workshops taught by members who have volunteered to share their knowledge and expertise. Free to MSG members, lunch will also be provided. It will be a great way to gain some new skills while getting to know your fellow members. There are still some teaching slots available, so if you would like to teach one of the workshops, please contact Lori Brauer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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.

For more information about the tool swap, please contact Danielle Blanchard at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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
https://www.simonedesousagallery.com/artists/adam-shirley/adam-shirley-bio.

misilversmith logoJoin 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. 

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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.

Download the application here!