The Metal Arts Guild was established just as the war ended, which seems so very long ago and when one takes the time to consider all that has changed in our day to day lives over the last 70 years, especially due to the advances in technology, and it started with the war.
War caused new problems to solve, and made people create solutions to fix them. The quote ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ caused the invention of synthetic rubber and transistors to aid the troops and the doors opened wider to new ideas and ways to problem solve. A lot has happened in the last 70 years as creative thinkers solved problems.
When did you have to create a tool in order to complete a project? Did you have to consider how to make a better catch, lock or clasp? I have seen goldsmiths consider their aging customers and create jewellery, like a linked bracelet, to be put on with one arthritic hand. They have all been innovators and over their careers, over the past 70 years that the Metal Arts Guild has been around, and all of you have had to ponder a problem and come up with a solution.
Think back, I reckon you can remember many incidents such as these in your career, and the MAG Canada would like you to create your own 'problem' so to speak, and solve it through an innovative process. It can be a tool, concept or technique that enables you to fabricate or fashion a finished piece of metal work for the national exhibition.
You may create up to two different pieces; holloware, sculptural or wearable metalwork containing a significant amount of metal, but not excluding gemstones, pearls, glass, etc., reflecting the theme and send the work along with an accompanying essay, 150 words or less, to explain what your innovation was and the process you used to create your piece.
The competition will be open to both MAG Canada members and guest metal artists. The entries will be judged on their craftsmanship, design and responsiveness to the theme.
Deadline for entries: Friday, April 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Details for shipping, hand deliver instructions, rules and regulations can be found here.
Exhibition: Thursday, May 5th to June 2nd, 2016, with an opening reception.
Entrance fee: Members, $35.00
MAG Canada is honoured to present this auspicious anniversary exhibition initiated by our Show committee chairperson, Cheryl Fraser of Zilberschmuck Gallery. Her expertise and experience in organizing shows of her own will doubtlessly see this exhibition be an event not to be missed. Consider over the holiday which Innovations in your work you wish to share and we will look forward to your submissions. More information to come in the New Year.
In 2004, the Society of North American Goldsmiths donated an extensive slide archive to the Metal Museum, the only institution in the United States devoted exclusively to the advancement of the art and craft of fine metalwork.
It contains the portfolios of over 330 metalsmiths of national and international significance. The complete 16,000-slide archive is currently being digitized for long-term preservation through grants from the John and Robyn Horn Foundation and an ArtsFirst grant from the First Tennessee Bank Foundation.
The Metal Museum is pleased to partner with the American Craft Council Library to make this collection available online. New content will be added on a regular basis.
This is an extensive catalogue of research that is useful for makers, learners, teachers, and aspirers!
Craft Year is a year-long, nation-wide festival aimed at promoting craft as a key player in Canadian Culture. The type of events we are looking for can include craft exhibitions, fairs, book launches, open houses, conferences, workshops, competitions, publications, community events and more. All events registered for Craft Year 2015 will be displayed here on our website for the whole world to see.
In the first launch of Craft Year in 2007 over 700 events took place, deeming it as an international hit. This lead to an expanded high profile of activity such as the invitation to Canada as the special guest country at the 2009 Cheongju International Craft Biennale in Cheongju, South Korea.
There are two ways in which to participate: you can re-brand your already planned events for 2015 with the Craft Year logo, which can be found on the official website, or you can take the initiative to help us set the stage for craft in Canada by creating new activities/events designed specifically for Craft Year, or you could do both.
Don't forget to check out our video section! We have MAG and MAG Member videos uploaded.
MAGazine - 2015
RIO GRANDE - BECAUSE YOU CHOSE JEWELER
Congratulations to Rio Grande for winning the prestigious ADDY Award from the American Advertising Foundation. Check out the campaign below, and visit page 21 (or 23 depending on your viewer) of the following PDF link for more information.
The Metal Arts Guild of Canada would like to congratulate Paul McClure!
Paul McClure is an outstanding jewellery artist, designer, educator, mentor, curator, writer and community-arts activator, and is one of the driving forces in Canadian fine craft today….
His jewellery is a personal and corporate commentary about the body – as physical site and a topic. The intersection of art and science (biology, pathology and genetics) is of particular interest. … His pieces convey ideas about our relationship with our bodies, gender subversion, and social mores surrounding disease and death.
A sublime metalsmith… he is dedicated to concept research and experimentation in order to expand the boundaries of his own practice and contemporary jewellery in Canada.
– Melanie Egan (nominator), Head, Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre
April 23rd through 25th, 2015
Eleven internationally acclaimed Saskatchewan artists will be showcasing the diversity of their work and engaging the public. The Conexus Art Centre, Jacqui Shumiatcher Room will be transformed into a gallery where each artist is available to answer questions and provide information centred around their individual art practice and chosen medium. From painting to jewellery, glass, handmade instruments, porcelain , wood and stone sculpture the ReginArt 2015 exhibition and sale promises to meet and exceed any art collector’s expectation.
One of the objectives of the event is the active engagement of the public. Plans are underway to welcome teachers and school groups during the day Thursday and Friday. It is the collective goal of ReginArt 2015 to open conversation between artists and students who may be considering an artistic career path. Artists aim to communicate and educate openly about income possibilities, the diversity and personal fulfillment an art career has to offer.
ReginArt 2015 represents the following artists: Jacqueline Berting and James Clark (glass and metal), Peter Sawchyn (guitar maker), Dale Lowe (wood turning), Mary Lynn Podiluk (art jeweller & goldsmith), Val Moker (painter), Larry Trask (stone sculpture & painter ) and Denyse and Rod Simair (crystalline porcelain), Lloyd Dubois (First Nations painting) and Morley Maier (handmade willow baskets).
ReginArt 2015 provides a convenient location with complementary parking and free admission to all visitors. The diverse exhibition and sale is open to the public on Thursday, April 23rd, 1:00 pm through 5:00 pm; Friday, April 24th from 10:00 am through 8:00 pm and April 25th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Crafting Sustainability is a two-day conference that brings together makers, researchers, educators, and students to interrogate the pairing of craft and sustainable practice. Co-organized by Craft Ontario and the Material Art and Design Department (MAAD) at OCAD University, the conference offers a platform for assessing the role of craft in fostering new paradigms for production and consumption in the 21st century.
Idea exchange and debate will be framed by questions that address what it means to be a responsible maker in a contemporary context. If sustainability is grounded in the principles of ecological responsibility, social equity, and economic viability, what models exist for craft adopting these principles to advance the health of communities? Do the embodied processes of craft production hold clues for new modes of knowledge and appreciation? Where do the challenges lie in translating craft methodologies to late-capitalist consumer culture?
Crafting Sustainability will be held at OCAD University, located in the Auditorium (190) at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Please see Program for dates and times, and Directions for wayfinding.
Generous support for the Crafting Sustainability conference is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.
MARCH 12-20, 2015, THE GREAT HALL, OCAD UNIVERSITY, 100 MCCAUL STREET
OPENING RECEPTION, SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
An exhibition inspired by the 2015 Crafting Sustainability conference co-organized by Craft Ontario and the Material Art & Design Department (MAAD) at OCAD University.
The exhibition offers a platform for discussing craft and sustainable practice while fostering new paradigms for production and consumption in the 21st century. Sustainability is grounded in the principles of ecological responsibility, social equity, and economic viability. As makers and designers we have the power to influence social culture through the utensils and materials related to the preparation or consumption of food while challenging the conspicuous paradigm of contemporary consumer culture. In cultures around the world the preparation, consumption and rituals associated with food are achieved using dishes and implements often made of ceramics, metal and fibre. Craft has the power to reassert the enduring object, replacing that which is ephemeral and disposable.
The convenience of fast food is being challenged by the “slow food movement”, in which food preparation is considered a sensation to be savored and enjoyed as much as the meal itself. Material objects define the parameters of these fast and slow food movements and illustrate the trend toward sustainable practices in both food production and consumption. Participants were encouraged to challenge their own perceptions around the issues of food and sustainable craft practices in the creation of work that invites the viewer to “Come Eat With Us.”
During the opening of the exhibition Setsuko Sanagawa, Helen Kong and Sorlie Madox will be performing a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony to illustrate how tradition and food rituals can help sustain a culture. Please join us!
As part of their role as a centre of excellence for education and research, and a catalyst for creative inquiry and cultural development, ACAD publishes a series of gallery limited edition catalogues, student publications, and College reports throughout the year. ACAD is proud of our long history of research and critical thought, and publications such as our Catalyst magazine focus each year on showcasing the inspiring work done by our faculty and students, as well as by our Alumni from around the world. There are a couple of short exposes on ACAD faculty – Dee Fontans and Jeff DeBoer. Jeff DeBoer was a guest speaker at a past MAGC AGM.
They just released their Annual Report:
Joailliers expérimentés, voyageurs ou grands techniciens, nos conférenciers viennent partager leur savoir-faire, toujours avec passion et générosité. Les calendriers sont mis à jour en début de session.
Pour soumettre une conférence, contactez Claudia Gravel.
Prenez note qu’il est nécessaire de réserver votre place pour assister aux conférences. Pour ce faire, contactez Katherine David, au 514-281-9922 poste 201.
Vendredi le 27 février, 17h30
Conférence en anglais
Charles Lewton-Brainstudied and worked in Europe and North America. He lectures and publishes internationally on his research into rapid manipulation of metal and it’s surface for artistic and manufacturing purposes. He invented Fold-Forming, an internationally recognized new approach to working sheet metals. Head of the Jewellery/Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design, he writes, exhibits and works in his studio. He thinks of himself as an artist who works primarily in the context of body ornament. He is a founding partner in the world’s largest free educational web site for jewellers, ganoksin.com.
Durée: 90 minutes
BLOG ALERT: GLORIA HICKEY CRAFT WRITER
Gloria Hickey is an independent curator and writer living in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador with more than 250 published craft related articles. She holds a Masters degree in Philosophy of Art from the University of Toronto (1981) and has curated major exhibitions. She has also published a chapter in the book The Culture of Craft (Manchester University Press 1997) and has edited two books published by the Canadian Museum of Civilization – Common Ground: Contemporary Craft, Architecture and the Decorative Arts (1999) and Making and Metaphor: A Discussion of Meaning in Contemporary Craft (1994). She is a two-time winner of the Betty Park Award for Critical Writing, and received the 2010 award for Cultural Leadership in the Atlantic Region. In 2011, she was the first winner of the Critical Eye award in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Check out her blog here.
Don't forget to check out our "Opportunities" tab for new call for entries, events, and exhibitions to participate in!
Registration OPEN: CanIRON X
EVENT DAY: July 2nd-5th, 2015, Nova Scotia
Blacksmiths, metal enthusiasts, sculptors, artists, and individuals seeking something out of the ordinary, are making their travel plans to the rugged and beautiful island of Cape Breton, off the east coast of Canada. They will travel by air, sea, and ground; over the picturesque rural hills of Cape Breton and along the pristine waters of the Bras d’Or Lakes. Arriving on the shore of Baddeck Bay in the historic village of Baddeck, where the ringing of anvils and the fires of the forge will welcome them to CanIRON X, a celebration and convention on the craft of blacksmithing.
Drawn together by an art form that has played a pivotal role in the history of human society and culture, organizers are expecting hundreds of people to participate in CanIRON X. Visitors can attend lectures, watch blacksmithing demonstrations or take instructional classes. They can also visit an ironworks gallery, learn about the heritage of blacksmithing in Canada, stroll through a vendors market, and enjoy food, drink and conversation with the international blacksmithing community.
MAG Platinum member Claudio Pino will be presenting a few rings for the Canada Craft Year 2015 at the "Naked Craft Exhibition". Curators : Denis Longchamps, Juliette Macdonald, Arno Verhoeven, and Sandra Alfoldy.
Here is the schedule of this travelling show:
Art Gallery of Burlington (June 20 to September 6 2015)
Materia, Quebec City(September 26 to November 28 2015)
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax (January 14 to April 10 2016).
The Exhibition in Print is out! A big thank you to everyone who came together to make this issue a success.
Congratulations to all our participants!
Elizabeth Goluch, Snail (Slow Journey Home)
Paul W. Leathers, Secret, anyone's is open, if waited for long enough (90) v2.0
Claudio Pino, The Golden Chameleon
Shuang Feng, Commitment - Vincent Van Gogh