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Susan Lee Stephen replied to Lissa's discussion Torch question about safety.
"Hmmm, I've casually wondered this too.  I was a welder and have migrated into jewellery.  Besides the startling "pop" sound, I was told as a welder that by turning off your acetylene first then the oxygen, that the flow of…"
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Sonja R replied to Lissa's discussion Torch question about safety.
"Hi Lissa, you have me really piqued on this issue because inconsistency is a contributing root cause to accidents.  Industrial welding and jewelry soldering is pretty much the same, just the scale is different.  Bigger tanks,…"
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Sonja R replied to Lissa's discussion Torch question about safety.
"In welding operations you would be using the much larger K cylinders and the concern there is that unburned fuel could be released and ignite unexpectedly so therefore the fuel is shut off first and then the oxygen.  Also remember your work…"
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Canada Craft Year 2015: Naked Craft Exhibition

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).

CONCEAL / REVEAL - MAGazine Exhibition in Print 2014

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

November News

Early Bird Registration Open for CanIRON X

Canada’s Next National Blacksmithing Event

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada (November 10, 2014) – The Cape Breton Blacksmiths Association (CBBA) has opened registration for the 10th Canadian National Blacksmithing Conference, CanIRON X. The event is happening July 2nd – 5th, 2015 in the historic village of Baddeck, Nova Scotia; Canadian home to legendary inventor Alexander Graham Bell.

Prolific and acclaimed metal sculptor Albert Paley of Rochester, NY, will be giving a two-day lecture on design during the conference, while a line-up of prominent blacksmiths from the U.S., Canada, and Europe demonstrate and teach techniques and methods of forging metal.

“This event is not just for people who are practicing blacksmiths,” says CBBA president, Grant Haverstock. “It will inspire artists and designers of all media, anyone with an involvement or interest in metal, and those who are totally unfamiliar with the craft.”

“Artists will be showcasing pieces of ironwork in a gallery showcase, there will be a youth-led component for young smiths, a vendors section, great musical entertainment and plenty of forging. This is all, of course, in addition to the outstanding headlining blacksmith demonstrations and lectures we have arranged.”

The four-day CanIRON X event will also celebrate the blacksmithing craft as part of Canada’s Craft Year in 2015 and the International Year of Light.

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Grant Haverstock, President
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La Pai 7th Annual Contemporary Jewellery Exhibition

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Art Jewellery Forum - Shows & Tales

Keep tuned into Art Jewellery Forum's upcoming book - Shows & Tales!

With the jewelry community's help, AJF has gone above and beyond its Kickstarter goal of $12,000.

Keep telling everyone you know about this project--support this book so we can make an even better publication that supports the field of contemporary jewelry. 

Backing for jewelry books, exhibitions, and projects isn't easy to come by. 

Shows & Tales will be a 200-page paperback book with flaps and full-color illustrations. The book will be edited and designed by Benjamin Lignel.

While the topic of exhibition making occupies an ever more important place in art theory, there has never been a publication on the subject with jewelry as its focus. Shows & Tales aims to remedy this absence. The book will provide an historical overview of jewelry exhibitions, an understanding of the challenges in showing jewelry in public spaces, and insight into what curation can do to jewelry objects. Shows & Tales aims to help professional and amateur curators articulate the relative importance of selection, mediation, and experience design, and question their assumptions about display conventions.

Sante Fe Symposium

9th Annual Santa Fe Symposium® Accepting Registrations Now:

Learn About the Latest Jewelry Research & Innovation for Jewelers

Registration is open, and now is the time for professionals in the jewelry industry to seize a unique

opportunity! Every year, the Santa Fe Symposium® on Jewelry Manufacturing Technology invites

jewelry professionals from around the world who are working to know more and build businesses

success. Throughout the 31⁄2 days of this renowned conference, casters, manufacturers and

entrepreneurs enjoy presentations on state-of-the-art techniques, new research, and the latest

innovations in the jewelry industry. Each day, and well into the evening, opportunities abound to meet

with colleagues, discuss ideas, and build professional networks. Register now to attend the Symposium

on May 17–20, 2015, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

For 2015, presentation topics range from methods for blackening silver to internet marketing to

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deal that could directly benefit you and your business. Says Eddie Bell, the driving force behind the

Symposium, “There is one reason I attend Santa Fe Symposium year after year without fail: I learn

more there than I do through the rest of the year.”

The jewelry industry sees floods of new technologies in each and every year, from thermoplastics

to shifting regulations and business requirements to 3D computer-aided jewelry design. Santa Fe

Symposium attracts professionals from the most successful companies in the industry, professionals

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of jewelry design and manufacture. The result is a unique integration of art and science that inspires

innovative design and production methodology in ways that were unheard of just a few short years ago.

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Gary Dawson, professional designer/goldsmith and six-time presenter at the Symposium, “It is the

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and absorb that passion during every waking moment.”

Registration for Santa Fe Symposium is now open; the conference will be held May 17–20, 2015,

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Scholarships are available to a few qualified applicants; because the

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Entries have now closed for the MAGC 2014 Exhibition in Print, "Conceal/Reveal".

By midnight on Friday, 31 October, we had received entries from MAGC members across the country from British Columbia to Newfoundland, and from as far afield as Las Cruces, New Mexico!


The works curated by Ken Vickerson (Chair of Material Arts and Design at OCAD University) will form the 2014 MAGC Exhibition in Print, Conceal/Reveal, and will be showcased in the December 2014 issue of MAGazine and on the MAGC website.

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Craft Year 2015

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.

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L`École de Joaillerie de Montréal Retrospective Exhibition

The Museum of masters and artisans du Québec and the Montreal School of jewelry exhibit from September 26 to November 15, 2014 the retrospective exhibition "40 years of passion, creativity and formationl" where sixty artists will exhibit nearly 200 jewelry and jewelry and silverware. Four decades of creations, training and national and international recognition! An exceptional discipline of art history portrait of Quebec businesses.

The exhibition curator Catherine Sheedy, artist, jeweler and teacher, sought the collaboration of artists, collectors and museums to bring together works that fall in the path of this institution. Thereafter, a jury of Louise Lemieux Bérubé Ladies, weaver of international reputation, Chantal Gilbert, cutlery and silversmith, and Valérie Côté, art historian has made the choice of the majority of the exhibited works.

Exhibition catalog
for the occasion, in partnership with the Museum of masters and artisans du Québec, the Montreal School of jewelry makes a wonderful exhibition of more than 150 pages catalog, containing excerpts from interviews and showing part of the works in this retrospective. This book is a testament to the richness of the School and the discipline of the craft that is part of our cultural heritage.

About the Museum of masters and artisans du Québec
Museum of masters and artisans in Quebec is located at 615, avenue Sainte-Croix, in the borough of Saint-Laurent.Its mission is to showcase the ingenuity and creativity of teachers and artisans of the object is hands Quebec. His collection includes objects of material culture of Quebec from yesterday to today.

All photographs: Sebastien D'Amour

In Memoriam: Madeleine "Jean" Johnson


TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014

6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Bill Boyle Artport (formerly York Quay Centre)
Room: Lakeside Terrace
Harbourfront Centre

Madeleine Jean Johnson has passed away peacefully at Toronto General Hospital on Tuesday May 27, 2014. Born and educated in Toronto, Jean graduated from the 4 year art course at Northern Secondary School, and drew Captain Marvel comics during the war. For 10 years she was Supervisor of the Charting Department at the A.C. Neilsen Company, Toronto. As Curator at the Merton Gallery, (1969-79) Jean organized countless exhibitions of fine art and fine craft. Jean was a passionate advocate of contemporary craft at Harbourfront Centre as Coordinator of the Craft Studio, (1979 - 91), Craft Projects Manager (1991 – 2003) and Manager: Special Craft Initiatives (January 2003 to 2008). After 1979, Jean curated numerous exhibitions including the `Fishing Baskets of Asia Pacific’ celebrating Canada’s Year of Asia Pacific 1997 at Harbourfront Centre. The exhibit subsequently traveled across Canada. Jean taught `The History of Craft and Design’ (1994, 1998 & 2002), `grant writing’, and `marketing for visual artists’ at the Haliburton School of the Arts, (1995 to 2000), and for various Toronto artist centres. Volunteer activities included Member of the board of directors for the Textile Museum of Canada, Professional Art Dealers of Canada, Ontario Crafts Council and President of the William Morris Society of Canada. Jean served as juror for exhibitions and awards across Canada, including The Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and adviser on curriculum to Georgian College Jewellery Studio and Sheridan College School of Craft and Design. Jean was awarded the Order of Canada (1993) for her work with the crafts community across Canada; The Mather Award & Honourary Life Member, Ontario Crafts Council (1994); Doctor of Fine Arts, honoris causa, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, (2000) and Honorary Fellowship, Ontario College of Art & Design (2001), and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, (2012). To share remembrances please visit as well as

40th EJM Anniversary Celebration

From the 15th of September to the 15th of November 2014 the Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec will be hosting a retrospective exhibition highlighting 40 years of jewellery education in Montreal, namely at the (ÉJM) École de joaillerie de Montréal and (ÉJMAM) l’École de joaillerie et de métaux d’art de Montréal.

This 40th anniversary celebration is an opportunity to share and speak out with admiration and gratitude for the educational institutions that have allowed numerous artisans to learn thanks to their workshop/school approach and teachings. It will also be highlighting the adventures of hundreds of people whose passion, work and hopes were formed by these schools.

The curator of the exibition is Catherine Sheedy.

Info about the show

L’École de Joaillerie de Montréal is a non-profit organization which offers three different kinds of programs. First and foremost, it offers a three-year college diploma in affiliation with Le Cégep du Vieux Montréal. Secondly it offers a continuing education program open to all which is comprised of seven levels & covers the basics of jewellery making. Last but not least, there are many workshops offered throughout the year as well as conferences. It is a dynamic environment in the heart of Montreal, and it has something to offer for everybody.

Fondée au début des années 70, l’École de Joaillerie de Montréal est à la fois un lieu de formation et un centre de recherche appliquée en joaillerie.

En collaboration avec le Cégep du Vieux Montréal, dans le cadre des programmes techniques de formation en métiers d’art, l’École de Joaillerie prépare les joailliers de demain. La formation est donnée par des artisans professionnels de renom et des joailliers de réputation internationale.

Les étudiants reçoivent aussi une formation leur permettant de bien maîtriser les rudiments de la gestion d’une entreprise. Ainsi, ils terminent leur programme en métier d’art, option joaillerie, avec une base solide en gestion, laquelle leur permettra de créer leur propre entreprise, s’ils le désirent.

En plus de programme collégial, l’École de Joaillerie offre des cours de perfectionnement privés ou de groupe aux bijoutiers et joailliers, ainsi qu’un programme complet de joaillerie de base aux adultes.

Enfin, dans le but d’assurer un soutien au milieu professionnel et à ses étudiants (qu’ils soient jeunes ou adultes), l’École rend ses ateliers et ses équipements accessibles : location d’atelier et d’équipement, ateliers libres pour travaux scolaires, assistance technique, information et conseil, projets de recherche, projets spéciaux, bourses de perfectionnement et centre de documentation.


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