Why we run workshops

At Maker&Smith we set out to inject energy into the craft sector, here, in Western Australia. As well as bringing in skilled makers from overseas to share techniques and networks, we also run workshops and talks delivered by local makers and smiths.
We’ve spent quite a bit of time lately with the good people of Joondalup (a suburb in the north of Perth, WA), thanks to the ‘Adorn program‘, which we contributed to. As we developed a short program of talks and workshops to complement an exhibition of the members of the Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of WA, we had the good fortune of getting to know local studio jewellers and smiths. So much so that I’m confident we can say many are now our best friends!
[Image above left to right: Claire Townsend, Katherine Kalaf, Sarah Elson, Alister Yiap, Susannah Kings-Lynne,  Melissa Cameron, Bethamy Linton.]

Adorn Workshops

Last weekend Claire Townsend and Sarah Elson delivered workshops on Enamelling and Cuttlebone Casting. We feel very strongly about the power of workshops like these to instil an appreciation and understanding of what it takes to be a skilled maker.

Years in the Making

Years in the making, these artisans are artists as well as makers and teachers – their design training, creative concepts and personal narratives combine with their knowledge of materials and techniques to take their work to a high level. It becomes apparent as participants delve into the basics of these techniques in a 6-hour workshop how hard it is to perfect skills and also the endless possibilities of materials, and their limitations. Making mistakes and failing repeatedly make for good learning. In that short time you realise the long hours, dedication and resilience it must take to be an accomplished maker.
Both Claire and Sarah are also professional teachers. Beyond their art, craft & design training, they’ve been teaching at a tertiary level for over 25 years, each. They have also perfected how best to impart the basics in 6 hours! Not everyone can do this; we get that.

Sadly, the degree and certificate courses that Claire & Sarah taught are gradually being cut from our education systems. The times are changing. The depth and rigour of the design, creative and technical skills that we once had access to, are becoming hard to find in the institutions. We watch and wait to see how this will affect the quality of skills and products in our region. (More on this at our Craft Conversations.)

Rigorous Education

Sadly, the degree and certificate courses that Claire & Sarah taught are gradually being cut from our education systems. The times are changing. The depth and rigour of the design, creative and technical skills that we once had access to, are becoming hard to find in the institutions. We watch and wait to see how this will affect the quality of skills and products in our region. (More on this at our Craft Conversations.)

Our Pledge to You

As well as workshops – we know the power of films, talks, demonstrations and open studios too (… to promote a wider understanding of the many years it takes to not only be proficient but to be an outstanding maker.)

We pledge to do our best to engage experienced teachers and accomplished makers. And we hope that in this small way we can generate better skills and greater appreciation of craftspeople.
We are so full of ideas for our program! If only time and budgets can make it all possible.
Soon we will announce our Winter Program – which we are certainly excited about and we hope you will be too.
We love to hear from you about your ideas, so talk to us.

Adorn Workshops – Sold Out!

The upcoming workshops, designed and delivered by Claire Townsend and Sarah Elson, have sold out. There are a couple of tickets left for the ADORN forum of craft conversations on Sunday 24 March 2019, at the Joondalup Reception Centre.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, click on these links:

Adorn Forum & Workshops

City of Joondalup ADORN

Image: Claire Townsend, enamel ring

DRIVEN TO ADORN – FORUM & WORKSHOPS

 

Jewellery has adorned the human body since time immemorial. It has fascinated us, bewitched us, caused murder and mayhem. We have coveted it. Over the ages jewellery has had many purposes beyond just ornament; as talismans, symbols of faith, tokens of love and esteem, trade guarantees and denoting status and authority.

Join us for a day of conversations about contemporary craft, jewellery and object making on Sunday 24 March 2019 at the City of Joondalup, and for workshops delivered by Claire Townsend and Sarah Elson, on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March respectively. (Registrations open from 4 February 2019.)

We are delighted to partner with the City of Joondalup in the presentation of a public program to complement the JMGA-WA (Jewellers & Metalsmiths Group of Australia, WA) exhibition ‘ADORN‘ to be held at Joondalup Art Gallery 18 March-12 April 2019.

It has been a pleasure to connect with this group of makers over the last few months and to explore their motivations, plans and challenges, in preparation for this program.

DRIVEN TO ADORN – a forum for craft conversations

Pitching at the right level

Eminent jeweller and gallerist Katherine Kalaf will make a special presentation at the ADORN forum about her experience representing international and Australian jewellers and makers in her Cottesloe gallery, as well an insight into her incredible archive.

6X6: Six Slides for Six Minutes,
followed by a conversation about craft futures in WA.

Six contemporary jewellers and smiths will regale us with a snapshot of a particular area of their practice, prior to a panel discussion about future directions for the craft sector in WA.

Melissa Cameron recently returned to Perth after six years in Seattle. Melissa will share with us what she’s been up to and what she’s learnt on the other side of the pond.

Sarah Elson is this year’s recipient of the City of Joondalup Inside-Out Billboard Commission and a member of Art Collective WA. You may have seen her work in the City’s Community Invitation Art Award last year? After over 20 years teaching at Curtin, she’s embarking on a new stage in her career.

Susannah Kings-Lynne is one of the co-founders of Wayward Jewellers Society. Susannah hones in on the reality journey – after training and going it alone – or rather with a bunch of kindred spirits.

Bethamy Linton has generations of silversmithing in her blood. Bethamy provides insights into the historical progress of silverware and new ways of meeting the market.

Claire Townsend has over 20 years teaching experience and was instrumental in setting up Contemporary Metal with Philip Noakes. Claire is passionate about training and support for contemporary jewellers.

Alister Yiap works across a variety of design, art and making disciplines, from jewellery to sculpture. Alister is a well known face in the fashion and design world of WA; he balances award-winning creative work with ongoing teaching work at North Met TAFE.

ABOVE
Bracelet: Carlier Makigawa, sterling silver, 2003.
Neckpiece: Gillian Rainer, sterling silver, 2003.
Ring: Katherine Kalaf, 18ct yellow gold, amethyst and topaz, 2003.