Ornament News
Announcements and Events 35.2

THE MINGEI INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM presents New Jewelry in a New Medium: The Art of Polymer Clay, open through June 17, 2012. A synthetic modeling compound, polymer clay has come into its own as an art material. One of the most adaptable art mediums available, it mixes like pigment and has properties that allow it to imitate natural materials or create millefiori-type patterns as in glass. Today, polymer is used to create beads, jewelry, sculpture, dolls, books, mosaics, vessels, and wall art. This exhibition explores the medium of polymer clay in jewelry. It includes polymer beads from the collection of The Bead Museum, formerly in Glendale, Arizona. Shown are a bracelet by Pier Voulkos, and a necklace by Cynthia Toops.
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THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF JEWELRY APPRAISERS hosts its thirty-seventh ACE™ It Annual Winter Conference in Tucson from January 29 – 30, 2012. Among the lectures to be given are The History of Tsavorite: The Green Heart of Africa by Bruce Bridges, and Classifying Gemstone Treatments by Angelo Themelis.


THE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAN GOLDSMITHS holds its 2012 conference, themed The Heat Is On, in Phoenix/Scottsdale from May 23 – 26, 2012. Garth Clark will give the keynote speech, entitled Who’s Your Daddy?, exploring whether craft-based making is still an autonomous movement, or just a small but wholly owned subsidiary of the design industry. Several exhibits will also be on display at the conference, such as Hot Under the Collar: A Survey of Contemporary Necklaces, running from May 25 – 27. There will also be a panel discussion of metal artists and jewelers who will discuss how and why they started independent cooperative, private/nonprofit instructional studios and schools. The panel includes Michael Sturtz, The Crucible, Oakland; Khobe Delucca, Studio Delucca, Long Beach; Johanna Ingram, Harold Studio, Phoenix; and Jay Whaley, Whaley Studios, San Diego.


THE CRAFT AND FOLK ART MUSEUM’s archives (1965 – 1997), a collection of papers and memorabilia documenting thirty-two years of the exhibition of and programming concerning contemporary craft, design, vernacular architecture, and international folk art was donated to UCLA Library Special Collections when the museum closed temporarily at the end of 1997. After fourteen years, the processing of this large institutional record has been completed and a searchable finding aid is available. Access to the finding aid is on the Online Archives of California website and is free to everyone.


THE SAN FRANCISCO ARTS OF PACIFIC ASIA SHOW and the San Francisco Tribal & Textile Arts Show will take place from February 3 – 5 and February 10 – 12, 2012, respectively, at the Fort Mason Center, Festival Pavilion. Notable pieces that will be featured at the the shows include a nineteenth-century antique Indian gold necklace from Rajasthan, Northwest India; an eleventh-century Chinese glass with coral necklace, and silver bracelets from Borneo Island. These events offer visitors an opportunity to view and purchase rare, unique and high-quality ethnographic jewelry from around the world.


THE HANDWEAVER’S GUILD OF AMERICA hosts Convergence 2012, a biennial, international conference that features special lectures, workshops, one-day studio classes, super seminars, seminars, exhibits, tours, special events, and a commercial vendor hall with fibers, fiber-related equipment, and an artist market. The classes include novice to advanced instruction in a variety of fiber techniques, including weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, feltmaking, knitting, garment construction and sewing with handwovens. The conference takes place July 15 – 21, 2012, at the convention center in Long Beach, California.


CRAFTS AMERICA, LLC hosts the Palm Beach Fine Craft Show from March 2 – 4, 2012. The show features one hundred fifteen of the nation’s top contemporary craft artists offering work in ceramics, silver, bronze, copper, mixed media, decorative and wearable textiles, jewelry, paper, wood, and glass.


CRAFTBOSTON SPRING takes place at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston from March 23 – 25, 2012. The show will feature two hundred of the most outstanding artists of our time, showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. Additionally, Craftboston Spring features work by emerging artists from leading schools and universities, an artist mentor program, a book seller, an educational lecture series, tours for guests who are blind and visually impaired, tours for other special interest groups, and informational booths promoting nonprofit craft organizations.



THE AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL hosts its Baltimore show from February 24 – 26, 2012. More than seven hundred exhibitors in contemporary jewelry, clothing, furniture, and home décor will be in attendance. The show will have several highlights, such as Green Craft, a category featuring artists who incorporate recycled or found materials and use eco-friendly techniques in creating their work. Also, the School to Market program helps bridge the gap between educational programs and the marketplace for sculptural and functional craft. Craft students from the Savannah College of Art and Design have been invited to curate a section of their work. Students will gain first-hand experience in booth design, installation and interacting with the public. There will also be lectures and a demo stage, with demonstrations ranging from ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, and wood techniques, presented by local experts.


CRAFTSMORRISTOWN shows at the Armory in Morris County from March 16 – 18, 2012. In its twenty-second year, CraftsMorristown displays contemporary work from one hundred fifty artists and craftspeople from across the country. The show includes one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry, fashion and accessories, furniture, and home décor pieces, as well as functional and sculptural work in ceramics, glass, metal, painting, photography, wood, and mixed media. Visitors can also enjoy and purchase specialty foods.


THE AMERICAN CONCERN FOR ART AND CRAFTSMANSHIP hosts the thirty-sixth Annual American Crafts Festival from June 9 – 10, and June 16 – 17, 2012 in Manhattan. Roughly four hundred craft artists will be present, showing jewelry, glass, ceramics, leather, furniture, clothing, and more. The show will take place at the Lincoln Center, outdoors.


CRAFTNEWYORK in conjunction with the Craft Emergency Relief Fund takes place March 30 through April 1, 2012 at 7W New York. The second annual exhibit and sale is a must see for anyone interested in American craft, and will feature one hundred twenty internationally renowned artists producing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces. Net profits from admission to CraftNEWYORK will benefit CERF+.


THE INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITIONS OF SCULPTURE OBJECTS AND FUNCTIONAL ART holds their SOFA New York show from April 20 – 23, 2012. The show will feature international galleries and dealers presenting masterworks of design, decorative and fine arts, showcasing the rich visual heritage of the decorative arts alongside new, innovative expressions. The exposition will also have lectures and other events.


THE SMITHSONIAN CRAFT SHOW displays the work of accomplished craftspeople from April 19 – 22, 2012 at the National Building Museum. The show features one hundred twenty-one artists, including forty-three first-time exhibitors. The award winners of the 2011 Smithsonian Craft Show will also be juried into the 2012 show. Craft disciplines included in the show range from basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art, and wood. Ornament Magazine presents an award for Excellence in Jewelry for the show, with the 2011 award given to Karen Gilbert.



THE BASELWORLD conference is the world’s biggest event for the watch and jewelry industry, and is held in Basel, Switzerland, from March 8 – 15, 2012. Each spring, some eighteen hundred companies from the watch, jewelry and precious stone industries, together with related sectors, are showcased in Basel.


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