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NY Times on Jewellery

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



Deadline: 30 September 2014

The Metal Arts Guild of Canada invites all members to submit recent and current work to our 2014 biennial exhibition, Conceal/Reveal: Metal Arts Guild of Canada Exhibition in Print 2014.

Illusion is the tradecraft of actors, magicians, politicians and yes, even metalsmiths. Whether to elicit a sense of wonder in the viewer, enhance the status of the wearer, or for spiritual or political purpose, jewellery and metal art have embraced illusion for millennia, as a concept and a practice.

The Metal Art Guild of Canada’s second curated Exhibition In Print seeks high quality images of your most illusory work. Optic or metaphoric, magical and theatrical, if it’s not quite what it seems, we want to see it.

Works should be photographed in a manner that conveys the way in which the work is initially perceived, and “the reveal” that exposes the work’s true identity or meaning. The illusion should be evident in the work rather than as a result of digital manipulation of the images.

Fool us!

The exhibition will be curated by Ken Vickerson, a leading Canadian metalsmith and educator. Apply and submit your entry here.


For more information, please visit:



  • Submission deadline: 30 September 2014

  • Exhibition in Print 2014 published: December 2014


    Please email Mary K. McIntyre or Tara Owen

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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.


Often referred to as the "royalty" of Canadian goldsmithing, Charles Lewton-Brain has literally written the book on the craft. He received a Canada Council for the Arts Governor General's Award in 2012 for his work in the field.


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The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Fredericton, NB

Course: Silversmithing. One semester, one day a week, year two of 2 year Diploma in Fine Craft-Jewellery/Metal Arts
Instructor: Brigitte Clavette
Course Description:  In this course, students learn to move metal with controlled hammer blows and strokes to create bowls, containers and goblets, as well as functional and/or sculptural eating implements. Silversmithing is a term used to describe items for table service and ritual or religious ceremonies. Students learn advanced methods of forming metal, raising, planishing, and shell construction and pull other techniques acquired in previous courses, such as forging, sheet and wire manipulations, sinking forming and casting.

This year, 8 out of 10 students chose to make a teapot. This was a steep learning event, and we all worked very hard to achieve these wonderful results. Some of these will be exhibited at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery during the graduation exhibition this June.

Spencer Corbett. Flask. Sterling Silver and Zebrawood.

Bill Robinson. Teapot. Sterling Silver and Wood.

Jade Ansley. Teapot. Sterling Silver and Found Wood and Cork.


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