Monday, January 2, 2017

Winter Jewellery Social

OJC welcomes Ottawa Metalsmiths (of all skill levels) to join in a social gathering of like-minded talent! Seven o'clock on Friday, January 13 at Brigid's Well, 310 St. Patrick Street, Ottawa. The entrance is located on the east side of Saint Brigid's Centre for the Arts. It's the door with the blue light above it! This event is brought to you by the Ottawa Jewellery Collective. We look forward to meeting you!

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Lindsay MacDonald, Artist Goldsmith

The Ottawa Jewellery Collective is very please to announce a fresh new face to our membership! In our latest interview, Lindsay MacDonald, told us about her inspiring practice as artist goldsmith and entrepreneur of ALM Contemporary Jewellery. Thank you Lindsay!

Why did you choose jewellery? 
I never thought I would study jewellery in school. I started out in sculpture. I then learned that NSCAD University (Halifax) had a very strong jewellery program, I enrolled hoping to gain confidence in technique and design. 

Where did you learn your craft? 
After NSCAD University I pursued metals for three years as a resident at the Harbourfront Centre for the Arts (Toronto) and then obtained an MFA in Designed Objects from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

List three words that describe you as an artist
Restless, curious, contradictory

What inspires your work? 
I love nautical history, visual data, new-age mysticism (from a skeptics perspective)

If you could invite a few people (living or dead) to your studio for a day, who would you ask and why? 
Teal Swan (mystic/oracle), Stacy Schiff (Author of The Witches, and Cleopatra,) Gram Parsons (musician). I wouldn’t know what to say to them, and if they would get along. Teal Swan is a spiritual leader. I’m skeptical of her powers, but fascinated by how somebody becomes a “spiritual leader” Gram Parsons died in 1973 when he was 27. He’s my favourite. He called his musical style, “Cosmic American Music”, so he would probably get along pretty well with Teal. Stacy Schiff is just a brilliant author, so she could make sense of the crazy scene.

In terms of jewelers, I would love to meet Svenja John, I am a huge fan of her work, and also the late Lily Yung, she was so ahead of her time.

What is your most precious tool? 
Parallel pliers, calipers, I love my saw frames because I did so much piercing during my time at Harbourfront that my hand print has worn off the paint of the wooden handles.

Why is the Ottawa Jewellery Collective important to you? 
The OJC welcomed me when I was new to Ottawa. I had no professional connections here in terms of jewelers, so I was eager to meet the group. I’m happy that there are many different types of makers represented. I think that’s very important.

What part of Ottawa and surrounding areas do you call home? 
I actually live on Lindsay Street.

As a Canadian Designer, has Canadian culture or environment influenced your work? 
I would say yes, very much so. I’ve moved around quite a bit with my partner who is in the Canadian military. I’m from Nova Scotia, so that is imprinted on me, but I consider myself lucky to have also gotten to live in the prairies and in Ontario. Although we’ve had influential jewelers here for decades, the field is so small and the country is so vast, I think that a National concept of “jewellery” is still undefined. It still feels like everyone is making their own rules. Canadian jewelers are industrious and adaptive, good examples being Gillian Batcher’s Jewel Envy in Toronto, Caitlyn Purcell’s Periwinkle Café/Bn’B/studio in Cape Breton, and Megan J. Hazel in Regina who just made a body of work from the copper dome of the Saskatchewan Legislative building. It might be a cliché (in the context of our National identity) to say that I’m inspired by that sort of pioneer spirit, but it’s true.

Where can we find your work?
L.A. Pai Gallery (Ottawa), The Yvette Moore Gallery (Moose Jaw), Craft Ontario (Toronto)


Feature at Ottawa Art Gallery!

ART & PARCEL (Holiday Show)
1 November - 31 December, 2016

Opening Reception: 
November 29, 2016 @ 7 PM

Featuring artist jewellery by Ottawa Jewellery Collective members:

Alex Jay
Andrea Mueller
Chayle Cook
Erin Wallace
Lindsay MacDonald (new member!)
Nicole Jeffery
Violeta Borisonik (new member!)

Ottawa Art Gallery
Sales & Rental Department
2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa

Ottawa Art Gallery's Art rental and sales Department presents its annual holiday sale, featuring original photographs, paintings, drawings, ceramics, cards, jewellery and textiles, all priced at $400 or less. With so much to choose from, you’re sure to find a unique gift for the art lover on your list. Even if that’s you!

OAG members also enjoy a 15% discount on holiday sale purchases (with no reduction to the artist’s payment), so this is the perfect time to renew your membership or become a new member!

ART Rental and Sales will be selling, for a discounted price, our OAG t-shirts for $10! There are three designs by artists Danny Hussey, Shannon Armishaw and Bear Witness.

All purchases over $100 get a free OAG tote bag, which include images of artworks by Mark Marsters and Vera Greenwood.


Art emballant
Vente des fêtes
Du 1er novembre au 31 décembre 2016

Vernissage : 29 novembre, 2016 | 19 h

Art vente et location présente sa vente annuelle des fêtes. Venez vous procurer des oeuvres originales à 400 $ ou moins : photographies, peintures, dessins, céramiques, cartes, bijoux et
Textiles. Vous trouverez assurément un cadeau unique qui saura plaire aux amateurs d’art, voire
À vous-même!

Les membres de la GAO reçoivent 15 % de rabais a ur leurs achats lors de la vente du temps des fêtes (le paiement de l’artiste demeure inchangé). Voilà donc le moment idéal de renouveler votre adhésion ou de devenir membre!

Des t-shirts de la GAO, créés par les artistes Danny Hussey, Shannon Armishaw et Bear Witness, seront en solde pour 10 $ à ART vente et location.

Un sac fourre-tout, figurant une reproduction d’œuvre de Mark Marsters ou de Vera Greenwood, sera offert gratuitement avec tous les achats de 100 $ ou plus.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Classes & Workshops

Are you looking to learn more about the craft of jewellery making? 
The Ottawa Jewellery collective has compiled this list of jewellery teachers and metalsmithing workshops in the Ottawa area to help further our community's interest in art jewellery making! Enjoy!

Jewellery Teachers in Ottawa:

Alex Jay (OJC Member)

"Alexandra Jay loves jewellery for its beauty, symbolism, and for the sentimental place it holds in our lives. This affection lead her to the Jewellery Arts program at George Brown College in Toronto Ontario. She now lives and works in her hometown of Gatineau Quebec. "
  • Classes Offered: Wedding Band Workshop; Stacking Ring Workshop Location: Heist Jewellery, 343 Richmond Road, Ottawa, (613) 422-4367
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Andrea Mueller (OJC Member)
"Andrea Mueller has a BA in History from Dalhousie University and a BFA in Jewellery and Metalsmithing from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Currently, Andrea is working on an MA in Art History at Carleton University. She designs and creates her jewellery in Ottawa at her downtown studio space at The Rectory Art House."
  • Classes Offered: Wedding Band Workshop; Stacking Ring Workshop
  • Location: Heist Jewellery, 343 Richmond Road, Ottawa, (613) 422-4367
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"Karl Schutt trained as a visual artist and instructor in the fine arts graduating with aBachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Manitoba, and with a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of British Columbia."
  • Classes Offered: Lost Wax Casting; Silversmithing
  • Location: Ottawa Lapsmith & Mineral Club, 1000 Brookfield Road, Ottawa, (613) 700-4367
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Shannon Kennedy
"Shannon Kennedy graduated from OCA and from there furthered her training taking 2nd & 3rd year in the Jewellery Program at George Brown College. She runs her studio at her space in Globe Studios, Kitchener, Ontario while also teaching at George Brown College, Mohawk College, Ottawa School of Art as well as several galleries.  "
  • Classes Offered: Wedding Band Workshop, Metalsmithing & Stonesetting, Precious Metal Clay Bootcamp.
  • Location: Ottawa School of Art, 35 George Street, Ottawa, (613) 241-7471
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Jewellery Class Locations in Ottawa:

Heist Jewellery
343 Richmond Road, Ottawa
Phone: (613)-422-4367 

Ottawa School of Art
35 George Street, Ottawa
Phone: (613) 241-7471

Ottawa Lapsmith & Mineral Club
1000 Brookfield Road Ottawa
Phone: (613) 700-4367

Shenkman Arts Center
245 Centrum Blvd., Orleans
Phone: (613) 580.2787 (ARTS)

Are you a jewellery teacher or metalsmithing school in Ottawa?
Help the community out and send along your information!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Jewellery Workshops!

Do you love jewellery? Have you ever wondered how jewellery is made? Come and experience jewellery workshops in the heart of Westboro at Heist Jewellery with Ottawa Jewellery Collective members Alex Jay and Andrea Mueller.

Join goldsmiths Alex Jay and Andrea Mueller for a series of one day workshops. Learn new skills in a relaxed and supportive environment and create a beautiful handmade piece of jewellery.

Wedding Band Workshop - This intensive 8 hour workshop is geared towards couples who want to share a truly unique experience by making their own wedding bands.

Stacking Ring Workshop - In this 3 hour workshop, you will experience the world of jewellery production by making three stacking rings. 

Get in touch for more information:
Heist Jewellery 343 Richmond Road, Ottawa.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Art Jewellery represented in Ottawa's premier Art Auction!

This year 3 of our members have been selected by the Ottawa Art Gallery to be represented in their 20th anniversary Art Auction "Le pArty", one of Ottawa's premier art events! Selected artists from the Ottawa Jewellery Collective are: Caelen Ellis, Chayle Cook, and Erin Wallace.

Congratulation to the lucky bidders who won this year's jewellery selections!


Sunday, May 1, 2016

Critics' Choice Award goes to OJC member!

Each year the Ottawa Art Gallery hosts a premier art auction and gala event. We are pleased to announce that we will be participating and donating 3 pieces to their much anticipated Silent Auction.

Participating jewellery artists in this years' auction are Caelen Ellis (critic's choice award), Chayle Cook, and Erin Wallace.

Caelen Ellis" Seeds of Hope"2016
Fairmined silver, fairmined gold, ethically-sourced rough diamond cubes, 85 x 9 mm Market Value: $1,800.00

"This piece was inspired by the work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The seeds in the pod represent new beginnings, growth and hope for the future. Made with Fairmined 18k yellow gold and Fairmimed 

silver alongside 5 carats of natural ethically sourced diamond cubes."

Chayle Cook
"Lacuna of the Elm"
Marble, sterling silver, black patina, 7 x 3 x 0.8 cm
Market Value: $620.00 

"In my art practce, I seek to study the geometries, structures, and spaces within the lines of overlapping tree branches, and reconstruct their complexites into jewellery. The necklace “Lacuna of the Elm” evolved from my experiences in Estonia where I studied stone carving, and from my travelling in Italy to see marble sculptures. I have used a blackened silver structure, like a drawn outline, to capture the illusion of branches seen through the negatve spaces between tree branches. “Lacuna of the Elm” is a piece that delicately hovers between drawing, sculpture, jewellery, and personal sentmentality towards emptness, loss, and preciousness."

Erin Wallace

"Pinched Forest Cuff"
Etched sterling silver, 6 x 2.5 x 5 cm
Market Value: $350.00
"The majesty of the Canadian landscape is represented by the asymmetrical geometry of this piece. Texture and form reflect the complexity within Canada; connecting the wearer with nature, and reaffirming our bond with the earth. Erin Wallace is a silversmith and metal artist, from Ottawa. She approaches her craft as a mean of creating wearable metal art that is not only elegant and versatile but a pleasure to wear and touch. Erin studied sculpture at the University of Guelph and Jewelry at the Haliburton School of the Arts. Her pieces can be found at art galleries and boutiques across Ontario."