PinBall -Brooch Show Exhibition





We received 354 images from 142 artists (Canada, USA, Japan, Korea, Italy, India, Australia, Ireland, Sweden, Spain, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Portugal, Denmark, Netherlands, Scotland, Estonia).
The following images are brooches from over 80 artists and designers.
Juried by Alisha Marie Boyd and Annie Tung.



TIJF Launch Party and Pin Ball

At the Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen Street West
Toronto, M6J 1J6

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 6:00 PM – Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 1:00 AM (EDT)


Join the who’s who of Toronto jewellers at this smashing TIJF launch party. A $30 ticket includes a 1 in 200 chance to win a half-carat Canadian diamond in the Rhinestone or Real Diamond Draw. Advanced ticket purchase gets you in the draw for the half-carat diamond. And you must wear your favourite pin or brooch!

Media Reception: 6pm-7pm
The Pin Ball 7pm-1 am
Dress code: Fun & Fancy. Wear your best pin!
Welcoming Remarks & presentation by Mejuri 8pm
Juried Pin Ball competition at 10:30pm
Rhinestone or Real Diamond Draw! This ticket includes a chance to win a half-carat Canadian diamond.
DJ Grant Spence
Hors D’oeuvres
Cash Bar


CALL FOR ENTRY – Pin and Brooch Images

We are looking for high quality images of contemporary Pins and Brooches to be presented during the Toronto International Jewellery Festival Launch Party and Pin Ball (May 1, 2013 at the Gladstone Hotel).This is an international call and is open to artists and designers of all backgrounds and materials working with the brooch/pin form.  Images will be juried; selected pieces will demonstrate the highest level of innovation, creativity and technical merit.  Juried by Alisha Marie Boyd and Annie Tung.

There is no fee to submit images and no remuneration will be paid to exhibitors.

  • Each person may  submit up to 3 images
  • Images must be JPEG, 72 dpi and within 1024 x 768
  • Files must be names as follows:  firstname_lastname_title_1.jpeg
  • Applicants must fill out the application/image list form and image waiver to be considered
  • Submissions are due by midnight on April 20th (late submissions will not be considered)
  • Applicants will be contacted by April 25 as to whether or not their images have been selected

CLICK HERE FOR THE – PINBALL_Call_Application Form and Image Waiver

Please send submission to Alisha at



Harbourfront Centre

April 20- to June 16, 2013  (unless otherwise indicated)
Opening April 19, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Harbourfront Centre Exhibitions

FRIDAY, May 17, 2013   5:30 – 11:00 p.m.

235 Queens Quay West Toronto, ON
Hours of Operation:



RE: Position                      

Curated by Melanie Egan and Paul McClure

This exhibition brings together seven artists who mine the past and present
to create works that in various ways comment on consumerism,
social mores and the dialogue between the functional, decorative and art object. Boris Bally, Cal Lane, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Amelia Toelke, Meghan Price, Jonathan Wahl and Zeke Moores

Image Credit: Cal Lane




 Dialogue: International Contemporary Jewellery                    

Curated by  Noel Guyomarc’h

Whether self-referential, or emerging from an introspective approach or social critique, contemporary jewellery goes against mainstream ideas and values.

Selected artists include: Despo Sophocleous (CAN), Simon Cottrell (AU), Anya Kivarkis (USA), Arata Fuchi (JAP/IT), Kaori Juzu (DK), Annie Tung (CAN) and others.

Image credit: Despo Sophocleous





Repeat Repeat

Curated by Melanie Egan

The exhibition will highlight multiples.  New Canadian work that is über contemporary, chic and desirable; wearable, accessible and sublime!

Bande des Quatres [Erin Wahed + Janis Kerman] QC; Van McKenzie ON;

Karen Konzuk BC; Eric Petersen ON; Anneke van Bommel ON; 

Lana Filippone, ON; Colleen Baran  BC; Cinelli + Maillet [Lisa + Jean-Sébastien] ON

Image Credit: Karen Konzuk






Family Album

Harbourfront Centre’s Artist-in-Residency Programme is truly one of a kind, fostering artists as varied and unique as the experience it offers. For all those who have taken part, there is a kinship. It demonstrates the strength of a community that stands together and a program that stands apart. It is our family album.

Curated by Meredith Robb and Sarah Dobranowski

Micah Adams, Catherine Allen, Marina Babić, Alisha Marie Boyd,
Gillian Batcher, Leif Benner, Suzanne Carlsen, Sarah Dobranowski,
Jay Joo, Annette Van Leeuwen, Margaret Lim, Elizabete Ludviks,
Anna Lindsay MacDonald, K. Claire MacDonald, Adriana McNeely,
Shelly Purdy, Heather Rathbun, Meredith Robb, Karli Sears,
Wendy Shingler, Greg Sims, Annie Tung, Andrée Wejsmann,
and Patrycja Zwierzynska

Image credit: Meredith Robb






Quintet:  A Conversation in Design         

May 3 – 20, 2013

Paul McClure, Wing-Ki Chan, Shona Kearny, Katharina Möller and

Martha Glenny

Image credit (clockwise from upper left): Katharina Möller, Martha Glenny, Shona Kearny, Paul McClure, Wing-Ki Chan




EIM (Exhibition in Motion)         

Enwave Theatre

A fundraising event for the Society of North American Goldsmiths, fashion show and party.  Ticketed.

Image credit: Donald A. Stuart







SPARK: Graduates of George Brown College’s Jewellery Arts 

The Centre Shop at Harbourfront Centre




Outdoor Onsite Exhibitions

May 15 – 18, 2013

Alternative and unconventional venues showcasing contemporary jewellery.



Curated by Suzanne Carlsen

This will be Carlsen’s second curated exhibition in her family’s RV.  Carlsen is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design.  Her most recent body of work, Google Flight 636-2, comments on our dwindling lack of differences and loss of individuality. The work questions our loss of identity due to globalization.  My work whether it be this series or those of previous ones balance hand embroidery and metal to present social symbols in unusual ways, emphasizing ideas of value, status and ornament.





This End UP

Student work from Sweden, Finland and the USA

Curated by Julia Heineccius, Nadège Roscoe-Rumjahn and Iris Eichenberg
An exhibition of international jewellery by students from the Cranbrook Acadamy of Art (Michigan), Konstfack (Sweden), and Saimaa University (Finland), displayed within a shipping container on the Harbourfront Centre site.

Gardiner Museum

A Bit of Clay on the Skin

“A Bit of Clay on the Skin: New Ceramic Jewelry” explores the appeal of ceramics, especially porcelain, in jewelry. Organized by the Fondation d’Entreprise Bernardaud and curated by the renowned German-born goldsmith and jewelry artist Monika Brugger, the exhibition showcases the versatility and allure of the medium, which can be modeled or cast, used alone or with metal, wood, and stone, and vary in color and texture.

 The exhibition presents 140  works and features the work of 18 cutting-edge jewelry artists, including creations by such notables as Peter Hoogeboom, Evert Nijland, Ted Noten (The Netherlands), Gésine Hackenberg (Germany), Marie Pendariès (Spain), and Shu-Lin Wu (Taiwan). While some make reference to traditional jewelry in materials and symbolism, others altogether redefine it in substance, form, and matter.

May 14 – August 11
Lecture by guest curator Monika Brugger May 16 at 6:30

Gardiner Museum
111 Queens Park, Toronto



Image Credit

Marie Pendaries,
La Dot
28 porcelain pieces,
photo: Marie Pendaries


Design Exchange



À Table!

– Sixteen Canadian metal artists explore the memories, sensual enjoyments and rituals associated with the Table. The exhibition explores community, consumption, worship and want, from the perspectives of European, Asian and Indigenous cultures. À Table! offer a feast for the eyes, and an opportunity to contemplate what really nourishes us.

Image Credit: Anne Barros

To View the À Table! Catalogue CLICK HERE



Design Sans Frontières: Metal Artists in Collaboration

Creativity knows no borders. In this, the 2013 juried exhibition of the Metal Arts Guild of Canada, metal artists and collaborators from other creative fields explore the dissolving boundaries between designers and makers; craft and industry; the concrete and the digital.

Design Exchange
234 Bay Street, Toronto, ON   M5K 1B2

13 May – 9 June 2013
Monday, Wednesday through Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Tuesday: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

MAGC Logo 3 styles

Royal Ontario Museum


Royal Ontario Museum Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasures

Over 4.5 billion years are represented in a suite of galleries showcasing the dynamic geological environment in which we live. Gems, precious minerals, rocks and meteorites contribute to one of the world’s finest museum collections, inviting visitors to explore how Earth is constantly changing and how we interact with it in our everyday lives.

The Royal Ontario Museum is Canada’s largest museum of natural history and world cultures. Opened in 1914, it currently holds six million objects in its collections and over 30 galleries highlight archaeology, natural science and art. It is one of North America’s great museums, a research institution of international renown, and a leading destination


100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6,

Monday – Sunday: 10 AM – 5:30 PM;
Fridays: 10 AM – 8:30 PM

Art Gallery of Ontario

Moving Metal: Canadian Silversmiths at Work

Take 14 – 6 inch sterling silver discs, 14 artists, 14 sets of tools, and through 14 photographic essays, see the magic movement of metal resulting in 14 original objects.

The works, and the essays will be on display.   Come and be fascinated, charmed and delighted.

Opening May 14 2013 7 p.m.

Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West



Bata Shoe Museum

Footprints from the Forge

Footprints from the Forge: Metal Footwear in the Bata Shoe Museum Collection examines the use of metal in footwear and foot-related jewelry from around the world.  With over two dozen pieces on display from the Bata Shoe Museum’s permanent collection, visitors will be fascinated by the ingenious use of metal for footwear and material culture related to the foot.

The mission of the Bata Shoe Museum is to contribute to the knowledge and understanding of the role of footwear in the social and cultural life of humanity. Through acquiring, conserving, researching, communicating and exhibiting material evidence related to the history of footwear and shoemaking, the Museum illustrates the living habits, the culture and the customs of people.

327 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON M5S 1W7
(416) 979-7799

Regular Hours
Monday-Wednesday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm
Friday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Image credit: © 2013 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto

Textile Museum of Canada



Curated by Natalia Nekrassova and Sarah Quinton

For centuries, the light and lustre of materials have captivated artists and audiences, attributing to simple objects powerful symbolism as well as the allure of beauty, luxury and opulence. Across the world, an array of metals, mirrors, silver- and gold-wrapped thread, wire, beads, insect wings and carapaces have been transformed to create some of the most mystifying and coveted personal and cultural expressions. SHINE showcases an array of historical artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collections as well as the work of three contemporary artists creating new conversations between contemporary culture and complex, sometimes conflicting ideals of desire, status, wealth and beauty

March 27 – June 2013

Textile Museum of Canada
55 Centre Avenue  Toronto


Brooch (China)
18th – 19th century
Cast brass, beads, stone
Gift of Fred Braida

T88.0294 Textile Museum of Canada



Ontario Crafts Council Gallery/Guild Shop



Curated by Aggie Beynon

Unsheathed includes the work of Beth Alber, Mary Anne Barkhouse, Anne Barros, Lois Etherington Betteridge, Brigitte Clavette, Chantal Gilbert, and Kye-Yeon Son. Through a negotiation of the lethal and the beautiful, Unsheathed acts as a departure point for questions of identity, and an exploration of the sharp edge of experience.

May 9 – June 16, 2013

Ontario Crafts Council,
990 Queen Street West, Toronto



For What It’s Worth

May 9 – June 9, 2013

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 11, 2:00 – 5:00pm
*extended evening hours on May 16 for the SNAG 2013 Conference META Mosaic
Exhibition Crawl

The Guild Shop
118 Cumberland Street
Toronto, ON

Jewellery has long been synonymous with wealth and luxury. From the inherent value of the materials to the physical display itself, jewellery communicates these qualities in various ways. Value also comes in the form of sentiment and an emotional connection between the piece and its wearer, sometimes independent of monetary value. As trends in jewellery continue to evolve, as both makers and consumers become more educated in issues such as sustainability and ethics, and as we continue to adjust to a new economic climate, how does jewellery fit in? Is bigger still better, or discretion and ‘stealth’ more appropriate? What motivates the consumer’s choice of what they wear, and why they wear it? Are the properties by which the value of metal and stones are defined still of importance today? For What It’s Worth will examine what defines jewellery in the 21st century.

Featuring the work of Pilar Agueci, Gillian Batcher, Angela Bubash, Jill Gower, Holland Houdek, Jacquie & Uosis, Jungwha Kim, Tanya Lyons & Mathieu Grodet, Anna Lindsay MacDonald, Kathryn Osgood, Gregory Phillips, Denisa Piatti, Jesse Tempest, Lawrence Woodford and Carolyn Young.

This exhibition will run concurrent with the 2013 SNAG Conference “Meta Mosaic” in Toronto.

Image: Pilar Agueci, Untitled, 2012

Nunavut Arctic College

May 9 – June 9, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2:00 – 5:00pm

The Guild Shop is proud to be hosting the graduate students of the Jewellery and Metalsmithing, and Goldsmithing programs at Nunavut Arctic College. Works by these students will be on display alongside an archival exhibition of historic metal works representing the program’s history from 2005 to present.

In conjunction with The Guild Shop’s jewellery show For What It’s Worth.


Image credit

Brigitte Clavette, Untitled, 2012.
Photo credit: Drew Gilbert