Made You Look


Opening the Thursday as part of the SNAG exhibition crawl Made you Look Presents INSIDE OUT

An outside-the-box Jewellery Studio and Gallery in Toronto’s edgy Parkdale neighbourhood, invites you to see a humerous show of contemporary art jewellery that only a maker can truly appreciate!

Here’s a studio visit interview that TIJF created a few weeks back, enjoy!

made you look from suzanne carlsen on Vimeo.

Another Studio Visit



TIJF visited Shelly at her studio a few weeks ago. See below for the tour and conversation.
Sat May 11ths is the last day of Shelly’s studio open house so if you have a chance be sure to pop in.

TIJF visits Shelly Purdy Studio from suzanne carlsen on Vimeo.


Amazing Video!!

silversmith image web

The making of “Pass The Sugar, Sweetheart” by Mike Sharpe

Toward the exhibition
Moving Metal – Canadian Silversmiths: Innovations from a 6″ disc
AGO Giftshop
May 1-30, 2013

Check out this really amazing video!

Jewel Envy



New life exhibition opens tomorrow!!! TIJF visted Jewel Envy and Gillian Batcher gave us a little sneak peak into the shop and studio. Enjoy the video!

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