All in Visual Arts

International Relations: Mallory Weston

In the ninth episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with Philadelphia-based contemporary jeweler and metalsmith Mallory Weston. The two women pop a bottle of champagne and discuss what sparked Mallory's interest in metals, the joys of working at a bowling alley, and how Ms. Weston came to be involved in the international art jewelry community. 

The Halstead Grant: Top 5 Finalist Emily Shaffer

In the fifth episode of Perceived Value host Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with contemporary jeweler Emily Shaffer. This past August Emily applied for the Halstead Grant and placed as a Top Five Finalist. Halstead is a full service jewelry supply firm that was launched in 1973 and is still family owned and operated. As a company Halstead strives to support small business and emerging artists; most notably through their annual Halstead Grant. 

Each year one artist is selected as the winner and ten other artists are announced as either Top Five Finalists or Top Ten Finalists. Sarah sits down with Emily to discuss what the Halstead Grant is, what the application entails, and what one can gain beyond the monetary awards. 

Creating Your Community: The Metals Collective

In episode four host Sarah Rachel Brown takes a trip to meet members of the Metals Collective; a Portland, Maine based group of makers whose mission is to promote the craft of metalsmithing & jewelry through collaboration, growth, and public engagement.

Sarah sits down with the secretary of the Metals Collective, Shelby Goldsmith. The two women discuss how the collective came to be, what it takes to be a member, and the value of creating your own community.  

My First Craft Show: Advice from Rea Rossi

In the second episode of Perceived Value Sarah Rachel Brown sits down with artist Rea Rossi to discuss her experience exhibiting as an Emerging Artist at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Craft Show. 

In June Sarah received the news that she has been accepted as an Emerging Artist for this year's PMA Craft Show taking place November 9-12th. This will be Sarah's first craft show experience; she's a bit overwhelmed and is hoping Rea can clarify a few details for her.  

The two jewelers discuss what exactly a craft show is, why they chose to apply, and how much money Sarah can plan on investing into this experience. Doing shows of this caliber is expensive -  but the payoff can go far beyond one's bank account.