Findings Jewelry Symposium

June 11 – 15, 2019

Findings is a biennial event hosted in partnership with the Minnesota Jewelry Arts Guild.

Classes and sessions are open to anyone with an interest in the jewelry arts and are geared toward all levels. Not interested in taking a class but love jewelry? Come to the Saturday evening group trunk show to check out the work and wear something home!  

Set and Wear

Expand your technical and creative knowledge of stone setting…

Patterning Mokume-gane

Tedd’s jewelry demonstration will focus on the…

Flush and Bead Setting

Bill will teach students flush and bead setting techniques. Flush…

Chains: Soldered, Unsoldered, Sawn, and Secured

June 13 – 14, 2019

Enjoy the meditative quality of making chains. Although this…

Artist Talk: Artistic Symbiosis

June 14, 2019

The drive to adorn is innate in our species, marking culture…

Surface Enrichment: Reticulation and Other Textures

June 14, 2019

Expand your technical jewelry know-how and learn a variety of…

Artist Talk: Inspirations that Spark the Flame

June 14, 2019

One of the most important—and sometimes most elusive—components…

Note that the following events are also associated with the symposium:

Friday, June 14 | Meet-n-Greet at Wunderbar | 5 – 8 pm

Gather together with your peers and colleagues for an informal time to catch up, network, and share about your symposium experiences.

Saturday, June 15 | Field Trip: North Shore Geology | 9 am – 2 pm
Margie Menzies, Naturalist
Tuition: $20, includes lunch

Did you know that Sugarloaf Cove is a world class geologic site? We will investigate the Cove’s fascinating geologic history on the beach at the Cove, figure out who’s who in the rock world on the North Shore, and how this diversity of rocks got here. We’ll explore the fire and ice story of the
creation of Lake Superior, and help you figure out which way is up in ancient lava flows.

The group will travel by bus from the Art Colony, leaving at 9 am. The field trip will run from 10 am – 12 pm and is classified as a beginner/easy hike. Following the field trip the group will stop for lunch at Mogul’s Grille and Tap Room at Caribou Highlands and then return to the Art Colony by 2 pm. Please call 218-387-2737 to register and provide us with any dietary restrictions.

Saturday, June 15 | Group Trunk Show | 5 – 7 pm

The much beloved Findings group trunk show will return again with an opportunity for symposium participants to showcase their work. The Art Colony adheres to a 60/40 gallery split. Jewelers are invited to call to sign up and we will communicate about space possibilities once we have a complete participant list. It is requested that all trunk show participants participate in the design challenge.

Saturday, June 15 | Design Challenge | 5 – 7 pm

Ten thousand years ago glacial ice sculpted the basin of Lake Superior into its present shape: 31,700 square miles of water the size of Maine. With this monumental horizon line as our anchor to the south, Grand Marais’s northern border includes over 1,000 rivers, lakes, and streams that roam across the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Water is ubiquitous to this place and in 2018 and 2019 the Art Colony has woven this theme through its programming in part, to make what is so familiar, a little bit more mysterious and to remind us that we are all a tiny part of this vast ecosystem.

Findings artists are invited to create a piece as part of a design challenge that reflects or is inspired by this theme. The pieces will be shown at the group trunk show, with an opportunity for visitors to vote on their favorites.

No prior sign up is required but those who participate in the trunk show are asked to also create a design challenge piece. Participation in the trunk show is not required in order to participate in the design challenge.

The Findings Jewelry Symposium is supported by these generous sponsors: