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Jewelry & Metals Survey (JAMS) - Society of North American Goldsmiths

Jewelry & Metals Survey (JAMS)

JaMSSNAG is launching an exciting new project, the Jewelry and Metals Survey (JAMS).  This annual publication will increase the visibility of SNAG, help propel the field forward, and highlight the best new work being made in the field of jewelry and metals in the world, and to present a wide range of the type of work being made in the field.

JAMS will be an annual survey of jewelry and metals in contemporary art, architecture, craft, and design created in the previous year by emerging and established artists, as well as students. Every year, a new jury of curators, artists, designers, gallery owners, and historians will select the work. The goal is to showcase 200-juried objects made in the last year highlighting the wide range of work being made currently in the field of jewelry and metals. These objects can be traditional or art jewelry, objects – functional or not, sculptural, architectural, public art, or design objects.

Each juror will write a brief essay relating to what they see as they jury their selections. Each included artist will have the option of providing any contact information in the Directory section of the book.

This survey publication will not be themed but instead judged on the following criteria:

  •    Creative and inventive use of medium
  •    Innovation in style and concept
  •    Technical proficiency, construction, and craftsmanship
  •    Form and aesthetics of the piece
  •    Consistency of the quality of the piece
  •    Other considerations as determined by the jury

Deadline for submissions to the 2017 JAMS has passed. The jury has selected the top 100 images from the submissions. Each juror has also selected an additional 33 images to be published. The JAMS book will be published and available in both e-book and print format in December 2017.

Questions? Contact Gwynne Rukenbrod Smith

The 2017 jurors are:

Vivian Beer is a furniture designer/maker based in New England. Her sleek, abstracted metal and concrete furniture combines contemporary design, craft, and sculpture creating objects that alter expectations of and interface with our domestic landscape. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, MFA Boston, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Arts and Design and the cities of Portland ME, Cambridge MA and Arlington VA. She holds a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has held numerous residencies including Penland School of Crafts, Museum of Glass, and a Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.

Cornelie HolzachCornelie Holzach was born in Reutlingen 1959. After an apprenticeship as a goldsmith she studied jewellery design at the University of Applied Arts in Pforzheim and art history in Karlsruhe. Among others she acted as scientific officer at the University of Applied Arts in Pforzheim as well as at the Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna. Since 1997 she has been a staff member of the Pforzheim Jewellery Museum, and its director since 2005. Most recently Cornelie served as the curator for Schmuck 2017.

Alan RevereAlan Revere holds a unique position in the jewelry community, with one foot firmly planted as an award-winning designer and the other as one of the country’s most prominent jewelry educators. With degrees in psychology and art, followed by German training as a goldsmith, Revere set out to make jewelry. For two decades, he designed and created a signature line of dramatic jewelry, which was sold in stores and galleries nationwide. In addition, Alan has trained over 10,000 students at the school he founded and directs, the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, in San Francisco, California.

Alan’s jewelry appears in many books and his work is included in the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, the GIA Museum in Carlsbad and the Oakland Museum. Alan is the author of seven instructional books, a hundred articles and a series of DVD’s for goldsmiths and jewelers. Alan Revere is the founder of the Contemporary Jewelry Design Group ( and he is past president of the American Jewelry Design Council ( With his deep understanding of the field and his broad influence on the industry, it is no wonder that Alan is revered as, “A master’s master.”