The Bluecoat will be twinkling with “Sparkle” when the Mersey Jewellers
and Metal Artists Network display their jewellery and metal work, on the
weekend of the 7th & 8th December 2013 in the arts centre off
Church Street, Liverpool.There will be a range of
styles, techniques and materials, from intricate enamel and colourful
aluminium to delicate wire work and stunning precious metals with prices
suitable for stocking fillers up to the ultimate unique Christmas gift.
The display will be open from 10.30 to 5pm
on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th of December in the foyer space.
The MerseyJewellers and Metal Artists Network (MJMAN) is a group of
independent jewellers and metal artists working within Merseyside,
originally set up in 1994 for mutual support, promotion and to encourage
the highest standards of design and craftsmanship.
These aims remain important today but as a group MJMAN has decided to
disband in 2014 which will mark our 20th anniversary. The group of
independent jewellers and metal artists from Liverpool, Wirral and
throughout Merseyside has exhibited widely throughout
the Northwest with themed exhibitions and the much anticipated annual
Christmas sale “Sparkle” , but the current members of MJMAN are busy
exhibiting nationally and internationally so the decision to close the
group and have a final retrospective in 2014 was
made earlier this year. This will be the final Christmas exhibition for
One of the original members of MJMAN, award winning enameller, Ruth Ball
from Southport said of the forthcoming display “I was there at the
first meeting of MJMAN in 1994 and I am really sad that this is the
final sparkle as it is always a wonderful display
but I am looking forward to the possibility of a retrospective in 2014
to celebrate 20 dazzling years". Ruth will be at SPARKLE with MJMAN to
chat about her work and display recent pieces.
Members from past and present will be displaying their collections for 2
days only in the Bluecoat and all works will be for sale. The
exhibiting jewellers and metal artists artists are Ruth Ball, Judith
Brown, Anne Crabtree, Emma Farnworth, Elaine Jenkins,
Linda Jeanne Jones, Julia Lightfoot, Laura Naylor, Alan Phillips, Alison
Bailey Smith, Barry Swerdlow, Anthony Wong and Lisa Waldman.