Collecting Jewelry with Jeanie Pratt

Jeanie Pratt collection of bug brooches

Join jeweler and collector Jeanie Pratt as she shows pieces from her extensive collection and the stories behind the individual pieces.

Silvera Jewelry School is hosting a free talk with MBMAG member Jeanie Pratt as part of their Online Event Tuesday series

March 30, 2021 at 2 PM PDT – 3 PM PDT
Price: Free to the public
How: Sign up on the Silvera Jewelry School site via the link below
Duration: 1 hr

Many of us see a piece or jewelry we like and want to bring it home with us; Jeanie has done exactly that and supported many artists from all stages of their careers. As a maker herself, Jeanie brings a unique set of eyes to the idea of developing a jewelry collection- come hear her story and get inspired to start your own collection! If you are unable to attend the live talk, you will receive a link to watch the recording after!

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Members Only Workshop: Cloisonné Enamel with an Emphasis on Landscape Design.

Registration opens Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 10 am.

Landscape by Darci Shea Bogdon

This class will focus on the ancient art of cloisonné executed in a landscape design. During this class students will learn how to capture the essence of a landscape through fluid wire bending and apply enamel to achieve atmospheric effects of foreground and background. Students will be encouraged to bring their own design or may use a provided design.  Students will learn how to wash enamels, bend wires, transfer designs to the cloisonné blank, plan colors, learn proper application of enamels to create the most clarity, as well as how to grind and polish said enamels.  When the class is over students will be able to walk away with a completed landscape which they will able to set in a piece of jewelry or have as a keepsake.

You must be a current member of MBMAG to register for this event.

Darci Shea Bogdan is a Santa Cruz local who studied Illustration and Metals and Jewelry at Savannah College of Art and Design.  She has been specializing in cloisonne enamel for the past 5 years and actively sells her work at craft show and festivals. When Darci Shea is not at her studio on 17th ave in Santa Cruz she is busy surfing, sailing and spending time with her dog Ludo.

February 15-17, Saturday through Monday, 10 am to 5 pm at Creator Haven 41B Hangar Way, Watsonville CA 95076, US.
$ 215 plus $60 kit fee to be paid in class.

Call for Artists: Back to the Future Exhibition

Necklace by Annette Nemes

ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, CA

December 6, 2019 – January 5, 2020
Reception: December 8, 2019
Registration Opens September 1 through October 25, 2019

Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is pleased to present a gallery exhibition opportunity this fall.   ZFolio is one of MBMAG’s favorite places to exhibit – beautiful setting, knowledgeable and helpful staff.


Call for Entry:  Opens Sept. 1st, and closes Oct. 25th.

Oct. 25th:  Delivery of work to Zfolio for those who want their work considered for the postcard – Zfolio will photograph and select work for postcard.

Sunday, Nov. 17th:  Records and Labels due.

Saturday, Nov. 30th:  collect work in Santa Cruz area.  Sunday Dec. 1st collect work in Monterey area.

Artists may submit up to three pieces of work.  The materials preferred are silver and gold with a minor amount of inclusions of gems, stones or other materials.  Artists will provide an inventory of their work, photos and bios for an Artist’s Book.

All pieces submitted to this show must be for sale and priced with commission to the gallery in mind. (ZFolio Gallery 50%, Artist 50%).  Please do not contact the gallery directly.  The theme, “Back to the Future” may be interpreted as you wish.  All entrants will receive additional information.

The entry fee is $25.00.  Entry fees are non-refundable and you must be a current MBMAG member.  Membership sign up on or after Oct. 15th gives you membership through 12/31/2020. 

Zfolio has an online presence

We look forward to working with you.  Toni Danzig and Annette Nemes, Exhibit Coordinators.

Water|Metal Exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League

Necklace by Annette Nemes

WATER | METAL All Member Exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League July 19 – Sept 15, 2019

The Guild is co-exhibiting with the Santa Cruz Watercolor Society.

Small sculpture and artisan jewelry are featured in up to three pieces from each artist are on exhibit and for sale. Each piece of handmade art showcases metalsmith techniques which range from casting, enamel, fabrication, chasing and repousse, to handmade chains, and more….

Some of the many new pieces in the exhibit
Jewelry and Small Sculpture in the Water|Metal Exhibit
Artisan Jewelry and Custom Lighting in Water|Metal Exhibit

Exhibit coordinators: Annette Nemes and Toni Danzig

Call for Artists: Water|Metal at the Santa Cruz Art League

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild is happy to announce our next show “Water|Metal” at the Santa Cruz Art League.

All Member Exhibit at the Santa Cruz Art League


Print allIn new windowWATER | METAL
At the Santa Cruz Art League
from July 19th to Sept 15, 2019
Registration open through June 15, 2019
This is a CALL FOR ARTISTS to participate in an exhibit from July 19 – Sept 15, 2019.
The Guild is co-exhibiting with the Santa Cruz Watercolor Society.

Up to three pieces will be accepted. Art must showcase metalwork. Techniques
can range from casting, enamel, fabrication, chase and repousse, chain, etc. Small sculpture is encouraged.
Fee: $40.00
You must be a member of MBMAG to register.
The Santa Cruz Art League will require 40% of sales, 35% if artist is also a Santa Cruz Art League member.
Please sign up now in order to secure a place in the exhibit. Entry will close on
June 15th. Records and labels will be due July 1st –> forms will be sent out to you via email.

If you have photos of work that you would like to have considered for inclusion in
advertising, please submit before June 15th to Toni Danzig/=.

Sign up now – this will be fun summer exhibit.
Exhibit coordinators: Annette Nemes and Toni Danzig

Important Dates:

Sunday, July 7th – Records and Labels due. Send to Toni Danzig.

Saturday July 13th – 1:00 – 4:00 collect artwork at The Farm Bakery and Cafe, Aptos, CA

Monday, July 15th and Tuesday, July 16th – set up exhibit.  We need help with this, please see below.

Friday, July 19th – exhibit opens

Friday, August 2nd – First Friday reception

Friday, Sept. 6th – First Friday reception

Sunday, Sept. 15th – Exhibit closes.

Monday, Sept. 16th take down exhibit.  We need help with this, please see below.

Winter Party 2019

Merry Lee Rae, featured speaker for the MBMAG Winter Meeting and Potluck Party

Sunday, JANUARY 27th, 2019
Winter Meeting and Potluck Party
Haute Enchilada, Moss Landing 

Join us for good food, fellowship, an inspiring talk by Merry Lee Rae, and take part in The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild 2ndAnnual Challenges!

Challenge #1: Scavenger Hunt

Create a wearable item (i.e., necklace, ring, brooch, tiara, etc.) containing at least 5 of the 8 items in the list.

Must contain something with*:

A hole in it;


With stripes

That hangs

With a square corner

A textured surface



*An item can include more than one requirement.

Finished item must be primarily metal. 

Materials list:

Your choice of metal: copper. Silver brass, etc.




May be soldered or cold-connected

An entry fee of $5.00 will be collected at the time of delivery (the Winter Party).

Items will be voted on by the members at the Winter Party.  The winner of the most votes will receive 50% of the collected fee; the second winner will receive 30% and the third winner will receive 20%.  The entrants may keep the finished piece.

Challenge #2: Unfinished Symphony

Yes, we all have them – that piece that has been sitting on your bench or in the “projects” pile and you are tired of looking at it.

Bring it to the Winter Partywhere another member will select it, finish it, and bring the finished piece tothe Summer Party.  There it will be auctioned as a fund-raiser for the Guild.

The finished work must be wearable, i.e., necklace, ring, brooch, tiara, etc.