Basket Stone Setting & Beyond Workshop with Pablo Cubangbang

Basket Settings and Beyond with Pablo Cubangbang August 24-25, 2024, Early Bird Discount ends July 20, "2024" text accompanied by 3 photos. The center is a bust portrait of Pablo Cubangbang, the workshop instructor. The two outer photos are images of rings with a prong setting and a basket setting

Learn methods for creating stone settings
in this workshop with Pablo Cubangbang

Early Bird Pricing

Guild Member: $295
Non-Member: $335

$45 kit fee for this workshop

The kit includes sterling silver for all settings,
investment, burrs, pitch/holding agents, solder and saw blades

The workshop will focus on making settings, mainly for faceted stones. We will utilize the dapping block and  bezel block to aid in making some of the settings along with jewelry saw, burrs, pitch/holding agent, and investment. 

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Pricing After Thurs 7/20/24:
Guild Member: $305
Non-Member: $345

Registration Ends Sat 8/10/24 at 11:59 PM

$45 kit fee for this workshop

The kit includes sterling silver for all settings,
investment, burrs, pitch/holding agents, solder and saw blades

Join the guild now or renew an expired membership now
to take advantage of member pricing

WORKSHOP DETAILS

DAY 1: Basket Setting + Using Bezel and Dapping Blocks to Create More Settings

Day 2: Creating Settings with the Aid of Investment

What is a basket setting?
A basket setting is a type of prong setting, utilizing prongs plus a structure which may resemble woven basket strands or may be a simple jump ring. In both the basic prong setting and the basket setting, the stone is held in place by strands of the basket, aka prongs, aka claws. The prongs of a basket setting can be low profile compared to the prongs of a simple prong setting. Baskets often cradle the stone using metalwork beneath the base of the stone. The additional metal in a basket setting provides extra strength versus the same design in a simple prong setting.

STUDENTS SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH

beginning metalsmithing techniques, including using a flex shaft

WE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT

Safety goggles, but you may bring your own if you wish. All tools marked with an asterisk in the list below are available to borrow from Creator Haven, but you are welcome to bring your own.

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  • Pens
  • Notebook
  • Camera (phone cameras can work well) for recording samples
  • Ear plugs or ear muffs (as needed)
  • Eye magnification (as needed)
  • Metal scribe *
  • Tweezers *
  • Jewelry pliers *
  • Saw frame *
  • Saw blades *
  • Files *
  • Needle Files *
  • Ring clamp *
  • Dapping block and punches *

Items marked with an asterisk are available to borrow at Creator Haven.

Optional items to bring if you wish:

  • Faceted stones
  • Extra silver wire, 16-18 gauge
  • Ring band, 1-4 mm wide

CANCELLATION POLICY

In the event the guild must cancel a class, you will be notified prior to the start date and will be issued a full refund.

Cancellations more than two weeks prior to class are refundable less a 5% service fee. Cancellations two weeks or less prior to class are not refundable unless there is a wait list for the class AND the seat is filled.

ONLINE REGISTRATION

By clicking on the “Register Now” button and by paying the registration fee, you are agreeing to this cancellation policy.

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COVID-19 GUIDELINES

Please review the Creator Haven COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted. All workshop participants are required to agree to and execute the COVID-19 and General Liability releases prior to beginning the workshop.

LUNCH

Please bring your own lunch. We have a refrigerator, microwave and convection oven. We provide coffee and  tea. The refrigerator has filtered water. If you don’t want to bring a lunch, there are fast food restaurants nearby.

Portrait of Pablo Cubangbang standing next to a wall case containing 3 of his filigree jewelry pieces. A star shape, a round pendant necklace, and a seahorse necklace.

Pablo Cubangbang

is a local metalsmith who continues to hone his metal art skills in his small private studio. He has received multiple Visual Arts Scholarships for his jewelry and watercolor pieces. Pablo is a member of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild and is the former president of the Cabrillo Seahawk Metal Arts Club.

See more of Pablo’s artwork

Call for Artists: Glad Tidings at ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, CA

"Call for Artists. Glad Tidings. Jewelry Exhibit + Sale. ZFolio Gallery, Monterey" Art jewelry show in Monterey, California. Show will run Nov 29, 2024 - Jan 6, 2025

We encourage artists to create up to 3 new art jewelry pieces
The theme Glad Tidings may be interpreted as you wish

Entry Fee: $30

All new and currrent members are encouraged to submit artwork

Register your intent to exhibit by midnight Oct 4, 2024

Final day to submit artwork details is November 4, 2024

All pieces submitted to this show must be for sale 
Prices must include gallery commission. (ZFolio Gallery 50%, Artist 50%).  

The materials preferred by ZFolio Gallery are silver and gold
with a minor amount of inclusions of gems, stones or other materials

The show is NOT juried and photos are NOT required.
You may register now and select and wait to enter your details by 11/4

exhibit + sale opens Nov 29, 2024
exhibit + sale closes Jan 6, 2025

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The entry fee is non-refundable

Registered artists will receive a fillable PDF for submission details in a separate email. Check your email after registering. Details of submitting photos for possible inclusion in the postcard will be coming soon.

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View pieces from the 2022 ZFolio show

EXHIBIT OVERVIEW

The first 25 artists to sign up via the link above to reserve a place in the exhibit. The gallery case space is limited and we regret that there is only room for 25 artists with 3 pieces maximum each. The Registration Confirmation email you receive will contain a link to the online artwork submission form.

The guild in collaboration with ZFolio Gallery create printed and online postcards which will be provided at no extra cost to participating artists.

ZFolio Gallery Monterey is located in the high foot traffic shopping area of Cannery Row steps away from the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Steps away from Monterey Bay, this is one of the guilds favorite places to share our members art.

EXHIBIT REQUIREMENTS

  • The Glad Tidings Exhibit + Sale will accept art from new and established guild members. You may JOIN NOW to enter artwork.
  • The exhibit is NOT juried.
  • Photos are NOT required.
  • All submissions must be original in design and demonstrate a professional level of craftsmanship.
  • All artwork must fit within a jewelry case.
  • Maximum of 3 pieces may be entered.
  • All artwork must NOT have been exhibited at any previous ZFolio shows
  • All art must be for sale.
  • All art must be priced with the 50% gallery commission included.
  • The materials preferred by ZFolio Gallery are silver and gold
    with a minor amount of inclusions of gems, stones or other materials
  • Photos are NOT required, but all artists are encouraged to submit photos so we may advertise your pieces.
  • Photo files must be submitted to have the artwork to be considered for the postcard design.
  • All submitted photos must adhere to the Exhibition Photo Guidelines. Click here for a guide to Common Metal Art Photo Issues with Potential solutions.
  • All photo files must be named with your last name and the # of the submission prior to being emailed.
  • Your submission will be considered complete when the appropriate entry fee has been paid via the above registration link, and all required artwork submission details are complete
  • Entry submission implies agreement to ZFolio Gallery consignment and exhibit terms

NEXT STEPS AFTER REGISTERING FOR THE EXHIBIT + SALE

  1. Login to your mbmag.org account, then scroll down to the bottom of this webpage to access the Labels & Records PDF. You may also find the PDF link in your entry receipt.
  2. Artwork details are due when you fill out the Labels & Records PDF form; and must be submitted no later than Nov 4, 2024. Scroll down for the Downloadable PDF and recipient email address.
  3. DOWNLOAD the PDF to your Hard Drive or Device Storage BEFORE beginning to fill out the form.
  4. Print 2 copies of the inventory of your submitted art (the Labels & Records form.)
  5. We encourage you to create a printed Artist Statement and Artist Biography for the Artists Book displayed at the gallery. These pages help sell your art. The gallery staff uses the exhibit Artists Book to help inform potential customers about each piece and the associated artist. We are always impressed by how much the gallery team knows about each piece and each artist. The gallery team learns much of this from the Artists Book. Please help the team sell your artwork by providing the Artist Statement and Artist Biography. You may also include photos of your work on these pages.
  6. Deliver your printed Statement/Biography sheet(s) when you deliver art to the show organizers or gallerist. See below for helpful links.

KEY DATES & ACTIONS DUE

NOW – Oct 4, 2024 (Fri)

Register to participate in Glad Tidings
Submit show entry details online using the online form link you will receive via email.

Oct 11, 2024 (Fri)

Photos must be submitted by this date to be considered for inclusion on the postcard. Photos are NOT required to participate in the exhibit.

Nov 4, 2024 (Fri)

All artwork details are DUE via PDF/email by midnight. Photos are NOT required.

Nov 24, 2024 (Sun)
1 pm – 3 pm

Artwork drop off at The Farm Bakery Cafe, Aptos, CA

Nov 25, 2024 (Mon)
1 pm

Monterey area artists drop artwork off at ZFolio Gallery, Monterey, CA

Nov 29, 2024 (Fri)

Exhibition opens

Dec 1, 2024 (Sun)
4 pm

Artists Opening Reception

Jan 6, 2025 (Sun)

Exhibition Closes

Jan 6, 2025 (Sun)
1 pm

Monterey area artists pick up any unsold artwork in-person at ZFolio Gallery

Jan 19, 2025 (Sun)
1 pm

Any unsold artwork returned to artists at The Farm Bakery Cafe, Aptos, CA

EACH ARTIST PROVIDES

Emailed submission with up to THREE pieces of work that have not been previously exhibited at ZFolio Gallery. Submit artist and artwork details.

Images are NOT required to exhibit artwork.

If you wish to be considered for inclusion on the exhibition postcard or for online promotion, login to your mbmag.org member account and scroll down for details.

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Summer Party Sunday August 4, 2024

"Summer Party and Potluck. Save the date. Aug 4th. Sierra Azul. 1-4pm" "Join US for a beautiful Sunday afternoon!" "Bring a recent piece of work to share or ask for advice about ". "See the amazing Sculpture Is show including some of our Guild members!"

FREE Summer Party!

Troubleshooting tips and advice

ALL MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO BRING FRIENDS
&
PEOPLE DO NOT NEED TO BE A MEMBER TO ATTEND

Meet us at the Butterfly Pavilion in the gardens of Sierra Azul Nursery

If you’d like advice or troubleshooting tips,
bring your questions and any works-in-progress

The monthly board meeting is on-site immediately before the party
12 – 1 pm
We welcome all to attend and participate, or watch

We look forward to seeing each other, catching up, announcing new events, looking over works-in-progress for which you might like advice, having lunch, and answering any and all questions about the guild.

Bring your own picnic chair(s).
Some shade is available at our picnic/meeting site.
Bring a hat and sunscreen if you’d like to walk the gardens.

Sun August 4th 1 – 4 pm
Sierra Azul Nursery
2660 E. Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076
Hwy 152 across from the Fairgrounds

Pajaro Valley Art’s yearly show, Sculpture IS, will be in full swing.
Enjoy the FREE exhibit and the beautiful demonstration gardens
over Sierra Azul’s acreage. Always very impressive! 

Curtis Arima Presentation Video Available to Current Members

"Watch the Video" of the Winter Party presentation: "Sustaining Multiple Art Practices" by Curtis Arima. "His philosophy is to be a thinking and environmentally caring artist." Presented on Sunday Jan 28, 2024 at the Elks Loge on Martinelli Street in Watsonville, CA. Two large snowflakes decorate the top 1/2 of the image. A color portrait of Curtis Arima is in the lower right corner. He is smiling and wearing glasses and a colorful shirt in flowered patterns. The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild square logo is in the lower left corner. Featuring calipers, pliers, a graver and a hammer.

All current guild members

may now watch the video online in the Member Resources section. Login to your guild account then navigate to the Member Resources page and click on the image for Curtis Arima.

Curtis Hidemasa Nickerson Arima is a San Francisco Bay Area artist and educator who ties sustainability into all aspects of his life and work.

The hour long presentation includes

  • Artistic practice (History and Overview)
  • Inspirations: Personal, Cultural and Emotional
  • Custom and Studio Jewelry: Professional and Financial Sustainability
  • Personal History: Emotional and Personal Sustainability
  • Sustainability: Personal, Cultural, Historical, Social
  • Jewelry & Metal Art Program at California College of the Arts: Includes Student Artwork
  • Supporting Sustainable Practices at CCA / JMA
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Expanded Sustainability Goals
  • Responsible Jewelry Practices for Mr. Arima’s Artwork plus Resources and Overview

Thank you again to Curtis Arima!!!

Black and white portrait of Curtis Arima melting metal in a crucible in his workshop. He is wearing eye protection and a fire resistant glove in his left hand. His apron has vertical stripes. He is wearing a necklace. In the foreground is the top of a rolling mill.
Curtis Arima melting metal into a crucible

Reverse Intaglio and Custom Tool Making Video Available to Current Members

"Recorded Seminar; Watch now on MBMAG.org; Reverse Intaglio Carving + Custom Tool Making with Bob Rush; member resources; free 4 all members

All current guild members

may now watch the video online in the Member Resources section. Login to your guild account then navigate to the Member Resources page.

Bob Rush demonstrated reverse intaglio carving into stone, custom tool making and the use of those tools.

Thank you again to Bob Rush!!!

portrait of artist instructor Bob Rush wearing a blue shirt
Bob Rush contributes a monthly Bench Tips article to Rock & Gem Magazine.

Bob began practicing lapidary in 1958 and metal and jewelry in 1972. He teaches at clubs, has taught at Modesto Junior college, and teaches annually at Camp Paradise. Bob has been teaching metalsmithing and lapidary for over 20 years.

FREE All Member Winter Party 2024

Announcement for the All Member Winter Party and Potluck. Sunday January 28, 2024 at the Elks Lodge on 121 Martinelli Street near Lake in Watsonville, CA. Photo of Guest Speaker Curtis Arima whose topic will be "Sustaining Multiple Art Practices". His philosophy is to be a thinking and environmentally caring artist. The timing for the board meeting is 12-1, the potluck and speaker is 1-3, friendly exchange and sharing and cleanup from 3-4pm

Come meet other metal artists at our FREE annual Winter Gathering
and enjoy the presentation by
Artist/Educator Curtis Hidemasa Arima
Sunday January 28, 2024
scroll down for details

Artist and educator Curtis Hidemasa Arima with list torch is ready to lift the gunk off of the ingot he is pouring in his workshop. He is wearing protective eyewear, a heatproof glove, and a striped apron. Between the camera and Curtis is a rolling mill/
Curtis Hidemasa Arima

Save your spot by filling out this FREE registration form

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Sunday, JANUARY 28, 2024
FREE Winter Meeting and Potluck Party
1 – 4 pm
@
The Elks Lodge, Watsonville, CA
Ample FREE parking!

Join us for good food, fellowship, and an informative talk by artist and educator Curtis Hidemasa Arima who will give a presentation on Sustaining Multiple Art Practices.

Mr. Arima’s philosophy includes being a thinking and environmentally caring artist. He currently teaches in the Jewelry/Metal Arts Program Core and Pre-College program at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, CA. Learn more about Mr. Arima.


Limit of 120 attendees

Sign up now for a FREE spot (current and new members). Join MBMAG now for all of 2024

When registering, enter the total # of people (up to 3), including yourself.

Bring a potluck dish to share with serving utensil(s)

You are welcome to attend without bringing a dish.

Please label your dish if you have made a special type (vegan, vegetarian, kosher, gluten-free, paleo, etc.) so others know they can partake. If a dish includes nuts or shellfish, please label the dish accordingly. You may use blue tape and a marker to label the dish.

The guild will provide water, eating utensils, paper plates, and napkins.

BYOB if you prefer something other than water


The Elks Lodge, Members Room, 121 Martinelli Street, Watsonville, CA 95076

google street view of Elks Lodge #1300 in Watsonville, CA

Happy Makers at the Make a Bracelet Event

Another view of People of all ages confidently filing the ends of copper pieces to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023

If you visited us at the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party on Saturday April 15th , you were one of ~ 450 people to stop by!!!

True joy while sanding a copper strip to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
A young participant stamps a shape into a copper strip to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
stamping a shape into a copper strip to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
A new guild member volunteer helps as a participant sands a copper strip to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
Happily finishing the final sanding of the newly created unique bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
Look at this new bracelet handmade by someone new to making jewelry at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
Joyfully wearing the newly created bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
Thoughtfully sanding a copper strip to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
A happy young participant showing off the newly created one-of-a-kind handmade (!) bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
Showing off the newly created bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
Showing off the uniquely their own handmade bracelet freshly made at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
Happily holding a new bracelet handmade at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
Metal artist volunteer explaining how to stamp a shape to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
A young participant uses a hammer on a metal stamp to create a design on a copper strip to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
Showing off their young family members new bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
A guild metal artist volunteer teaches how to file a copper strip to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
People of all ages confidently filing the ends of copper pieces to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
Another view of People of all ages confidently filing the ends of copper pieces to create a bracelet at the Make A Bracelet event as part of the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party 2023
colorful illustration of a bouquet of flowers with hummingbird and many butterflies advertising the Monterey Museum of Art block party

People discovered their inner metal artist by making a thin cuff bracelet with a pattern of their own design

The FREE event was at the Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940 on Saturday April 15, 2023 from 12pm – 4pm Learn more about the museum and any upcoming block parties @ montereyart.org People of all ages participated!

We provided the copper, all the tools, and guided participants through the process. View the gallery above to see some people making and wearing their one-of-a-kind custom made bracelet to the rest of the block party.

Want to show off the bracelet you made? Tag us on Instagram @montereybaymetalarts and we’ll share your creation


How to Make a Thin Cuff Bracelet

Copper is cut to size for each wrist

Learn how to use files we provide to round the corners

Stamp a pattern using little steel blocks

Files, stamps, hammers, and patina are provided to create the design of your choice

The bracelet is fit to size using a wrist mandrel (we show you how)

Pacific Ave, Monterey, California
a lower case stylized M is the logo for the monterey museum of art in monterey california

Make a Bracelet Free

a copper rectangle stamped with the words "MAKE A BRACELET" is in front of a manakin hand holding metal stamps vertically. The background is grey with a logo of the Monterey bay metal arts guild in the lower left corner

Come see us at the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party on Saturday April 15th and let your inner metal artist shine!

Pacific Ave, Monterey, California

Would you like to make a thin cuff bracelet with a pattern oƒ your own design?

We provide the copper, all the tools, and guide you through the process. You’ll be able wear your one-of-a-kind custom made bracelet to the rest of the block party. All people of all ages are welcome!

How to Make a Thin Cuff Bracelet

Copper is cut to size for each person

We’ll show you how to use files we provide to round the corners

Stamp a pattern using little steel blocks

Files, stamps, hammers, and patina are provided to create the design of your choice

The bracelet is fit to size using a wrist mandrel (we’ll show you how)

Put a patina on your bracelet to highlight the stamped patterns and make it shine

Wear your bracelet while enjoying the rest of the block party!

The FREE event will be at the Monterey Museum of Art, 559 Pacific Street, Monterey, CA 93940

Saturday April 15, 2023 from 12pm – 4pm montereyart.org

a lower case stylized M is the logo for the monterey museum of art in monterey california

Watch Guest Speaker Susan Kingsley

screenshot from the video of Susan Kingsley speaking at the Winter Party 2023

Did you miss the annual Winter Gathering on Sunday January 22, 2023?

screenshot from the video of Susan Kingsley speaking at the Winter Party 2023
Susan Kingsley, Featured Speaker

Would you like to watch the entertaining and informative talk by Susan Kingsley, guild member, author of Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths, and co-founder of Ethical Metalsmiths?

Login to your member account, then CLICK HERE


Susan Kingsley, a visual artist working with hands-on processes. As a metalsmith, she created physical objects that reflect her commitment to craft. Susan brought copies of her book to sell in person.

cover of hydraulic Die Forming book with a photo of a die formed amphora pendant on a silver chain

Making jewelry led her to thinking about how social and cultural values are communicated by “things,” how personal objects shape our lives and reflect our beliefs. She enjoys making art that challenges the status quo, often with irony and paradox.

Susan’s work has been exhibited and published in the United States, Canada and Europe. She’s authored articles on craft, culture and environmental issues and written the technical book, Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths.

Susan’s work has been exhibited and published in the United States, Canada and Europe. She’s authored articles on craft, culture and environmental issues and written a technical book, Hydraulic Die Forming for Jewelers and Metalsmiths.

Susan taught jewelry and metalsmithing at Monterey Peninsula College and has conducted numerous workshops on die forming throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2006 Susan co-founded the non-profit organization, Ethical Metalsmiths, whose mission is to promote responsible jewelry practices through education, connection and action.

The 2023 Winter Party was held at the Haute Enchilada Social Club & Gallery, 7902 Moss Landing Rd, Moss Landing, CA 95039-9657