CANCELLED: Where’s the Clasp? online workshop with Alison Antelman Feb 26-28, 2021

2 clasps front and back

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MBMAG is offering a live online workshop Alison Antelman. Click here to join MBMAG or renew your membership.
If you are a current MBMAG member, click to “Register Now!” If you’d like to join, you can join and then register. Max membership cost for the year is $40.

The last day to sign up is Feb. 17, 2021. Registration will be closed once the maximum # of students has been reached.

$275 workshop fee + $28 kit fee => $303 workshop registration fee

ONLINE WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Create a one-of-a-kind key clasp to unify your art jewelry. Students make a front key clasp necklace with stainless steel neck wire fabricating terminals and soldering sterling to stainless steel cable. Students are encouraged to go with their own design inclinations and to explore new ideas in creating cohesive finished jewelry. Clasps can be textured, chased, roller printed, etched, domed, hydraulic press shapes, with stones, with enamel…the variety is endless as you come up with your own solutions.

We’ll discuss possibilities for customizing your clasp to fit your designs. Students are welcome to show projects in need of a clasp and we’ll trouble shoot the situation. This class is meant to get you thinking about connections, functional, practical and aesthetic aspects of use.  Step--step handouts are supplied. Samples will be shown.

Basic fabrication including knowledge of soldering is required.
Watch a quick video overview Alison of her online workshops

New to Zoom or Online Workshops?
Reply to the registration confirmation email and let us know you’d like some help setting up Zoom for the workshop, and/or practicing using Zoom before the workshop so you are comfortable on Day 1 of the workshop. And, scroll down to download the PDF with details on how to Zoom for the workshop.

What to expect
When we start the demonstrations, everyone is asked to mute so their noises won’t be heard, since the default goes to the loudest noise. During demos people can unmute themselves to ask questions. If we have a particularly large class, the monitor might take over and call upon you.

The class is broken up into parts which are often reflected in your handouts. After each part you’ll work on your project, this is also a good time to take a quick break. During student work time, Alison will go around to each student to check in, you can also unmute yourself to call her over. The workshop runs from 10 am PST to 5 pm PST for 3 consecutive days. The lunch break each day is 1 hour.

Student Supplied Materials & Tools
Once your registration has been processed, you will be sent a thorough list of needed tools and materials to have on hand. Most are general, some are specific. In a few cases where you may need to buy something a link is provided. Please make sure to read this list carefully and always ask questions if you are unsure. In general: students supply sheet metal, silver scrap for making silver balls, bezel wire (if needed), and all tools needed for the workshop. Before the workshop you are welcome to texture the sheet metal, choose your own stones and begin thinking about your design.

Kits
A kit fee of $28 is included when you pay for the workshop at the above link.
The kit is created Alison and is mailed to you before the workshop. If you are local and prefer to pick it up from Alison in Berkeley, CA, please contact Alison and let us know. Once the kit has arrived, email to confirm receipt of your kit.

Accessing the Workshop Via Zoom
Once your registration has been paid and the class Zoom session has been set up in Feb 2021, you will be sent a link to login to the workshop’s Zoom session. If you need technical help, we are happy to answer questions, do a zoom test beforehand or help in any way we can so the technology doesn’t get in the way of the workshop. Click the link below for an overview of how to setup your space(s) and device(s).

Click here to download the online workshop technical information how-to sheet

CANCELLED: Albion Smith Overlay Cuff Bracelet Workshop

Class cancelled due to Corona virus. Noted silversmith Albion Smith will teach his elegant Silver Overlay technique. While making their own silver overlay cuff bracelets, students will learn engraving and stamping techniques to embellish the overlays, then learn Albion’s method of soldering the pierced pieces to the underlying metal. In the course of the two days, Albion will share his tips and tricks gained over 35 years of working with metal.

A two-day workshop on April 18-19, 2002 from 10am – 6pm at Creator Haven.

For more details and registration …

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

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

Landscape 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.

Curtis Arima Workshop: Design and Composition for Metalsmiths Registration Opens June 2, 2018 at 10 am

Curtis Arima holding a hammer
Award-winning metalsmith and jewelry/metals instructor Curtis Arima presents a one-day workshop on Design and Composition for Metalsmiths.

This workshop is open only to members of MBMAG. To join or renew your membership, click here.

Registration opens June 2 at 10am. Click here to register

During the day, Curtis will guide the students through considerations of:

Aesthetics:Identifying forms, shapes, surfaces, colors, that students have a tendency use or a desire to use.
Concept: Identifying ideas, emotions, and subject matter students want to convey; How do students come up with ideas for work?
Context: Identifying what contexts students want to make work in and how to work with or against that context.
In addition, Curtis will take us through:
Context of showing work: open studios, gallery, exhibition, museum, museum store, craft show, personal pleasure
Context of Art history: what movements are related to the students work/ what movements do they want to be related to (abstract expressionist, conceptual, performance)
Context of Jewelry history: what direction in jewelry is the student’s work related to (production, art jewelry, fine jewelry).
There will be an assignment to be done before the day of the workshop.  Also, students are requested to bring a group of pieces to evaluate during the workshop.

When: July 28, 10am – 5pm with an hour for lunch

Lunch will be a potluck.  Please bring something to share.

Cost: $65.  If the workshop is canceled for any reason, all fees will be refunded. Students can cancel their registration up to 14 days before the workshop. No cancellations are accepted after that point, however, if there is a waitlist we will try to sell your place to a qualified student. If we can sell your place, you will receive a refund less a $25 cancellation fee.

Curtis holds a Master of Fine Arts in Metalsmithing, and is an instructor at California College of Arts and Crafts. He is a working artist who has received numerous awards for his work. Read more at his website, http://www.curtisharima.com

Deb Lozier 3-Day Workshop: Keeping It Together: Fabrication Strategies for Enameling

details of Deb Lozier enameling workshop

You must be a current member of MBMAG to participate in this workshop, but everyone is free to join. If you have yet to renew your membership for 2018, click here to renew.

Learn the fundamentals of creating jewelry scale copper forms that hold up to the heat required for vitreous enameling. At 1500 degrees F, it’s not IF the solder will flow, but WHEN and being prepared is the key to success. We will begin searching for inspiration and creating paper models to problem solve and troubleshoot good fabrication foundations, then proceed on to forming techniques, strategic soldering, welding, and some cold connections. Once students have a few experimental forms to work with, we will move on to enamel applications and firings; bringing the forms to life with the dynamics of color.

Skill levels: A basic understanding of beginning jewelry techniques and some enameling experience are required.

Cost $245. A tools and materials list will be sent to enrolled students.

Workshop dates: June 15 – 17, 2018

About the artist: Deborah Lozier is an internationally known metalsmith, jeweler, enamelist, sculptor, and instructor. She is a Senior Adjunct Professor at California College of the Arts in Oakland, California. She has taught countless workshops at institutions ranging from summer art programs in the English countryside to vocational studies at San Quentin State Prison. Receiving her BFA in Crafts from Arizona State University in 1984, Deb began her personal exploration with enamel soon after graduation, using a torch to fire it in her small apartment studio. although labor intensive nature, Deb’s approach to enameling evokes a sense of relaxed ease. She coaxes the forms and surfaces to reveal their inner beauty, gathering their potential through a sensitive observation of cause and effect. Whether the work is jewelry intended to be worn, or sculptural objects for contemplation, she brings to each piece a suggestion of ritual and past use.

Pablo Cubangbang Filigree Workshop

This is a previously held event. Visit the Events page of this website for more current events

Filigree Earrings Pablo Cubangbang

Registration Opens March 3, 2018 at 9 am

Class will be April 14-15, 2018 from 10 am-4pm.

In this Members-Only workshop, the students will learn how to make filigree jewelry. Each student will learn to make their own traditional filigree wires and frame wire using some modern technology. We will construct simple bracelet links with 3 or more techniques incorporated to the design. Each student will also make an earring or pendant. Polishing, finishing and using filigree tools will be covered.

A kit fee of $50 will be collected in class.

The class will be held at Creator Haven, LLC, 41-B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076

You must be a current MBMAG member to participate. If you haven’t yet renewed your membership for 2018, do it now so that you will be ready to register for this exciting workshop!

Click here to renew or join

Pablo Cubangbang was born in a small town in the Philippines. He has acquired many skills in jewelry making from Cabrillo College and other workshops. He was mentored Dawn Nakanishi. In a workshop Dr. Yehuda Tassa, he learned the basic filigree process and fell in love with it and has continued to hone his filigree art in his small studio. Pablo 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 president of the Cabrillo Seahawk Metal Arts Club.

Save the Date: Evelyn Markasky Class “Enameling Lab: Sharing an Obsession”

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We are excited to announce MBMAG’s upcoming workshop: Evelyn Markasky with a 2-day class, Enameling Lab: Sharing an Obsession.

The workshop will be held at Creator Haven in Watsonville and the cost will be $180 plus a $40 kit fee to be paid in class.

Experimenting with different enameling techniques and processes will be the emphasis of this class, having the opportunity to fuse enamel onto copper with both a hand-held torch and the kiln. Alter metal with color and texture using sifted and liquid enamels. Specific techniques include sgraffito, stencils, graphite, foils, how to add images with iron oxide decals, plus some other rather unconventional materials. Whether you are new to enameling or more experienced, you will learn ways to push the limits of your artistic thinking.

Registration will open at 10:00 am on May 18.  We expect this to be a quick sell out, so mark your calendars.

You must be a member of MBMAG to enroll in this workshop. Not a member? Join today!

Alison Antelman Workshop – Feb 3-5 – Registration now open

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Registration Now Open!
Alison Antelman Workshop
February 3-5, 2017

We are excited to announce Alison Antelman in a 3-day workshop, ‘Engineering Your Way Out”, MBMAG’s first workshop of the year.

Develop your ability to solve jewelry fabrication problems and learn solutions to common design and fabrication challenges. Design and create a hinged bracelet or necklace. Students create a “map” of their project, learn to make irregular shaped bezel settings for unusually shaped stones, add hinges and where to place them for irregular shapes and using stainless steel wire, solder sterling terminations to the steel, add a hook clasp and complete your project.

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Students are guided through the process along with discussion, case studies and actual examples of problems as well as their solutions. We will explore the interplay of movement and functionality in jewelry and the approach from the wearer’s point of view (ie: does it sit funny on the neck, is it too heavy, does the pendant flop over). The real benefit to this class is learning how to engineer your jewelry projects as you discover solutions to common design and fabrication challenges. Step--step handouts are supplied along with samples. Basic fabrication and soldering required. Continue reading “Alison Antelman Workshop – Feb 3-5 – Registration now open”