StoneSetting Workshop with Curtis Arima

Amplify your stone setting workshop with Curtis Hidemasa Arima June 22-23, 2024 In Person, Watsonville, CA. The workshop is open to all.

Amplify your stone setting skills
in this workshop with Curtis Hidemasa Arima

Register by Thursday 5/30/2024 for $10 off pricing

Early Bird Guild Member Price: $340
Early Bird Non-Member Price: $385

Pricing After Thurs 5/30/24:
Guild Member: $350
Non-Member: $395

Registration Ends Sat 6/8/24 at 11:59 PM

NO kit fee for this workshop
Information on required tools & materials will be posted soon

The workshop is open to everyone

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

DAY 1: Flush, bead and basic pavé setting
We will be setting 2 and 3mm round faceted gems to add interest to your pieces using flush (aka gypsy), bead and pavé (in a row) settings.

Day 2: Problem Solving
Curtis will help you problem solve settings that have caused difficulties. Bring your unfinished project with stones or setting challenges to get answers on how to complete your gemstone pieces.


Outline images of flush aka gypsy stone setting, a bead setting, and a row of pavé stones set.
Day 1: Learn Techniques
Day 2: Problem Solving

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WE PROVIDE THE FOLLOWING EQUIPMENT: Safety goggles, but you may bring your own if you wish.

STUDENTS SHOULD BE FAMILIAR WITH beginning metalsmithing techniques, including familiarity using a flex shaft

STUDENTS BRING THE FOLLOWING (Detailed list to be expanded soon.)

  • 3 or more finished (without stones) rings: 2mm thick by 2.5-3mm wide in any ring size
  • Pens
  • Notebook
  • Camera (phone cameras can work well) for recording samples
  • Ear plugs or ear muffs (as needed)
  • Metal scribe
  • Tweezers
  • Point burnisher
  • Ball, heart, cone (aka flame) and setting burrs (details TBD)
  • Cup burrs
  • Knife graver (TBD)

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.

Our website, and the traffic to and from the website, is encrypted for your security. Note the closed padlock symbol to the left of….The “s” in “https” also means the site is secure.

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.

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.

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

More About Curtis Hidemasa Arima

Curtis Hidemasa Aria Portrait Headshot. Curtis is wearing a dark hand made shirt standing in front of greenery in a garden.
Curtis Hidemasa Arima

Curtis Hidemasa Arima is an educator and metalsmith who is drawn to the transformative nature of materials and the memory, emotion, and history that objects can hold. He earned a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy. His jewelry and sculpture has been exhibited/published nationally and internationally.  He has lectured and taught workshops in the US, Japan, and China. He is on the Board of Directors of the Ethical Metalsmiths and part of their Education Committee.  As current Professor and Chair of the Jewelry & Metal Art Program at California College of the Arts, he enjoys mentoring students to find their artistic identity and connection to more sustainable practices.

His publications include Metalsmith Magazine, Sculpture Magazine, Lapidary Journal, the Lark 500 Series books, and New Brooches.

See more of Curtis’ artwork on his website

If you are a current guild member, you may watch a recording of CURTIS’ PRESENTATION AT THE GUILD 2024 WINTER PARTY

RJM Deco by Curtis Arima

Brooch by Curtis Arima


red, silver, white and gold amoeba like shapes to announce to "participating artists" the "Sell What You Wear" signup deadline of 5/19 for the Around and Round exhibit + sale opening reception on "June 2" 2024 from "2-4PM"; the exhibit is for "jewelry & sculpture"

Everyone is welcome at the Opening Reception
June 2, 2024 from 2 – 4 pm

Exhibiting artists are invited to participate in the “Sell What You Wear” experience at the “Around and Round” exhibit opening reception

Bring a list of SELL WHAT YOU WEAR items to the artwork drop off. The gallery needs this list to prepare for possible sales of jewelry you plan to wear at the opening reception.

Each exhibiting artist may wear pieces to the opening reception that are for sale, IF you fill out the form below. Once PVA has the information you enter which includes, the sales price (WITH the commission for PVA included, media used, title, and description) those pieces will be considered part of that selling opportunity.

All exhibiting artists are encouraged to participate. If this is your first time exhibiting and you have questions, send us an email and we will answer your questions.

Artwork for Sale If a person at the opening reception is interested in buying a piece that you are wearing, take that person with you to the PVA office at the front of the gallery. PVA staff will assist you and will help the customer purchase your piece(s).

Membership in PVA is optional, but encouraged. See: to join
For items that sell, PVA will take a 30% commission on your artwork if you are a member of PVA. The commission rate is 45% if you are not a member of PVA. Work should be priced accordingly.

You have already submitted this form three times.

Contact Toni Danzig and Annette Nemes via if you wish to wear more pieces for the reception's Sell What You Wear.

Volunteers Needed and Very Much Appreciated

Please let Toni Danzig know via email (, if you are interested in helping. Your participation is requested and very much appreciated. Artists were asked to choose a volunteer activity when you submitted your exhibit artwork. If you would like to volunteer to help in more ways, please contact Toni.

Click the bar below to read the details and timing for each volunteer activity.

Volunteer Activities for the Exhibition

Exhibit installation: Help organize and place artwork in the gallery the weekend of May 11th

Gift shop organization: Organize and install artwork in the gallery gift shop area the weekend of May 11th

Photography Assistance: Help other artists take photographs of their artwork (via advice or in-person). Your contact information will be passed on to artists who request this type of help.

Form Assistance: Help other artists fill out the exhibit entry forms (via advice). Your contact information will be passed on to artists who request this type of help.

Case and Vitrine Moving TO Gallery: On May 11, 2024, 6 volunteers and 3 vans or trucks are needed to move the cases and vitrines from Santa Cruz to Watsonville and assemble them in the gallery

Make-a-Bracelet: On June 15, 2024, the guild needs at least 6 volunteers from 11-4pm to assist with our free-to-the-public Make-a-Bracelet event. We assist people at each step to create a cuff bracelet. We need assistance from 11-noon to setup, and 3-4pm to clean up.

Return Exhibit Artwork to Artists: On July 14, 2024 from 4-7pm, organize and assist return of pieces to artists from the exhibit (4 volunteers are needed)

Return Gift Shop Artwork to Artists: On July 14, 2024 from 4-7pm, organize and assist return of gift shop pieces to the artists (2 volunteers are needed)

Case and Vitrine Moving FROM Gallery: On July 15, 2024, 6 volunteers and 3 vans or trucks are needed to disassemble and move the cases and vitrines from the gallery in Watsonville to Santa Cruz

Public Relations: Write a public relations release and send it to news outlets

Post Card Distribution: Visit local organizations and hotels in the Monterey, Watsonville, and Santa Cruz area to provide packs of postcards to promote the exhibit

Social Media: Create and post photos and videos to social media to promote the exhibit

Around and Round: All Member Exhibit Spring-Summer 2024

red, silver, white and gold amoeba like shapes to announce to "participating artists" the "See and Buy" at the Around and Round exhibit + sale Opening Reception on "June 2" 2024 from "2-4PM"; "Don't be shy, see and buy"

@ Pajaro Valley Arts, Watsonville, CA
exhibit + sale opens May 29, 2024

opening reception with “See and Buy” of the
jewelry the artists are wearing June 2, 2 – 4 pm

exhibit + sale closes July 14, 2024

We encouraged artists to create up to 3 new metal art pieces
(sculpture, jewelry, or a mix of both )
The theme Around and Round was interpreted by each artist

Word cloud made of paths. Around and Round. Traveling. Traversing. Philosophy. Sophistry. Wheels. Orbs.  Ball. Orbiting. A Resonant Voice. Circulatory System. Venn Diagram. Ring. Bubbles. Hydrologic Cycles. Hugs. Planets. Going  Full-Circle.

At the artists’ at the opening reception Sun June 2, 2024 2-4 pm
light refreshments will be served and exhibiting artists will be selling some of the jewelry they are wearing in “See and Buy”. All attendees can purchase jewelry off the artists and take the jewelry home the same day!

Most of the exhibition pieces are also for sale.

Many of our show artists also have put pieces in the PVA Gift Shop where you may buy pieces for $200 or less.


June 2, 2024 (Sun)
2 – 4 pm

“See and Buy” at the Artists Opening Reception

June 15, 2024 (Sat)
12 – 3 pm

Free to the public Make-a-Bracelet event with free snacks. Join us in the patio garden area behind the gallery and create a cuff bracelet with the assistance of guild members.

July 14, 2024 (Sun)

Exhibition Closes at 4 pm

July 14, 2024 (Sun)
5 – 7 pm

All artists pick up any unsold artwork in-person at the PVA Gallery

Lynda Watson Named to ACC’s College of Fellows

"2024 ACC Fellow Honoree Lynda Watson" with a portrait of Lynda Watson taken by rr jones and 2 images of her jewelry taken by rr jones


2024 Awards include The College of Fellows, Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship, Award of Distinction, and Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy

Minneapolis, MN (January 23, 2024) – The American Craft Council (ACC), a national nonprofit dedicated to advancing American craft, announced today the winners of its four major awards. This year marks the 54th year of the awards honoring individuals and organizations for exceptional artistic, scholarly and philanthropic contributions to the craft field.

First presented in 1970, and biennially since 2010, the ACC Awards include the College of Fellows, the Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship, the Award of Distinction, and the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy. This year’s awards highlight 17 artists, curators and arts advocates and who continue to uplift traditions while advancing the boundaries and impact of contemporary craft.

ACC will celebrate this year’s honorees during a virtual ceremony in September of this year. Specific date, time, and details forthcoming.

Biennially, ACC accepts nominations for its awards, which typically come from the current Fellows and a guest list of nominators. Honorees are selected by an Awards Committee, comprised of past Fellows or Honorary Fellows, and are chosen based on professional accomplishments, achievements and support of the craft field.

“This cohort of honorees is an exceptional group of artists, educators and arts advocates who have dedicated themselves and their careers to not only their craft but the craft field as a whole,” said Andrea Specht, executive director, ACC. “Their impact on the arts community has and continues to shape the field and will continue to influence generations to come. We’re honored to recognize them for their contributions.”

“One of the most valuable aspects of the ACC Awards program is that it has a long history that deepens with every new award cycle,” shared Tom Loeser, ACC Fellow 2012, Awards Committee Chair and ACC Trustee. “This year the awardees are amazing, envelope-expanding, inspirational, and risk-taking creative forces. The American Craft Council is honored to celebrate this stellar group of awardees as they continue to create the evolving history of the craft field.”

ACC Awards programming is possible thanks to generous support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Lynda Watson, of Santa Cruz, CA, is an artist specializing in jewelry who was awarded two individual National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and was named Santa Cruz County Artist of the Year. In 2022, she was selected Master Metalsmith by the Metal Museum in Memphis, TN. 

Her work has been shown nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collections of museums here and abroad. It has appeared in numerous books and periodicals and a catalog of her work was recently published by the Metal Museum.

Lynda is a long time member of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild


Visit the ACC website at for more information about all the honorees


Nick Cave (Chicago, IL)
Wendy Maruyama (San Diego, CA)
Anne Wilson (Evanston, IL)

Syd Carpenter (Philadelphia, PA)
Michael A. Cummings (New York City, NY)
Einar and Jamex De La Torre (San Diego, CA)
Yuri Kobayashi (Camden, ME)
Mark Newport (Hamtramck, MI)
Michael Puryear (Shokan, NY)
Diego Romero (Santa Fe, NM)
Lynda Watson (Santa Cruz, CA)


Diana Baird N’Diaye, Ph.D. (Cheverly, MD), Cultural Specialist and Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

Cindi Strauss (Houston, TX), Sara and Bill Morgan Curator of Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design, Museum of Fine Arts Houston


JoAnn Edwards (San Francisco, CA),Co-Founder and Executive Director, Museum of Craft and Design

Carol Sauvion (Beverly Hills, CA),Founder and Director, Craft in America


Charles “Chuck” Duddingston (Minneapolis, MN)

American Craft Council (ACC) is a national nonprofit working to keep the craft community connected, inspired, and thriving. Founder Aileen Osborn Webb recognized the significant impact craft has on individuals and communities and established the nonprofit to preserve, cultivate, and celebrate this communal heritage. Eighty years later, the organization’s efforts span the nation. ACC shares stories and amplifies voices through American Craft magazine and other online content, creates marketplace events that support artists and connect people to craft, and celebrates craft’s legacy through longstanding awards and a unique research library. A range of other programs creates space for dialogue and action—because ACC believes craft can bring us together as people. Learn more at

Links Project

More than 50 links donated by Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild members over the years. Each link is done in the artists' own style. The links are connected to each other to form a long chain.

Join Our Current and Historical Record of Member Artists

Our gallery shows are a great opportunity to view the Links Project in person. If there’s a wall available at our exhibit, we hang our links project cases in which our past and current metal artist members have shared their style and processes.

In 2023, the guild began expanding into a new case with the two new links donated by Roxanne Beebe and Susan Shallenberger (shown below)

In 2015, the guild began a new “Links Project” which demonstrated each of our member’s style and personality. 

In ~ 2003, MBMAG asked each member to create and donate a small piece of artwork that would reflect their skills and aesthetic.  The pieces have a means to connect it on both ends and once linked together would become one chain of unique works.

Roxanne Beebe's donation to the Links Project is a sterling silver bat with integrated loops at the wing ends. The patination on the bat helps emphasize it's features.
Metal artist Roxanne Beebe donated this silver bat link to the Links Project in 2023
Jewelry artist Susan Shallenberger donated this enameled link with a centerpiece featuring a bee flowers and the sun. The link will be attached to the Links Project in it's 3rd case; which is new as of 202308.
Artist Susan Shallenberger donated this enameled link to the Links Project in 2023

We invite all members to create and donate a link within the following parameters

  • The individual piece should range be a minimum size of 1 x 1 x 1″ HLD*
  • The individual piece must not exceed to 1.5 x 2 x 1″ HLD*
  • The piece must be link-able on both ends
  • The piece must reflect your unique style

*HLD = Height x Length x Depth where Length is the measurement between the link-able end rings

Contact us if you’d like to donate a link or have more questions.