Events

People and ttable sculptures at the Artists Opening Reception Museum of Art and HistorySanta Cruz

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 Basket Stone Setting & Beyond Workshop with Pablo Cubangbang - Sign up now to take advantage of early bird pricing for Basket Setting and Beyond Workshop with Pablo Cubangbang. In-person Aug 24-25, (Sat - Sun) Watsonville, 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 Call for Artists: Glad Tidings at ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, CA - All member, non-juried Exhibit + Sale at Zfolio Gallery in Monterey California. Calling all guild artists for gold and silver jewelry. Register by Oct 4, 2024. Exhibit begins Nov 29, 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!" Summer Party Sunday August 4, 2024 - Join us at the summer party. Questions about any of your works-in-progress? Bring your questions and/or pieces for advice. Bring your own picnic chair to Sierra Azul Nursery-Garden during their annual outdoor "Sculpture IS" show. Sunday August 4, 1 - 4pm. Join us at noon to participate in, or just watch, the guild's board meeting.
"FREE ART SEMINAR;ONLINE; RESERVE a SPACE NOW; 3.17.2024; SUN 1-2PM; REVERSE INTAGLIO CARVING + CUSTOM TOOL MAKING with BOB RUSH" text = 4 photos. Photo 1: Agate with reverse side carved with a sunburst pattern in the clear part of the stone as the sun rises over the brown part of the stone. Photo 2: using a curr in a flexshaft to carve into the back side of an agate. Photo 3: a customized wooden tool on a flex shaft. Photo 4: carving the rays into the sun shape on the backside of the stone. Free Reverse Intaglio and Custom Tool Making Seminar - Reserve a space NOW for our free online seminar. Bob Rush, lapidarist and metalsmith, will demonstrate reverse intaglio carving, custom tool making and the use of those tools. The zoom session is 1 - 2 pm Sunday March 17, 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 FREE All Member Winter Party 2024 - Save a space NOW for our FREE all member Winter Party on January 28, 2024. Join us at the Elks Lodge in Watsonville, California
metal arts tools on a workbench behind the wording "Tool Swap Meet: Buy, Swap or Pick Up Free Tools & Supplies; Sun Aug 13, 10am-2pm" Metal Arts Tool Swap Meet 2023 - Come to our Metal Arts Tool Swap Meet to buy, trade or giveaway tools and supplies. More than 15 artists have gone through their supplies and are offering things up for sale. Visit the FREE table for the ultimate bargain. Click for more info.
metal arts tools on a workbench behind the wording "Tool Swap Meet: Buy, Swap or Pick Up Free Tools & Supplies; Sun Aug 13, 10am-2pm" Metal Arts Tool Swap Meet - Come to our Metal Arts Tool Swap Meet to buy, trade or giveaway tools and supplies. More than 15 artists have gone through their supplies and are offering things up for sale. Visit the FREE table for the ultimate bargain. Click for more info.
an illustration of a metal arts educator is juggling tools (calipers, pliers, hammer & graver) in this Honoring Local Educators summer party announcement Summer Party Sunday August 27, 2023 - Join us at the summer party as we celebrate local metal arts educators! Bring your own picnic chair to Sierra Azul Nursery-Garden during their annual outdoor "Sculpture IS" show. Sunday August 27, 1 - 4pm. Join us at noon to participate in, or just watch, the guild's board meeting.
Precision saw with designer Brian Meek of Knew Concepts Knew Concepts Factory Tour - KNEW CONCEPTS invited MBMAG members for a factory tour at their new location in Watsonville, California in May of 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 Happy Makers at the Make a Bracelet Event - Thanks to all who came to see us at the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party on Saturday April 15th and let your inner metal artist shine! Tag us on instagram @montereybaymetalarts and we'll share your creation!
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 Make a Bracelet Free - Would you like to make a thin cuff bracelet with a pattern of your own design? Come see us at the Monterey Museum of Art Block Party on Saturday April 15th and let your inner metal artist shine! Free for people of all ages! 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.
screenshot from the video of Susan Kingsley speaking at the Winter Party 2023 Watch Guest Speaker Susan Kingsley - If you missed guest speaker Susan Kingsley at the Jan '23 Winter Party, login to your account to watch her entertaining and informative talk.
invitation to sign up for a free tour of the Knew Concept jewelry and woodworking tools factory at their new location in Watsonville CA on May 6, 2023. Participants must be a current MBMAG member. Knew Concepts Factory Tour - KNEW CONCEPTS has invited MBMAG members for a factory tour at their new location in Watsonville, California. Register now for FREE to be one of the of 30 people!

Workshops

birdcage sawframe, wire cutters, stainless steel files, silver pencil

Visiting artists and our talented artist members teach local workshops in person and remotely. The one to five day workshops cover a wide variety of metal art techniques ranging from beginning metalsmithing to 3D sculptural techniques to advanced jewelry making. Many of the techniques taught cross the boundaries between sculpture and jewelry making and our artists innovate and adapt the techniques to their own unique styles and artwork.

Upcoming locally taught or online Monterey Bay Metal Arts Workshops are listed here first. We also list member taught workshops which are hosted at other sites. If no upcoming workshops are listed, check back later or join the email list using the field at the bottom of this page for early notification.

Members have first dibs at filling guild sponsored workshop seats and pay less than non-members for the workshops.

Free seminars for members are available to watch later via this website.

Previously held workshops taught with visiting artists and artist members of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild are listed below for your reference

extended deadline. "Small Scale Foldforming for Jewelry: Charles Lewton-Brain: April 27-28, 2024: Register by April 13th, 2024: Presented by MBMAG" Workshop Announcement with photo of a blackened coiled copper form Small Scale Foldforming for Jewelry with Charles Lewton-Brain - Missed out signing up? Join the Waitlist for a chance at a spot in the Small Scale Foldforming for Jewelry Workshop April 27 -28, 2024 in person. Watsonville, CA. Join the waitlist by 5pm April 26th, 2024.
Wait list for MBMAG workshop: Amplify your stone setting workshop with Curtis Hidemasa Arima June 22-23, 2024 In Person, Watsonville, CA. The workshop is open to all. StoneSetting Workshop with Curtis Arima - Sign up now to be on the wait list for our Amplify Your Stone Setting Workshop with Curtis Arima. In-person June 22 -23, (Sat - Sun) Watsonville, CA.
Text details for electroforming workshop with instructor name, dates, times, price, # students, and how to register along with an image showing electroformed glass Mad Science: Electroforming Workshop by Patty Lakinsmith - Electroforming Workshop July 8, 2023 in person near Summit Road, Los Gatos, CA. Pre-workshop Zoom on June 28, 2023
call for students announcement with image of a gull in enamel and kelp in silver along with the details for the workshop Avifauna and Flora Cloisonné Enamel and Mason Stain Workshop by Darci Shea Bogdan - The guild is thrilled to present a Cloisoneé Enamel and Mason Stain Workshop by Darci Shea Bogdan. The workshop is being held @ Creator Haven in Watsonville CA
"Waiting List" "Designs in Woven Metal" "Jeanie Pratt. graphic for announcing the workshop waiting list Designs in Woven Metal: Workshop by Jeanie Pratt - Join the Waiting List for the "Designs in Metal Weaving” Workshop by Jeanie Pratt. April 21 -24, 2022 in person @ Creator Haven in Watsonville CA
Douglas Pryor and the stainless steel elephant he created looming behind him in this artist portrait The Art of the Chisel: Chasing Workshop - In this 3 day course we’ll be focusing on the fundamentals of chisel technique, hammer control, pitch management, and how to use design to compliment our medium. You will have the option of what your project will be after a short warm up project.
Albion Smith Games of Thrones Ring Workshop - May 1-3, 2020 (Friday-Sunday, 9:30-4:30 pm) at the Mendocino Art Center. Cancelled
2 clasps front and back CANCELLED: Where’s the Clasp? online workshop with Alison Antelman Feb 26-28, 2021 - Register Now! Signup deadline is Feb 17, 2021 Join MBMAG or Renew Your Membership. All are welcome; members may live anywhere in the world. MBMAG is offering a live online workshop by Alison Antelman. Click here to join MBMAG or renew your membership. If you are a current MBMAG member, click to “Register Now!” If …
CANCELLED: Albion Smith Overlay Cuff Bracelet Workshop - Class cancelled due to CoVID-19 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, …
Members Only Workshop: Cloisonné Enamel with an Emphasis on Landscape Design. - Registration opens Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 at 10 am. 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 …

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: Don’t Miss it!

calipers, pliers, graver and hammer surround the Speaker Series announcement for the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

Paul Kmetko
New Tools for Stenciling on Enamel

Friday 7 – 9 pm, March 18, 2018

at Creator Haven LLC
41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA

Stenciled Enameled Dish by Paul Kmetko

Stencils are commonly used in enameling and they can be tricky to manipulate. Nothing is worse than carefully applying powder to your design and jostling the stencil whilst trying to remove it… Not only does it waste precious material, it can be very frustrating. In addition just laying a stencil down on top of the work doesn’t guarantee a snug fit and powder will creep under boundary zones. In order to solve the problem Paul went back to his roots in screen printing and devised a solution that solves both problems at once. It started as a low tech device with a easily  available clamp fixture that can be modified with minimal effort by almost anybody. 

Paul will share this device and how to make a low-tech version of it, as well as giving tips on stenciling on enamel at this month’s MBMAG Speaker Series.

Paul Kmetko is a silversmith, enamel artist and the owner of Seabright Metalworks in Santa Cruz.

Creator Haven LLC is located at 41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076

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