The Metal Arts Guild (MAG) is an independent, non-profit, educational organization
of people who are skilled, interested, or share in the production and exhibition of metals.

Our Community

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Everyone is welcome to join: from the beginner to the master craftsperson, teachers and students, metal arts collectors and more. Each member is a vital part of making the Guild work for our community.

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We support the work of outstanding metal artists by organizing exhibitions, lectures, and workshops, awarding an annual MAG Community Project Grant, various student scholarships, and offering resources and opportunities for our members.

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MAG is a 501(c 3) non-profit, all-volunteer-led arts organization, and we rely on your generosity to help us provide metal related events, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and networking mixers to the membership and community.

Featured Member

Each month a new Featured Member is chosen from the completed member profiles on our website. Their interview and work is highlighted on our blog and social media. Visit our archive of past Featured Members.

May 2018

 

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Maya Kini

San Francisco, CA
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Tell us a little about yourself.

I was born and raised in the Boston area, the fourth of five children by parents from vastly different worlds. My mother is Italian American from New England, and my father emigrated from India in 1957 to study medicine. He decided to stay in the US after meeting my mother. From a young age, I was given jewelry by Indian relatives—bangles, silver anklets with bells, and fine gold chains. Adornment begins at a young age in India and evolves into a complex language.

I studied sculpture and literature at Reed College and eventually wrote my thesis on the early attempts to disseminate Catholicism in what is now Mexico. I received my degree in Spanish literature in 2000. In 1996, I was introduced to jewelry making in Mexico, and that seed developed into further study, apprenticeships with other jewelers, and eventually an MFA in Metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

I recently returned to the foggy hills of San Francisco after nearly a decade in Sacramento and several years teaching Small Metals at the Sacramento City College and CSUS. Currently I operate my own small studio that focuses on commissions, multiples, and one-of-a-kind pieces. On June 2nd, a show of my jewelry opens at Shibumi Gallery in Berkeley alongside two-dimensional work by Bay Area painter Kate Nichols.

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