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.

JUNE 2016

  • Carolyn Tillie
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  • Carolyn Tillie
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  • Carolyn Tillie

Carolyn Tillie

Montara, Ca

Tell us a little about yourself.

Middle aged, I’ve been juggling jewelry work with culinary work for over thirty years. Much of my bachelor’s in metals was done at San Diego State University under Arline Fisch and Helen Shirk. I obtained an MFA in 1998 at Cal State Long Beach under the tutelage of Dieter Müller-Stach and Al Pine. I am also a Certified Master Chef and obtained advanced certification under the Wine Spirit Education Trust (one of those steps towards becoming a sommelier). In the beginning, the jewelry work started in my early twenties with dragons, faeries, and Celtic knotwork designs that I sold Renaissance and street fairs. Privately, I create occult- and alchemical-themed regalia and jewelry for several fraternal organizations with my Master’s Thesis work all based on the Kabbalah, occult-based Judaic mysticism. The past decade has been spent combining my great love of food in several jewelry lines that utilize miniature plastic and polymer clay food. I have worked as a food-and-wine author, with my first published book coming out next year, “Oysters, A Global History.” I am currently working on developing a project that will research and present the history food and ingredients as art forms: www.foodasartbook.com.

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