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


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.


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.


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.

January 2022

  • Margaret de Patta
  • Margaret de Patta
  • Margaret de Patta
  • Margaret de Patta
  • Margaret de Patta
  • Margaret de Patta


During our celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Metal Arts Guild, we have been highlighting the background of a few of its founding members. We are honored to complete our feature series of MAG’s founding members with…

Margaret de Patta

Founding Member, First President

Margaret de Patta served as the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco as its first president in 1951, then again in 1955.

A founding member of the Metal Arts Guild  “De Patta, who studied under constructivist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, is considered by many as one of the icons of modernist jewelers; she was known for her use of light and line, and concern for structure in her designs.”

“Margaret De Patta, created a new visual language in the development of her jewelry designs though the interpretation of constructivist theory.” (more…)