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.

September 2023

Sharon Zimmerman

Website: Sharon Z Jewelry
Instagram: @sharonzjewelry

  • Sharon Z 2017-04-22-9498 photo cred Ryan Leggett
  • One of a kind sapphire earring banner image - Sharon Z Jewelry - Handmade in San Francisco
  • One of a kind green australian sapphire-cabochon set in 18 karat gold on oxidized silver chain OOAK-NE025-Shaorn Z Jewlery - San Francisco
  • Christina B in the process of learning how to flush set a sapphire into a silver band

  • Studio-527-bathed-in-sunlight-Sharon-Z-Jewelry-School-scaled.jpg

1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Being a business owner and a professional jeweler wasn’t part of my original path – I was going to be a musician and performer. Even after 17+ years in jewelry and metalsmithing, I feel like I come at it with an outsider and observer’s view. But being a performer, I think that’s where my deep desire to communicate stems from – wanting to understand my characters in acting isn’t that different than trying to understand people in a classroom. Interpreting their needs, motivations, and desires is like researching the character in a play. Understanding people is central to how I work and teach.