Mission Statement
About the Guild
Board Members
Bylaws

 

Mission Statement

The mission of The Metal Arts Guild is to foster community, provide education, and promote Bay Area metal artists and jewelers. We accomplish this by hosting events, providing technical and social media resources, encouraging collaboration between organizations, and outreach to local and global communities.

About the Guild

The Metal Arts Guild (MAG) is an independent, 501(c 3) non-profit, all-volunteer-led arts organization of people who are skilled, interested, or share in the production and exhibition of metals. It was founded in 1951 by a small group of artists working in the studio jewelry and metal arts movement during that time. Today, our membership is comprised of professional and emerging artists, educators, students, collectors, hobbyists and writers.

Board Members


Hilary FinckHilary Finck

President
president@metalartsguildsf.org

Instagram: hilaryfinckjewelry

Hello MAG members! I’m thrilled to become the President of the Guild and I look forward to working alongside the other Board members and hopefully you, too, to help move this organization forward out of these Covid times that have limited our ability to really shine as a collaborative and supportive group of metal artists.

A little about me — I was born and raised in St. Charles, Missouri, and was lucky to grow up playing outside in creeks, swamps, forests, and farm fields. It was a very different life than my 8-year old son experiences now growing up in San Francisco. Moving to Fort Collins, CO for college, I took my first jewelry/metalsmithing class at Front Range Community College, then enrolled in two more years of metalsmithing at Colorado State University. I moved to San Francisco in 2000, and shortly thereafter I met Peter and Dan Macchiarini and began apprenticing with them for about two years. It was an honor to meet Peter and work alongside him. I had my own studio from about 2002 to 2010 making custom jewelry and had a few local and east coast wholesale accounts. I also taught beginner metalsmithing and enameling classes at Palo Alto Art Center and Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan CT. Feeling the need to feed my other passion, environmental sustainability, I went back to college in 2011 and finished an undergrad degree in Environmental Studies and followed it up with a graduate degree in Environmental Policy and Planning. I worked for several years for Recology and for an environmental consulting firm. In 2018, I sorely missed making jewelry and sorely disliked working in a cubicle so I took a leap and restarted my jewelry business. It has been one of the best decisions of my life and has made me realize that jewelry design is where my true passion lies.

When I’m not making jewelry, I love doing all the usual things — beachcombing, hiking, camping, backpacking, playing with my son, laughing with friends, and gardening.

Thank you for being a part of the Metal Arts Guild, and I hope we can meet soon!

–Hilary

Cynthia Clearwater

Cynthia Clearwater
Treasurer

Instagram: ckclearwater

Cynthia Clearwater started her second career as a metal artist in 2005 after retiring from her professional career as an administrator at UC Berkeley. She works with gold, sterling silver, and gemstones, and loves the challenges of fabricating pieces from scratch. Her goal is eye-catching and soul stirring minimalist design.

Katy DeWeeseKaty DeWeese
Secretary

Instagram: katydeweese

Bay area native Katy DeWeese studied Fashion Design and Spanish at UC Davis. Worked as a girls dress designer and is a CA credentialed teacher in Art and Spanish with a masters in education from Dominican University and has worked as an educator in various bay area schools. She is currently raising her sons in the south bay with her husband and studying with Davide Bigazzi to become a goldsmith and start her own jewelry line.

Michaela Farkasovska

Michaela Farkasovska
Membership
metalartsguildsf@gmail.com

Website: farkasovskadesigns.com

Michaela Farkasovska is a goldsmith, sport enthusiast and avid skier, living and working in San Jose. After 9 years in business management and information security, Michaela started her second career as a goldsmith after completing Jewelry Technician Program at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco. Her work is inspired by the beauty of nature, in Michael Farkasovska Fine Jewelry.

Jenn Parnell KirkpatrickJenn Parnell Kirkpatrick
Programs
magprograms@gmail.com

Instagram: jennparnelldesigns

Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick landed in the Bay Area in the summer of 2019 after spending the rest of her life and career on the East Coast (DC/Baltimore area mostly). She received her BFA in Jewelry and Metals from RISD, her MFA from Towson. She’s been making and selling her own work since 2000, and teaching jewelry making since 2004. Currently she is teaching with Silvera Jewelry School and loving every minute.

There are very few aspects of making and the history of jewelry that don’t intrigue Jenn, and she’s always looking to try something new, explore a new technique, and continue making art. She loves doing commission work- making someone’s vision come to reality, and seeing the happiness that something she made brings to their life is one of the best feelings. Teaching provides her with a constant stream of ideas, as every time she teaches something she remembers how great that skill or technique is! Now to find more hours in the day!

Ron Elson

Ron Elson
Exhibitions

 

 


Francesca MacKie

Francesca MacKie
Public Relations
metalartsguildpr@gmail.com

Website: francescamackie.com

Francesca MacKie is a jewelry designer and instructor, a life-long artist, student and traveler. Her work is inspired by architectural landscapes and human interaction with nature.  Francesca grew up in San Francisco and has an MFA in Sculpture. She teaches mixed media jewelry design and using textile techniques with metal at Academy of Art University. Francesca is eager to help her artistic community achieve their creative goals.

 

Laura deLeon
Newsletter
metalartsguildnews [at] gmail.com

Instagram: lghtly_hmmrd

Laura deLeon is a Bay Area artist with a long and varied career.  Fell in love with working in metal when attending classes at Cabrillo College 1997 and started a studio practice in 2008.  Laura creates pieces combining traditional metalwork and fiber techniques with found and reclaimed materials.

Please feel free to get in touch with exciting news and events!

 

Monica F. YichoyMonica F. Yichoy
Website
magsfweb@gmail.com

Website: myfiorella.com

After several successful careers in finance and engineering while living in various cities around the country, Monica found her way to jewelry at the suggestion of a psychic.  Monica is now based in the East Bay and is a goldsmith and jewelry designer of her own brand, Monica Fiorella Jewelry, which focuses on feminine delicate styles. Her formal education in jewelry include the Jewelry Technician and Graduate Jeweler degrees from the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts.  She is also a traveler, scuba diver, gym rat, foodie, and wine and tea aficionado.

emiko oye

emiko oye
Display Case Rentals

emiko oye is a San Francisco jewelry artist and designer working primarily in LEGO® to create ready-to-wear for her brand emikooreware as well as one-of-a-kind sculptural works that exhibit in museums and galleries worldwide. She discovered the yin to her yang via Forrest Yoga and is a certified teacher and active yogi in the Bay Area. A long-standing MAG Board member and past president, she is grateful for the life-time friendships she has made through this community.

Robin Lynn Wiess
Hospitality

 

Resource Center/Library

This position is open. Contact the Secretary if you would like to join the MAG Board.

 

Bylaws

Download the Metal Arts Guild Bylaws

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