A major component of the Metal Arts Guild’s mission is education. We offer our members access to private docent led tours of the Bay Area’s best museum exhibits, artist studio visits, and special educational symposiums.
2013 – Forging Entrepreneurs: Tools and Skills for Business Success
Sponsored by SNAG, Halstead Inc, Academy of Art University, MAG
Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Ben Allen, President of Labrador Agency, and founding partner of THINK Conservatory, will offer entrepreneurs insight on how to position their work brand in the marketplace with his presentation, The Art of Branding.
Cindy Edelstein, Jeweler’s Resource Bureau’s marketing guru, will share her expertise on internet marketing with Top Online Tools for Promoting your Business. Cindy will also be leading a MAG sponsored workshop on Oct 20, Marketing Tips, Tricks and Secrets to Promoting Your Jewelry to The Press and Retailers
Award-winning jewelry designer Sarah Graham will share the secrets to her success in her presentation, Growing a Jewelry Business from the Ground Up.
New York designer and founder of byAMT, Inc, Alissia Melka-Teichroew will share her expertise on 3D Printing and how to bring your designs to the marketplace with New Technologies and Outsourcing in Production.
Jewelry and craft photographer, George Post will offer tips and tricks for capturing the best images to market your work with Crafts Photography Digital File Management.
Jonathan Russell of JR Casting will share his expertise in making multiples in his presentation, Tips for Masters and Casting.
2011 – Forging Communities – Celebrating 60 Years of Artistry
Sponsored by Rio Grande, Otto Frei, Academy of Art University, Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
Oakland Museum of California, Oakland
In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco, this one-day symposium at the Oakland Museum of California is geared to the metals and jewelry community to reflect on what ties us together, network with new and familiar faces, and create dialogue on how we are moving the field forward.
Metal Rising: The Forming of the Metal Arts Guild, San Francisco, California, 1929-1964
Presented by Jenna Shaifer (historian, owner of Jenna Shaifer Gallery)
Introduction by Julie Muniz (Curator of Craft and Decorative Arts, Oakland Museum of California).
Addressing the impetus behind the forming of the Guild, the work of the pioneering members, and the legacy of MAG in the American Modern studio jewelry movement.
Followed by In Conversation with Imogene Tex Gieling, merry renk, Florence Resnikoff (founding members of MAG), moderated by Jenna Shaifer.
Imogene Tex Geiling, MAG Founder
merry renk, MAG Founder
Florence Resnikoff, MAG Founder
What does Success Look Like in the Jewelry World – Issues related to the perception of success in the global marketplace.
Panel discussion led by Sarah Turner (Assistant Director for Academic Affairs, Cranbrook Academy of Art), including Lola Brooks (artist, faculty at Rhode Island School of Design), Brigitte Martin (Founder, Chief Editor of Crafthaus), and Sienna Patti (owner of Sienna Gallery).
Professional Practices: Conversation, Questions, & Commentary with Andy Cooperman and Harriete Estel Berman
The dynamic duo from the Professional Guidelines are back to spread the gospel of professional practices for artists – bring your questions and opinions to join them as they discuss a wide range of subjects.
The Maker Faire Phenomenon – Engaging Community and the Next Generation of Makers
Presented by Dale Dougherty (Founder of Make: Magazine and Maker Faire). How Maker Faire is establishing a hands-on DIY culture for the 21st century and creating a community-based model for learning that can change how we think about education.
The Extreme Craft Roadshow presented by Garth Johnson (founder, Extreme Craft, writer, artist, educator).
A portrait of the blurred line between art and craft, featuring the “Greatest Hits” of the Extreme Craft website. Antiquated arguments about the line between art and craft are no longer valid; many of the artists presented are responsible for bringing about this sea of change.
2004 – Artists Making It In Metal: A Skills Symposium.
Series of 3-day workshops in conjunction with SNAG National Conference.
Imagery on Metal with Carol Webb
Making a Spectacle: Eyewear with Deb Stoner
Design with Alan Revere
Fold Forming with Charles Lewton Brain
Gold Soldering with Christine Dhein
Marketing Designer Jewelry with Alan Revere
2014 – Bulgari Exhibition – De Young Museum
2013 – The Royal Treasures from the Louvre – The Palace of the Legion of Honor,
2012 – Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta – Oakland Museum of California
2013 – Ben Cowden
2012 – Eric Powell