Lecture Information
Recorded Lectures
Past Lectures

Lecture Information

Each year the Metal Arts Guild has the honor of working with artists from all over the world as they pass through the Bay Area. Our Programs Chair arranges a diverse selection of artists, metalsmiths, innovators, and business savvy entrepreneurs to educate and inspire our membership. Our lecture formats include an hour-long presentation with additional time for Q & A, lectures or demonstrations at local studios and workshops, and smaller more intimate conversational style gatherings in galleries and art spaces.

Past presenters have included jewelers, sculptors, artists, metalsmiths, enamellists, business and gallery owners, collectors, professional photographers, industrial designers, and historians.

For upcoming lectures and events, please check our Calendar.

Recorded Lectures

Rebecca Hannon

Presented by Academy of Art University School of Jewelry and Metal Arts in collaboration with the Metal Arts Guild.
San Francisco, Ca
Wednesday March 30th, 2016
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Rebecca Hannon

About Rebecca
Contemporary jeweller Rebecca Hannon gives an artist talk revealing her fascination with travel, materials and evolving digital technologies. Pieces of European photos give way to hand molded Tapa cloth in Polynesia and finally laser-cut Laminate in Canada. This presentation is an exploration of an evolving artistic practice in response to place, emergent avenues for making, and the search for paradise.

Rebecca Hannon is a jeweller and educator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In her work she investigates adornment in relation to the human form. A choice to attach an object to the body drives her to question and create stories. Cultural histories gleaned through travel, and the people she meets shape her work. Rebecca maintains an active studio practice in addition to serving as faculty at Nova Scotia College of Art & Design and her work could be seen at Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal, Museum of Art & Design, NYC, and Racine Museum of Art over the past year.

Lyrical Line & Mechanized Design
An overview of the art of Ira Sherman

Presented by Academy of Art University School of Jewelry and Metal Arts in collaboration with the Metal Arts Guild.
San Francisco, Ca
December 8th, 2015
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About Ira

Ira Sherman is an extraordinary artist and metalsmith. He is a master jeweler, internationally recognized sculptor, designer, intuitive engineer and more – a modern artistic wizard……
Elizabeth McDevitt, Metalsmith Magazine

Ira Sherman has been exploring the boundaries of metal fabrication and design since the early 1970s, both as a highly successful custom goldsmith and jeweler, and as an internationally recognized sculptor. His sculptural work uses materials and shapes from science and technology, yet “bio-engineered” to interact with the audience or viewer in a uniquely human way. Many of Sherman’s pieces are, in fact, “prostheses” created around a humorous social concept. These are worn on the body, and may be shockingly intimate. Many of Sherman’s sculptures have sensors that let them interact with the participant or the audience. Parts of his current traveling exhibitions, “Panaceas to Persistent Problems” and “Impenetrable Devices” have been displayed in exhibitions in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Israel and Japan; the Spertus Museum, the Smithsonian Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, the Regional Transporation District of Denver Public Art Collection and the National Ornamental Metal Museum have acquired Sherman art work for their permanent collections.

Donald Friedlich
Things That Make My Heart Beat Faster

Presented by Academy of Art University School of Jewelry and Metal Arts in collaboration with the Metal Arts Guild.
San Francisco, Ca
Wednesday June 3rd, 2015
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About Donald
Donald Friedlich’s jewelry is in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim, Germany, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mint Museum of Craft and Design, the Newark Museum, the Racine Art Museum, and the Museum of Arts and Design. Friedlich served a term as President of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and also as Chair of the Metalsmith magazine Editorial Advisory Board.

Friedlich’s jewelry has recently been in major international exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Toledo Museum of Art. His work is currently on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as part of their permanent collection. In October of 2009, Friedlich was the first American to have a solo exhibition at Villa Bengel in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

Friedlich received his BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 1982. His many awards include a National Endowment for the Arts New England Regional Fellowship and the 2001 Renwick Gallery Acquisition Award at the Smithsonian Craft Show.

Professional Practices: Conversation, Questions, & Commentary

with Andy Cooperman and Harriete Estel Berman
Presented by Academy of Art University School of Jewelry and Metal Arts in collaboration with the Metal Arts Guild.
San Francisco, Ca
April 2012
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Past Lectures

Andy Cooperman

Venn There, Done That
with Andy Cooperman
CCA Nahl Hall, Oakland, Ca
April 27, 2019



Christine Dhein

Eco-Jewelry Handbook
with author Christine Dhein
Berkeley, Ca
April 2, 2019


Anna TabakhovaClasps – 4000 Years of Fasteners in Jewellery
with author Anna Tabakhova
Berkeley, Ca
April 17, 2018


Bob EbendorfCreative Personal Adornment in Forward Motion
with Bob Ebendorf
CCA Nahl Hall, Oakland, Ca
March 14, 2018


PerpetuumDiamonds: 2000 Years of Cutting, Commerce and Context
with Jared Holstein of Perpetuum Jewels
Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, San Francisco, Ca
October 27, 2016


Brian MeekStone Setting with a Jewelry Lathe Demo
with Brian Meek
Metal Arts Department at Mission College, Santa Clara, Ca
2016 Annual Summer Picnic – August 21, 2016


Petra ClassStudio Visit & German Blowpipe Soldering Demo
with Petra Class
Petra Class’ Studio, San Francisco, Ca
May 11, 2016


CastonguayArtist Talk
with Gabrielle Castonguay
Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, Ca
February 25, 2016


FashionLawPrimer-RachelFischbeinFashion Law Primer: Protecting Your Designs
with Rachel Fischbein, Esq.
Presented by California Lawyers for the Arts in collaboration with the Metal Arts Guild.
Wells Fargo Bank Building, Berkeley, Ca
Wednesday, November 04, 2015


Raissa-YogaatRevereStretches to Keep You Making
with Raissa Bump, lecture and demo
San Francisco Library, Main Branch
January 2015


dhein_students-cropBay Area Green Studio Project
with MAG Grant 2013 winner, Christine Dhein
D&H Sustainable Jewelers, San Francisco, Ca
January 2014


jointedcutbeautyblack_byAMTArtist Talk: Alissia Melka-Teichroew
Presented by Academy of Art University School of Jewelry and Metal Arts in collaboration with the Metal Arts Guild.
San Francisco, Ca
October 2013


-Velvet da Vinci gallery – Two decades in collaboration with the Metal Arts Guild
-Lisa Slovis – Artist presentation on pewter fabrication
-Photography Tips with George Post – Tips for successful studio photography of small metals and jewelry
-Harlan Butt – Presentation on enameling and influence of nature

-Elhadji Koumama – Tuareg artist from Niger – Folk-style lost wax casting, inlay, and engraving
-Turquoise: Natural or otherwise by Dayton Simmons – An overview of turquoise through history
-June Schwarcz – Presentation on her life’s work in enamels, bowls, and abstract vessels

-Joe Muench – Artist presentation
-“The Value of Locality” – Presentation on New Zealand jewelers by Damian Skinner
-Ira Sherman: Monumental Sculpture Design from a Jewelers Perspective
-Michael Good – Anticlastic raising, artist presentation

-An Evening with Andy Cooperman – Artist presentation
-Ethical Metalsmiths with Jennifer Horning – Social and environmental issues associated with gold mining

-Sharon Campbell – Founding member of Art Jewelry Forum – Presentation on collecting conceptual jewelry
-How to Pack your Work for Shipping by Harriete Estel Berman and emiko oye
-Flaming Lotus Girls – Presentation on the group and fire art performance

-MAG members present at the Oakland Museum of California: Mark Norstad, Theresa Lovering-Brown, Jack da Silva. In conjunction with User Friendly: Objects of Intended Use, MAG All-member exhibition
-Casting/Forging/Engraving with Elhadji Koumama – Tuareg artist from Niger – Folk-style lost wax casting, inlay, and engraving
-Velvet da Vinci gallery talk and tour
-Copyright Protection for Works of Industrial Design & Jewelry – Lecture with Michael J Thomas, Bay Area intellectual property attorney
-The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Rambling on Contemporary Studio Jewelry – Slide lecture with Susan Cummins
-Critiquing the Critique Group: Creating and Maintaining a Group that Thrives – Round table discussion

-Top Ten Ways to Get into a Juried Show. Professional Development lecture by Harriete Estel Berman
-Slide lecture with Jack da Silva – The History & Practice of the Metal Arts Program at CCA
-MAG members present at the Oakland Museum of California: emiko oye, Courtney Green, Kelly Nedderman. In conjunction with MAG 2005: an exhibition of metal art: wearable, ornamental, and artistic. MAG All-member exhibition
-How to Make Your Business Succeed – Pricing and business development presentation by Falcher Fusager

Welding demo by Deb Lozier

-Butterfields: Understanding the Entire Story – Presentation by Peter Shemonsky, director of the jewelry deptartment at Butterfields Auction House
-Florence Resnikoff – Artist presentation, professor emeritus at CCA

Photo etching with Adam Clark – Demonstration
-Establishing Professional Guidelines by Harriete Estel Berman

-Eric Powell – Artist presentation on steel sculpture

-Meet Your Patrons: Panel Discussion with the Art Jewelry Forum – Elizabeth Shypertt, Susan Beach, Donna Briskin, Sharon Campbell presenting.
-Large Scale Metalwork – Panel discussion with John Neider, Matt Gill, Greg Hess, Laurie Marson, Peter Maccchiarini