Carolyn Tillie

Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco


Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco

The Guild is made up of metal arts enthusiasts from a wide range of backgrounds, who are creating a community through sharing news and events, ideas, resources, galleries, techniques and questions about the metal arts.

Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Members: 39
Latest Activity: Feb 15, 2013

The Guild is made up of metal arts enthusiasts from a wide range of backgrounds, who are creating a community through sharing news and events, ideas, resources, galleries, techniques and questions about the metal arts. 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 in making the Guild work for our community.

Membership Chairman: emiko oye -

The Metal Arts Guild of The Bay Area is an independent, non-profit, educational organization founded in 1951 promoting the recognition of metalwork as an art form. The Guild offers Bay Area jewelers and metal artists a network of information, education, and support.

The Guild was founded by a small group of artists working in the relatively new field of art jewelry and metal Founding members include such pioneers in the field as Margaret de Patta, merry renk, Bob Winston, Peter and Virginia Macchiarini and Florence Resnikoff. Today MAG has over 200 members and is comprised of professional and emerging artists, educators, students, collectors, and writers.

MAG distributes a bimonthly newsletter along with frequent email announcements; provides a vehicle for sharing resources (including a library of over 400 books and references), workshops and classes; and has sponsored juried and non-juried exhibitions from 1951 to the present. Exhibitions have been hosted by the San Francisco Art Commission, Bay Area museums, Fort Mason, and more recently by the Oakland Museum's Collectors Gallery, the Richmond Art Center, Blue Room Gallery and Velvet daVinci.
We support the work of outstanding metal artists by awarding prizes at MAG exhibitions, an annual MAG Grant for students and emerging artists, and offering resources and opportunities for our members through our website

A bimonthly newsletter to keep you up to date on what’s happening in the metals community. It contains a calendar of MAG events, gallery exhibitions, workshops and classes, reviews, classifieds and member news. Members are encouraged to submit news, reviews, letters and articles.

GuildLetter Example

Our Web site helps members network with one another. Members may post news events and inquiries, as well as a photo of their work, and links to their own personal web sites. All MAG scheduled events are listed as well as links to other metals guilds around the United States. The web site is constantly being updated.

The Guild sponsors juried exhibitions that provide members with an opportunity to show work in national and local galleries, museums, art centers, and trade shows. Some of our exhibition venues included the Oakland Museum Collectors Gallery, the Philadelphia Buyers Market of American Crafts, SNAG Conference 2003, Velvet da Vinci, and the Richmond Art Center. MAG will give a $300 grant to an outstanding student in 2008. More MAG Grants to come!

The Guild also sponsors events and workshops with artists and speakers discussing a wide range of topics relevant to the metal arts, special techniques, business issues and creative development. Annual social events include a summer picnic, tool swap, a library tea party, and a December holiday party with gift exchange. Monthly board meetings are open to any members who would like to get involved and see how the Guild works.

The Metal Arts Guild has over 400 books, magazines, videos, catalogs and slides for members to get inspiration, technical advice, history and more. All are available for members to view and borrow.

Discussion Forum

MAGrant 2013

Started by kelsey Simmen Sep 7, 2012. 0 Replies

Workshop still has spots!

Started by kelsey Simmen Aug 22, 2012. 0 Replies

Margaret De Patta Exhibit

Started by kelsey Simmen Feb 13, 2012. 0 Replies

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Comment by emiko oye on September 7, 2012 at 7:22pm

This is an amazing opportunity to implement that project you've always wanted to do involving your community -- you can live anywhere, you just have to become a MAG member and make sure the project takes place or somehow involves the Bay Area. We look forward to seeing how big people can dream!

Comment by kelsey Simmen on September 7, 2012 at 1:42pm


Think outwardly! 
MAGgrant 2013 will be awarding $1000 toward a Community based project. This required element of Community Involvement, whether it be the MAG community, or the Bay Area community at large, can be the starting point of an unique vision.

Think creatively! 
The project could entail an exhibition, an event or happening, an exchange of communities/cities/artists, a publication, a class. MAG is open to all applicable and viable project ideas.

The required element is Community involvement – whether it be the MAG community, or Bay Area community at large. The applicant must be a MAG member but does not have to reside in the Bay Area; however, the project must be actuated in the Bay Area by Oct 2013. 

Any proposal submitted may be considered for future MAG programming/MAG Happenings.

A MAG advisor will be assigned to winner to oversee progress of project. Documentation of the project’s process/progress will be expected. The recipient is required to make a presentation to the general membership on their project or their creative process after completion of the project. The presentation is intended to create a dialogue between members and to share experiences. The Guild will archive this presentation and will retain the right to use the presentation material at any future date. Recipients will make arrangements for the presentation with the selection committee after being notified of their award. Depending on the proposal chosen, MAG will lend administrative/promotional support as needed.

The grant is open to all who are current or become current MAG members. Projects must have a focus on Community and be actuated in the Bay Area by 2013.

Download the MAGrant2013_application (Word document) @

Applicants must submit a digital application including the following:
Completed Application Form
Current resumé
Up to 5 images of artist’s work with Image Description List
MAG membership is current, 2012 dues paid
Email application to

Oct 15, 2012, 11:59pm PST – Application submissions are due
Dec 1, 2012 – Grant recipient will be announced
Oct 2013 – Project must be completed/actuated
Comment by kelsey Simmen on February 13, 2012 at 2:50pm

MAG is organizing a group tour for the Margaret De Patta exhibit that's going on at the Oakland Museum. The tour is for Sunday, 2/26 at 11:00am. For more information on Margaret De Patta and the tour, go to the link.

Admission is $16 per person, including a docent led tour. Margaret De Patta was one of the founding members of the Metal Arts Guild in San Francisco. Signup deadline has been extended till 2/22. Don't miss out, Margaret's designs are timeless and was considered one of the pioneers of craft art jewelry.

Comment by emiko oye on January 24, 2012 at 4:17pm

Thanks for joining us from CO, Jennifer! Yes, Forging Communities conference was definitely my dream team lineup come true! 

Comment by Jennifer Dewey on January 24, 2012 at 2:33pm

What a fantastic anniversary conference... and line-up of Rock Star Metal Artists!  So glad I made it a part of my trip to the West Coast this Fall! 

Comment by Ethical Metalsmiths on February 24, 2010 at 11:44am
Ethical Metalsmiths would like to join your group. Thanks, Christina

Members (35)


A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

Rachel and Brigitte will be appearing on the wonderful Jay Whaley Metalsmith Benchtalk Radio Show, talking about the Co:Operation Garnish project, how they came up with the idea, what the project is about and the plans moving forward.

The radio show will be LIVE on air September 25, 2014 @ 6PM EST / 3 PM Pacific.

Listeners can call in during the show via phone, skype, or directly connect via the blog talk website.

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