We will be announcing new workshops and sharing what we all have been doing since we last met. Enjoy the special presentation by guest artist Douglas Pryor!
Watch your email for the zoom link
Sunday January 23, 2022
Agenda: 12:30 pm Board meeting – all members are welcome to sign in to participate & watch 1:00 pm General meeting with announcements 1:30 pm Special guest speaker Douglas Pryor
Special Guest Speaker Douglas Pryor
Douglas Pryor is a raising and chasing artist located in northern California. He began sculpting in sheet metal in 2005 by creating fully articulated steel suits of armor for full contact sports, which in fact was how he paid for college. Frustrated with the limited detail and relief that shaping stakes could provide, he began to incorporate sculpting with pitch in 2013 and felt like he had found what he had been missing. As he continues to build upon his technical ability, he enjoys making more room for narrative with his work. Each piece is an opportunity to sate curiosity and a chance to build a bridge to others in a meaningful way.
Douglas Pryor Artist Statement
As a method-driven artist, I use my compositions to explore ways to push the limitations of a single piece of material with only human power and hand tools. I take particular delight in pursuing challenging and realistic detail in high-relief metal sculpture. I use my work to explore the nuanced and evolving relationship between humans and the natural world, and the ways that we connect with ourselves and each other.
We hope to see you there!
The February 2022 DOUGLAS PRYOR WORKSHOP IS FULL Check your email for how to be added to a waiting list
3 day Intro to Chasing Class: The art of the chisel:
In this 3 day course we’ll be focusing on the fundamentals of chisel technique, hammer control, pitch management, and how to use design to compliment our medium. You will have the option of what your project will be after a short warm up project.
The warm up project allows us to practice with the pitch and all the tooling provided. Afterwards we will have time for a second more challenging project. Depending on skill and comfort level I will have suggestions with more guidance to test the techniques provided in the workshop. For those who feel more comfortable with their own drawing skillset who have their own design/drawing in mind I am happy to help guide you in how we can best bring it to life in the metal. It helps to choose something that will fit in the palm of your hand, something attainable within our time constraints. This course is short and comprehensive, run at very accommodating speed by experienced hosts. Join us for some creativity and laughs, brighten your world with your own good works.
Date: Sunday, June 13, 2021 Time: 2:00 pm PST Free to members Check your email for the Zoom link
ABOUT GEORGE POST:
George Post is a freelance photographer, based in the San Francisco Bay Area with a client base of individual artists and craftspeople who work in a variety of 2D and 3D media. Many of them sell their creations on the craft-fair circuit, using George’s photographs of their work to jury into the more prestigious shows throughout America. George does some purely commercial photography as well.
A Life Member of ASMP, the American Society of Media Photographers, George also enjoys photography for his own artistic expression. He has a special fondness for colorful, unusual subject matter, and his archives include an eclectic mix of landscapes, cityscapes, astronomical, meteorological, geological, and biological images.
TENTATIVE WORKSHOP OUTLINE
Types of subject & Orientation
Hanging – Pendants, Necklaces, Earrings (Post vs. Wire, Fishing Line Frame)
Tabletop – 3d Objects, Jewelry with camera on tripod
Click the video clip below to see the winners of the guild’s 2021 “Looking Into the Future” Winter Design Challenge
We asked our members to take the challenge of showing us in a new metal art piece how they view the future after the strange and stressful year of 2020. Thank you to four very creative people who submitted their art. We announced the winners during the live online Winter Party on Sunday, January 24, 2021.
Many of us see a piece or jewelry we like and want to bring it home with us; Jeanie has done exactly that and supported many artists from all stages of their careers. As a maker herself, Jeanie brings a unique set of eyes to the idea of developing a jewelry collection- come hear her story and get inspired to start your own collection! If you are unable to attend the live talk, you will receive a link to watch the recording after!
MBMAG 2021 Virtual Winter Party with Featured Speaker Jeannie Pratt and 2021 Winter Challenge Results
Party Time: Zoom, January 24, 2021 from 1 – 4 pm
Challenge: Entries due by January 10! Scroll down for more information.
Members join us free on Zoom, January 24, 2021 from 1-4 pm for our annual winter party. We’ll have a talk from our own Jeannie Pratt, introduce our 2021 Board members and enjoy catching up with each other. We’ll also be announcing the winners of our 2021 Winter Challenge. Our Zoom account is limited to 100 attendees, so you must register to assure your space. Free registration for the party is now open.
Jeanie Pratt talk “My Journey as a Metal Weaver, Enamelist and Insect Enthusiast or Nothing is Ever Simple”
Metal artist Jeanie Pratt uses a variety of textile techniques including weaving, knitting, twining, looping, and bobbin lace – all with metal! Her fiber art and metalsmith backgrounds inform how she approaches the construction of each piece, but it is her entomology background that inspires her designs through form, color, and texture. “I love making interesting woven patterns for my beetle brooch wings and twined bodies in gold and silver for my insect brooch bodies.” The synergy of her two life-long pursuits in one body of work is unique, dynamic, and full of life. “Although I hadn’t used my entomology degree in many years, I am now relearning about insects and am drawn to critters that are real, but surreal.” She lives by a philosophy that “bugs are beautiful” and the organic nature of both her subject and her artistic process give her pieces beautiful harmony with a whimsical touch.