MBMAG September Speaker: Sky Paxton- All About Agates, Sept. 21, 2018 from 7-9 pm, Moss Landing

Lapidary and jeweler Sky Paxton will share his love and knowledge of agates with us on Friday, Sept. 21, 7-9 pm at the Moss Landing Harbor Master’s Office.

Sky will share slides with examples of various types of agates, locations where they are found and some factors that affect prices.

He’ll also give us some tips on hardness and cleavage planes of popular stones which affect their use in certain types of settings.

Sky has been working with stones for many years, so bring your questions about working with these varied and beautiful stones.

This meeting is free and open to the public.

The address is 7881 Sandholdt Road, Moss Landing.  After you enter the driveway to the Harbor parking lot go to the building all the way to the end of the parking lot on your right, “Harbor Master’s Office”.

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: Wendy Ballen

Wendy Ballen: Tying it All Together

Friday, July 20, 2018, 6:30-8:30 PM

Don’t miss this month’s MBMAG Speaker Series featuring wire sculptor Wendy Ballen.

We’ll be meeting at the Santa Cruz Art League, 526 Broadway, Santa Cruz

Wendy Ballen is a wire sculptor and guild member

Join us for a peak into what she’s been working on….

The event is free and open to the public

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: Paul Kmetko

calipers, pliers, graver and hammer surround the Speaker Series announcement for the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

Friday, May 18, 2018 7-9 PM

MBMAG Speaker Series:

Paul Kmetko: Stenciling on Enamel -Tips and Easy to Make Tool

Stencils are commonly used in enameling and they can be tricky to manipulate. Nothing is worse than carefully applying powder to your design and jostling the stencil whilst trying to remove it… Not only does it waste precious material, it can be very frustrating.

In addition just laying a stencil down on top of the work doesn’t guarantee a snug fit and powder will creep under boundary zones. In order to solve the problem I went back to my roots in screen printing and devised a solution that solves both problems at once. It started as a low tech device with a easily  available clamp fixture that can be modified with minimal effort by almost anybody.

Paul will share this device and how to make a low-tech version of it, as well as giving tips on stenciling on enamel at this month’s MBMAG Speaker Series.

Stenciled Enamel Dish by Paul Kmetko

Paul is  a silver smith, enamel artist and the owner of Seabright Metalworks in Santa Cruz.

Creator Haven LLC is at 41B, Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA

Bruce McKay: Ways of Holding, MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series, April 27, 2018

Bruce McKay with torch and optivisors

April 27, 2018

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series

Making jewelry requires holding onto things that are often funny shaped, too small, too hot, too delicate, and so on . Bruce’s talk is about ways to hold stuff while creating your jewelry. This includes holding items while soldering, creating assemblies of item to be held together while soldering such as clusters of heads, holding onto items while filing and sanding, holding irregular shaped metalwork while setting stones, and much more.

The tools and techniques will all be demonstrated at this talk for MBMAG at Creator Haven on April 27, 2018 from 7-9 pm. Light refreshments will be served.


Bruce McKay is a gold/platinumsmith, jewelry designer, lapidarist and graduate gemologist with 47 years experience who has recently moved to the Santa Cruz area from Portland, Oregon. There he had a custom design studio for 30 years and for the past 6 years has taught advanced jewelry techniques at the Multnomah Arts Center. Now a member of MBMAG, Bruce is past president of the Creative Metal Arts Guild of Oregon. 

Creator Haven is located at 41B Hangar Way, Watsonville, CA 95076

Third Friday Speaker Series: Metal Clay Demo with Pat Evans

dragon fly brooch of fine silver with sapphires by Pat Evans

Friday, February 15, 2018 7 – 9pm

Free and open to the public

Have you been curious about metal clay? Do you think it’s just for hobbyists? Or have you never even heard of it? This product, a combination of recycled silver and organic binders, can be worked like clay and, when fired, is (depending on the variety) pure fine silver, sterling silver, copper, bronze or even steel. Pat Evans, Senior Art Clay Instructor, will demonstrate the basics of working with several varieties of metal clay, and explain how it can be a useful addition to your jewelry-making toolkit.

Join us at the Soquel Glenn Mobile Home Park Clubhouse

details of a speaker presentation by Pat Evans on silver metal clay
VenueSoquel Glen Mobil Home Park Clubhouse
Address5470 Soquel Drive
Soquel CA 95073, US
StartsFri Feb 16 2018, 7:00pm PST
EndsFri Feb 16 2018, 9:00pm PST

Summer Party at Sierra Azul Nursery

graphic of pineapple, sun and a glass of water with a straw

Sunday, Aug. 6 from 1-4 
at Sierra Azul Nursery, 
 2660 E Lake Ave, Watsonville, CA 95076
(across from the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds)
 
Come join us for our summer get-together at the lovely Sierra Azul Nursery. Bring something yummy for our potluck meal, a folding chair, and your latest bench tips, creations, or interesting tools to share with the group. Wander the 10th annual “Sculpture Is” exhibit, with over 100 sculptures scattered through the nursery grounds and re-connect with your fellow guild members.
 
We will have a brief board meeting before the party, starting at noon. Please feel free to come early and sit in on the board meeting.

HER: Honoring Mothers – May 1 to 31, 2017 – Haute Enchilada Gallery

HER: Honoring Mothers - May 1 to 31 2017 - Haute Enchilada Gallery

HER: Honoring Mothers - May 1 to 31 2017 - Haute Enchilada Gallery

Announcing our upcoming show:

HER: Honoring Mothers
at the Haute Enchilada Gallery in Moss Landing,
May 1 – 31, 2017

The Opening event will be Sunday, May 7th form 3-5pm. Please come and support your friends of the Guild, and maybe find a nice gift for the mother in your life… maybe for yourself!

Feel free to share the postcard image and show information… distribute to your mail lists, post on Instagram, FaceBook or any other social media and invite your friends!

Looking forward to seeing you there—-

Annette Nemes
MBMAG Show Curator

her2017 AT mbmag.org