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

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series: Don’t Miss it!

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


Paul Kmetko
New Tools for Stenciling on Enamel

Friday 7 – 9 pm, March 18, 2018

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

Stenciled Enameled Dish by Paul Kmetko

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 Paul went back to his 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.

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

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

MBMAG Monthly Speaker Series

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

Pablo Cubangbang
Road to Metal Artist

Friday 7 – 9 pm, March 23, 2018

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

filigree earrings by Pablo Cubangbang
filigree heart pendant by Pablo Cubangbang
Pablo Cubangbang

Join your fellow MBMAG members next Friday, March 23, from 7-9pm  for a fun, interesting evening with speaker Pablo Cubangbang. A popular teacher and artist with a background in drawing and painting, Pablo will be discussing how he came to metalsmithing, as well as discussing and showing examples of his current work. 
Light refreshments will be served. 

Pablo Cubangbang was born in a small town in the Philippines. He has acquired many skills in jewelry making from workshops and Cabrillo College where he was mentored by Dawn Nakanishi. In a workshop by Dr. Yehuda Tassa, he learned the basic filigree process and fell in love with it and has since continued to hone his filigree art in his small studio. Pablo received multiple Visual Arts Scholarships for his jewelry and watercolor pieces. Pablo is a member of the Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild and is the president of the Cabrillo Seahawk Metal Arts Club.

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.

Save the Date: Evelyn Markasky Class “Enameling Lab: Sharing an Obsession”

Two cut out figures by Evelyn Markasky

We are excited to announce MBMAG’s upcoming workshop: Evelyn Markasky with a 2-day class, Enameling Lab: Sharing an Obsession.

The workshop will be held at Creator Haven in Watsonville and the cost will be $180 plus a $40 kit fee to be paid in class.

Experimenting with different enameling techniques and processes will be the emphasis of this class, having the opportunity to fuse enamel onto copper with both a hand-held torch and the kiln. Alter metal with color and texture using sifted and liquid enamels. Specific techniques include sgraffito, stencils, graphite, foils, how to add images with iron oxide decals, plus some other rather unconventional materials. Whether you are new to enameling or more experienced, you will learn ways to push the limits of your artistic thinking.

Registration will open at 10:00 am on May 18.  We expect this to be a quick sell out, so mark your calendars.

You must be a member of MBMAG to enroll in this workshop. Not a member? Join today!

Alison Antelman Workshop – Feb 3-5 – Registration now open

Alison Antelman workshop

Registration Now Open!
Alison Antelman Workshop
February 3-5, 2017

We are excited to announce Alison Antelman in a 3-day workshop, ‘Engineering Your Way Out”, MBMAG’s first workshop of the year.

Develop your ability to solve jewelry fabrication problems and learn solutions to common design and fabrication challenges. Design and create a hinged bracelet or necklace. Students create a “map” of their project, learn to make irregular shaped bezel settings for unusually shaped stones, add hinges and where to place them for irregular shapes and using stainless steel wire, solder sterling terminations to the steel, add a hook clasp and complete your project.

Antelman workshop image
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Students are guided through the process along with discussion, case studies and actual examples of problems as well as their solutions. We will explore the interplay of movement and functionality in jewelry and the approach from the wearer’s point of view (ie: does it sit funny on the neck, is it too heavy, does the pendant flop over). The real benefit to this class is learning how to engineer your jewelry projects as you discover solutions to common design and fabrication challenges. Step-by-step handouts are supplied along with samples. Basic fabrication and soldering required. Continue reading “Alison Antelman Workshop – Feb 3-5 – Registration now open”

Winter Party with Dawn Nakanishi, Guest Speaker– and Renewals

2017 Winter Party - Dawn Nakanishi, guest speaker (click image for map)
2017 Winter Party - Dawn Nakanishi, guest speaker (click image for map)
click the image above for a map of Haute Enchilada


Join us for the annual MBMAG Members Winter Party

January 22, 2017 from 12:00 to 2:30 PM
at The Haute Enchilada in Moss Landing.

The presenter is Dawn Nakanishi, who will speak about her studies in Japan during her sabbatical from Cabrillo College. (Click on the image above for a map.)

You must be a member of MBMAG to attend.  Kindly RSVP.
Not an MBMAG member yet?  Join now.

The coordinator for this event is Pat Evans, contact her here: pat@patevansdesigns.com

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Emotion Exhibit and Sale – ZFolio Gallery, Monterey – Opens December 2, 2016

MBMAG - ZFolio Gallery 12-22-2016 to 1-2-2017

The Monterey Bay Metal Arts Guild

announces a new gallery show

Emotion: New Work from MBMAG Members

at ZFolio Gallery in Monterey, California

Exhibition Dates:   December 2 – January 2, 2016
Reception: Sunday, December 4, 2016   3-5 PM

MBMAG - ZFolio Gallery 12-22-2016 to 1-2-2017

MBMAG is excited to present a gallery exhibition this December. This is a terrific opportunity to view new works by members of the Monterey Bay Matal Arts Guild, in a gallery setting. This gallery also has an online presence, see ZFolio.com.

The theme of the exhibit is Emotion, and the interpretations are sure to be as varied as our membership!  All pieces are available for sale, and are primarily precious metals.

 

MBMAG - ZFolio Gallery 12-22-2016 to 1-2-2017