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Metal Arts Guild of Georgia          is a 501 C(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing, enriching, and nurturing the creativity and community of metalsmiths in Georgia. 

It is a diverse organization of professional metalsmiths, jewelry designers, instructors, hobbyists, suppliers, gallery owners, and those who support the fine art of metalsmithing.

You do not have to work with gold to be a member of the Metal Arts Guild of Georgia.  Our members work with silver, copper and a variety of other metals as well as gold.

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MAGG Upcoming Events / Workshops

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 10:00 AM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 6:00 PM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 10:00 AM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 6:00 PM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 10:00 AM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340

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Thursday, June 04, 2020 9:39 PM • Leslie Hinchman

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Wednesday, August 26, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 3


    Week Course


    JEWELRY 101

    INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY MAKING

    Wednesdays, July 8 thru August 26, 2020

    10 am - 1:30 pm

    Learn to design and fabricate rings, bracelets and pendants in this 8 week course.  You will learn essential fabrication techniques needed for success in the craft of jewelry making.  We will explore many forming techniques for shaping and sizing in various types of metal.  Other techniques covered include:  texturing, sawing, wire work, soldering, how to file-sand-polish, Flex Shaft techniques, and we will explore the many uses of the studio equipment.  This class is designed for beginners but welcome those with previous experience.  Beginning classes fill quickly so don't delay.  First come basis.

    Instructor

    Kimberly Piper Espey


    Atlanta Native Piper Espey grew up surrounded by all things metal.  As a daughter of a highly skilled metalsmith she learned from an early age the magic of moving metal.  Her chosen focus for undergraduate and graduate studies were Art and Psychology.  This 20 year teaching veteran is not only known for her passion for metalsmithing, but also for her patience and positive energy in the classroom.  Introductory classes have limited space to allow for more one-on-one instruction.  Supplies needed will be discussed in the first session.  Come ready to learn.

    How Much

    $200 for MAGG Members, $250 for non-members

    Where

    MAGG Studio

    5353 Buford Highway NE

    Doraville, Georgia 30340

    Registration

    Register for the Beginner 8 week course payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.metalartsguildga.org.

    If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the 8 week course.  If the session is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email info@metalartsguildga.org.

    Cancellation / Refund Policy

    If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  A cancellation fee of 20% of the 8 week course will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the first session.  Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 7 days before the first session will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 7 days or less before the start of the first session will receive no refund.  If your seat in the 8 week course can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.

    • Wednesday, July 08, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Wednesday, August 26, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 1


    Week Course


    JEWELRY 101

    INTRODUCTION TO JEWELRY MAKING

    Wednesdays, July 8 thru August 26, 2020

    6 pm - 9:30 pm

    Learn to design and fabricate rings, bracelets and pendants in this 8 week course.  You will learn essential fabrication techniques needed for success in the craft of jewelry making.  We will explore many forming techniques for shaping and sizing in various types of metal.  Other techniques covered include:  texturing, sawing, wire work, soldering, how to file-sand-polish, Flex Shaft techniques, and we will explore the many uses of the studio equipment.  This class is designed for beginners but welcome those with previous experience.  Beginning classes fill quickly so don't delay.  First come basis.

    Instructor

    Kimberly Piper Espey


    Atlanta Native Piper Espey grew up surrounded by all things metal.  As a daughter of a highly skilled metalsmith she learned from an early age the magic of moving metal.  Her chosen focus for undergraduate and graduate studies were Art and Psychology.  This 20 year teaching veteran is not only known for her passion for metalsmithing, but also for her patience and positive energy in the classroom.  Introductory classes have limited space to allow for more one-on-one instruction.  Supplies needed will be discussed in the first session.  Come ready to learn.

    How Much

    $200 for MAGG Members, $250 for non-members

    Where

    MAGG Studio

    5353 Buford Highway NE

    Doraville, Georgia 30340

    Registration

    Register for the Beginner 8 week course payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.metalartsguildga.org.

    If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the 8 week course.  If the session is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email info@metalartsguildga.org.

    Cancellation / Refund Policy

    If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the instructor as soon as possible.  A cancellation fee of 20% of the 8 week course will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the first session.  Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 7 days before the first session will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 7 days or less before the start of the first session will receive no refund.  If your seat in the 8 week course can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.

    • Friday, September 18, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, September 20, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE Doraville GA 30340
    • 4



    3-Day Workshop


    Rings That Do Things

    instructed by

    Chris Darway


    September 18 - September 20, 2020

    Friday - Sunday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm daily

    Chris Darway has been working in metals for over 40 years as a designer, teacher and artisan.  Born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in New Jersey, he received a BFA in craft design from Philadelphia College of Arts.

    He is a two-time recipient of the New Jersey State Council of Arts Award.  His work has been exhibited in Germany, Japan (International Pearl Design Contest, prize winner) and England.  He has taught at the University of the Arts, University of Delaware and Montclair State University, NJ.  He's been a senior PMC instructor for Rio Grande, former president of Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths and writer at Art Jewelry Magazine.

    He currently teaches at the Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA and the University of the Arts, Continuing Studies Program, Philadelphia, PA.

    Workshop Artist Assistant: Lisa Heller, llhellerhome@comcast.net


    Day 1 --  Knuckle Adjustable Ring

    Kit fee of $27.00 paid to instructor for all materials in the project.  Below is a picture of the suggested tools for the workshop.


    Day 2 & 3 -- Rings That Do Things

    Decoder ring, whistle ring, fighting ring, wedding ring, poison ring, puzzle ring, nose ring, smoke ring, folding ring ......   Let's make some rings!  Chris Darway

    Create your own design!  Use your imagination and have fun constructing your dream with the help of a master craftsman.

    Student materials needed for Day 2 & 3 - Bring a sketch book and idea of a ring, your tool box and materials to create your masterpiece.

    Cost

    Members - $425

    Non-Members - $450

    (Kit fee of $27 payable to instructor for Day 1)

    Where

    MAGG Studio, 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340

    Registration

    Not a current MAGG member?  Join today  Membership is $50 annually.

    Register for the workshop with the participation fee payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.metalartsguildga.org

    If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the workshop.  If the workshop is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email info@metalartsguildga.com.

    Cancellation / Refund Policy

    If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the workshop contact as soon as possible.  A cancellation fee of 20% of the workshop tuition will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the workshop.  Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 7 days before the workshop will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 7 days or less before the start of the workshop will receive no refund.  If your seat in the workshop can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.

    • Friday, October 02, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, October 04, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE Doraville GA 30340
    • 0
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    Manipulating Stones Workshop

    with

    Ryan Gardner


    October 2 - October 4, 2020

    Friday - Sunday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm daily

       

    In this workshop Ryan will show students various ways of manipulating already cut stones.  Throughout the workshop Ryan will give demonstrations on how to drill holes in stones, carve patterns into stone and polish the carving, how to put gold leaf into the carvings, carve and polish grooves and inside curves and more!  All this will be done with the flex shaft, no large lapidary equipment required.  Students will also be shown how to make their own bezel wire, and construct bezels for various off shaped and faceted stones.  Ryan will have stones available for students to use and practice with, however students are welcome to and even encouraged to bring stones they are not sure what to do with or want to change.

    Ryan will have a variety of diamond bits and powders for students to use and some available for purchase.  Students should bring their basic tools used for fabrication, saw frame, pliers, tweezers...etc.

    More info about Ryan Gardner

    Participation in the arts was always important to me growing up.  A strong arts program in high school influenced my decision to pursue a degree int he arts.  I chose the arts program at Bowling Green State University in northwest Ohio where I discovered and fell in love with metals.  I was introduced to many artists, including Michael Boyd, who became an inspiration for me.

    Since being in Colorado I have started my own business, Ryan Gardner Designs.  I now showcase my work in galleries across the country.  I love working with combing stone and metal in new ways creating works of art for people to enjoy in their daily lives.

    Workshop Artist assistant:  Nicole Mermans  nicole@mermans.com


    Cost

    $450 Members

    $475 Non-Members


    Where

    MAGG Studio, 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340

    Registration

    Not a current MAGG member?  Join today  Membership is $50 annually.

    Register for the workshop with the participation fee payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.metalartsguildga.org

    If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the workshop.  If the workshop is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email info@metalartsguildga.com.

    Cancellation / Refund Policy

    If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the workshop contact as soon as possible.  A cancellation fee of 20% of the workshop tuition will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the workshop.  Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 7 days before the workshop will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 7 days or less before the start of the workshop will receive no refund.  If your seat in the workshop can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.

    • Saturday, October 10, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EDT)
    • Monday, October 12, 2020
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • In the comfort of your home studio
    • 12
    Register


    3-Day Workshop

    Live Online: Microfolding and Corrugation

    instructed by

    Cynthia Eid



    October 10 - October 12, 2020

    Saturday - Monday, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm daily

    • Microfolding can also be called corrugation. The wavy undulations add strength to thin metal, making it possible to create large, yet light and sturdy, jewelry. This process offers endless possibilities for creativity through texturing and forming. A wide variety of techniques and textural possibilities will be demonstrated, including fanfolds and ribbon forms, smocking, confirming and pleating, fold forming, and making microfolded beads. Each demonstration is followed by work time.  Process, technique, and design are emphasized in this class, rather than being project-oriented. This course is for participants with the basic skills of Jewelry 1 as well as advanced students and professionals. 

      • Class will meet from 10am-4:30pm for three days.
      • Each student will sign into Zoom with their computer for watching demonstrations.
      • Each student will also mount their phone onto a holder (tripod or neck-holder) so that the teacher can see what the student is doing, and offer help as needed. 
      • 10am-12:30pm will be demonstration followed by work time together, so that questions can be answered as they come up, just as we do when meeting in-person.
      • 12:30pm – 2pm will be lunch and work time on-your-own.
      • 2pm – 4:30pm will be another demonstration, followed by work time together.
      • Each day, at 4:15, we will use the phones to see what each person has made, so that we can learn from each other.

    Please Note: Student tools and supplies are not provided by MAGG, make sure to check the student tools and supplies list linked below. Note, if you do not have a microfold break and do not want to invest in one, Cynthia has a limited number she is willing to rent for the fee of shipment back and forth. MAGG will offer  open studio time for up to 6 local students upon request, please email the artist assistant if you are interested.

     
     



        

    Visit Cynthia Eid's website at https://www.cynthiaeid.com/


    Questions, contact Artist Assistant

    Alan Bremer  alanscottbremer@gmail.com


    CLICK for Participant Tools and Supplies List

    Cost

    Member Fee:  $350.00

    Non-member Fee:  $375.00


    Where

    In the comfort of your home studio


    Open Studio @ MAGG Studio, 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340


    Registration

    Not a current MAGG member?  Join today  Membership is $50 annually.

    Register for the workshop with the participation fee payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.metalartsguildga.org

    If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the workshop.  If the workshop is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email info@metalartsguildga.com.

    Cancellation / Refund Policy

    If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the workshop contact as soon as possible.  A cancellation fee of 20% of the workshop tuition will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the workshop.  Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 7 days before the workshop will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 7 days or less before the start of the workshop will receive no refund.  If your seat in the workshop can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.

    • Monday, November 09, 2020
    • 10:00 AM (EST)
    • Thursday, November 12, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE Doraville GA 30340
    • 6


     In the Heat of the Moment:

    Explore/Expand/Excel


    Torch-fired Enameling with

    ANNE HAVEL

    November 9 - 12, 2020

    Monday - Thursday - 10:00 am -5:00 pm

    Anne is an enamellist, metalsmith and lampworker (she makes glass beads).  She is inspired by many of the abstract painters, space objects and creatures from her own imagination, molecular level shapes, geometry, clay artists, building structures, flowers, etc.


    Using a torch, various methods of line creation and imagery within your enamel piece will be demonstrated.  By applying successive layers of liquid, acrylic, as well as transparent and opaque powdered enamels, techniques such as sgraffito, graphite, sifting, firescale, acid-etching, painting and more will be covered.  no matter your skill level, there will be opportunity to delve into new ideas and principles.

    Cost

    Members - $450 at time of registration online

    Non-Members - $475 at time of registration online

    (cost includes material fee and material fee paid fee to instructor)


    Where

    5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340


    Student Supply List

    • Tinted eye protection recommended
    • dust/fumes mask - North by Honeywell-7781P100M North 7000 series
    Everyone needs SMALL.
    • old magazines to tear up
    • fairly fine paint brushes - at least 2.  (Some of Anne's favorites are Thompson m-16B, Blick Master Natural brush - Round, 3/0 Item #05832-703, Blick Master Natural brush - Round, size 0 Item #08532-1000)
    • saw frame and blades, 3/0 or 4/0
    • drills for riveting and/or earlier holes, mostly sizes 50-69
    • 2 jars or plastic containers about 12-16 oz for water
    • copper sheet, 20-22 gauge and copper shapes you might have.  We start small, with shapes or pieces under 1".  Try not to bring anything under 24 gauge.
    • small trivets, if you own them: bring total of 3 (Thompson #TPT-1 (three point trivet) 1/4" D. 1 1/4" H; Thompson #TPT-2 (three point trivet) 2"D. 1 1/2"H)
    • sharp tools for scratching.  Dental tools are best. (Amazon)
    • graphite pencils, HB, 2B & 4B (Michael's)
    • A Tomato can, (approx. 28 oz size) if you wish to make your own "kiln".  We can pre-fire OUTDOORS before class to remove the toxic chemicals

    Registration

    Not a current MAGG member?  Join today  Membership is $50 annually.

    Register for the workshop with the participation fee payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.metalartsguildga.org

    If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the workshop.  If the workshop is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email info@MetalArtsGuildGA.org

    Cancellation / Refund Policy

    If you need to cancel your registration, please notify the workshop contact as soon as possible.  A cancellation fee of 20% of the workshop tuition will be charged on cancellations received more than 28 days before the start of the workshop.  Cancellations received less than 28 days but more than 7 days before the workshop will receive a 50% refund; cancellations received 7 days or less before the start of the workshop will receive no refund.  If your seat in the workshop can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.

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