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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

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 10:30 AM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 6:00 PM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Thursday, July 25, 2019 10:30 AM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Monday, July 29, 2019 10:30 AM • 5353 Buford Highway, Doraville, GA 30340
Tuesday, July 30, 2019 10:30 AM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340

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Upcoming events

    • Monday, July 01, 2019
    • Monday, August 26, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 7
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    8 Weekly Sessions for Beginners

    Mondays beginning July 1, 2019, 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

    (Sessions may not be held on consecutive weeks due to other MAGG pre-scheduled workshops.)

    Beginning Level - NO previous experience required or for those wanting to continue building basic skills!  Learn basic techniques of jewelry fabrication and metalsmithing by making pieces such as rings, bracelets, and pendants.  Students will learn soldering with a torch, piercing, forming, finishing and stone setting.  For beginners, THE FIRST DAY IS MANDATORY.  Each quarter will present new projects.


    8 Week Instructor

    STACY NATHAN


    OPEN STUDIO may follow each daytime class from 2:00 until 6:00.  Please see website for additional Open Studio times and days.

    How Much

    $224 for non-members, with a 10% discount for MAGG members, and 20% discount for high school or college students.  $10 materials fee payable to instructor on first day of class for consumables provided throughout class (other than metals).  All necessary tools are provided; however, students will need to purchase their own metal, which will cost approximately $75 - $100 and will be discussed on the first day.

    Where

    MAGG Studio

    5353 Buford Highway NE

    Doraville, Georgia 30340

    Registration

    Register for the Beginner 8 weekly sessions payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.GeorgiaGoldsmiths.org.  (Participant must purchase and supply their own metal separately.)

    If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the 8 week session.  If the session is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email MAGGCoordinator@gmail.com

    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 10 week session 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 10 week class can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.


    • Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 1
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    8 Weekly Sessions for Advanced Level

    Tuesdays beginning July 23, 2019, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

    (Sessions may not be held on consecutive weeks due to other MAGG pre-scheduled workshops.)

    Advanced Level - This session is for self-directed students proficient in basic skills, who want to refine their jewelry making and take their work to the next level.  Learn a wide range of metal and stone-setting techniques from a professional metalsmith who can help you get your individualized work looking top notch.  A variety of demos will be shown each semester and design discussions will be ongoing.  Great experience for those on the professional track or those who want their individual jewelry visions to come to life.

    Prerequisite:  Three (3) Intermediate levels of instruction or permission from instructor.

    Cost is $252.00 for non-members with a 10% discount for MAGG members, and 20% discount for high school or college students.

    8 Week Instructor - Helen Blythe-Hart


    Helen is an internationally collected metal artist and educator.  She has been metalsmithing and teaching for over 40 years.  Her invention, a revolutionary soldering method called the Heat Zone, has helped thousands to conquer the torch.  She uses her method to create strikingly original jewels opulently encrusted with colorful gemstones and futuristic sculptures.  Degrees include an MFA and BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and decades of Gemology.

    How Much

    $252 for non-members, with a 10% discount for MAGG members, and 20% discount for high school or college students.  $10 materials fee payable to instructor on first day of class for consumables provided throughout class (other than metals).  Other materials needed will be discussed during class.


    Where

    MAGG Studio

    5353 Buford Highway NE

    Doraville, Georgia 30340

    Registration

    Register for the 8 weekly sessions payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.GeorgiaGoldsmiths.org.

    If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the 8 week session.  If the session is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email MAGGCoodinator@gmail.com.

    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 10 week session 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 10 week class can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.


    • Tuesday, July 23, 2019
    • Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 8
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    8 Weekly Sessions for Advanced Level

    Tuesdays beginning July 23, 2019, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

    (Sessions may not be held on consecutive weeks due to other MAGG pre-scheduled workshops.)

    Advanced Level - This session is for self-directed students proficient in basic skills, who want to refine their jewelry making and take their work to the next level.  Learn a wide range of metal and stone-setting techniques from a professional metalsmith who can help you get your individualized work looking top notch.  A variety of demos will be shown each semester and design discussions will be ongoing.  Great experience for those on the professional track or those who want their individual jewelry visions to come to life.

    Prerequisite:  Three (3) Intermediate levels of instruction or permission from instructor.

    Cost is $252.00 for non-members with a 10% discount for MAGG members, and 20% discount for high school or college students.

    8 Week Instructor - Helen Blythe-Hart


    Helen is an internationally collected metal artist and educator.  She has been metalsmithing and teaching for over 40 years.  Her invention, a revolutionary soldering method called the Heat Zone, has helped thousands to conquer the torch.  She uses her method to create strikingly original jewels opulently encrusted with colorful gemstones and futuristic sculptures.  Degrees include an MFA and BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and decades of Gemology.

    How Much

    $252 for non-members, with a 10% discount for MAGG members, and 20% discount for high school or college students.  $10 materials fee payable to instructor on first day of class for consumables provided throughout class (other than metals).  Other materials needed will be discussed during class.


    Where

    MAGG Studio

    5353 Buford Highway NE

    Doraville, Georgia 30340

    Registration

    Register for the 8 weekly sessions payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.GeorgiaGoldsmiths.org.

    If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the 8 week session.  If the session is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email MAGGCoodinator@gmail.com.

    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 10 week session 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 10 week class can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.


    • Thursday, July 25, 2019
    • Thursday, September 19, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 0
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    8 Weekly Sessions for Intermediate Level

    Thursdays beginning July 25, 2019, 10:30 am - 2:30 pm

    (Sessions may not be held on consecutive weeks due to other MAGG pre-scheduled workshops.)

    Intermediate Level - Students will continue to hone their skills in these jewelry making and metalsmithing sessions.  Learn how to refine your designs and streamline your process so you can do your best work at your current level.  Learn a variety of techniques from a professional metalsmith.  Define your individual style through projects and demos.  Handy tips and tricks will be shown weekly to help speed up your learning curve, so you can get the results you want quicker.  Great opportunity for those wanting to continue building on their basic skills and learn how to refine their style and take their work to the next level.

    Three (3) Beginning levels of instruction required for this class or permission from instructor.

    8 Week Instructor - Helen Blythe-Hart


    Helen is an internationally collected metal artist and educator.  She has been metalsmithing and teaching for over 40 years.  Her invention, a revolutionary soldering method called the Heat Zone, has helped thousands to conquer the torch.  She uses her method to create strikingly original jewels opulently encrusted with colorful gemstones and futuristic sculptures.  Degrees include an MFA and BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and decades of Gemology.

    Here are some final pieces that students made in previous classes.

         
     Lisa Smith Dawn Foster Janet Dickinson

    How Much

    $256 for non-members, with a 10% discount for MAGG members, and 20% discount for high school or college students.  $10 materials fee payable to instructor on first day of class for consumables provided throughout class (other than metals).  Other materials needed will be discussed during class.

    Where

    MAGG Studio

    5353 Buford Highway NE

    Doraville, Georgia 30340

    Registration

    Register for the Intermediate 8 weekly sessions payable in advance via the MAGG website at www.GeorgiaGoldsmiths.org.

    If your payment is accepted, you are registered for the 8 week session.  If the session is sold out and you want to be added to the wait list, email MAGGCoordinator@gmail.com.

    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 session 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 4 week class can be filled, only the cancellation fee (20%) will apply.


    • Thursday, August 01, 2019
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • MAGG Studio, 5353 Buford Hwy. NE, Atlanta, GA 30340

    TIPS AND TRICKS

    offered by

    Art Jewelry Sip and Shop Committee

    Thursday, August 1, 7 - 9 pm


    The workshop to help with JPEGS and writing the Artist Statements will be led by the Art Jewelry Sip and Shop Committee.  MAGG President Lisa Heller will present on taking high quality photos and Sandi Coryell will present on what makes a great artist statement (and what does not!)  So many events require artists to send JPEGS of their work for use in marketing and we get stumped.  Come learn some cool tips and tricks!

    MAGG will provide drinks.  If you wish, bring a snack to share.

    This is a free program!!

    Please RSVP so we may plan for your attendance.


    • Saturday, August 17, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville GA 30340
    • 12
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    MAGG Gem and Tool Swap & Shop

    Spark joy in someone else's studio!


    Gather your unwanted gems, beads, tools and other pretty things you are no longer in love with.

    Sign up for a spot in the MAGG Swap & Shop day.

    Spend the day trading or selling your stuff.

    Come home with a big bag of new pretty things!

    Saturday, August 17, 2019

    10 am - 1 pm

    MAGG Studio
    5353 Buford Hwy. NE
    Doraville, GA 30340

    $5 donation at the door

    Everyone in our jewelry and metals community is invited, whether you reserve a table in advance or show up the day of the event.  You can just swap, just shop, or swap and shop.

    To reserve table space in advance click here to do so via the website.  Space is limited, so first come, first served.

    Members are responsible for their own transactions and get to keep 100% of sales.

    This event will be announced to our metro art centers, jewelry schools, and to the public on social media.

    • Saturday, September 14, 2019
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sunday, September 15, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE Doraville GA 30340
    • 10
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     Fast Cast (lost-wax)

    A Weekend Workshop with Barbara Mann

    September 14 & 15, 2019

    Saturday & Sunday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm



    Barbara Mann has had over 40 years of experience as a metal and jewelry artist.  She graduated from the University of Georgia with BFA and MFA degrees.  She has taught for many years as an adjunct instructor at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, with the UGA Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy and in Costa Rica through the UGA Continuing Education Program.  Barbara has won numerous awards for her work and conducted many workshops throughout the Southeast and for MAGG.

    Barbara, a generous instructor with an engaging personality, will talk about various mold-making materials and casting waxes and show examples.  She has done thousands of castings, is fascinated by the possibilities, and looks forward to sharing her research with us and seeing our creations!

    DAY #1

    • Make an impression of something fairly small, perhaps delicate, (it won't be damaged), with a mold material that hardens (cures) in three minutes.
    • Pour wax into the mold and then add or subtract or manipulate the wax image, add sprues for casting.
    • Invest, burn-out in the kiln overnight. (You don't have to be there!)


    DAY #2

    • Pour molten silver into the mold.
    • Finish your casting by removing the sprues, filing, grinding, polishing or tumbling.


    VOILA!  Walk out with some unique and beautiful castings!


    Bring something small that you would like to take an impression to make a one-sided mold.  (see examples in workshop image).  The mold material we will use, Mega-sil, is used in making molds of ear canals for making hearing aids.  The mold material has baby oil in it which will not harm most things, but will leave a residue which can be wiped off.  It will stain fabric and paper.



    Mega-sil mold material will be available for students to purchase at $2.00 per package which will make 1-3 molds depending on the size of the mold.


    Barbara will demo several other mold materials which are available from the Engineer Guys store in Atlanta or from jewelry supply companies.


    Students will pour molten wax into their molds, sprue the models, invest, then cast.  Barbara will have (1) Victory brown sculpture wax mixed with some fragrant beeswax and (2) another hard wax.


    The MAGG studio, or Barbara, will have the tools and equipment you need for the workshop, but you may prefer to bring your own of the following:

    Optivisor

    Wax working tools

    Alcohol lamp

    Wax pen, like MaxWax

    Finishing tools for the cast pieces: saw frame, saw blades, needle files, small grinding and polishing wheels for the flex shaft.  Barbara likes aluminum oxide points, heatless grinding wheels, and blue high-flex polishers (#332-401/10, Rio Grande), radial bristle discs, polishing pins.


    Barbara will bring some grinding, polishing, flex shaft wheels, etc. for those who would liike to buy them from her.


    Silver:  bring 1-2 troy ounces of clean silver scrap or casting grain.  If you would like Barbara to bring silver for you, please email her at bimann2@hotmail.com to let her know and she will bring some at about $15 per ounce, plus tax.


    Cost

    $200 Members

    $250 Non-Members


    Where

    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.

    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 MAGGCoordinator@gmail.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.

    Accommodations

    For anyone wanting to stay in a hotel near the 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA location, we have a special rate at the Clarion Hotel, 2001 Clearview Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30340.  Call 770-455-3700 and mention Metal Arts Guild of Georgia, aka, Georgia Goldsmiths Guild, when making your reservation and ask for the "Local Rate".

    • Thursday, October 03, 2019
    • 9:30 AM
    • Monday, October 07, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE Doraville GA 30340
    • 3
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     Cloisonné Enameling 5-Day Workshop

    with

    HARLAN W. BUTT

            

    October 3 - 7, 2019

    Thursday - Monday (note unusual timing for this workshop)

    9:30 am - 6:00 pm (no instruction after 4:30 pm)


    Cloisonné enameling is essentially drawing with wires and filling in around them with glass.  Several processes will be discussed but cloisonné will be the primary technique covered.  It can be simple or complex.  Everyone will learn how to use Harlan's special jig for forming repetitive shapes in cloisonné.  Basic metalsmithing/jewelry skills and some enameling experience would be helpful, but beginners are welcome.  Harlan will bring some 1 7/8 inch copper and fine silver disks and some small copper vessels, which will be for sale to students.


    Materials for Sale from Harlan

    2-inch diameter 20-gauge fine silver disks (actually 1 7/8" dia.-slightly domed)

    2-inch diameter 20-gauge copper disks (actually 1 7/8" dia.-slightly domed)

    Copper cups 2 1/2 inches diameter x 2 1/4 to 3 1/2 inches tall

    Cloisonné wire bending jigs (available for free to use during the workshop-purchase is optional)


    Materials List for Students

    Cloisonné wire - .040 x 0.10 or similar - 4-8 feet

    1 sheet fine silver foil

    Fine brush (#0, #1 or #2)

    Small plastic cups or palette

    Tissues

    Alundum stone-220 grit & 400 grit wet/dry sand paper OR

    Diamond abrasive cloths (200 mesh & 400 mesh)

    Dust mask

    2/0 or 3/0 jeweler saw blades

    Small scissors or snips for cutting cloisonné wire

    Pencil

    Tracing paper

    Hand towel

    Scouring pad (Scotchbrite)

    If students wish to bring their own fine silver or copper shapes they are welcome to do so.


    Cost

    $550 Members

    $600 Non-Members


    Where

    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.

    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 MAGGCoordinator@gmail.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.

    Accommodations

    For anyone wanting to stay in a hotel near the 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA location, we have a special rate at the Clarion Hotel, 2001 Clearview Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30340.  Call 770-455-3700 and mention Metal Arts Guild of Georgia, aka, Georgia Goldsmiths Guild, when making your reservation and ask for the "Local Rate".

    • Saturday, December 07, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Zone of Light Studio, 1202 Zonolite Rd., Atlanta, GA 30306
    • 29
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    CALL FOR ARTISTS

    ART JEWELRY SIP AND SHOP

    Presented by Atlanta's Premier Guild of Metalsmiths

    Sat., Dec. 7, 2019 from 10 am til 4 pm

    Set up 7 - 10 am. Clean up 4 - 5 pm. Depart 5 pm sharp.

    Each artist will rent a 6' x 8' space which may be filled if desired, edge to edge with furnishings.  Each artist's space will be surrounded by common area, which may not be used for anything except pedestrian traffic.  Electricity will be available to all spaces.  Food, liquid refreshment and adult beverages will be available.  Thirty (30) spaces are available to rent.

    DEADLINES / MEMBER ARTIST FEES

    • NO COMMISSION will be charged.
    • Early bird fee:  $125 per space due by August 11, 2019.  Fee after August 11 - $150 per space..
    • Each artist is required to submit up to three jpegs resolution (300dpi suitable for print production) and an artist's statement with their fee in order to have the space reserved.  Good jpegs and artist statements are essential to create good marketing for the event and will be featured in print media, and on a new dedicated web page that will become live as we receive your jpegs.  If you need Tips and Tricks with jpegs or writing a Statement - NOT a resume, come to a free workshop at MAGG led by the Art Jewelry Sip and Shop Committee, Thursday, August 1st, 2019 from 7 pm - 9 pm.  Just RSVP here. 
    • Registration is open to all MAGG members.  Not a MAGG member?  Click to Join or Renew today!  Membership is $50 annually.
    • Acceptance is on a first-come basis until the 30 spaces are full.  If your payment is accepted, you are registered for a space.
    • NO Refunds or Cancellations
    • Artists are responsible for their own sales and for filing sales tax returns.
    • Spaces may be shared but the same fee applies per artist.
    • WiFi in the building will NOT be reliable so bring a device with cell data or be able to tether to your phone to process credit cards with a service like Square.
    • NO tables will be provided      .         
    • Click here to reserve your space.
    MAGG WILL PROVIDE OR ARRANGE FOR:
    • A police officer present for the duration of the event.
    • Liability insurance for set-up and day of the event in case of injuries.  We are NOT insuring your work so please be vigilant.

      HOW TO PARTICIPATE AS A VOLUNTEER

      We will need some extra help with set-up on Saturday, with hospitality, artist breaks, and greeting guests.  Also we need help putting signs out in the morning and collecting them after the event.  If you would like to join us, please contact Diane Treuman at 678-525-5439 to let her know what hours you are available.

      LOCATION

      Zone of Light Studio
      1202 Zonolite Rd., Atlanta, GA 30306

      This is a unique and eclectic space for creatives, located in the Floataway Community near Virginia-Highland / Morningside and minutes away from Emory University, Buckhead, Decatur and I-85.  Enter Zonolite off the triangular intersection at Briarcliff, Johnson Rd. and Zonolite Rd.

      MAGG will be using the Zone of Light Studio for other Sip and Shop events, and for other social and fundraising events throughout the year.  The year 2020 is already on the Committee agenda!

      Questions should be directed to Diane Treuman, 678-525-5439.


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