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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.

We encourage you to join us!


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MAGG Upcoming Events / Workshops

Thursday, April 18, 2019 10:30 AM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:00 PM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Monday, April 22, 2019 10:30 AM • 5353 Buford Highway, Doraville, GA 30340
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:30 AM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 6:00 PM • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340

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Friday, March 29, 2019 3:06 PM • Leslie Hinchman
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    • Tuesday, March 05, 2019
    • Tuesday, May 07, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 1
    Registration is closed



    8 Weekly Sessions for Intermediate Level

    Tuesdays beginning March 5, 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.

    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).

    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.


    • Tuesday, March 05, 2019
    • Tuesday, May 07, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 4
    Registration is closed
    1


    8 Weekly Sessions for Advanced Level

    Tuesdays beginning March 5, 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, March 07, 2019
    • Thursday, May 09, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    8 Weekly Sessions for Intermediate Level

    Thursdays beginning March 7, 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, March 07, 2019
    • Thursday, May 09, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 5
    Registration is closed

    8 Weekly Sessions LOW-TECH LOST WAX CASTING

    Thursdays beginning March 7, 2019 - ending May 9, 2019

    6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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

    This session will teach you techniques for carving wax by hand with tools you already have and with special tools on the Flex-Shaft.  We'll start by carving a ring and casting it using low-tech processes.  Once it's cast, you'll learn how to clean up and polish it so you can wear it home.  There will be time to do a second casting of your choice as well using the tips and tricks you'll learn in class.  It's a great way to recycle your silver scraps!

    8 Week Instructor - Helen Blythe-Hart




    Look at the final piece made by

    Ann Bassarab in the last casting class!



    How Much

    $252 for non-members, with a 10% discount for MAGG members, and 20% discount for high school or college students.

    $20 lab fee payable to instructor to cover cost of casting investment, sprues and fuel

    Supply List

    • 2 ounces sterling casting grain plus any good scrap silver you have.  (You'll need to have this by the 4th week of class.)
    • One blue or green ring casting tube with a flat top.  Choose the size tube appropriate to your finger size.
    • 1 dozen spiral sawblades course
    • Medium or course needle files
    • 220 and 400 wet/dry sandpaper
    • Alcohol lamp/denatured alcohol
    • Exacto knife
    • Old pantyhose or similar
    • Sharpie
    • Dividers if you have them

    Some additional supplies for this class will be discussed the first and second week of class.  Supplies will be adjusted to suit your end product.

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


    • Monday, March 25, 2019
    • Monday, May 20, 2019
    • 8 sessions
    • 5353 Buford Highway, Doraville, GA 30340
    • 5
    Registration is closed


    8 Weekly Sessions for Beginners

    Mondays beginning March 25, 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

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    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.


    • Saturday, May 04, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sunday, May 05, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • 5353 Buford Highway NE Doraville GA 30340
    • 13
    Register


     Polymer clay allows artists to play with color in 3D!

       

     

    Stacy Nathan

    May 4 & 5, 2019

    Saturday & Sunday, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

    Join Stacy Nathan, whose personal mixed-media work incorporates Polymer Clay, enamel, gem stones and found objects.  Stacy sought out master teachers to hone her expertise in both Polymer Clay and enamel.  Currently, Stacy teaches classes in metalsmith techniques at MAGG.

    Polymer clay allows artists to play with color in 3D.  Its qualities encourage us to borrow from other art forms like Raku pottery, lamp working, quilting, sewing and marquetry to name just a few.  Textures can be 'patinated' using acrylic and the new Genesis heat set paints.  Polymer can imitate ivory and wood or just make people wonder "What is this?  I want to touch it and find out!"

    This class will introduce metalsmiths to polymer clays' basic qualities and its potential as a design medium and tool.  We will cover several techniques such as color gradation, millefiori, backfilling and textures; more if time permits.  Our goal will be creating pieces that can be set in silver, layered with other stones as well as smaller elements incorporating wire, feathers or beads.

    Students should purchase one or two colors of Premo! Sculpey or Premo! Accents clay.  Because of our curing temperatures and the requirements of our projects there will be no substitution of other types of polymer clay.  Our approach will be traditional bezel setting and I will discuss my method of 'shape packing' and why you might choose one over the other.

    Come learn how the 'new kid on the block' has grown up from kids creating gnomes, fairies and miniature food to the darling of contemporary jewelers. sculptors and crafters the world over.

    Cost

    Members - $200

    Non-Members - $230

    at time of registration online

    There will be a $20 Kit fee, paid to the instructor.

    (Kit will include conditioned black, white and scrap clay, bezel cup and cab, copper tubing, faux ivory cane, Beadalon wire and crimps, consumables.)

    Supply List

    • One or two colors of Premo! Sculpey or Premo! Accents clay (no substitutions!)
    • Fine silver bezel wire - minimum 3mm tall, 26 gauge, 6"-12"
    • 3" square sheet of 24-20 gauge for pendant back.  Nugold, copper or silver
    • 24-20 gauge wire for ear wires
    • 4.5mm O.D. tubing for bail, approximately 12mm.  (This is my personal preference.  Jump ring connections may be more suitable for your design.)
    • Your favorite tools: saw, files, forming pliers Joyce Chen scissors, solder.  (MAGG Studio has some tools for your use.)
    • 12" square smooth ceramic tile to work on.
    • Notebook

    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.georgiagoldsmiths.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 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, May 25, 2019
    • 10:00 AM
    • Sunday, May 26, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Norcross, GA
    Register



    CALL TO ARTISTS

    for the

    DECATUR ARTS FESTIVAL 2019

    Saturday, May 25 | 10am - 6pm

    Sunday, May 26 | 11am - 5pm

    Application Deadline April 5

    Space Reservation with Intent to Participate

    The DEADLINE of APRIL 5th is rapidly approaching for you to send in your information and have your $20 paid IF you want to be considered to participate in the MAGG Booth.  Details are stated below.

    The prestigious and well-established Decatur Arts Festival is coming up May 25th and 26th.  The Metal Arts Guild of Georgia (MAGG) will be participating in the Decatur Arts Festival Artists' Market for our 9th consecutive year.  In 2012 the festival started placing guilds and organizations on the Plaza (close access to MARTA) with wonderful results!  Since then our sales have improved with each year.  There will be 6 artists representing MAGG and selling their work in our double-sized 20-foot booth.  All artists who are current members of MAGG are invited to apply to be selected to be one of the six.  Here are this year's guidelines / rules / policies and costs.  Please review these rules carefully.

    1. There is a $20 non-refundable application fee.
    2. All artists must provide 2 quality .jpeg photos of their work.  The photos will be blind reviewed by jurors and 6 participants selected.  The goal is to have 4 veteran participants and 2 participants that are new to the festival experience.  The photos of the selected artists may also be used in promoting MAGG's participation in the Festival.
    3. 2 additional artists will be selected to be alternates.
    4. In order to cover the expenses of the booth itself, miscellaneous festivals expenses, credit card fees and the tent set-up and rental, it will cost each artist $185 to participate.  Then 15% of your sales will go to MAGG.
    5. All 6 participants will meet as a group with Lisa Heller on a date TBD and before May 2nd to go over set up and use of Square for all income processing.  All of the sales are processed to MAGG directly and within a month participants will receive their 85% share of their sales in a check from MAGG.
    6. Since one of the goals of participation in the Festival is to promote MAGG, the booth set-up uses a uniform display at the Festival for all participating artists.  MAGG will provide the display materials.  The uniform display was very well-received both by last year's participants and the buying public.
    7. At the same group meeting, the group will decide logistics for moving, hauling, & return of equipment, such as banners, tables, glass cubes and display materials.  The participants will also discuss the uniform display set-up.
    8. All 6 participants are responsible for assisting with selecting, picking up & setting up of all MAGG equipment on Friday, May 24th and taking down, returning and putting it away on Sunday, May 26th.

    If you are interested in being one of the 6 artists:

    1. Email your name, cell number, email address, 2 .jpeg photos of your work and whether or not you have participated previously to ggg.festivals@gmail.com.  Please put "Participation in Decatur Arts Festival" as the subject.
    2. Pay the $20 non-refundable application fee via the MAGG website.

    The DEADLINE to receive your information and have your $20 paid is April 5th.  The names of everyone who expresses interest and has paid the $20 through the website will be provided to the jurors on April 6th and selected participants and alternates will be notified on April 10th.

    If you are selected, you, you must pay your $185 booth fee by May 15th or an alternate will be invited to take your place.

    Please note that all participants must commit to being present at the planning meeting, must be present for equipment pick-up & set-up, for the duration of the festival, and present for tear down & pack-up and return to storage.

    Registration

    Not a current MAGG member?  Join today so you can be considered for to participate in this MAGG Member event.  Membership is $50 annually.

    Next, submit your $20 nonrefundable registration fee via the MAGG website at www.georgiagoldsmiths.org

    Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

    Lisa Heller

    Festivals and Events Chair

    404-918-8208

    ggg.festivals@gmail.com



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