In this newsletter: East and West: The Hammered Metal Object opens August 1st, Swap meet August 13th, O'Conner Workshop Scheduled
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August 13th -  General Meeting Program

Swap Meet!!

CMAG's next meeting, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at the Multnomah Arts Center will feature our annual Swap Meet. Bring it! Buy it! Great shopping!

This is your chance to find homes for those things in your studio that you just aren't using, and also to find some great items to add to your tool collection.
For many members, this is one of their favorite meetings of the year. Don't miss out!

President's Message - Talent Among Us

By Cheryl Smith

Hi all,
Summer is winding down all too soon for me.  I want everyone to plan on our next big meeting, August 13, 7 - 9 p.m. - SWAP MEET will be the focus.  Bring it and Buy it!  This one is always a lot of fun. The array of supplies for sale and exchange never fails to amaze me.

The talent represented in our membership and the opportunity to learn and engage with and from each other stands at the forefront of our organization and purpose. Celebration of achievements and support of membership endeavors has never been more visible and available. This month, I want to showcase an event to our north, in Seattle, featuring one of our own; Greg Wilbur.  Road Trip, anyone!!?!!

Paradigm Shift: Reinvention, Redefinition, and Fundamental Change
The 18th Annual Northwest Jewelry and Metals Symposium
Saturday the 19th of October 2013, 9am to 4:30pm
Presented by the Seattle Metals Guild

As always, this year’s Symposium is a concentrated one-day affair: five speakers, a silent auction, an incredible book sale and over 200 metals folk from all areas of the field, from makers to gallerists, collectors and teachers.

We’re proud to introduce this year’s slate of presenters:
  • Blacksmith, artist and teacher Elizabeth Brim will speak about making innovative work in a field once male dominated and tradition-bound.
  • Creative Entrepeneur and “Rebel Leader” at Creative Little Beasts, Danielle Maveal will throw open the door onto the mysteries of successful online marketing.
  • Metalsmith Greg Wilbur shares his experiences organizing and crowdfunding the exhibition “East Meets West: The Hammered Metal Object”.
  • Co-curator of the exhibition “Light-Space-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta”, Ursula Ilse-Neuman will speak about the life and work of this iconic figure in American metals.
  • Artist and jeweler Kiff Slemmons will talk about her work in the studio and in the world and about how she integrates material, action, and idea.
So join SNAG on October 19th at the Broadway Performance Hall on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. For more information, including reserving your ticket, please visit and click the “Events” link.

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Basic Classes Offered
Contact: Gene Dietzen

East and West: The Hammered Metal Object

Jul 31, 2013 - Sep 1, 2013

First Thursday Receptions, Aug 1
Waterstone Gallery, 6-9pm
Museum of Contemporary Craft, 6-8pm
Panel Discussion at MOCC
August 2nd, 6-8pm
Artist's Talk, August 17th, 11am
Followed by a 

tour of MOCC Exhibit 

In August 2013, eleven metal artists from Japan will gather with eleven metal artists from the United States to give Portland a rare opportunity: the chance to see the contemporary interpretations by highly skilled makers of the ancient art form of hammered metal. These metal workers from different parts of the world share an understanding of the aesthetic possibilities of gathering and controlling a hard, but malleable substance. In their hands, metal art moves beyond functionality to objects that celebrate and enhance the inherent beauty of the metal.

Contemporary Japanese and American metal artwork reflect the emphasis within the two traditions.  Very similar tools are used, but the results are quite different. “East and West: The Hammered Metal Object” will include two works by each of the 22 invited artists and will showcase a wide range of methods and styles. 

The artwork can be seen in the Portland area at the Waterstone Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Craft. Events planned to coincide with the opening of the exhibition include a panel discussion on Aug 2 from 6-9 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. The panel will include artists from both countries responding to questions from a moderator and the audience. 

This exhibition also allows an opportunity for the metal artists to learn from one another. Several of the Japanese artists will be conducting workshops teaching Japanese techniques and all of the visiting artists will participate in an informal “hammer-in” during the day on August 2.

East and West: The Hammered Metal Object” is a traveling exhibition. Its next stop will be the Velvet Da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco, a highly respected metal arts gallery. The show will run there from September 27 to October 27.


Are held the second tuesday of each month at 7:15 in room 33 of the Multinomah Arts Center. Guests are welcome! Each meeting includes a general meeting where guild business is discussed, followed by an educational program. Light refreshments are provided.

Program Review in Pictures


Preview of East and West: The Hammered Metal Object


Artist Opportunities and Workshops

Visiting Artist Workshop –Reticulation & Granulation Intensive

October 5-6, 2013
Join world-renowned artist, author and teacher Harold O’Connor for this detailed introduction to granulation and reticulation.  Reticulation produces beautiful patterns of wrinkles and waves on sheet metals through controlled heating and cooling. This course will cover all aspects of reticulation, including what alloys & gauges of metal work best and shaping of reticulated metal.
Next, we’ll explore granulation, the ancient process of forming and applying small “grains” of precious metal to create surface patterns on your pieces.  We will cover the intricacies of silver granulation (gold will also be discussed), including making granules and forming them into spheres, making the special glue for granulation, and sorting and applying beads to metal.  Prerequisite: Metals I or equivalent.  Price of $325 includes materials fee of $80, which includes reticulation and Sterling silver for the students to keep.  After 1st class, these fees are non-refundable.

Contact info:

Bruce McKay

Stone Setting without Prongs

Contributed by Jim Daling
Hello all, I still have one more seat open for my Stone Setting without Prongs workshop here in Bend. August 12-16th. This is a perfect week long workshop for those of you wanting to take the next step with your stone setting. Bead setting, pave, flush setting, fabricating a tapered bezel and channel setting will be covered along with any issues or stone setting problems that you would like to solve.

Thanks! JIm

Member News...

Civilian Studios Anniversary

"Civilian Studios", the warehouse space I co manage with fellow artist Jeremy Le Grand, is having its ONE YEAR Anniversary Party - Saturday, August 17th! Would be nice to see you all there. Studio tours from 3-6, after 6 food, beer, live music....
Check out our Facebook page for the address and more information.

Jewelry Cases for Sale

Asking $14,000 for all of them and will include the wall cases and the front window (crystal formations made also of Cherry wood) the cases are cherry wood and are custom made – beautiful pieces of art – as well as extremely easy to display in. Contact David Frank at

CMAG Board Meeting Minutes 8-14-12

Board members present: Cheryl Smith, Barbara Covey, Karen Craig, Greg Wilbur and Melissa Muir.

There has been some confusion over the correct starting time for the Board Meeting.  It may still be listed incorrectly on the CMAG website.  The correct starting time is 6:00 pm.  Any members who arrive early for the General Meeting are welcome to sit in on the Board Meeting.  We just ask that those members respect the need for quiet so that Board business can be completed in a timely manner.

Bruce McKay was out of town so Cheryl Smith conducted the business.

The minutes from the past meeting were approved and accepted. 

It was noted that the post office box fees have been paid.  This expense was $120.00.    Barbara said that we now have $11,958.69 in the treasury. 

Some of this money can be used to bring in presenters for future workshops.  Suggestions for workshops or for shorter presentations in our monthly meeting would be welcomed by either Bruce McKay or Kelly Cook.

The number of members renewing their memberships is down from last year.  Board members wondered if perhaps we need to have another session sending out mailed notices including a stamped return envelope as was done last year.

 Melissa suggested that perhaps we need to set up a PayPal account for an easy way to pay fees.  She said that she would be willing to help with information on how such an account would be set up. 

The decision about whether we want to set up a PayPal account should be brought up at the next meeting for discussion and a vote.

Melissa also commented that our website has information that is not clear or easy to use.  She said that she could help with a project to upgrade the site.

Melissa also volunteered to give a presentation at some future CMAG meeting on how a CMAG member could set up a business website that is effective.  She said that this was the business she was involved with “in a previous lifetime”, before jewelry became a major interest in her life.  Other Board Members said that they thought this might be a good informational meeting to have.  Cheryl will forward this information to Kelly Cook so he can look at the scheduled presentations for future meetings.

This meeting was brief and to the point.  The swap meet followed this Board Meeting and CMAG members were anxious to set up tables with goodies to sell.

The meeting was adjourned.



meeting may 2012 When: General CMAG member meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 6:45pm, meetings begin at 7:15pm, and adjourn by 9:15pm.

Where: Room 33 at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway Portland 97219.

What: Meetings consist of a general business and a short break with refreshments, followed by a program which may be a demonstration of a technique or tool, a slide presentation, a panel discussion, or other presentation of interest to CMAG members. The CMAG Library is open before the meeting and during the break for checking out books and magazines.

Who: Meetings are open to CMAG members and their guests.

Meeting June 2012


Board meetings are generally held prior to the General Meeting at 6:00 pm in Room 33 at the MAC (same room as the regular meeting). Members are encouraged to attend and contribute.

CMAG Board

  • Cheryl Smith
  • Barbara Covey
  • Karen Craig
  • Donna Larimer
  • Lynn Simon
  • Michele Lukowski
  • John Wirth

Membership Information

The Creative Metal Arts Guild, a non-profit organization, exists to create a community for metalsmiths, jewelers and metal artists, by facilitating communication, providing information and benefits, promoting a positive image of the creative metal artist and increasing public awareness of the artist's contribution to the community.

For details please visit CMAG's website:

Annual membership dues are $60; students $30

Newsletter Information

Contributions, comments, classified ads, etc. are welcome. Michele Lukowski, Editor

Newsletter Submission Deadlines:

  • September issue, September 2nd.
  • October issue, October 7th.
  • November issue, November 4th.

What to send: By far the most important would be reporting any CMAG event you participated in or attended. Visiting an exhibit or symposium. Taking a CMAG workshop. Our newsletter depends completely on the members to report on these activities. Also important in this vein would be metal art events you participate in outside CMAG; galleries, shows, workshops, books.

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