In this newsletter: Stewart Jones will talk about his Rose Engraving Machine at the May meeting, the new CMAG website is up, and there are several new show opportunities!
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May 13th -  General Meeting Program


Working with a 19th Century Rose Engraving Machine

Presented by Stewart Jones

Stewart Jones, former CMAG President and owner of Indigo Gallery in Joseph, Oregon will be presenting a talk on the circa 1860 Rose Engraving Machine he displays and uses in his gallery showroom. This is the kind of machine used by Faberge and other jewelers over 100 years ago to create amazing patterns, often as background behind transparent enamels. Go to Stewart's website, for more information on this old and beautiful machine and how Stewart is using it in his work today.

President's Message - Exciting Month for CMAG

By Leslie Zemenek

It's been an exciting month for CMAG. Last weekend our amazing show committee wowed us with another successful Jewelry and Metal Arts Show. It takes a lot of hard work and creativity to put together an event of this caliber and I want to personally congratulate all who worked to make it a success. I hope you'll all join me in expressing the guild's deepest appreciation to our committee members and volunteers.

Another exciting happening this past month was the launch of the new CMAG web site. The updated site features a slide show on the home page, a user friendly navigation menu, previews of upcoming meetings, and an easy to use contact form. This is just the beginning of a multi-phase revamp of our site. Coming improvements will include access to the current newsletter, a private member's only area, and the ability to join or renew membership online. Please visit and take a look! 



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.

Member Profile - Thomas Tietze

When he first came to California from Germany at age 13, Thomas was awestruck by the lofty peaks of the Sierras and the expansive beauty of the sea. Now living in Portland the majestic Cascade mountains and rugged Pacific coast inspire his jewelry designs. When he is not in the studio you might find him with a fishing pole or hiking stick in hand.

Thomas works in cast silver and gold and combines the castings with unique gems and pearls to create one of a kind pieces  - pearls become birds, whales, or even frogs.

His jewelry is inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest. Among his creations you will find salmon and whale  rings, Elk and eagle pendants and many other sea life, wildlife and North West designs. 

Thomas studied at the Revere academy after an apprenticeship, and also studied at CSULB with Dieter Mueller-Stach, and is a Jeweler’s of America Certified Senior Bench Jeweler.

Learn more about Thomas and his work on his website at

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2014 Spring Show, including our vendors, volunteers, committee members, and others who helped make this a great show.

Upcoming Shows, Workshops, and Exhibitions


CMAG Sponsored Workshop - Eric Burris

July 25th, 26th & 27th Hosted at Newberg Jewelry Studios
Renowned metalsmith Eric Burris will be at the Newberg Jewelry Studios this July to teach the process of Mokume Gane. For those unfamiliar with the process,  this is an excellent opportunity to learn from one of the most respected mokume gane artists in the country. 

Cost and Deadline
This workshop will be offered to members at the rate of $350. If you are not a member, and would like to join and take the workshop, the cost is $400. The non-member cost is $425. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. The sign up deadline is May 31st.
See Eric's work on his website at

Call Out to Jewelry Artists

a dream, perhaps a premonition.
Someone close dies, the next day a bird follows you around the garden.
Soul interpreted into talisman

The deal:
  • Group show in a hip beautiful jewelry gallery
  • Show will be displayed in custom cases
  • 3-5 pieces per artist
  • 60% goes to artist 40% gallery
The show opens the night of the TWISP art walk, June 7th, ending  labor day weekend.

About Peligro:
Peligro metal gallery is located in the beautiful Methow valley, the entrance to cascade national park. Our clientele is a mix of wealthy 2nd home Seattleites, farmers, hippies and artists. Nancy Daniels hubert has been creating custom jewelry for 30 years.  Her work has been in the Smithsonian, Philadelphia museum of art, and top galleries across the country. She has been published in 500 brooches, the art of making jewelry, American Craft, Lapidary Journal, and Niche magazine.
Hana Hull, the new director at Peligro, is creating spectacular custom commitment rings in high karat gold.

Send 3 high quality images to
Include a short paragraph about the  inspiration for your pieces.


Call to Artists - MASSC Exhibition "Metal Extinction"

The Metal Arts Society of Southern California (MASSC) invites all metal artisans, faculty and students to our CASH PRIZE nationwide (USA) Call for Entry to our exhibition entitled "Metal Extinction: Using Metal to Honor and Make Permanent our Vanishing World”

First Prize: $1000, Second Prize: $500, Third Prize: $250.00, Honorable Mention, and Public Choice Jurors: David Freda, Barbara Hendricks, Marne Ryan

TO ENROLL:, search “MASSC” or use this direct link:

Complete Exhibition Prospectus:

Charles Lewton-Brain Foldforming Competition

The Center for Metal Arts is now taking entries for the 2014 Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition. This year, Alan Revere, Founder and Director of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, will join Hazel Wheaton, Editor of Art Jewelry magazine, and Charles Lewton-Brain, pioneer of foldforming, to round out the 2014 jury panel. Their job begins after midnight on June 16, 2014, this year's submission deadline.

Results of the competition are widely publicized. The Center for Metal Arts hosts the international Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition each year, and has partnered with Charles Lewton-Brain to release an art book this summer to celebrate the event’s inaugural two years. Art Jewelry magazine will present winning entries in a print issue and special online gallery again this year. Top entries are also shared in video format. See the 2013 gallery at, and video at

Prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and Honorable Mention will include gift certificates from Rio Grande and hand-selected items from Charles Lewton-Brain. Additional entries are recognized in a Jurors’ Choice round. Winners will be announced on Aug 1, 2014, during the annual four-day workshop intensive with Charles Lewton-Brain at the Center for Metal Arts, at the yearly Friday night dinner preview of entries. For details visit

The Lewton-Brain Foldform Competition is a survey of the evolution of foldforming as it is applied in the world today in large and small scale; in jewelry, sculpture, architecture, functional objects, and unexpected applications. Recognition goes to excellence in craftsmanship, original or innovative design, and overall visual impact.

Master goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain is Head of the Jewellery/Metals Program at the Alberta College of Art and Design. He is a world renowned author, educator, artist, and has pioneered the innovative suite of metal techniques known as foldforming. He is the author of Foldforming, the definitive book on the topic. 

RACC Workshops

Hey Creatives!

Want to learn new ideas to engage your audience? Freshen your grant writing? Hear perspectives on how other artists in town are making work?

Workshops are a superb opportunity to expose yourself to fresh ideas, gain insight into your artistic life, and develop new skills. Lead by experts in their field, they offer a contemporary and multi-disciplinary approach to artistic professional development, supporting artists and creative professionals in their endeavors.

Check out an offering or two…and try something new! Each workshop is offered at an affordable price as part of RACC’s commitment to providing accessible learning opportunities that support creatives.

Check out the currently available workshops at

RIO Grande Workshops open for registration

Got your seat at the bench? Reserve yours now and learn cool new skills during Rio Grande's 2014 Summer Workshop Series, July 27–August 1. Check out the variety of workshops available and register today for the ones you want—seats are limited and fill up fast, so act now!

Learn more or Register

Upcoming Programs

Bruce McKay has taken on the challenge of being our program director and has lined up some truly fabulous programs for 2014 so far. Stay tuned for additional information in upcoming newsletters! Here's a quick glance at what is scheduled for the next few months:

June/July: TBD!

August: Swap Meet!

Plan to bring all your tools and supplies you no longer need and find new homes for them among eager guild shoppers.

September: Spring Show Potluck

September we will have a potluck meeting to discuss the results of the Spring Show, and ideas on how to make the next show even bigger and better.

Member News


Raising Stakes for Sale

Traditional raising T-stake for sale. If the Japanese style stakes are too long for you these stakes are better for raising smaller vessels. They provide a broader 'sweet spot' and less bouncy back with heavy hits. These stakes measure 11.5" long by 1.5" wide by 9" tall. New. $200.00. Call John at 360-213-9191


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.



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.


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

  • Leslie Zemenek, President
  • Maggie Bowman, Vice President
  • Barbara Covey, Treasurer
  • Karen Craig, Secretary
  • Michele Lukowski, News
  • John Wirth, Spring Show
  • Bruce McKay, Programs
  • Cindy Proctor, Education
Have ideas for CMAG? Get involved! We are currently seeking volunteers to head various projects and committees. If you are interested, come to a board meeting and let us know!

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:

June issue, June 2nd
July issue, July 1st
August issue, August 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.

How to send: By email. Send to . Put text in the body of the email. Try to send some text. Even if it seems a bit random. It'll work in fine. Send pictures. The internet is all about pictures. Best format is jpeg but send what you have.

When to send: Send it by the deadline.

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