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MSG Annual Meeting Sunday September 10, 2017

August 15, 2017 by Mary Kernahan

This year the annual MSG All Members Meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday September 10, in the metals studio of Eastern Michigan Universitys Briggs Hall. Events will begin at 1 p.m., beginning with lunch and the annual business meeting. Elections for vacant and renewing board positions will also be held, as well as the ever-popular tool swap. Its a great way to acquire some used equipment, or clear out your excess or unused tools and supplies. Contact Danielle Blanchard at for more information. We have also invited our sponsors to bring their wares, so bring some cash and be ready to shop among the tools, supplies and stones and MSG swag. Our lecturer for this year is Marissa Saneholtz, metalsmith and Jewelry and Metals Instructor at Bowling Green State University. Marissa makes colorful wearable and functional narrative based art using humor and sarcasm to comment on feminist issues and gender roles in American society. She earned her BFA in 3-dimensional design in 2008 at Bowling Green State University, and her MFA in metals and jewelry design from East Carolina University in 2011. After graduation she was an instructor for East Carolina Universitys Italy Intensives Study Abroad program where she instructed metalsmithing, jewelry and enameling courses in Certaldo, Italy. For three years she was the gallery and assistant studio manager for the J. Cotter Galleries and Studio in Vail, Colorado, and has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University, in Boone, NCMarissas work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and is on display in the Dorothy McKenzie Permanent Collection at BGSU, as well as the Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI. She has also been published in several books. An interactive map of the EMU campus and Briggs Hall may be found at

CALL FOR ENTRY: Demo artists at the South University Ann Arbor Art Fair

May 9, 2017 by Lorraine Kolasa

Click here for more detailsMSG is seeking artists to demonstrate at the 2017 South University Art Fair Booth! In keeping with our mission to educate others about the craft of metalsmithing, the guild is providing demonstrations of metalsmithing techniques throughout the duration of the art fair. In return, on the day(s) of the demo, participating members will be able to display and sell work that is related to or derivative of the technique demonstrated. All current MSG members are eligible to apply. No previous art fair experience is necessary!

Looking for Instructors

May 5, 2017 by John Myer

Teaching Proposal FormThe Center for Craft and Applied Arts is currently expanding its recreational class programming and is looking for teachers. The CCAA is a non-profit organization that supports, promotes, and organizes craft in Detroit. The process for proposing a class is straightforward and only requires filling out a one page form and submitting photos of the work students can expect to make in the class. If you are interested please email, and a class proposal form can be provided.

CALL FOR ENTRY: MSG at the South University Ann Arbor Art Fair

March 7, 2017 by Lorraine Kolasa

Click here for more detailsMSG and the South University Area Association will sponsor two booths for the 2017 South University Art Fair. All current MSG members are eligible to apply. All work submitted must be made by the applicant. Although mixed media pieces are accepted, some metal is required. Members who are interested in learning about art fairs or may be considering them as a career path are especially encouraged to apply. No previous art fair experience is necessary!

2017 Metals Graduate Exhibition

February 13, 2017 by John Myer

Click here for more detailThe premise of this show is to celebrate the achievements of the Graduates of the Metals programs at Wayne State University, College for Creative Studies and Eastern Michigan University. This exhibit will take place in an inclusive setting that will allow everyone to look broadly at the result of all the hard work that went into accomplishing your goal. The Details: A Graduate of a jewelry/metals program must have created the Artwork submitted for display. The artists must have graduated during 2017. Work created in a school curriculum is eligible. Artists may select their very best three pieces. No inclusion or sales commission fees. Location: City Hall Artspace Lofts (2017 Metals Graduates Exhibition opening held in the community room of the Annex Building of the old Dearborn City Hall) Annex bldg. located at 4500 Maple street, Dearborn, 48126 Enter the Annex building from the south, patio entrance. For a MAP copy and paste this link "" Dates: Show opening Saturday June 3 6-8 p.m. closing Thursday, June 29.

2017 SNAG Conference, Registration is now open!

July 15, 2016 by Julie Sanford

May 24-27, 2017 New Orleans Sheraton Hotel, 500 Canal St, New Orleans, LANicknamed the Big Easy, New Orleans is known for its round-the-clock nightlife, vibrant live-music scene, and exceptional cuisine. A melting pot of French, African, and American cultures, it is one of the countrys most culturally and historically-rich cities. Its beauty, mystery and continuous regeneration is the perfect backdrop and inspiration for SNAGs 46th conference, NEXUS: A Connection of Ideas.Nexus: A Connection of Ideas will focus on motivating thinkers, collectors, and makers to bring new and old, materials, techniques, and ideas together in a true New Orleans celebration.

Brooches are Not Just for Grandmas - detailed pin back workshop with Marissa Saneholz

  • When: September 9, 2017
  • Where: Metals Studio at EMU
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Marissa will explain the basic anatomy of a successful pin back, the difference between a left-handed and right-handed mechanisms, and she will demonstrate how to make both single and double stem pin backs with corresponding catches. Her designs are simple and clean solutions that can easily be integrated into a brooch that each student will create using found objects and creative captures.

Forged Bracelets: Visiting Artist Workshop with Michael David Sturlin

  • When: August 16-18, 2017
  • Where: Studio JSD, Grand Haven, MI
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Explore the malleability and movement of metal using hammers, anvils, blocks, and mandrels. Refine your hammer skills as you forge, bend, shape, planish and texture metal, creating a vocabulary of sculptural forms as a visual reference library. Increase your fluency with tool and material as you articulate the vocabulary in an expressive series of hand wrought cuffs and dramatic forged bangle bracelets.

Fine Silver Chain: Visiting Artist Workshop with Michael David Sturlin

  • When: August 19-20, 2017
  • Where: Studio JSD, Grand Haven, MI
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Make the ultimate in suppleness; a handmade chain sewn in fine silver wire. Work side by side with a professional goldsmith renowned for his award winning jewelry in this technique as he takes you step by step through the complete process for making the perfect chain. Students will learn to fabricate and finish a handmade chain using only wire, their fingers and a needle. Instruction covers making tools, selecting and preparing materials, creating the structure, cold working, annealing, straightening and drawing the chain. Presentation includes examples of endcaps and clasps and demo of set up for soldering and attaching findings and components.