The Michigan Silversmiths Guild was founded in 1948. Guild members include craftpersons proficient in the fields of metalsmithing and jewelry, and serves to broaden the knowledge of its members' craft and to facilitate communication with other metalsmiths.

The Guild sponsors lectures and workshops by artists and teachers established in their fields. These activities have included lectures and workshops covering box construction, iron working, shell construction, plastics, repousse, titanium, stone setting, casting, etc. The Guild also sponsors juried exhibitions of work produced by members. Workshops are usually held on Saturdays at the Center for Creative Studies, Detroit; Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills; Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti; Wayne State University, Detroit, or the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Lectures and/or slide presentations are held at any one of the above locations. 

Our Mission

  • To gather together those people who have an interest or proficiency in the broad field of metalsmithing, silversmithing, and jewelry as to make them eager for more advanced information and instruction.
  • To offer programs such as workshops, lectures, and demonstrations by invited artists and craftspersons in metalsmithing and related fields.
  • The Guild will not undertake to provide any type of instruction, beyond its membership, which is already being offered through schools, colleges, university and private instruction.
  • The Guild will invite non-members, students and others to participate in any lecture or activity that would be of interest to a large audience.
  • The Guild will hold an exhibition of members’ work when exhibition space is available and members’ interest is high.

Michigan Silversmith Guild Officers

  • President - Mary Kernahan
  • Vice President - Lori Brauer
  • Vice President - Julie Sanford
  • Treasurer - Ericia Bartels
  • Secretary - Katie MacDonald
  • Past President - Christine Bossler

Remaining Board Members

  • Historian - Tina Sayer
  • Membership - Nedra Degraffenreid 
  • Member at Large - Charlotte Allen
  • Member at Large - Chloe Lewis
  • Member at Large - Tom Madden
  • Member at Large - Sondra Hoffman
  • Newsletter Editor - Danielle Blanchard
  • Publicity - Eric Okon
  • Sponsorship - Ralph Paruszkiewicz
  • Web Master - John Myer

Michigan Silversmith Guild Bylaws (PDF).