Membership in the Metal Arts Society of Southern California provides for participation in periodic workshops in the field of metal working and other related areas. Workshops are offered throughout the year and are conducted by renowned artists from all over the country. We now publish every two months instead of 5x a year. The MASSC News provides interesting articles on workshops, bench tricks, and other areas of interest to it's members – all in outstanding, vivid color (digital format only)!
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This is a chance to show us your stuff and challenge your creativity. In the spirit of a good challenge - we are mixing it up this year!
Your piece must be made in the style of one of the following themes: Art Deco, Egyptian, or Steampunk.
The following descriptions are intended only as a basic starting point, and participants are free to research, explore, and expand upon each theme as much as they choose.June 28th, 2017
MASSC recently held a Downtown LA Jewelry District Tour to which I had partaken in. The tour started in an alleyway with cozy little food shops that lined the walls. We all met at a small coffee shop named La Café Bonjour (and boy, did we need the coffee). After everyone had arrived we were broken into different groups and each group had a diverse mixture of students that have never been to the district, veterans in the field, and hobbyists trying to broaden their horizon. Personally, it has always felt as if I was doing a great disservice to myself for never having visited the Jewelry District Tour even though I was a student getting my degree in Metalsmithing/ Jewelry Design. Truly, it was a great disservice to myself as it would turn out to be, however, I’m very happy that my first experience with this elaborate maze called the Jewelry District was with MASSC.May 1st, 2017
Sometime in the early 2000s, I found myself at El Camino Community College taking a tour of the art department. What I mean by this, is that I was taking art class after art class, trying to expand my repertoire of skills… drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography and finally… jewelry! Learning fabrication techniques, stone setting and casting from Irene Mori was a turning point in my life! I was looking for a medium that felt like the right fit and something I could devote myself to. Well, I fell in love with that pretty blue flame and life will never be the same again.