My Guest this Thursday, September 8th at 3 p.m. PST on MetalSmith BenchTalk is Emiko Oye. She will be joined by Jennifer Shaifer,Harriete Estel Berman, and Garth Johnson to discuss the Metal Arts Guild of San Francisco, California. NOTE: THIS EPISODE WAS CUT OFF EARLY AFTER 30 MINUTES BECAUSE OF A POWER OUTAGE. WE WILL RESUME THE CONVERSATION IN THE NEAR FUTURE.
About MAG: In the Spring of 1951, a small group of metal artists, including Margaret De Patta, met in San Francisco to discuss the idea of developing an organization dedicated to the metal arts. Up until that time, there was no group or union in the United States that specifically addressed the unique needs of studio jewelers or metal craftspeople. MAG founders sought answers to challenges facing the contemporary artist-craftsmen actively engaged in the field of metalwork. In our discussion, we talked about the impetus behind the forming of the Guild, the work of the pioneering members, and the legacy of MAG in the America