August 18th & 19th – Toolmaking for Jewelers with Bill Dawson

You do not have to live without the tool you need. In this money-saving and skill-building workshop, learn to make exactly what you want and need with master tool maker Bill Dawson. Students will explore working with steel to make several simple tools including a scribe, chasing punch and other decorative punches, while gaining the skills to create, alter and customize a range of tools both for the jewelry shop and general use. This course will cover the shaping, hardening and finishing of steel tools, as well as tool design and the making of nonferrous tools. Learning these skills will provide the artist with a whole range of options, allowing him or her to create or alter tools to suit the task at hand. No experience necessary.

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Cancellation Policy

Should you need to cancel a workshop registration, please review our workshop cancellation policy:

  • CMAG requires notice of cancellation in writing via email or post and must be received 30 days prior to the beginning of the workshop.
  • Cancellation 30 days prior to the workshop will receive a full refund less a $25 service fee.
  • Cancellations received 29 days or less prior to the beginning of a workshop receive no refund due to instructor contracts, material acquisitions, housing and travel agreements, unless the workshop has a waiting list and the space can be filled.
  • CMAG will not make refunds to students withdrawing after a workshop has begun.
  • If CMAG is forced to cancel a workshop, all registered students will be notified and given a full refund. CMAG will not cover any airline or other travel ticket refunds.
  • Email cancellations to: or mail to:

Creative Metal Arts Guild
PO Box 8946
Portland, OR  97207



Past Workshops

July 13th – 16th – Imaginative Captures with Andy Cooperman

Imagine a more fluid way to incorporate a gemstone, enamel or found object into your work: A fresh approach that leverages the principles of traditional stone setting to open possibilities that go way beyond the old standbys of prongs and bezels. Imagine tearing down some of the walls that exist between ideas, process and materials and creating new, elegant and more fully integrated setting solutions. This is Capturing.
This information-packed workshop is designed to help you change things up, to liberate the problem solver within by helping participants see a different way of approaching their work and navigate the choke points and roadblocks inherent in studio life. Along the way, we’ll explore a wide variety of tricks, shortcuts and studio tips –and some really bad jokes. Demonstrations and an extensive collection of samples will be used to illustrate topics including cold connecting, caging, back setting, the flex shaft and advanced soldering techniques.


September 2016 – Fusing Textures in Sterling and High carat gold with Marne Ryan

Fused Gold and Sterling Bangles by Marne Ryan

Fused Gold and Sterling Bangles by Marne Ryan

In this workshop renowned metalsmith and teacher Marne Ryan taught us how to create beautiful textures and patterns by fusing high karat gold to sterling silver. Students used their textured sheets to make a highly dimensional bangle bracelet.


June 2016 – Chasing and Repousse with Heather McLarty

Heather McClarty, Artist Blacksmith, taught a fabulous workshop on high relief chasing. You can learn more about her and see examples of her work at


August 2015 – Anticlastic Raising and Micro Shell Forming with Betty Helen Longhi and Andrea Kennington


February 2015 – Custom Clasps with Alison Antelman

Alison Antelman taught us how to fabricate key clasps and box clasps as well as ways to integrate them into our own jewelry work by adding stones and other decorative elements. To see examples of Alison’s work, please go to


November 2014 – Toolmaking with Bill Dawson

Bill Dawson taught CMAG members how to turn steel rod into chasing punches, texture stamps and makers mark punches.


July 2014 – Mokume Gane with Eric Burris 

Students learned to make a 16 layer billet of sterling and copper, then turned it into patterned sheet metal. 



2013 – Granulation and Reticulation with Harold O’Connor

CMAG brought in Harold O’Connor to teach a workshop on Granulation and Reticulation. In this photo he demonstrates use of a water torch for soldering.