The Creative Metal Arts Guild, or CMAG for short, is a nonprofit organization that strives to offer opportunity, camaraderie, and technical support to members of the metal arts community in the greater Portland, Oregon area and beyond. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the creative metal arts. Members are jewelry designers and manufacturers, metalsmiths producing sculpture and hollowware, blacksmiths, teachers, stone dealers, gemologists and suppliers to the field. Students and serious hobbyists are also welcome to join.
CMAG started out as the Jeweler’s Round Table, a casual group of Portland area jewelers who met at a restaurant (and yes, sat at a round table) to discuss topics of mutual interest. It was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1986 with the goals of exchanging ideas and technical information, discussing issues of interest, providing ways to help upgrade technical and creative skills, and finding additional ways to market the work of its members.
CMAG is a volunteer run organization governed by a board of directors. In addition to discussions, networking opportunities, and question and answer periods, monthly meetings offer a program featuring a demo, a speaker, members show and tell, or our popular annual “swap meet.”
CMAG also presents an annual show of member’s work, held every spring at the Oregon Convention Center.