Tom Handley talks about emerald mining at the January 2014 meeting

Tom Handley talks about emerald mining at the January 2014 meeting

General CMAG member meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month in Room 30 at the Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway Portland 97219. Doors open at 6:45pm, meetings begin at 7:15pm, and adjourn by 9:15pm. Meetings are open to CMAG members and their guests.

Our meetings start with a discussion of club business followed by a short break with refreshments. The CMAG Library is open before the meeting and during the break so that members can check out books, videos or magazines.

The second half of our meeting features a demo, slide show, panel discussion or other metals related program. If you’d like to present at an upcoming meeting, contact our Program Director, Marsha Sandman at

Here’s a look at upcoming programs, as well as a recap of past presentations:


Upcoming Programs


February 21, 2017: Design Challenge voting

March 21, 2017: TBA


Past Programs

September 18, 2016:  Member Picnic at the Rice Museum

**NOTE** This meeting is not on our usual second Tuesday and is not at the MAC. Instead, we’ll be gathering at the Rice Museum of Rocks & Minerals in Hillsboro. Bring your family and a dish to pass and spend the day with CMAG at the beautiful Rice Museum!

August 2016: Swap Meet!

Have extra tools around the studio that you’re not using? Looking for more tools? (Are metalsmiths ever not looking for new tools?)  August annual swap meet! Buy! Sell! Trade!

March 2016: Emily Start – Cold-Working Metal

CMAG Member Emily Smart of Emily Perhaps demonstrating how she uses cold- work techniques in her metalwork. See Emily’s work at


Past Programs in 2015

January 2015: Doug George – Oregon Opals

Doug George from Gems of the Northwest will give a presentation on Oregon Opals. Doug also runs Cascade Gems with his wife, Colleen. Their website is at

February 2015: Deb Steele – Keum Boo Techniques for Enhancing Your Silver Jewelry

This ancient process bonds 24k gold to silver using heat and burnishing for a permanent fusion. Deb works primarily with Precious Metal Clay, but the Keum Boo technique is relevant for anyone who wants to add gold accents to their work with silver. See Deb’s work at her website at

March 2015:  “The Stones Cry Out: The Art of Gemstone Nomenclature”

CMAG member and lapidary artist David Vance Horste will be giving a slide show and talk on “The Stones Cry Out: The Art of Gemstone Nomenclature.” He’ll talk about how stones get their names, how the names change, and why it’s good to know the incorrect names.

April 2015: Sharon Smith- Better Metals Through Chemistry: Etching

CMAG member Sharon Smith discussed different methods of etching different metals– including non-toxic methods &proper safety procedures when using chemicals.  See Sharon’s work at

June 2015: Chasing and Repousse with Michele Lukowski

Long-time CMAG member Michele Lukowski will demonstrate the art of chasing and repousse, a method of creating intricate raised designs in sheet metal through use of pitch and a variety of small tools. See Michele’s work including her chasing and repousse pieces at


 November 2015: Tai Vautier

Tai Vautier will be discussing and showing the various different reticulation textured that can be achieved using heat and varying alloys of silver.

Past Programs in 2014

January 2014: Tom Handley – Sapphires, Yogo Mine and Humorous Digressions. Back by popular demand, Tom Handley, owner of Handley’s Rock Shop and Jewelers Supply in Vancouver, WA and Portland talked about Sapphire production worldwide and quite a bit about the history of the Yogo Mine in Montana. His web site is

February 2014: Shannon O’Neil, CMAG member and Head of Background Puppets for Laika Studios brought in some actual movie stars of the puppet variety. She will give a behind the scenes look at stop frame animation puppets with examples from Laika Studios, the creators of the Coroline and Paranorman movies. The studio website is

March 2014: Bill Dawson, CMAG member, tool maker, jeweler and ancient metals expert, gave a presentation on the overall process used in making Ribbon Torcs, which are the oldest known anticlastic form in the history of metalwork.  Then he will explore the archeological evidence for the details of the process of creating these enigmatic helical objects. This talk will include many slides of artifacts, as well as sketches and field notes from his most recent trip to the National Museum of Ireland. See his work at

April 2014: Martha Banyas, the world renowned enamelist who lives in Portland gave a talk on enameling for us. She will give the very comprehensive keynote address she gave at the Enamelist Conference two years ago, that is a soup-to-nuts of her art and work.See her work at

May 2014: Stewart Jones, former CMAG President and owner of Indigo Gallery in Joseph, Oregon presented a talk on the circa 1860 Rose Engraving Machine he displays and uses in his gallery showroom. This is the kind of machine used by Faberge and other jewelers over 100 years ago to create amazing patterns, often as background behind transparent enamels. Go to Stewart’s website, for more information on this old and beautiful machine and how Stewart is using it in his work today.