Houston Metal Arts Guild http://new.hmag.org Houston Metal Arts Guild Mon, 10 Jul 2017 21:08:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Where is YOUR Member Gallery Page? http://new.hmag.org/2016/10/03/where-is-your-member-gallery/ Tue, 04 Oct 2016 00:17:18 +0000 http://new.hmag.org/?p=10670

One of the benefits of HMAG membership is the ability to create your own member gallery on the HMAG website.  Who couldn’t use more exposure for their artistic endeavors?  Each month one of our members is featured on the HMAG website and will be highlighted in our weekly eblasts.

It’s hard for me to believe, but only 14 of our current members have taken advantage of this opportunity and some of those profiles are a bit dated.  We need to deal with this and get YOU out there!

Creating a profile is easy.

  1. Log on to the “Members Only” section of the website.  (The password was sent to you in the letter that came with your current membership card.  If you can not find it, contact Amber Tiemann, HMAG Membership Chair at HMAGMembr@gmail.com.)
  2. Click on the link to “Create your own Member Gallery page”.
  3. This will take you to a form where you can submit your bio, artist statement, and images of your work.  You will have a chance to offer special instructions and to provide links to your website and social media. If you are updating your profile, just submit the new images and indicate if you want to retain anything from your previous profile.
  4. Your Gallery page will be created and posted within a week or so.
Today’s the Day! Renew Your Annual Membership Now! http://new.hmag.org/2017/06/01/renew-your-membership-today/ Thu, 01 Jun 2017 14:00:28 +0000 http://new.hmag.org/?p=8456 Renewal Postcard- 2016

Houston Metal Arts Guild’s membership year runs from June 1 thru May 31.  Have you renewed your membership for this upcoming year so that you don’t miss out on any of the great opportunities that HMAG has to offer?

CLICK HERE to renew your membership online.


HMAG Library http://new.hmag.org/2014/08/14/library/ Thu, 14 Aug 2014 15:04:22 +0000 http://new.hmag.org/?p=3139 Do you know that HMAG has a really great library?

Come visit the books at Charisma Design Studios.

Address: 226 Cavalcade St, Houston TX, 77009 at the corner of Fulton and Cavalcade.

If you want to check out a book, peruse our selection, or just hang out and read for a while, head on over to Charisma Design Studios. Click the link below to send our librarian, Marjorie Metoyer, an email letting her know when you want to come by.

I want to visit the library!

[See image gallery at new.hmag.org]



Welcome to the new Board! http://new.hmag.org/2017/04/20/early-voting-is-now-open/ Thu, 20 Apr 2017 15:52:34 +0000 http://new.hmag.org/?p=10928

HMAG’s new Board of Directors has been elected for a term of office from
June 1, 2017 – May 31, 2018.  

We are pleased to welcome this amazing team for the upcoming year.  
President: Sandie Zilker
Vice President: Diane Falkenhagen
Secretary: Vicki Donnenberg
Treasurer: Jo Preston
Membership: Jane Bocchini
Programs: Open
Workshops: John Martin
Special Projects: Jessica Jacobi
Education Outreach: Jessica Jacobi
Communications: Pilar Baker
Newsletter Editor: Linda Grandstaff
Library: Younha Jung

 Help is still needed for Programs.  Please contact one of these board members if you feel you may be able to help out!

Tools, Tools, Tools! with Val Link http://new.hmag.org/2017/04/12/tools-tools-tools-with-val-link/ Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:48:30 +0000 http://new.hmag.org/?p=10886

Saturday and Sunday, May 20 – 21, 2017

10 am – 5 pm both days

Cost $220

San Jacinto College, South Campus
13735 Beamer Rd.
Houston, TX 77089

Sign up now!

Learning to make tools is a process which improves one’s general skill level and helps one to more thoroughly understand the purpose and function of a tool. One learns from history that when high levels of skill are attained, the craftsman and artist often turn to creatively embellishing their tools.

What we are investigating in this 2-day workshop is how we can make bench tools, forming tools, and specialty tools. The more we learn about the function of process, the more effectively we can create, adapt and modify the tools we use to perform a specific function better. The ultimate skill level is to understand a tool to the degree that all of its performance potential is realized.

Bench Tools: Ring clamps, Bezel and Prong pushers, Draw plate- (for forming tubing), Sanding sticks, Finishing and Texturing tools- (flexshaft), Holder for drilling beads, pearls etc., Metal thickness indicator, Wire and Tube cutting jig.

Forming Tools: Synclastic/anticlastic, Shell Forming, Hammers, High impact materials, modification of existing stakes. Hammers, making and replacing handles including how to best rehandle and wedge a hammer.

Repurposing Tools: Large bolts steel bolts, Railroad tie nails, Old jack hammer bits, Scotch stone refining sticks (pumice), Stainless Steel wire.

Save the date! http://new.hmag.org/2017/02/14/save-the-date/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:45:03 +0000 http://new.hmag.org/?p=10850 Don’t miss the fun…

circle June 8 on your calendar!

On Thursday, June 8th, from 5:00-8:00 pm, Cultured Cocktails will feature HMAG at Boheme Café & Wine Bar, 307 Fairview, Houston, TX 77006.

Bring some friends and catch up with fellow members.  

Part of all the proceeds from drink sales will go back to HMAG!

Andy Cooperman Artist Talk http://new.hmag.org/2017/02/14/andy-cooperman-artist-talk/ Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:16:15 +0000 http://new.hmag.org/?p=10853

Andy Cooperman

Andy Cooperman will be in Houston in March to do a workshop for Charisma Designs.  During his visit, he will give an Artist Talk for HMAG, “The Rabbit Hole & Assorted Things”.  Always interesting and thought-provoking, Andy will entertain HMAG once again with his wit and wisdom.

Friday, March 24

6:30 pm social time, program starts at 7 pm

Charisma Design Studios

226 Cavalcade, Houston TX 77009

JoolTool Demo and HMAG Annual Meeting http://new.hmag.org/2017/04/13/jooltool-demo-and-hmag-annual-meeting/ Thu, 13 Apr 2017 13:15:08 +0000 http://new.hmag.org/?p=10884

HMAG’s Annual Meeting is scheduled for April 27

Including a demo of the amazing JoolTool by Anie

Thursday, April 27

6:30 pm Social
7:00 pm HMAG Year in Review
7:15 pm JoolTool Demo with Q & A

Anie Piliguian started her career working with her father as a jeweler at age 11. She has created the most amazing tool that does so many things because the standard tools were not doing the job.

On April 27, Anie, the CEO and inventor of the JoolTool™, will come share with you her experiences using the JoolTool.  She will demo all aspects of how the JoolTool works with metals, metal clay, enamel, glass, stone cabbing and hammer/tool polishing.  If you are like most metalsmiths, you have limited time and limited space to create.  You also travel to classes and play dates and need your tools at the ready.  

The JoolTool™ covers almost all of the automated tool needs, making sanding, grinding, polishing, and stone cabbing faster, more compact, easier and more flexible. Join us and see how it works.

Drop in! This program is free and open to the public. 
Craft Community Day http://new.hmag.org/2017/02/14/craft-community-day/ Tue, 14 Feb 2017 13:31:02 +0000 http://new.hmag.org/?p=10844

Help HMAG show off at


Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC)
4848 Main St. (Map)

HMAG will be at HCCC for Craft Community Day, a new spring event featuring the “Annual Gathering of the Guilds” and other local community groups. Visitors and their families will see artist demonstrations, current exhibitions, resident artists’ studios, and more. 

HMAG is planning to demo different types of chain making/weaving and we are looking for volunteers!  

Can you help for a shift?  You don’t need to already know how to do this, you could learn a new skill, too!  Shifts available are:

  • 10:30 am – 12 noon
  • 12 noon – 1:30 pm
  • 1:30 – 3 pm

Contact Jane Bocchini HMAGProg@gmail.com if you can help.  

This year, featured guilds and community groups include:

  • ClayHouston
  • Contemporary Handweavers of Houston
  • Gulf Coast Woodturners
  • Houston Area Blacksmiths Association
  • Houston Bead Society
  • Houston Book Arts Guild
  • Houston Metal Arts Guild
  • Houston Calligraphy Guild
  • Machine Knitting Club
  • Polymer Clay Guild
  • Printers Guild
  • Texas Association of Original Doll Artists
  • Texas Basket Weavers Association
  • TXRX Labs
  • Workshop Houston



“Spirit and Matter” Award Winners Announced http://new.hmag.org/2016/11/14/spirit-and-matter-award-winners-announced/ Mon, 14 Nov 2016 15:55:24 +0000 http://new.hmag.org/?p=10701 [See image gallery at new.hmag.org]

Spirit and Matter Award Winners are Revealed….

HMAG’s juror for Spirit and Matter, Andy Cooperman, really struggled to make his decision on award winners.  Rest assured this task was not lightly undertaken.  You can read Andy’s full juror’s statement on the HMAG website, but this summary says it all:

“As a maker I understand and acknowledge the dedication involved in making something and then taking the risk of having it judged, so I looked carefully at every entry, several times. The work that I ultimately selected survived multiple rounds and I believe best illustrates the powerful partnership between spirit and matter.”

In addition to the 3 cash prizes HMAG is awarding, Andy added 3 Honorable Mentions to his list of awards. And the winners are:

Angela Roberts, Shattered

Angela Roberts, Shattered

Best in Show – $500 award

“In considering the Best in Show award for Spirit & Matter, I looked for the piece that was the whole enchilada, the one that to my eyes best manifested the spirit of the idea to the matter of the physical object.” Andy Cooperman

Angela Roberts – Shattered – Sheet Metal, Cowhide

“In this piece, I used metal to show the shattered pieces of my soul, broken and torn apart by human hands and massive heat. Put back together – though not the same, much stronger and more beautiful, even if it is wrapped in hardened skin.”


Jan Harrell, Entropy

Most Original Piece – $250 award

Jan Harrell – Entropy – enamel on copper, chemical funnel, bird nest

“This piece transforms a common chemical funnel into an object that transcends the utilitarian nature of that conventional lab ware. With this alteration, the new pieces take on a completely different status. The wall object morphs a bird’s nest into leaves in different stages of growth and decay. Truly, each object has an elevated spirit having taken on another form.”


Rene Lee Henry, Nadir

Rene Lee Henry, Nadir

Best Use of Materials – $250 award

Rene Lee Henry – Nadir – Steel, Mortar, Gold Leaf, Brass

“Youth is momentary, but beauty can be found in all stages of existence. Exploring the effects of corrosion and decay that infuses universal existence has become an integral part of my work. I am attracted to the myriad processes of aging and the visual relationship we have with it as humans. It’s something that permeates all things, wreaking havoc on both the man-made and nature-made alike, but within the devastating progression of the aging process, wondrous and beautiful changes can occur.”


Honorable Mentions


Jo Preston, Caged

Jo Preston, Caged

Jo Preston – Caged: 60 degrees of separation – Sterling Silver

“These pieces are about capturing something without hiding it, similar to capturing your spirit without inhibiting it. This piece is about the cages each of us carries and how we move and unite despite those cages.”



Jounha Jung, 77098

Jounha Jung, 77098

Younha Jung – 77098 – Steel, brass, glass, found objects


“I moved to Houston last year and I collect artifacts from demolition sites and reconstitute them into wearable artworks that give them new life and serve to honor their humble service. They are combined with steel to emphasize the relationship to building materials. I am not only interested in the physical nature of the materials but of their metaphorical meaning.”


Terry Fromm, Floral

Terry Fromm, Floral

Terry Fromm – Floral – Enameled copper, pewter

“My metal art is constructed and manipulated to mimic the look and characteristics of other, softer materials, resulting in a piece with soft, flowing contours that can stir a quiet, inner sense of balance and beauty. This is the spirit that my creative process imparts to the matter – the materials I choose to work with.”


See a list of all the work here