The Washington Guild of Goldsmiths

is a non-profit organization whose members share an interest in metalsmithing, jewelry design and related arts. Started in 1978, its purpose is to provide a means for the exchange of information and ideas as well as educational opportunities for its members and the public.

The Creative Crafts Council 34th​ Biennial Exhibition 2023

The Creative Crafts Council 34th​ Biennial Exhibition will present some of the Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia region’s top work in ceramics, enamel, fiber, glass, metal, mixed media, wood, book arts, and more at The Mansion at Strathmore., North Bethesda, MD.
Tuesday ​MAY 9 – Saturday JULY 29, 2023


The Washington Guild of Goldsmiths 20th show of members’ juried artwork, METALWORK 2022 was held at The Mansion at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD.

WGG Monthly Meetings

Held on the Third Tuesday evening of each month, usually between 7-9 pm. Meet and share with people who work with metal. Exchange ideas and learn new techniques. Topics vary from month to month.
Third Tuesdays will continue to meet via Zoom to ensure safety during the pandemic.

Also continuing is WGG’s series of talks by wonderful guest artists who have shared their work, shown us their studios, demonstrated particular techniques, and engaged with WGG members and friends in great conversation. Here is a link to our first artist talk in November 2020.

3rd Tuesday meetings are open to the public, however, recordings of most artists’ talks are available to WGG members only. Join WGG to have access to this great resource.

Carol-lynn Swol, Third Tuesday Coordinator–

If you have ideas for a Third Tuesday event, please let Carol-lynn know so we can start the ball rolling!

Metalwork Merit Scholarship

The Washington Goldsmith Guild (WGG) Metalwork Merit Scholarship
fosters the study of metalsmithing, jewelry design and related arts and helps
develop metal artists in keeping with the Guild’s educational mission.

Emerging Artist Award – $300
Jenny Peng Windheim

Jenny Peng Windheim - Emerging Artist Award
2 x Jurors Choice Award – $200
Chloe Duran & Diana Caisse

jurors choice award WGG 2020

All Awardees further received a 2 year WGG membership and the opportunity to apply to Metalwork 2022

Workshop Schedule

Periodic workshops and lectures in technical and aesthetic aspects of metalwork and design, as well as in other areas of concern such as marketing. Offered throughout the year and conducted by outstanding teachers, artists and craft professionals from all over the country.

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Membership Information

The Guild is a cooperative association whose members’ skills, energy and enthusiasm promote its successful programs. We welcome new members who share our goals.
Membership, open to all, is accepted throughout the year. Annual dues, payable each January for the calendar year, are:

  • $50 individual
  • $25 full time student
application forms

Recent Newsletters

Publication of a Newsletter with information and articles of interest to Guild Members.
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Metalwork Exhibitions

METALWORK Exhibition is back for 2022,
METALWORK 2018 was the 18th biennial juried exhibition and sale of WGG Members’ work and was held at Waverly Street Gallery in Bethesda, MD From November 7th to November 30th, 2018.

Catalog of previous shows