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.

WGG Monthly Meetings

Held on the Third Tuesday evening of each month, usually between 7-8:30 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 beyond the pandemic.

Join this virtual event from the comfort of your home & invite your friends to log on as well by sharing the Zoom link below.

This month’s meeting is held on June 18, 2024 at 7 pm
for a Zoom Conversation with the Contemporary Jeweler Don Friedlich.

Click here to Join the Zoom Meeting.

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.

Contact the Third Tuesday Coordinator–

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

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.

WGG Merit Scholarships 2024

The Washington Guild of Goldsmiths (WGG) Metalwork Merit Scholarship fosters the study of metal-smithing,
jewelry design and related arts, helping to develop metals artists in keeping with the Guild’s mission.
This scholarship is open to all registered metal-smithing students who have taken jewelry or metal-smithing
courses, or crafts courses with an emphasis on metals process, during the academic year Fall 2023 – Spring 2024

There are three awards available –

WGG Emerging Artist Award

(one awardee)

  • $300 Allcraft USA Gift Certificate
  • One year membership with the WGG
  • The opportunity to apply for inclusion in METALWORK 2026 Biennial

Jurors’ Choice Awards

(two awardees)

  • $200 Allcraft USA Gift Certificate
  • One year membership with the WGG
  • The opportunity to apply for inclusion in METALWORK 2026 Biennial

For submission details – Click on this link please

Scholarship 2024 Schedule.
May 3rd 2024 – Completed applications due.
May 17th 2024 – Award winners notified by email
August – September 2024 – Formal Awards Ceremony
at METALWORK 2024 Biennial Exhibition.
The Award Winners will be recognized & receive their
awards at the opening ceremony.

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