Art Postcard“To open a pomegranate without causing a crime scene, you must be a ninja. With precision and a thorough understanding of the fruit below, you score the peel, dragging the knife through the skin at the perfect depth. Both hands must firmly and confidently work together to gently pull apart the sections. The tension–slow and quick and hard and soft–is a dance. Your breath, your fingers, and the muscles in your back must harmonize to delicately dislodge each fragile ruby. This is an active meditation.

It is with this sensitivity and strength that Liz Riley Christiano approaches all of her most favorite things. As an artist, Liz bends metal, both steel and copper.

Liz received a BA in studio art from Santa Clara University where she studied sculpture. She is currently an artist-in-residence at Macchiarini Creative Design where you can find her bending and welding on most Fridays and Saturdays.”

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Modernist scholar and beloved friend. We at Macchiarini Creative Design were saddened to hear of the passing of Marbeth Schon a last month. Marbeth was both a champion and scholar of mid-century modernist metal work. Her two books: MODERNIST JEWELRY 1930-1960 “THE WEARABLE ART MOVEMENT”  AND “FORM AND FUNCTION: AMERICAN MODERNIST JEWELRY, 1940-1970” are considered the definitive works on American Mid-Century Avant-Garde Jewelry.

Marbeth received her B.A. in art education from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and her M.S. in valuation sciences from Lindenwood College in St. Charles, Missouri.  An avid collector of mid century modern jewelry herself, she Owned a Mid-Century modernist jewelry Gallery in Natchez, Mississippi and was the owner/editor of MODERN SILVER an on-line Magazine Publication @ www.Modernsilver.Com) and hosted an on line discussion group called “The SILVER FORUM”.

In mid 2006 she was guest curator for the Fort Wayne Indiana Museum of Art’s Exhibition: : American Modernist Jewelry and the collateral show: The Modernist Movement and Beyond: The Works of Peter Macchiarini, Daniel Macchiarini, Earl Pardon and Todd Pardon which was held at the school of creative arts at the University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana.

In February of this year, Daniel called Marbeth to touch base with her and she told him that she had had breast cancer a few years ago, had beaten it and been cancer free for two years.  Unfortunately soon after this call, the cancer returned and she quickly passed away mid June of this year.  A week after her passing, Daniel wrote the following tribute to this graceful Lady who will be greatly missed by all of us in the modernist art community and well beyond:

Ciao All,

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Marbeth Schon last week.  I was lucky to have known her for the last two decades when she, as a writer and historian, through the brilliant books she wrote made one of the greatest contributions to the understanding of the birth and development of modernist jewelry and metal arts in our country.

Her insights and documentation of the lives and work of metal artists of the 20th century has given this community of artists a collective recognition for their work and a true proper place of significance in the development of modernism as a major artistic movement of our time.

Personally, I will miss her cheerful voice and manner that would always projected positive feelings and an ease working with her even on difficult business issues.She was a champion of the artistic spirit! I am much better for having known her and feel a great loss for her being gone!

Tears in my eyes,

In Love and Respect,

Dan Macchiarini




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Burningman 2015

  dragonBRScoutsCoinsDragon Smelter      and Crew                    Honored               


Once again this year,  Burningman .ORG has gifted an Honoria grant to The Dragon Smelter and Crew. We are deeply honored by the on going support and faith in our Dragon Smelter project that the Burningman Art Department has shown us though out the years.

This Years theme: Carnival of Mirrors



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                 Macchiarini Creative Design

                  is proud to announce

             Metalworks SF 

               School of Handcrafted Jewelry


         Metal Arts


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      For nine weeks starting  June 10th and running through August 7th, METALWORKS SF SCHOOL  will be in session! On Wednesday nights 6-9 pm DanielMacchiarini will offer instruction in the Fundamentals of  lost wax centrifugal casting and on Friday nights 6-9 pm Emma is teaching the Fundamentals of Metal Fabrication. For more information clink on link:

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The Self Prescribed Art of Mary Castle White – February 7th

Hello Lovers!

Join us this Friday for a fabulous opening reception.

We will be presenting the raw and joyfully experimental work of Ms. White with very impressive lapidary work from her partner. Maybe you’ll even find a little something special for your special partner during this very loving month 😉

Wine, snacks, and always enlightening tales and conversation.

5-9PM – 1544 Grant Ave. SF CA




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Macchiarini celebrates 65 Years and Smelting!

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Sydney Brown’s “Head over Heels” for North Beach First Fridays

November Brings us another great show. As wedding Season comes to an end we invite you to come get a head start on next years festivities and prepare for upcoming holiday soiree’s with the beautiful wearable art of Sydney Brown.

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Join us as Macchiarini Presents: “Currents of Consciousness” Woven Metal Artwork by Chrystie Cappelli

Looking forward to seeing you at our Opening Reception in correlation with North Beach First Fridays

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New Work From DannyMac!

Come in for North Beach First Fridays tomorrow from 6-9PM and check out our new work and behold old treasures.

Hope to see you soon!

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“In Search of Light”

Come Visit the Gallery to see Joshua Sisler’s amazing Crystal wraps, full of energy and love.

Shows up the rest of March. Hope to see you soon!

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