Welcome to the Northwest 

Jewelry & Metals Symposium

For 25 years the Annual Northwest Jewelry & Metals Symposium has brought metals enthusiasts of all stripes to Seattle for an information packed and illuminating day of learning and exploration. If attending the Symposium in person just hasn't been possible in the past, then this your chance because the Symposium 2020 is ON - as in ON-line!

We’ve lined up five outstanding speakers, our popular silent auction and a new feature, Spotlight, to bring to your living room couch, kitchen table or studio. From jewelry to sculpture, blacksmithing to business, our amazing speakers will present LIVE and have something for everyone. There will be plenty of opportunity to interact with our speakers and even a virtual Happy Hour for the conversation to continue. Symposium 2020 will be recorded so that anyone who has bought a ticket will be able to view whenever and wherever it is convenient. Join us! 

New: Spotlight Artists

Going virtual has allowed us to expand our content even more with Spotlight, a series of short artist-made videos that will be available for ticket holders and will remain available for some time after the Symposium. Spotlight will focus on fresh and exciting voices from within—and without—the field of metals. This year’s Spotlight Artists are: Desmond Lewis, Gabriel Mo and Funlola Coker.

These Videos will be available at ANY time during the Symposium and up until Oct. 30, 2020. 

The Annual SMG Silent Auction Live

It wouldn't be a SMG Symposium without a great Silent Auction! This year we plan to outdo ourselves and are in the process of selecting items now. You will be able to access our silent auction online platform to view what's available and place your bids. Please consider donating sculpture, jewelry, vintage items, wearable art, tools, special gems and stones.

Starts at 12:01AM on Friday, Oct 9 and Ends at 11:45pm on Sunday, Oct 11

This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, so do contact us if you'd like to donate something wonderful!

For More Info and to Donate - CLICK HERE
To Attend the Auction - CLICK HERE

Speaker Panel with Q&A and Happy Hour

As this year's Symposium winds down, it’s the time to grab a little something in the beverage department, kick your pants off (if you’re wearing any in the first place) and continue the conversation with all five presenters together in a casual Q & A format. A great way to put the final polish on a great day.


Celebrate 25 Years With Us!

Watch the founders share their memories of how the symposium began and developed over the years, and browse A Brief History of the symposium, which outlines the evolution of the event and the impressive list of exceptional speakers.

Featured Organizations for Inclusion and Diversity

We're proud to introduce you to organizations that are working hard to create a more socially equitable jewelry and metals community throughout North America. Click Here to learn about opportunities that are available, and to see how you can support these organizations.  

Thank you to our generous Sponsors below who made it possible to keep our ticket prices low and continued support of the Seattle Metals Guild!

Featured Sponsor: Seattle Findings was started in 1986, just three years before the Seattle Metals Guild! Since the beginning we’ve had the opportunity to be a part of your jewelry-making experiences and we cherish the relationships we’ve built with students, designer-artists, and makers of all kinds.


 The Guiding Principles of the Northwest Jewelry & Metals Symposium is to educate, inform and engage by bringing together artists, designers, makers, craftspeople and anyone interested in metals as a medium and field. It is always the goal of the Planning Committee to create a dynamic yet balanced program featuring speakers and topics from disparate backgrounds and from all communities. We are committed to inclusivity in our invitation of speakers but also in welcoming attendees across a spectrum of skill levels, identity and age. We work hard to build the best program possible from the most diverse pool of speakers that we can assemble always taking into account current developments in the world of Art and Craft and the greater world that we all share.


In the pursuit of historic truth and a desire for deeper understanding, the Seattle Metals Guild and the Symposium Planning Committee acknowledge that the work of the Seattle area creative community takes place on the traditional lands of the Northwest Indigenous Peoples. We have been using this land for generations as uninvited guests of the Coastal Salish, Suquamish and Duwamish people. It is with respect for these people, that we honor their history and this truth. 

Thank you to our donors!

Alida Latham
Mary Bernson
Jane Martin 
Teresa Rodriguez 
Little Metal Foxes
Susan Kunimatsu
Stephanie Farrell
Ester Ervin