Beyond being a Teaching facility, the BMAG Studio provides the Members of Bellingham Metals Arts Guild with the opportunity to avail themselves of the extensive specialized metalsmithing tools, equipment, and facilities we have. The studio will be open to members during scheduled times by a Volunteer Host (See calendar for dates and times).
Members are required to have completed the Members Open Studio Safety assessment which is free to all Members of BMAG. This is done by any of the Instructors, select Board members, or A+MOS Hosts. Members should supply their basic hand tools if possible and must supply all materials for their own projects.
This use of the Studio requires each member1 pay a small fee each time (see below) in person at the Studio. Please bring the Exact FULL amount or a Check, we do not have change available at the Studio. Note: There are advantages to being a A+MOS/MOS Host2, are you Interested in being one?
Assisted + Members Open Studio (A+MOS)
If you took a class but would like a little extra guidance this is a great opportunity to gain confidence in your skills, or you just want some extra help or advice on how to do something, this is designed for that. During these sessions the Volunteer studio host will open the studio and will be freely available to mentor and is there specifically to Assist you in further developing your skills as well as having the Studio Open for Regular MOS too.
1,2A+MOS hosts are not required to pay their fee for the Studio time as an incentive.
Members Open Studio (MOS)
During these times a MOS Host will be there to open the Studio for everyone and will be working on their own projects. Other Members are welcome to come in and work alongside and have fun together while working. Many members come in on a steady basis for these days and benefit greatly by it.
We are always looking for more members willing to be MOS hosts. 2As a Host you have a key & can request times to have the Studio open that match your schedule!
Becoming a MOS or A+MOS Host is an easy process, and is by approval and certification from the Board. It includes additional information & policies regarding how to open and close the studio, doing a members safety assessment if needed & making sure each member using the studio has passed it, and writing receipts for the members payment.
All Hosts are required to ensure that members are working safely and using the tools and equipment properly.
Hosts work with the Communications Committee to get approved hosting days, and have their scheduled days for inclusion in the calendar. This avoids conflicts with teaching days and other reserved uses of the Studio. All hosts need to be at the studio the entire time they have published and cancellations must be done as far in advance as possible, as the calendar will have to be changed to let others know.