AMCAW Virtual Guild

The AMCAW Virtual Guild is a benefit available only to AMCAW members.  Once per quarter, join a live online meeting where you can learn new skills from top-notch members of the metal clay community.

Our goal is to move beyond teaching techniques to create a space where artists of all levels can contribute their knowledge and enthusiasm, learning from each other and supporting and interacting for the benefit of the entire community. All Virtual Guild Meetings are recorded to make it easy for our members to listen at a later time when the live meeting is not convenient.

There is no meeting in May, due to SINTER

Our next meeting is July 20, 2024

Registration will open in June

Meeting Schedule 2024

July 20, 2024
Presenter – Brandy Boyd
Topic – TBC

Sept 21, 2024
Presenter – Sarinda Jones
Topic – TBC

Nov 16, 2024
Presenter – TBC
Topic – TBC

Teaching and Learning Online
with Stephanie Chavez & Sian Hamilton

In this presentation Stephanie and Sian will cover:

  • The tools and equipment you will need to start teaching and learning online
  • Stephanie will share her tips and setup for teaching live online. What to look out for and how to set up Zoom so you can share your screen on multiple devices to swap between showing a worksurface and your face.
  • Sian will share her tips for teaching with pre-recorded videos. What resources are available for free and what you need to consider when starting to offer pre-recorded lessons online.
  • Stephanie will also cover etiquette for teaching and learning online, so you start off on the right foot!


Stephanie Chavez 2023

About Stephanie Chavez

Stephanie is a certified metal clay artist and instructor. She is a diverse artist, proficient in many jewelry mediums, although her love, passion, and expertise remain in metal clay as well as combining it with a variety of techniques.

Originally certified through Rio Grande, she has been working with metal clay for over 15 years. With national and international recognition through her online courses in metal clay; Stephanie has been considered an expert in her field.

Stephanie has traveled the United State teaching at expos, retreats, symposiums, and art studios. From beginners to advanced; she believes we each have the capacity to be inspired, artists. Many people just need a safe and fun environment to explore their own creative limits. That is what she provides and shares, bringing joy to all those who attend her workshops.

Stephanie Chavez 2023

About Sian Hamilton

Sian has a BA in 3D Design, specializing in silver and ceramics, and has been in the design industry for over 25 years. She was the Editor of Making Jewellery magazine in the UK for over 9 years until it closed in April 2019. She has written 15 ‘how to’ jewellery and craft books.

Sian is also the website designer for AMCAW and runs her web design business from home.

Sian was introduced to silver clay back in the mid-90s’ and has been working with it for over 20 years. Sian has a great passion for metal clay and her mission is to spread the love as far as she can. Her favourite tool is scratch foam and she loves to create her own unique textures. Sian can be found online at

Virtual Guild Video Library

To see an overview of the previous meetings visit our video library. This is a public page.

To go straight to the members page of video recordings please click the watch recordings button below. You will need to be logged into your account to access these recordings.

Annemarie Klappe Virtual Guild May 23

Cindy Pope – What can you do with a Silhouette die cutting machine?

Virtual Guild meeting January 20, 2024

Annemarie Klappe Virtual Guild May 23

Meropi Toumbas – Stronger Silver Metal Clay

Virtual Guild meeting Nov 18, 2023

Annemarie Klappe Virtual Guild May 23

Pam Feindel – Secrets of a Garden Gnome

Virtual Guild meeting Sept 23, 2023

How It Works?

Each Virtual Guild meeting includes two sections:

  1. Presentation by a top-notch metal clay instructor
  2. Q & A session for viewers to ask questions of the instructor

The meetings are held in a webinar format. The presenting instructor is live online and will use on-screen photos and videos to teach concepts and techniques that are of interest to metal clay artists.

We know you will have great questions! That’s why time is set aside in each meeting for Q & A with the instructor. Participants use the built-in Q&A and chat boxes to ask questions and engage in discussions.

Join us live for the Virtual Guild meeting or watch the recording afterwards.

Your choice!

Technical Details

  • Click the Register Now button to sign up for the next Virtual Guild meeting. If the Register Now button is not showing then registration is not currently open.
  • You are registering for one meeting only and will need to register again if you wish to attend another meeting in the future.
  • You will receive an email confirming your registration, which will include instructions and a link to join the meeting. You will also receive reminder emails prior to the meeting.
  • A recording of the meeting will be available on this page to AMCAW members.
  • The Virtual Guild meeting will take place on the Zoom webinar platform. For more information visit the Zoom attendee help page.
Do I have to be an AMCAW member to participate in the Virtual Guild?
Yes, the Virtual Guild is a benefit of being an AMCAW member. Click here to become an AMCAW member today.
How do I register for a meeting?
Scroll up and click on the “Register Now” button, or just click here. You will be prompted to login using your AMCAW username and password before gaining access to the registration page.
How often are the Virtual Guild meetings?
What happens after I register for a Virtual Guild meeting?
You will receive an email with a link to join us on Zoom webinar. After you register, you will also get reminder emails 1 week prior to the meeting and the day before the meeting.
Do I have to register for each Virtual Guild meeting?
Yes. You will need to revisit the registration page to register for each meeting.
Do I need to download software on my computer before the meeting?
When you click the link to join your first Zoom webinar, you will be prompted to download the Zoom software. You can also prepare ahead of time by downloading the software here. When you join meetings in the future, the app will automatically open when you click on the meeting link.
Can I join from my phone or tablet?
Yes. If you click the link to join the webinar from your phone or tablet, you will be prompted to download the Zoom app to that device. You can also prepare ahead of time by visiting this page, which includes links for Android and Apple mobile devices. When you join meetings in the future, the app will automatically open when you click on the link.
Can I join if I don’t have a device with the ability to play video?
You can join by phone for audio. The confirmation email you will receive after registering for the meeting includes both a link to join the meeting through your device and phone numbers to call for audio.
Can I join if I don’t have a speaker on the device I am using for the meeting?
Yes, you can join by phone to hear audio. In the email confirmation of your registration, phone numbers to hear audio are included. It is different for every meeting so you will have to register for each meeting.
How far in advance do I need to register for the meetings?
You can register right up until the meeting starts, but please register sooner to be sure you don’t run into any technical glitches.
What if I miss a meeting?
Don’t worry. Recordings of past meetings will be available via the Virtual Guild page on the AMCAW website. You’ll need your AMCAW username and password to access the recordings.

About Guilds

Since the middle ages people with common interests have been coming together to form guilds. The craft and merchant guilds of that time were an important part of the fabric of society, maintaining standards and protecting the interests of the members. Though the merchant guilds have faded away there are still guilds of artisans and craftspeople. Today these groups serve to help us share knowledge and create companionship with others who are passionate about the same thing. 

Apply To Present At A Future Meeting

If you are a member of the metal clay community with something interesting to share, then this high-profile opportunity might be perfect for you!