San Diego Jewelry/metalsmithing attractions

I will going to the San Diego/ Carlsbad/ southern California area
the first week in March. Other than GIA, are there any must see
places to go and see incredible jewelry or metal work? Or other
amazing craft work? I am in dire need of some inspiration.

-BK in AK


There is a great show of work by Arline Fisch at Taboo Studio in San
Diego right now. You can see their website at:

The Mingei Museum in Balboa Park is a craft and design museum and
always has interesting shows.

Steve Brixner

Hi Brent,

I would highly recommend Taboo Studio. It’s very very small, but some
great talent is found in there.

They will also be able to tell you about other attractions around SD.
It’s way too bad that you missed this HUGE exhibition last year at
the Mingei International Museum, Balboa Park:

It was truly inspirational. You should buy her book, “Arctic Transformations: The Jewelry of Denise & Samuel Wallace” which is
equally inspirational, found on Amazon.

A couple places to visit for nature inspiration: La Jolla Shores
(amazing tidepools and cliffs), Balboa Park Downtown San Diego and
their museums.

Along the street where the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is
(, there are a lot of art galleries and I’m
pretty sure a couple jewelry galleries, and some great restaurants.

Another must see, if you’re in the area, is the Gaslamp Quarter

There’s just so much, as far as narrowing it down to only jewelry and
metalsmithing, I can’t really help ya there… but maybe this list

–Jim Sprague Jr.—


While in San Diego you should not miss Spanish Village Art Center in
Balboa Park, just next to the “World Famous” San Diego Zoo. 38
working studios of artists and craftsmen whose original work is for
sale at prices much less than retail. Plan to spend at least a few
hours to peruse the site. I have a studio there and would love to say
hi if you are there when I am in the studio. Go to for an overview. Also in the Park is
the Mingei Museum which has a great gift shop and wonderful

There is delicious eye candy at Taboo Studio on Lewis Street in
Mission Hills, a neighborhood in San Diego. You will recognize
nationally known jewelers work as well as that of local artists. Trios Gallery in Solana Beach is also
lots of fun.

Enjoy your visit!

Susan Ronan
Coronado, CA