Maya’s process stems from a belief in perfection and symmetry but with the knowledge that these qualities often hide within imperfection and asymmetry. She brings a love of research, a minimalist sensibility, and a sculptural approach to making. Maya investigates materials and their capacities to perform physically and poetically. Her work emerges from the belief that no material is static and that there is beauty to be found in the changing surfaces of objects as they are worn.
Maya was born in 1977 in Boston. She studied sculpture and literature before going on to receive a graduate degree in Metalsmithing in 2007 from Cranbrook Academy of Art. She lives in San Francisco, California where she is a studio artist, mother and educator.
Maya uses recycled gold and silver to craft her pieces. Her studio will facilitate refining old jewelry using a sustainable process for credit toward the purchase of new jewelry. Maya Kini Jewelry supports the work of Ethical Metalsmiths and their efforts to ethically source both newly mined and recycled precious metals. In custom work, she works with clients to choose certified recycled and conflict free diamonds.
CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART
Bloomfield Hills, MI
MFA in Metalsmithing, 2007.
2005-2006 studied with Gary Griffin. 2006-2007 studied with Iris Eichenberg
B.A. Spanish Literature, 12/2000.
Senior Thesis: “Painting Penance and Picturing Christ: the visual-verbal texts of New Spain”
SCUOLA LORENZO DI’MEDICI
Coursework in printmaking, jewelry, sculpture and Renaissance and contemporary art theory, 1998-1999.
2018 Cut from the Same Cloth Shibumi Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2018 Sculpture by Bay Area Women The Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2018 Modern Classics Shibumi Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2017 Tiny The Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2016 The Men’s Show Shibumi Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2016 Enamel Exhibition Shibumi Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2015 All that Glitters Petaluma Art Center, Petaluma, CA
2015 So Fine! Facere Jewelry Gallery, Seattle, WA
2013 Or.Iron (co-curator) Marrs Building, Sacramento, CA
2013 Ferrous Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2013 Silk (solo) Shibumi Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2012 Maps and Mapping Tangent Gallery, Sacramento, CA
2011 Our House Galerie Louise Smit, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2010 Ju-Ju Magic Facere Jewelry Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009 500 Enameled Objects Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2009 American Enamels Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA
2009 Something About Love Shibumi Gallery, Berkeley, CA
2008 Emerging Artists in Clay Oddfellows Gallery, Mendocino, CA
2008 9 Months Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino, CA
2008 Equal Footing: materials + processes + concepts Nat’l Ornamental Metal Museum, Memphis, TN
2008 New West Coast Design Velvet da Vinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Penland School of Crafts
Hybrid forms casting class (forthcoming), 7/2019
California State University Sacramento
Beginning jewelry with a focus on fabrication and casting, 8/2015-1/2017.
Sacramento City College
Introductory and continuing projects in small metals and jewelry, 1/2014- 5/2017.
University of California Davis Craft Center
Instructor for Lost Wax Casting for small-scale metal pieces, 6/2009-8/2013.
Mendocino Art Center
Cranbrook Academy of Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI
GRANTS & AWARDS
2009 Emerging Artist Award, Sienna Gallery
2009 Searchlight Award from the American Craft Council
2006-2007 Ernest B. Toth Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art
2006 Bay Area Metal Arts Guild Student Grant
2006 Advancement in Craft Award Scholarship. Penland, North Carolina
2005-2006 Peggy De Salle Merit Scholarship, Cranbrook Academy of Art 2005-2006
1998 McGill Lawrence Grant for Social Service
American Craft Council Show
2018 St. Paul, MN
2013 San Francisco, CA
2009 Baltimore, MD
Creek Arts Festival
2016, 2017 Denver, CO
Bellevue Art Museum Art Show
2015 Bellevue, WA
Smithsonian Craft Show
2013 Washington D.C.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show
2010, 2011 Philadelphia, PA
2017 Cast, a book, Schiffer Publishing
2013 “Maya Kini: Silk” Art Jewelry Forum
2013 Ferrous catalog Velvet da Vinci and Crafthaus
2012 500 Rings Showcase, Lark Books
2009 500 Enameled Objects, Lark Books
2008 The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellers, Darling Publications
2008 New West Coast Design: Jewelry + Metalwork, Velvet Da Vinci Gallery
2007 500 Wedding Rings, Lark Books
Ethical Metalsmiths, Art Jewelry Forum, Bay Area Metal Arts Guild