ABOUT MAYA

 

Each day, when I look, I wonder where my eyes were yesterday - Bernard Berenson

 

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.


MATERIALS

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.

 

EDUCATION

CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART
Bloomfield Hills, MI
MFA in Metalsmithing, 2007. 
2005-2006 studied with Gary Griffin. 2006-2007 studied with Iris Eichenberg

REED COLLEGE
Portland, OR
B.A. Spanish Literature, 12/2000.  
Senior Thesis: “Painting Penance and Picturing Christ: the visual-verbal texts of New Spain”

SCUOLA LORENZO DI’MEDICI
Florence, ITALY
Coursework in printmaking, jewelry, sculpture and Renaissance and contemporary art theory, 1998-1999.

 

EXHIBITIONS

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

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

INSTRUCTOR
Penland School of Crafts
Penland, NC
Hybrid forms casting class (forthcoming), 7/2019

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
California State University Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
Beginning jewelry with a focus on fabrication and casting, 8/2015-1/2017.

ADJUNCT PROFESSOR
Sacramento City College
Sacramento, CA
Introductory and continuing projects in small metals and jewelry, 1/2014- 5/2017.

INSTRUCTOR
University of California Davis Craft Center
Davis, CA
Instructor for Lost Wax Casting for small-scale metal pieces, 6/2009-8/2013.

RESIDENT ARTIST
Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, CA

STUDIO MANAGER
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 

 

CRAFT SHOWS

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

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

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

 

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Ethical Metalsmiths, Art Jewelry Forum, Bay Area Metal Arts Guild