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, poet, mother and educator. Her studio is on the Sausalito waterfront.


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.



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

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

Florence, ITALY
Coursework in printmaking, jewelry, sculpture and Renaissance and contemporary art theory, 1998-1999.



2023  Friendly Tides, Marin Civic Center, San Rafael, CA

2022  Hope is Resiliency  Maker’s Guild/Industry City, Brooklyn NY

2022  Reimagined Heirlooms (solo) Shibumi Gallery, Berkeley, CA

2021  Raising Gold (solo)  Slidespace123/Mills  Oakland, CA

2019  Maya Kini, K. Beale, B. Katz    Studio Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2019  Cast  Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA

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



*italics indicate poems

2022  After the Fires, a Wild, Reckless Flowering, River Heron Review, Poems for Now 

2022  Rip Curl, Wildfire Magazine, 2022

2021  Mother-Love, Bellevue Literary Review Issue 41, 2021

2021  Second Generation Crucible Magazine, 2021

2021  The Necklace Wildfire Magazine, 2021

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



Penland School of Crafts
Penland, NC
Hybrid forms casting class (forthcoming), 6/2023

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

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

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

Mendocino Art Center
Mendocino, CA

Cranbrook Academy of Art
Bloomfield Hills, MI



2022 Studio Assistant, Rebekah Frank Boxed/Unboxed, Penland School of Craft/Iron Studio

2021 Guest LecturerGallery as Laboratory seminar, Mills College, Oakland, CA  

2020 (2021) Summer Residency Haystack Mountain School of Craft, Deer Isle, ME

2020 Orion Magazine Environmental Writer’s Workshop

2018  Winter Residency Recipient, Penland School of Craft

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



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