North Beach San Francisco

The Art of Metalworking in North Beach

Macchiarini Creative Design has been crafting handmade metal art and jewelry since 1948. Located on Grant Avenue in the North Beach district of San Francisco, Calif., the shop has been operated by three generations of metalworkers.

In 2015, Emma Macchiarini, granddaughter of founder Peter Macchiarini, started teaching a jewelry making school in the shop’s production workshop. At Metalworks SF, Macchiarini teaches students to make rings, earrings, lockets, pendants and other metal pieces. Since the school’s inception, approximately 200 students have attended beginning and advanced level classes.

“My favorite part about teaching is working with people,” Macchiarini said. “I just enjoy creating a space for people to do their artwork that feels comfortable and feels directed and feels creative.”

About the author

Boone Ashworth

Boone Ashworth

Boone Ashworth is a junior at San Francisco State University. He studies journalism and plans to graduate in 2018. Boone grew up in rural northern California and now enjoys his life in San Francisco. He plans to use his studies at SFSU to get a job working for a magazine. He also enjoys an occasional cup of tea, long walks on the beach and hour-long bubble baths.