Membership is open to residents of Washington state, and guests are always welcome at our meetings. We meet on the second Saturday of each month in a classroom in Bertona Hall on the Seattle Pacific University campus (see directions and map, below) from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Click here to view a Membership Application. Print it, fill it in, and mail it to the address printed on the form, or bring it to a CQA meeting.

Members can pay dues online through PayPal. Go to our Dues page to select your level of membership, and follow the link to PayPal. A dues payment made now covers your membership from today through March 31, 2015.

Upcoming CQA Meetings and Speakers, 2014

Date (Saturdays) Speaker/Event Topic
September 13

Courtney Denise Lipson
Jewelry artist, weaver

Jewelry art by Courtney Denise Lipson

Art mask by Courtney Denise Lipson

micro-beading by Courtney Denise Lipson

"Thinking in Color"

Building from a basic metal-smithing class at Pratt in 2002, Courtney developed her style of micro-mosaic jewelry that incorporates beads and grout. She was a Saul Bell Design Award Finalist in 2007, the same year she began studying weaving with Tlingit Chilkat weaver Chloe Sk.wein French.  She now divides her time between jewelry making and weaving. In 2010 Courtney and her wood-carver husband Scott Jensen, also a full-time artist, were honored to be adopted by the Tlingit tribe and given Tlingit names.
She finds the exploration of a broad variety of media both exciting and challenging, saying , “I love metalworking;  the paradox of malleable and solid, of knowing where you want to go, but finding yourself in a different place entirely in the end.” 

Microbeaded jewelry by Courtney Denise Lipson

It's September and our Showcase "Design U" school is back in session!
We're back to studying the basics but in our individual styles. Read the presentation for this month and do an exercise exploring the concept of unity, drawing on your unique point of view and personal creativity.

October 11 Margi Fiddler
November 8 Joe Cunningham

December 13 Lois Gaylord
Spiritual textiles

Direction to Bertona Hall at Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University is on the north edge of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, several blocks west of the Fremont bridge.

From I-5, take the NE 50th Street exit and drive west. Turn left (south) on Fremont Avenue N — about two miles. Get into the right lane as you cross the Fremont bridge and take the first turn-off to the right and then immediately right again onto Nickerson Street. Follow Nickerson for about half a mile, and turn left (south) at the stoplight for 3rd Avenue West. You are now on the SPU campus.

From 3rd West, enter the parking lot on your left by turning into the driveway beside Stell's, the small restaurant. Our building is on the east side of the parking lot, a one-story red brick building. Parking in the lot is free for us on weekends; ignore the "No Parking" signs.

map showing location of Bertona Hall

To see a map of the entire SPU campus, go to