Metal clay is made from powdered metal and binders mixed with water. Fired in a kiln or with a torch, metal clay allows for deep textures, sculpted and molded elements, and great details that can be combined with traditional metal smithed components. It is ideal for mixed media jewelry combining CZ's, glass, ceramic and other materials. Projects in bronze and silver clays emphasize technique, construction and design while allowing for different skill levels, creativity, and personalization. A materials fee of $120 is paid to the instructor and includes bronze and silver clays and other materials used in class.
Ages 17 and up.
Learn to make hollow form, molded, and hand-formed porcelain beads. Use silver metal clay to add decorative elements and glaze them with lustrous Raku and colorful low-fire glazes. You will learn how to make your own porcelain paper clay for strong, lightweight jewelry. First used in 16th century Japan to make simple wares for the tea ceremony, today’s Western style Raku emphasizes intense metallic colors and is known for the wonderfully spontaneous and unpredictable results of this firing technique. The resulting copper reds and metallic lusters are highly sought after and are perfect for jewelry. We will be using an ingenious smokeless firing technique adapted for firing small jewelry pieces. Beginners welcome but those with experience in ceramics or metal clay will also be challenged. A materials fee of $140 payable to the instructor includes silver metal clay, porcelain, glazes, bead firing rack, and findings.