Metal clay is a made from microscopic particles of metal mixed with an organic binder that is worked much like pottery clay. The binder burns off during kiln firing, fusing the particles into a solid piece of metal. 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.
A fee of $100 will be paid to the instructor for bronze and silver clays and other materials used in class.
In this class students will build on skills learned in Designing with Metal Clay. Learn a more economical way of working with silver metal clay by combining it with ceramics including commercial bisque beads, your own pottery creations and even Grandma's broken china. Make and set your own colorful glass cabochons in silver metal clay.
$40 materials fee paid to instructor plus the cost of metal clay (available from instructor or may be purchased from on-line vendors).
Make beautiful beads combining bisque ceramic beads and metal clay in three forms - paste, lump clay, and paper clay. This is an economical way to use metal clay and will appeal to potters as well as metal clay jewelry makers. Learn how to apply metal clay to ceramics and how to fire and finish it. Experience the exciting Japanese technique of firing Raku. We will be using some commercial beads as well as handmade pottery beads supplied by the instructor. Potters may bring their own bisque or glaze fired beads. An $80 materials fee is paid directly to instructor.
In this two-day workshop, students will create a colorful cloisonne-enameled pendant in fine silver metal clay. Using metal clay allows you to easily create cells for cloisonne without hard to apply wires. A textured background (champleve) will add interest. In addition to metal clay skills, you will learn to wet pack and fire enamels and how to clean and finish your piece. A $140 materials fee is paid directly to the instructor.