Sat. September 6 (10a-5p) or
Wed. & Th. September 10 & 11 (6-9p) or
Sun. September 28 (10a-5p) or
Sun. October 19 (10a-5p) or
Sun. November 9 (10a-5p)
Explore real silver in clay form! This moldable, rollable clay is amazing! Learn about the different varieties of clay and see examples of many different applications. You will make three personalized pieces while learning about tools, and techniques. You’ll learn everything from rolling and texturing the clay, to sanding, polishing and oxidizing. You’ll leave with finished jewelry and possess the skills which are the foundation of your future creative explorations with metal clay! All skill levels welcome. Materials fee, includes use of tools.
Sat. August 23 (9a-1p)
Learn how to make picture frames to capture precious memories, miniature artwork, or vintage images. You will be instructed on how to calculate reverse shrinkage for your frame to perfectly fit any size artwork. We will be working with resin to encase and protect the image for posterity as a wearable memento. Optional dimensional bubbles are a fun addition. Antique photos available for purchase in class, or you can bring your own tiny photos to feature. Pieces will be completed in class. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills. Materials list.
Sat. August 23 (2-6p)
Keum-boo is the ancient Korean technique of applying gold foil to silver. In this advanced keum-boo technique class you will learn how to create templates for the gold that will fit any dimensional surface. We will be using a mold for the cute flip-flop pendant, and we will be creating a separate bail that will be hidden on the back. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills, previous keum-boo experience helpful. Pieces will be completed in class. Materials list.
Sun. August 24 (10a-5p)
Many new techniques will be taught in this advanced level workshop, probably the most interesting is firing the natural gemstone in place! Calculating the layout for the suspended setting will also add new skills. Constructing the bracket setting will challenge your accuracy. Pieces will be fired after class. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills + 10 hours experience. Materials list.
Sat. August 30 (10a-5p)
Delicate leaves and vines embellish and support a stunning glass bead to make a lovely organic fruit-like pendant. This piece will challenge your snake making skills as well as test your gentle touch. Learn how silver and glass react together and how to anticipate those changes. The biggest trick demonstrated is how to fire these amazing creations. Pieces will be fired after class. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills + 20 hours experience. Materials list.
Sun. August 31 (10a-5p)
Working with powdered base metal clays can be a little intimidating, especially with all of the varieties on the market. In this class you will get to practice working with several Goldie brand clays: Roman Bronze, Goldie Bronze Hard and Soft, and de la Rosa Bronze. Each has its own unique characteristics and workability, you will have the opportunity to explore while creating this stunning necklace. Pieces will be fired after class. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills. Materials list.
Sun. September 7 (12-5p) or
Sat. November 22 (12-5p)
This undulating hand-dimpled band glistens boastfully with its 24K golden edges and stunning rainbow patina. Learn how to calculate the wave repeat pattern for any size ring and number of desired waves. Use of gold is optional. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills + 10 hours. Materials list.
Sat. September 13 (10a-5p) or
Fri. October 3 (10a-5p)
Various ways to set stones including syringe bezels, lump clay bezels, fine silver prong settings, and tongue setting will be demonstrated in this class. You will also learn how to securely attach bail backs. Design your own unique piece with the
methods you want to try. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills. Materials list.
Sun. September 14 (9a-6p) or
Sat. November 1 (9a-6p)
This reversible Jules Verne inspired pendant is a cross between nature and machine. The vegetation is textured with industrial designs then formed into organic shapes. It is a technically challenging project with beautiful results. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills + 15 hours. Materials list.
Wed. September 17 (6-9:30p) or
Sat. October 11 (9a-12:30p)
Give a simple ring band that pop of interest by adding paper clay elements and granulation. Learn about the properties of paper clay and the different ways it can bring interest to any metal clay project. You will work with paper punches to create decorative elements and learn how to plan the layout and spacing of your design. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills. Materials list.
Sat. September 20 (10a-5p)
This industrial looking, yet delicate creature is the stuff of fantasies and futuristic dreams. She looks put together out of bits and pieces, but she is still beautiful in her own way. Create textured wings adorned with fine silver wire balled with a torch and embellished with hearts. Cute little antennae added to her carved body give her character and whimsey. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills. Materials list.
Sun. September 21 (10a-5p) or
Fri. November 28 (10a-5p)
Face it, aside from coming in a variety of sizes and colors, zippers are pretty boring, but what if you could personalize it and make it your own? And wear it around your neck? Double Bonus!! Learn how to precisely cut, measure, and drape to create a realistic looking zipper, down to the swinging movement of the pull tab. This is the only time when being caught with your zipper down is a good thing. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills + 6 hours. Materials List.
Sat. September 27 (9a-6p)
Challenge yourself to a day of spontaneity, problem solving and creativity. The Progressive Project Build is a new quarterly event where we will be collaborating on multiple pieces as a group. This is a great opportunity to break design blocks and exercise your flexibility. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills + 10 hours. Materials list.
Tues. September 30 (11a-1p)
If you are brand new to metal clay, or if you want to try a new technique this is a great class to take. You will learn how to texture with syringe, then how to texture the texture for a very organic, completely unique design that resembles water trickling down a pane of glass. These dimensional little earrings are so quick and easy, you will want to make them in an array of shapes and finishes! Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills. Materials list.
Wed. October 1 (10a-2p) or
Sun. October 26 (1-5p)
be setting up the logos with many on one sheet for you. Next you will learn how to make a photopolymer texture plate so you can quickly and easily make batches of hang tags for your finished jewelry creations OR make tiny signature chops to attach to your metal clay creations as greenware. Let everyone know what YOU made! Class fee includes 30 min. of artwork generation per student. Additional design time may be purchased. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills. Materials list.
Thursday. October 2 (10a-2:30p)
A perfectly constructed and sized ring band is the foundation of this decorative ring. You will learn how to create your own precise design, then how to carve away the clay to give a wood-cut effect. Polishing techniques will also be discussed. Pieces will be fired after class. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills + 3 hours. Materials list.
3 Days: Sat.-Mon. October 4-6 (9a-5p)
Immerse yourself in Art Clay in this intensive 3-day workshop. You will create 7 projects and cover many techniques, from ring formation to working with glass and porcelain, to syringe techniques, cork clay, and more. This is a great opportunity for those who want to refine their ACS skills or for those who want to teach. Students who successfully complete each project will become Certified Art Clay Silver Level 1 Instructors. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills + 10 hours of ACS work.
Thur. October 9 (6-9p) or
Sun. October 26 (9a-12p)
Invite this sleepy little woodland creature to perch on your neck. Customize him by carving his feathers, and positioning his eyes to create different expressions. Whatever you choose, he is sure to capture everyone’s attention as he nestles next to your heart. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills / Stone Setting. Materials list.
Sat. October 11 (2-5p) or
Wed. October 15 (6-9p)
The sparkling itsy-bitsy spider is suspended from her drop line as she checks on her webs. Experiment with antique lace as a texture and learn how to drape clay for a flowing look. This piece is the first in a new annual spider series. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills. Materials List.
Sun. October 12 (10a-5p) or
Sun. November 30 (10a-5p)
This enchanting little pendant is a hollow 3-D form that is decorated with embossed paper-type clay and decorative clay “rivets”. Snake rolling, clay embossing, texture masking, embedding wire, and dry assembly round out the techniques covered in this project. You can decorate each side differently to make a reversible pendant. Dangles of chain and beads add just the right amount of color and movement. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills. Materials list.
Sat. October 18 (10a-5p) or
Sun. November 23 (10a-5p)
We all hate getting flowers, because they die, and some of us don’t exactly have a green thumb. But with this pendant, we can create a garden that won’t wilt if we’re not there to take care of it. And we are conserving water! You will create a pendant in layers, add a wall of syringe, and lay in some vines and leaves. After it’s fired and polished, you will add dried flowers and preserve it with UV Resin. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills. Materials list.
2-Parts: Wed. & Th. October 22 & 23 (6-9p) or
Sat. November 8 (10a-5p)
This ring looks heavy, but it is deceptively light. Take your ring making skills to the next level by forming a foundation, building an inner structure, and then draping a textured skin over it that you will cover with vines and flowers. In this class you will also
learn how those miniature flower petals we see on so many pieces are formed. The Secret to the Garden Ring? Come take the class and find out! Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills + 6 hours. Ring making experience helpful. Materials list.
Sat. October 25 (9a-6p)
Perfect your snake rolling skills while creating this delicate and lovely 3-D heart pendant. Shape and dry a cork form, roll decorative clay coils, and carve them to detail and add the motion of crawling vines. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills + 6 hours. Materials list.
Sun. November 2 (10a-5p)
Adding polymer clay to a metal bezel usually requires glue to keep it in place once it is cured. In this class, you will build a layered pendant with a bezel built in such a way that it “locks” the polymer clay in place without the use of any glue. Once created and fired, you will polish your piece and then combine colors of polymer clay into a cabochon that will be tucked into your bezel and cured in a toaster oven. What will you see in your window? Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation. Skills. Materials list.
Sat. November 29 (10a-5p)
While creating two pieces, a textured band ring and a coordinating arched pendant, you will learn the main differences between copper and silver clay. Many techniques will be covered including joining copper clay, torch firing, kiln firing, pickling and applying a heat patina. Pre-requisite: Metal Clay Foundation Skills helpful. Materials list.