Natural Elements in Fine Silver, Metal Clay Jewelry with Rhonda Scott
February 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
One event on February 27, 2019 at 6:30pm
Dates and Times: Feb 20 and 27, 2019, 6:30-9:00 pm
Location: Produce Station Pottery, 723 Seneca Street, Webster City, IA
Tuition: $40; Materials Fee $28-$44, depending on project
Discover the endless possibilities of metal clay! Learn to create beautiful fine silver jewelry without traditional metalsmithing techniques – no soldering, jewelry saws or filing. Start with a little piece of “clay” and mold, carve, stamp, pinch and shape. After drying the work is fired in a kiln and finished. In the kiln, the organic binder that makes it feel like clay burns away, leaving the metal behind. Create a pendant or stunning pair of earrings that capture the beauty of nature. No prior experience is needed.
In this workshop, students would learn:
• The differences between different types (e.g., lump, slip, paper), formulas (e.g., fine silver, copper), and brands (e.g., Art Clay, PMC) and how to choose the right type of metal clay for a particular project.
• Best practices and safety issues to consider
• How to handle and store the clay in wet and dry stages
• How to use simple tools and found objects to create texture
• Construction techniques and design considerations
• How to deal with shrinkage
• Different ways to make a bail or connector and how to use findings to finish their piece
• How to fire metal clay (including factors that impact firing schedules)
• Different ways to finish metal clay, including polishing, applying patina, and using guilders paste
Participants may want to bring a magnifier (“readers,” for example) if they have trouble with close up vision. No special clothing or other equipment is needed.
Rhonda Scott is an artist, teacher, and life-long learner from Ames, Iowa. Although formally trained as a mental health therapist and educator, she has been a teaching artist for about 12 years. She believes deep down that we all have the capacity to be creative and that utilizing that creativity is crazy good for us. Although she is an introvert, she also believes in the power of community. So, it is no surprise that she can usually be found teaching and learning about all kinds of art. Rhonda is a certified metal clay artisan; glass bead maker; and jewelry designer. You can learn more about her at www.rhondascottstudio.com.