October brings us more multi-week and multi-part classes. We start off with Heather’s Art Clay Level One Certification Course beginning Friday Oct 2nd through to Monday October 5th. This class will include the completion of 9 specific projects that will cover a variety of techniques and types of Art Clay. Projects include making flat and round shank rings, use of syringe clay, creating a mirror finish, a brooch, pendants and much more. Upon successful completion of the certification students will be entitled to a 35% discount on Art Clay Silver. This is a specialized course for people interested in learning and demonstrating proficiency in the use of Art Clay Silver. Students should have a lot of experience with metal clay.
Heather is also offering a Metal Clay Ring class. Learn to make metal clay rings in this 2 session, 6 hour class. Learn a variety of ways to make rings using precious metal clay. In this class you will learn how to make a band ring and a wrap ring, as well as, interesting ways to embellish your rings. Dates for this class are Thursday October 8th from 6 to 9pm and Thursday October 15th. This is an intermediate level class.
Robert Burton’s Wire Working and Wrapping 101 begins again on Monday October 19th from 6 to 9pm. This class runs for three weeks. This is a beginner class that will cover the basics of wire working and wrapping. Time permitting students will make a ring, two pendants, a bracelet and earrings.
We are extremely excited that Michael David Sturlin will be here from October 22nd to the 25th! He will be offering two classes.
Michael’s first class is the Hand Crochet Chain. A hand-crocheted chain is one of the most supple, beautiful, and unique of all the metal chains which a jewelry artist can produce. Participants will learn to fabricate Mr. Sturlin’s signature style, award winning, hand crochet technique. Each student will use a needle and fine silver wire to produce a supple and elegant bracelet or necklace chain, ready for a clasp. This is a two day class,Thursday October 22nd and Friday October 23rd from 10 to 6pm each day. This class is suitable for all levels.
Saturday October 24th and Sunday October 25th Michael is offering a Quick Clasps and Findings Workshop. This class provides an introduction to the basic tools and techniques for making finely finished components directly in metal. Utilizing skills of forging, forming, bending, shaping, filing, sawing, and piercing, students construct samples of clasps, bails, findings, links, attachments and connectors in copper and fine silver. Instruction includes tips on practicality of design, functionality, making multiples, developing and refining the production process, along with useful information on studio organization and bench tips from a master goldsmith. This class is a beginner plus/intermediate level class. Some understanding of basic metal smithing is suggested.
Can you believe that the summer is almost over? We have a couple more classes on before the Labour Day weekend and the official end of summer.
Pam Kearn’s new class, I’ve Learned Peyote…Now What is on Thursday August 27th from 6:30 to 9:00pm.
Saturday August 29th is Getting Hitched…Making Metal Clasps with Heather Bell-Denison.
Sunday August 30th is Metal Clay Fusion with Heather Bell-Denison.
Thursday September 3rd is How to Have a Successful Craft Show with Catherine Winter from 6 to 9:15pm.
Don’t forget we have Happy Hour Torching on Thursday from 5 to 9pm. Dwyn will be here as usual. Don’t forget to reserve your torch.