Do you feel lucky?

I recently discovered some articles that discussed luck and creativity and if they are related. One view indicated that people who considered themselves ‘lucky’ general found more opportunities in their day-to-day life while ‘unlucky’ people missed opportunities because they were too focused on something else. As the author put it, “Luck is not about how life looks at you, it’s about how you look at life”. It makes me wonder if I am missing some creative opportunities because I’m not paying to attention to ‘bigger pictures’ around me. By being intentionally observant, we can see unusual colour combinations that we …

2020 Class Kick-Off Open House

Help us kick-off the 2020 Classes Come on out and meet our amazing instructors and see first-hand the great projects they have planned for you! As a bonus, for each class you register for on the date, you will receive a draw ballot toward a $25 gift certificate. One class = one ballot; two classes = two ballots, and so on. There will be lots more fun and surprises too. Saturday, January 4, 2020 11:00am – 3:00pm The following instructors have confirmed their attendance at this event. (click on their names to see their classes) More will be added as …

Introduction to Art Clay Silver

Course outline: This one-day workshop with instructor Jenn Jevons is a primer on all of the basics of the incredible medium of Art Clay Silver. Learn about the different forms of silver clay, proper handling and storing technique as well as cutting, sanding, polishing and finishing. This workshop will focus on three projects; a stamped charm, a pair of textured earrings, and a relief pendant. We will both torch and kiln fire projects in class, and choosing the appropriate method will be thoroughly demonstrated. Materials and supplies for in-class projects plus a starter toolkit are included in the course fee. …

Introduction to Metal Clay

Course outline: If you’ve ever been curious about the wonderful world of Metal Clay, this is the introductory class will give you all the basics … and then some! Join Liz Reynolds to learn how to form and texture this malleable metal which, once fired, becomes a solid piece of bronze, or copper, or silver. Metal Clay takes texture wonderfully and we will experiment with a wide range of texturing methods. You will also learn important basics like conditioning clay when it becomes dried out, and what to do if fresh clay straight out of the package is a bit …

Introduction to Art Clay Silver

Course outline: This one-day workshop with instructor Jenn Jevons is a primer on all of the basics of the incredible medium of Art Clay Silver. Learn about the different forms of silver clay, proper handling and storing technique as well as cutting, sanding, polishing and finishing. This workshop will focus on three projects; a stamped charm, a pair of textured earrings, and a relief pendant. We will both torch and kiln fire projects in class, and choosing the appropriate method will be thoroughly demonstrated. Materials and supplies for in-class projects plus a starter toolkit are included in the course fee. …

Celebrate your Creative Achievements

Graduations. Proms. Weddings. Anniversaries. For many, these are life’s milestones and opportunities to celebrate life with friends and family. Do you celebrate your achievements? Accomplishments can be large or small or even ‘steps along the way’ to bigger successes. Celebrating your accomplishments can boost your confidence, help to stave off burnout, and fuel your continued success. In the midst of Open Bead Night and Afternoon Bead Tea, I often hear “oh, it’s just a necklace”, or “it’s just a pair of earrings”. Please, never ‘just’ your accomplishments! You’ve spent time; you’ve applied learning; and you’ve put yourself into your designs. …

Introduction to Art Clay Silver

Course outline: This one-day workshop with instructor Jenn Jevons is a primer on all of the basics of the incredible medium of Art Clay Silver. Learn about the different forms of silver clay, proper handling and storing technique as well as cutting, sanding, polishing and finishing. This workshop will focus on three projects; a stamped charm, a pair of textured earrings, and a relief pendant. We will both torch and kiln fire projects in class, and choosing the appropriate method will be thoroughly demonstrated. Materials and supplies for in-class projects plus a starter toolkit are included in the course fee. …

Stir your Spring Spirit with a class

Spring! Winter is finally passing and the weather is showing a hint of warmer temperatures and sunshine. Depending where you are in Canada, tree buds may be starting to bloom and crocuses are starting to poke up through the ground. Spring is a time to shake off the winter grime and pull out the brighter-coloured clothes. If course you need jewellery to go with your new Spring wardrobe – why not make it for yourself and friends! Our mid-April classes will stir your Spring spirit with some seed beading, metal clay, fibre work and more! Here are the classes and …

Introduction to Art Clay Silver

Course outline: This one-day workshop with instructor Jenn Jevons is a primer on all of the basics of the incredible medium of Art Clay Silver. Learn about the different forms of silver clay, proper handling and storing technique as well as cutting, sanding, polishing and finishing. This workshop will focus on three projects; a stamped charm, a pair of textured earrings, and a relief pendant. We will both torch and kiln fire projects in class, and choosing the appropriate method will be thoroughly demonstrated. Materials and supplies for in-class projects plus a starter toolkit are included in the course fee. …

Come in out the cold for a class!

Late-February is jam-packed full of classes to brighten the dullest month of the year! Whether you’re a beginner or confirmed enthusiast in beading, metalwork, mixed media, metal clay, fibre or chainmaille, there is a class for you! Our open sessions are a perfect time to give yourself the gift of dedicated time to work on your own projects and get inspiration and assistance and meet new friends. Join us for a class or open session scheduled February 21 to 28: Thursday, February 21 FREE Afternoon Bead TeaFacilitator: Pamela Kearns1:00 – 3:00pmEnjoy coffee and conversation as your work on your projects! …