Beginning  to Intermediate Metal Clay

with Judi Talley

at Wildacres September

Class Description

Tangible Moments: Capturing the beauty of Nature in Metal Clay

In this class, I will introduce you to the fascinating medium of metal clay and demonstrate how everyday moments in nature can be captured permanently in metal. While all levels of metal clay interest are welcome, we will be concentrating on capturing natural forms. Using gathered plant materials, you will create a selection of molds in different materials. From these molds, you will fashion one pendant in silver and one in bronze alloy clay to experience the differences (and understand the challenges) between working with different metals. You will also experience the wonder—and joy—of capturing leaf and vine into fine clays and producing a functional and beautiful piece of jewelry.

All levels of expertise are welcome to attend. You may bring your own tools if you wish, but don’t feel like you have to bring anything but yourself!

Your class fee covers:

• use of tools—including cutting mats, rollers, spacing cards, textures and stamps, use
of firing vessels, warming tray, and charcoal, as well as kiln time
• all the tools for finishing—including filing, sanding, and buffing materials
• introductory packets of fine silver and bronze clays
• mold-making material for creating a personal, permanent mold
• a list of my favorite hints, tips, and resources to help you outside the classroom


Notes: You may bring extra clay, either silver or alloys, and more clay will be available to purchase in class. If you plan to bring your own clay, please let me know which brand/alloy you intend to bring; not all brands and alloys will be suitable for the scope of the class. Expect silver clays to run a little over $2/gram and bronzes or brasses to run around $15 for 50g. (Prices are subject to market influences.)

Class size, due to space and kiln access, is limited to 8.

As class approaches, I will be contacting everyone with specific
materials we will be using and optional materials that would
suitable to bring if desired.


Experience with basic metal‐smithing a plus

Lab Fee


Material Costs

Est. $0+ Variable