with Judi Talley
at Wildacres September
Metal Clay – Tangible Moments: Capturing the beauty of Nature in Metal
In this class, I will introduce you to the fascinating medium of metal clay and demonstrate how every day moments in nature can be captured permanently in metal. While all levels of metal clay interest is welcome, I will be concentrating on capturing natural forms. Using gathered plant materials, we will make one fine-silver pendant, then expand into the alloy clays of bronze and brass, to experience the differences (and understand the challenges) between working with different alloys. We will also experience the wonder—and joy—of capturing leaf and vine into fine clays and finally into functional and beautiful pieces 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 lab 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 kilns
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
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 to make sure it will be suitable for scope of the class. Expect silver clays to run approximately $2/gram and bronzes or brasses to run $16 for 50g.
As class approaches, I will be contacting everyone with specific material we will be using and optional materials that would suitable to bring if desired.
Lab Fee: $75
Estimated materials cost: variable