Studio Setup Continues
Join our Studio Manager, Suzi Kamin on February 22 & 23 from 3:00 – 7:00 PM to help finish out the move to Railroad Square Art Park.
There is a list of little tasks, primer on the front door, removing the mailbox, looking for missing items in boxes, putting tools up on the newly installed pegboard, setting up the other soldering table, painting the big loft, fixing the two loft doors, placing storage boxes under the loft stairs, screwing down the student table tops, drilling/adding tower lights to the student tables, removing nails from the front of the building, painting the bathroom, putting up shelves. Of course all of these things will not get done in two afternoons! I just wanted you to know that there are lots of things left to do – and the list is longer then the items above.
Starr has the Studio booked for a PMC class Saturday, but members can setup/display in the Gallery/hallway.
Contact Suzi for Studio status or call her cell 212-7343.
Last Class on the February Calendar
On February 24 join Starr Payne, a certified instructor in PMC and Art Clay Silver for Beginning Precious Metal Clay. In this beginner-friendly class, learn how easy it is to make beautiful jewelry using metal clay and a torch. This class will cover the basics of working with Metal Clay to make a pendant or earrings. Students will also learn the basics of setting a cubic zirconia in the clay and torch firing. Tools will be provided, but please bring your favorite texture stamps if you have them. The kit will include 16 grams fine silver metal clay.
Coming in March (Register Now!)
March 2: First Friday Gallery Hop
Students learn intermediate design/techniques to attach/trap objects in metal, studio equipment, safety, tools, form folding, free form design, metal on metal, tabs/rivets/jump rings/hinges/bails/clasps, level II texturing, rolling mill, hammers, drilling, dapping, bracelet mandrel, torch fire coloring, finishing, polishing. Students leave the class with 2-3 pieces of jewelry.
March 4: Open Studio
March 10: Viking Knit with Starr Payne & Lou Schneider NEW CLASS
Learn to make a really neat flexible, snaky chain using a dowel, some wire, and your hands! After “knitting” the wire onto the dowel, the chain is drawn through a draw plate to reduce the diameter and increase the length. Materials are provided for a bracelet or choker-length chain, plus cones and clasps for finishing. A tool kit is yours to keep and includes two dowels, a starter piece, a draw plate, and a spool of wire. Extra wire will also be available. Class tools will be provided.
March 17: 3-D Form Fold Metal Class with Suzi Kamin and Kim Mortimer NEW CLASS
Take metal jewelry texturing to a whole new 3-D level. Fold, hammer, and twist copper into organic shapes, with advanced soldering, and primal color fuming techniques.
March 24: Altered Metal Designs with Suzi Kamin NEW CLASS
Think out of the box! Students will use advance design techniques to create surface texture designs on metal. Materials include several varieties of paper, metals, and organic forms. Design techniques / tools include precision blades, piercing/ twisting/ layering, torch firing, rolling mill, vise and hydraulic press. Copper/brass provided, Silver (if desired) must be provided by Student.
March 31: Metals 3 – Stone Setting with Suzi Kamin
Students learn advanced design/techniques for creating/applying bezels to objects/stones
- Studio equipment, safety, tools
- design, patterns, measuring/overlap, texturing, and embellishment
- free form bezel cups, wire/strip/tube setting techniques
- level III soldering, texturing, disc cutter, brake, bezel mandrel
- crimping / bezel pushing / burnishing
- chemical coloring – finishing and polishing
Students leave the class with 2 – 3 pieces of jewelry
In this workshop you will learn to bezel set cabochons and explore other techniques to set stones and objects. Materials and basic tools will be provided or bring your own. Workshop format will include demonstrations, samples, discussion of terminology and lecture.
Coming in April
April 1: Open Studio
April 6: First Friday Gallery Hop
April 14 & 15: Adventures in Faux Bone with Robert Dancik GUEST TEACHER
April 21: 3-D Sketch and Etch: Metal Texturing with Suzi Kamin NEW CLASS