I have some new classes and exciting news to share with you! First the classes:
Fine Silver Pendant WorkshopSaturday, December 11, 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.Greene's Hill Artisan Studio, 65 Ellsworth Road, Blue HillCost: $60 (includes PMC and findings to finish necklace)
To register, call (207) 374-5148 or 1-866-676-7530
Using rubber stamps, natural items or a variety of items with interesting textures, you will create a one of a kind fine silver pendant from (PMC) Precious Metal Clay. You will come away with a finished necklace and a taste of working with PMC. This is a short, project-driven workshop. While some background and information on PMC will be given, the focus will be on making and finishing the piece. All skill levels are welcome.
All materials and tools will be supplied by the instructor, including the PMC and the findings to finish your necklace.
If you have ever wanted to try PMC, this is a great chance to try it without the pressure of purchasing tools. PMC is a very easy-to-use medium which allows even beginners to make beautiful, pure silver jewelry.
I have also submitted a proposal to Ellsworth Adult Ed. for a mixed level PMC class. It will start sometime in January. It will be on Monday nights from 5:30 to 8:30, but I do not have a start date yet. Once I do, I will let you know.
In addition, I hope to be teaching a class at Sweetland Retreat in January or February on making a peekaboo lentil bead. The proposal has been submitted and once dates and times have been ironed out I will post more details here.
And finally, some exciting news for me: Beginning December 6th, from 4:00 to 8:30, I will be having PMC Open Studio evenings. The students taking my current class have expressed a desire to continue even after the last class on November 29th, so I have arranged for temporary space at 130 Oak Street, Suite 2, Ellsworth, Maine (it's the office right beside Hewin's Travel).
The studio will be open for anyone who wishes to come meet and work with other PMC enthusiasts. Everyone is welcome to work on their own using any tools and materials I have available. I will also be there for assistance and direction should anyone need that. There will be one kiln firing each evening, between 7:00 and 7:30 and anyone attending can put pieces in. I hope to cover one topic each evening as well. I am working on a schedule and will post that when it's all worked out. The number of weeks this will run depends on when the January Adult Ed class begins.
The charge for an evening will be $15, and I will have a limited amount of supplies and PMC available for purchase. If you wish to have something specific, that I don't have available, let me know and I can order it and have it for you for the next class.
Currently, I am asking that people notify me in advance by telephone: (207) 460-1077 (leave a message if I can't answer) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org if they intend on attending the first evening. At the first evening's class, I will have a sign up sheet for the next weeks' classes. If you cannot attend the first week, let me know which weeks you can attend by calling or emailing.
These studio evenings are intended for those with some basic knowledge of metal clay, if you have never worked with metal clay, you may wish to take the December 11th pendant class, which will give you a taste of working with PMC, or the January Adult Ed class which is intended for both beginners and more advanced students.
It is my hope that I will be able to expand these nights further to some weekend classes and workshops as well as other open studio times. That is dependent in large part on the numbers of people interested. So if this sounds like something you may like, please attend! Thanks.
I would like to add a word of thanks here as well: I have truly enjoyed teaching PMC and I want to thank Joy and Jamie of Sweetland Retreat who gave me the chance to teach my first class, as well as the students in that class who were very patient with me. The students in my current Adult Ed PMC class also deserve thanks: Mary, Tess, Deb, Beth, Amy, Jeani, Kristen, Hilde and Vicky have encouraged me right along and helped spark the idea of this open studio time. Thanks to all of you!