Thursday, September 27, 2012

Time Flies

I can't believe it's already almost October!  So many things that seemed so far away have come and gone:  Our busy season at the museum, my metal clay adventure/vacation (at which I learned that four days isn't nearly enough time to spend working on clay with friends) and the beginning of school (I can't believe my youngest is a senior this year), among them.

I have been working furiously to get some pieces made and sent to Archipelago after my biggest month of sales there (yay).  Much of it is on my bench waiting to be finished but I do have a few small things left to fire.

Before time gets away from me again, I wanted to list what is coming up for me this fall as far as shows and classes go.  At the beginning of this year, because of my new job, I decided to only do two shows.  The first was the Fourth of July and it was very successful.  

The other will be the Gifted Hand Show on Friday, November 9 (11:00 to 7:00) and Saturday, November 10 (9:00 to 4:00) at the Ramada Inn in Ellsworth.  This is always an awesome show.  Christina Heiniger does a wonderful job of assembling a wide variety of very gifted artisans and I am honored to be among them again this year.  If you have never been, it is definitely worth a look and a great place to do Christmas shopping.

I have three metal clay classes scheduled this fall through RSU 24 Adult Ed.  They will all be held at my studio at 130 Oak Street, Suite 1, Ellsworth.

Beginner's PMC:  Saturday, October 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50; Suppies Fee:  $50 payable to me at the first class

You will learn about the different types of PMC as well as the basics of working with it by making a necklace and earring set.  Bring a bag lunch.

PMC Peekaboo Pendant:  Saturday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $50; Supplies Fee:  $50 payable to me at the first class

This is an intermediate level class and some PMC experience class is necessary.  You will make a hollow lentil shaped bead with a "peekaboo" hole in which a small stone or bead shows through.  This is a piece made in several steps, which are demonstrated and explained.  You will learn about other hollow forms as well and the skills learned in this class can be used for many types of projects.  The pendant pictured is the first Peekaboo pendant I made, while I was at Haystack.  I still wear it and it never fails to get compliments.  Bring a bag lunch.

PMC:  Beyond the Basics, Saturdays, December 1 and 8, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Class Fee:  $100; Supplies Fee:  $60, payable to me at the first class

For those who have worked in PMC and would like to expand their skills, this class will cover making your own textures (mold making, photopolymer plates and scratch foam), setting fireable stones and 3D construction.  This will be a very fast moving class and basic metal clay skills are necessary.  Students should bring a bag lunch.

The RSU is offering these classes at incredible prices.  To sign up for these classes, contact RSU 24 Adult Ed by clicking this link or by calling 667-6499.  Feel free to contact me at for more information about them.

Coming up very soon (unless time gets away from me again) will be photos of my most recent work and some new items in my Etsy shop.