What is precious metal clay? Why is this media so popular with jewelry artists and sculptors?
Precious metal clay is different from sheet metal. It is finely powdered pure metal held in a “binder” such as distilled water. Learn to design, shape, texture and add patina while creating a unique pair of earrings or pendants. Add your logo, initials, words, textures. Pieces are kiln fired in class and can be worn home. Some pieces may be torch fired, and time permitting, we will demo torch firing. (Or take the torch firing class: Introduction to PMC: Torch Fired Pendants and Earrings).
This class is suitable for jewelry designers who are ready to explore the wonderful world of PMC: pure silver metal in malleable form.
PMC silver may be purchased at beginning of class. Instructor will guide students in determining amount needed per project. Most students spend $38-46 for silver which is enough for two projects, depending on size. If making earrings, please ring your own silver ear wires or purchase from the instructor ($3.25/pair).
Pre-requisite: none except a desire to expand into an incredible new jewelry and sculpture media
Level: First time experience with metal clay. Some students take this class more than one time.
Studio 34 faculty:
Linda Connor Cass Loudeez Jewelry www.loudeezjewelry.com (see bio below)
July 19 6:00-9:00 available space: three students
Cost: $55 plus silver
PMC Earrings: Beginner!
Loudee’s Jewelry Biography
Linda Connor Cass was born in Warwick, NY. She received her BA in Art and her BA in Psychology from SUNY Geneseo in 2000. She then went on to receive her Masters in Art Therapy at Nazareth College in 2002. She decided to become a full time artist when her son was born in 2007. Since then she has gone on to exhibit in various art shows across New York State. In 2016, she won honorable mention at the Keuka Arts Festival for her craftsmanship and display. In addition, she teaches workshops in the precious metal clay technique at Studio 34 in Rochester, NY. She exhibits her work in four stores and galleries in Western NY. Linda currently lives and works in Fairport, NY with her husband, two children and black lab.
Linda’s work is created using a variety of techniques including metal work, hand stitching and molding and sculpting precious metal clay. She describes her artwork as a contemporary line of jewelry inspired by the colors and textures of natural stones that are hand-picked for unique quality, vibrant color, and texture. She travels to Tucson, Arizona every year to find her unique stones. The stones are the inspiration for each piece that she creates. Each piece of jewelry is as unique as the stone that inspires the design.
For her metalsmithing and precious metal clay work, Linda pulls upon the skills she learned while earning her art degree at SUNY Geneseo. Basic metalsmithing techniques of soldering and finishing are applied with a great attention to detail. Although she is a self-taught PMC artist, she took to it immediately because of her background in metal work and pottery at Geneseo.
Linda’s hand stitching and bead stitching techniques are ever evolving. She is self-taught from reading beading magazines and books. She enjoys learning new skills and applies them in her work. She enjoys the colors and textures of stones and glass beads and how they interact with each other to create wearable works of art.