What a glorious way to end the summer. Unplugging from the computer, from the busy social schedule, from the crowded mailboat, and going to camp for a week. Many people know about Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, but if you don’t, just click on the link and see what I’m talking about. I have been a few times over the years for weekend workshops in basketry, glass blowing, metals work, polymer clay and keum-boo. It’s great to know the freedom of trying something totally different from the material I usually work with, and a weekend is the right amount of time for that. Now it’s time for an intense focus on the material I like to use most, metal clay.
Tomorrow I will drive over to Deer Isle and settle in to my cabin with my good friend Holly Kellogg and we will begin a one week metal clay session taught by Chris Darway.
“Not Your Father’s Metal Clay
Precious Metal Clay© made its first appearance in this country fifteen years ago at Haystack. Well, we’re back and this isn’t your father’s metal clay workshop. This workshop goes beyond the “thumb in the lump school of design.” We will be combining PMC, copper and bronze metal clays with titanium, copper, glass, and sterling. You will be introduced to Aura 22 (liquid 22k gold) and its application on copper, sterling silver, and fine silver for etching and enameling. Did I mention silver sponge? Now I did. This will be an interesting week of exploring what can be done with metal clay that would be difficult or impossible with traditional metal techniques. Prior use of metal clay required.”
Does this sound like fun or what?!
There are looms in the photo below because the weaving studio is on the left. That bigger studio on the right is the jewelry studio. Woohoo! That is exactly where you will find me tomorrow night!