Upcoming Jewelry Classes

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Jewelry Department

Martha Banyas

Martha Banyas

Martha Banyas

Instructor: Martha Banyas

August 29–September 1, 2018
(Wednesday–Saturday, 9:30am–4:30pm)

All Levels – Enameling experience helpful

THIS CLASS IS CURRENTLY FULL. To be placed on the waiting list, please call the Mendocino Art Center Registrar:
707 937-5818, ext. 10 or toll-free 800 653-3328, ext. 10


This workshop will cover many of the basics of enameling, but we will quickly begin to explore underglazes. Underglazes can be one of your most useful tools! You can get a lot of visual bang-for-your-buck with these pigments, without adding layers and additional thickness of enamel to the finished piece... a special benefit for jewelry. This will be an extensive exploration of underglazes including oxides, mason’s stains, pencils, crayons and others. Mixed with various water-based media, oils, and acrylic, we will investigate a diversity of applications: drawing, painting, printing, sgraffito, pen and ink and more. Learn to stretch the use of underglazes not only in order to reduce the amount of enamel on your pieces but more importantly, to broaden and expand your visual vocabulary.

MARTHA BANYAS graduated with a BA from Miami University of Ohio in 1966; and an MA from Ohio University in 1968. She moved to Portland, Oregon, in 1970, and has been working as an artist, with enamel as primary art medium since 1972. Baynas was fulltime faculty at Mt. Hood Community College from 1972 to 1985 as head of the printmaking department and taught metal working classes. She developed and taught enameling curriculum and collected an extensive enamel slide bank, both historic and contemporary. During her career Banyas has lectured and taught enameling workshops all over the US, Canada and Japan, exhibited in numerous one-woman and group exhibitions worldwide, and traveled extensively in Asia and Eastern Europe. From 1985 to 2005, she owned Apa Ini, dealing in fine and unusual handmade, ethnographic objects from various countries. Since 2005 she has been a fulltime studio artist.

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Current MAC Members: $414
Non-members: $460 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

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Instructor materials fee: $30

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