Upcoming Jewelry/Metal Arts Classes

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Jewelry/Metal Arts Department

Mary Neuer Lee

Mary Neuer Lee

Mary Neuer Lee

Mary Neuer Lee

Mary Neuer Lee

Mary Neuer Lee

Mary Neuer Lee

Instructor: Mary Neuer Lee
July 16–19, 2020 (Thursday–Sunday, 9:30am–4:30pm)
All levels


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Do you have sentimental bits of china that remind you of someone, sometime, or somewhere special? What about the small stones you've found, or even a beautiful piece of sea glass that you've been saving? Remaking, reframing, and repurposing these small treasures to wear or give away can add closure and create joy.

The most user-friendly medium in the jewelry discipline, Fine Silver Metal Clay is an excellent tool to reframe that special bit you've been saving.

Suitable for the beginning or intermediate student, this four-day workshop will be packed with information and fun. Students new to the medium can expect to gain fundamental skills, while more experienced users can expect to learn and refine new techniques. Mary will provide access to a large collection of tools to use. Printed materials include instructions in addition to resources for students to continue their study and practice beyond the class. 

This workshop and project were created in response to a great loss and a need to once again enjoy and use the treasured bits of my childhood, to remind me of the people I have loved, and the places and times I want to remember. After the North Bay Fires of 2017 destroyed my home, studio, and possessions I wanted to find a way to reframe the small pieces of the miniature Blue Willow dishes my mother gave me as a 4 year old, shards of my grandmother's treasured china, and all the other treasured dishes I had inherited and collected over my lifetime.

Awarded a Creative Sonoma Recovery Grant funded by the National Endowment of the Arts and Hewlett-Packard to re-launch my career and rebuild my studio, I have worked through 2019 perfecting this technique and I am excited to share my newfound discoveries and knowledge.

The Susan E. Wood Jewelry Studio is available for use for a fee the days following your workshop should you like to continue practicing new skills or finish projects started in class. For more details or to schedule extra workdays, please contact Nancy Gardner, Jewelry/Metal Arts Coordinator.

MARY NEUER LEE has been a metal artist all her adult life and has shown work in many galleries including Mendocino Art Center, Mendocino; Partners Gallery, Fort Bragg; Wolfard Gallery, Santa Rosa; Earthworks, Sonoma; Shidoni, Santa Fe; and Ansel Adams Gallery, Yosemite National Park.

Mary has earned her Jeweler Certificates from the Santa Rosa Junior College; Revere Academy of the Jewelry Arts, San Francisco; The PMC Guild, and is an Accredited Instructor with Hadar Jacobson’s Clay.

She has studied jewelry making at the Richmond Art Center, Mendocino Art Center and the Arrowmont School of the Arts.

Mary is currently working with and teaching Metal Clay. Her work is published in the PMC Guild Annual: Exceptional Work in Metal Clay: 2010 and 2011, The Handbook of Metal Clay Textures and Forms and Mixed Metal Jewelry from Metal Clay, Hadar Jacobson.

In 2019 Mary was awarded an Individual Professional Advancement Grant by Creative Sonoma.

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Current MAC Members: $432
Non-members: $480 plus a $45 non-member registration fee

There is a registration fee of $45 for each class for non-members. Current Mendocino Art Center members do not pay a registration fee and may take 10% off each class registration. The discount is reflected in the prices above. Not a member yet? You may sign up below.
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Cancellations must be made in writing, either by mail or email. If you notify us at least 21 days prior to the first class meeting, you will receive a refund of tuition less a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after that date for any reason due to our contractual obligations and material acquisitions. If the Art Center is compelled to cancel a class you will receive a full tuition refund. Memberships are non-refundable as they are considered a donation to the Art Center.

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