Upcoming Jewelry Classes
TWO MASTERS • TWO WORKSHOPS FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE
Pick one workshop and follow it up with an open studio session with both masters!
Instructor: Tom Herman
Students should come with clear ideas of what they want to achieve and how these techniques will enhance their own work. They're encouraged to bring pieces of their own work including castings, blank bands, and stones. During class, students can work towards a finished piece of jewelry in gold or another metal.
Before the workshop, students are encouraged to practice drawing the kind of ornament they want to carve – the more you understand a pattern the better you can sculpt it. It is also helpful to practice saw piercing by cutting out coins (at least 3). For example, cut out the background of a nickel only leaving the outer edge of the coin and Jefferson’s head intact. See the impact that cutting out the background makes.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Instructor: Patsy Croft
Let’s take an in-depth look at the early Master’s work of Plique a Jour including how they possibly achieved this extraordinary work. With exploring the expansion of various enamels and capillary action you will be able to put your skills to the test by forming and saw piercing fine silver to create your own 3D jewels of light, sparkling through beautiful colors of enamel.
In a kit provided, students will have a sample leaf of fine silver and a selection of enamels to work with. You are encouraged to bring fine silver sheet of 16-18 gauge and enamels of your choice to further develop your imagination.
The Birth of a Cloisonne Artist
— Patsy Croft, Jewelry Designs
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
With a body of work inspired by her travels and love of nature, She has earned a national reputation for her enamel jewelry. For Patsy, cloisonné represents a place to use her line drawings, a way to fulfill her passion for brilliant colors, and a chance to pay homage to the world of nature.
My collection combines classical techniques with contemporary original designs for today’s client. High karat metals of silver and gold are designed to receive beautiful colors of enamel and precious stones, to create an eye-catching jewel of lasting quality. I believe jewelry is an expression of one's personality, and I strive to create a unique piece of art that the client will forever enjoy.
OPEN STUDIO SESSION
The five-day open studio session offers students their own designated bench with open access to the Susan E. Wood Jewelry Studio. A list of studio equipment and supplies is available upon request. Students are encouraged to bring their own basic hand tools and simple supplies (i.e. saw blades, emery papers, etc.). Tom Herman and Patsy Croft will be in the studio daily to provide guidance/instruction for a two-hour time period (time to be determined).
Concurrently during the open session Tom and Patsy will be working on the creation of a MatilijaPoppy brooch in 22k gold and enamel in the adjacent studio. Both instructors will invite students for demonstrations at various times throughout the open studio session.
For more information please email Nancy Gardner or call her at 707-972-4178.
TUITION & FEES
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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OPEN STUDIO SESSION WITH THE TWO MASTERS
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