Workshops by Ed and Martha Biggar

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You can register for workshops onsite starting Wednesday, August 19 at 7:30 AM for any classes with seats available. Any workshop not marked as sold out have seats available.

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08/19/20158:30 am - 4:00 pm307, Success with 960 Silver Clay - $280

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Level: Intermediate   Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Metal Clay, Technique Based

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Success with 960 Silver Clay
• Mix 960 clay appropriately from sterling and fine silver clays
  • Working with silver metal clays
  • Firing techniques peculiar to 960 clay
Students will mix the newest versions of sterling and fine silver clays to create a strong, open-shelf-fired metal. Focus will be on beginning designs and forms, and may include charms suitable for earrings or bracelets, pendants, toggles and bars, and rings. You will complete this project in class.

Materials you are required to bring: Pen or pencil. Optional: personal metal clay tools if you have them

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307, Success with 960 Silver Clay - $280 [More Info]
Ed and Martha Biggar
08/20/20158:30 am - 4:00 pm302, Pierced and Cut-Out: Mastering the Lentil Bead - $200

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Level: All Levels   Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Basics, Metal Clay, Metalsmithing, Technique Based

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Pierced and Cut-Out: Mastering the Lentil Bead
•  Basics of lentil construction
  •  Design for cutouts or piercings
  •  Differences and similarities of 960 and fine silver clays
Students will take the process of lentil making many steps past basic to create one-of-a-kind openwork lentils. Layering, stone setting, and embellishing with cutouts and grain are skills that will be added during the class. Advantages of working with student's choice of 960 silver or fine silver will be discussed. You will complete this project in class.

Basic Skills Needed: Students must have a good working knowledge of metal clays

Materials you are required to bring: Pen or pencil. Student's choice of 50 grams of fine silver metal clay (PMC3, PMC+, or Art Clay) or 25 grams fine silver metal clay and 25 grams sterling metal clay (contact instructor if you have a question). Personal metal clay tools (since this is not a beginner class, students should have a collection of tools of their own).

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302, Pierced and Cut-Out: Mastering the Lentil Bead - $200 [More Info]
Ed and Martha Biggar
08/22/20158:30 am - 4:00 pm303, Success with Prometheus Clays - $210
  
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Level: All Levels   Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Basics, Metal Clay, Mixed Materials, Technique Based, Tool Instruction

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Success with Prometheus Clays
•  Learn the basics of base metal clays with Prometheus Copper and Bronze
  •  Understand the basic firing methods for base metal clays
  •  Learn to use basic designs to create wearable pieces
This class focuses on the basics of base metal clays, in particular Prometheus Copper and Prometheus Bronze, very popular in Europe and now available in the US. These clays are very dense and make attractive colors when fired, and when mixed together to create a rosy-colored metal.

Basic Skills: Listening and learning skills

Materials you are required to bring: Pen or pencil. Optional: personal metal clay tools

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303, Success with Prometheus Clays - $210 [More Info]
Ed and Martha Biggar
08/23/20158:30 am - 4:00 pm304, Success with Bronze Clay - $250

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Level: All Levels   Description of Workshop Levels
Technique: Basics, Metal Clay, Technique Based

Learn these fundamentals and techniques in Success with Bronze Clay
•  Basics of using base metal clays
  •  How to plan for accurate and successful firings
  •  Learning the similarities and differences between several types of metal clays
Students will have the opportunity to use five different brands of bronze clays, including Metal Adventures, Hadar's, Prometheus, and Goldie. Learning the similarities and differences of these five clays, including powder and pre-mixed clays, will give students a broad overview into the world of bronze clay. Although this class is primarily about techniques and comparisons instead of creating finished jewelry, students may make pieces that are wearable. You will complete this project in class.

Prerequisites: Although not required, some exposure to metal clays will be very helpful

Materials you are required to bring: Pen or pencil. Optional: personal metal clay tools

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304, Success with Bronze Clay - $250 [More Info]
Ed and Martha Biggar

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