Intro to Art Clay Silver: Fine AND Sterling! with Katie Baum
December 10, 10am-6pm
Fine silver is the original silver clay, and is both the simplest and most elegant to work with. However, there are times when a stronger silver is preferred, and this is where our sterling comes in! We’ll actually begin our day with our Art Clay 950 Pro sterling, working with two items that benefit from its additional strength. Art Clay 950 Pro is 95% silver and 5% copper, which is stronger and more pure than mass-marketed .925 (92.5%) sterling. Commonly produced .925 sterling is often a lesser alloy of silver, copper, and possibly zinc or nickel, which results in dark tarnish and possibly an uncomfortable allergic reaction to the nickel. Art Clay 950 Pro does not tarnish as quickly, and will never cause itching or discomfort because it does not contain any other ingredients than pure silver and pure copper.
Our first project will be a dainty sterling bracelet, embellished with a small gem. Once we’ve experienced making a slightly larger item, we’ll scale down to create a stunning sterling wrap ring, the design of which is perfect for new and experienced artists alike. While our sterling jewelry is firing, we’ll switch gears and have some fun with our fine silver clay, creating a match set pendant and earrings. Each set will be completely suited to their designer, with their own preferred shape, texture, style, and choice of gemstone.
As an added benefit, Art Clay fine silver can be torch-fired, which will be fully demonstrated so that everyone would be comfortable firing their own jewelry at home. All of our pieces, both fine and sterling silver, will be completely finished in class and able to be worn home.
All Materials Included
Katie Baum began focusing on metal clay full-time in 2007. With degrees in Biology, Psychology, and Education, she tries to balance creative expression with logical instructions, enabling students of all backgrounds to comfortably experiment with and learn about metal clay techniques. Promoted in 2014 to become Vice President of Art Clay World USA, Katie is also the company Buyer, part of the Marketing Department, and the Curriculum Coordinator. From 2007 – 2013, she was the Director of the international Art Clay Society. Her first book, Fine Silver Keepsakes, was co-authored with Art Clay Instructor Judi Hendricks and was published in July 2009 (Kalmbach). In November 2010, Katie was accepted as one of the Art Clay Master Instructors, of which there are only 7 in North America. Katie has been teaching across the U.S and internationally at venues including bead shops, home studios, galleries, conferences, trade shows (such as the Bead & Button Show and the Glass Craft Expo) and accredited schools/institutions. In the Chicago area, she has teaching relationships with Lillstreet Art Center, McCord Gallery and Cultural Center, and the Greater Chicago Artisan Center, of which she became the Director in November 2013. While metal clay is her most frequent medium of choice, Katie loves to work with many materials, including polymer clay, mixed metals, gold applications, chainmaille, resin, glass, wire, and various mixed media.
Visiting from out of town for this workshop?