Functional Pendants with Katie Baum
December 18, 10am-6pm
Fine silver and colorful fused glass are the perfect marriage of fired artistry! We will create two very different pieces combining pure silver and dichroic glass; one flowing, ephemeral, gentle piece… and one that is bold, crisp, and edgy. Each project employs very different techniques for holding and showcasing the glass, as well as for how it would attach to a chain. One piece explores curves, coils, and hand-forming, while the other uses exact shapework and measured construction. Students are encouraged to bring their own glass cabochons, so long as they stay within the range of 12-15mm diameter for the “soft” project and no larger than 18mm x 25mm for the “hard” piece. Ev eryone will be able to fully complete their creations during class time.
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?