Art Clay Silver and Copper Mokume-Gane with Katie Baum
December 11-12, 10am-6pm Daily
Loosely translated, “Mokume-Gane” means “wood-grain” in Japanese. And, in fact, one of our projects combines classic silver and warm copper to indeed create the jewelry version of wood in a lovely nature-inspired pendant. But we don’t stop there!
During our time together, we create two more mixed-metal pieces together, each using a completely different mokume-gane technique. We will inlay silver into copper as we design the artist’s choice of either a pendant or a pair of earrings, drawing upon the stark contrast between the colors of each metal. Our final project will showcase an “oil drop” technique, whereby experienced metal clay artists may create a ring, while newer artists are encouraged to make a pendant.
If you’ve never worked with metal clay before, please, PLEASE enroll in the Art Clay Copper and the Intro to Art Clay Silver courses occurring before this workshop. It is extremely important that artists learn handling and the characteristics of each individual metal clay before learning to combine them! (I mean, we walk before we jog, before we run with scissors, right?) Mokume-gane has detailed forming techniques, but also a strict firing regimen and a variety of finishing options. Each and every step of the way, we’ll work together to ensure that every artist is confident with every action. Don’t let those many details deter you – Mokume-gane is equally as fun and addictive! All of our pieces should be finished in class and able to be shown off as soon as you head 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?