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Metal Clay I - Pat  Lillie
PMC
[04/16, 05/28, 06/25]
Precious metal clay is composed of precious metal, as very fine powder placed into an organic binder with water. When fired properly, the binder burns off and the metal fuses to become pure silver or 22k gold. Four projects present the use of PMC in all four forms (clay, paste, syringe  and  sheet), including techniques of setting gemstones that are able to withstand firing in a kiln. Optional projects to include the use of PMC with glass and syringe pieces. You may bring any tools and equipment useful in working with metal, ceramic, polymer clay or traditional metalsmithing; the class experience improves if you have lots of playthings. You are not required to bring any tools, only a spirit  of adventure  and a willingness to try new things. An OptiVISOR is highly recommended.  Prior  PMC  experience  is  a  plus,  but  not required. Ms. Lillie offers a level one certification in silver clay on completion of this class. Materials cost includes enough PMC supplies to complete four  required certification projects, student tool kit and the use of a complete assortment of tools and class materials supplied by the instructor.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$0
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $250+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Metal Clay I -  Barbara McGuire
Copper Clay [07/30]
Demystify the medium of metal clay in this introductory class. We will shorten the learning curve by learning the fundamentals of forming, finishing and firing by approaching universal techniques with simple design projects. Metal clay is a revolutionary medium for creativity with fast results. We will use a majority of copper clay for economic reasons. Emphasis is on unique expression in effective and economical design. Personal tools and mini-torch recommended, but shared torches will be available. Lab fee includes most materials and use of tools. Additional materials may be available for purchase.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$175
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $25+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Barbara McGuire

 

Metal Clay II -  Pat Lillie
PMC [07/23]
We will cover four projects that build on the techniques and skills from your level one certification. There will also be many extra demonstrations, and time for students to work on special projects. The class will work with PMC, as well   as 24k gold foil and other materials like natural stones, enamel and fine silver wire. You should bring your personal basic metal clay tools and OptiVISOR.  Feel free to bring  any other equipment useful in working with metal, ceramic, polymer clay or traditional metalsmithing. Each of you is encouraged to come with a spirit of adventure and a willingness to try new things. Ms. Lillie offers a level two silver clay certification on completion of this class. Materials cost includes enough PMC supplies to complete four required certification projects, student tool kit and the use of assorted tools and class materials supplied by the  instructor.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$0
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $250+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Metal Clay Ill -  Pat Lillie
PMC [10/08]
This class builds on the techniques presented in the earlier two levels to refine your technical skills. There are two required projects: a hinged and carved hollow box and a pendant with a large and unusually shaped natural gemstone. These projects involve the use of forms, dry construction, keum-boo, jeweler's investment and molds. The resulting pieces will be spectacular. Advanced finishing techniques will be discussed. There will be many extra demonstrations and discussions of techniques, as well as time for students to work on extra,  special  projects. Students should bring their personal metal clay tools and OptiVISOR. Feel free to bring any other equipment useful in working with metal clay or traditional metalsmithing. Each of you is encouraged to come with a spirit of adventure and a willingness to be creative. Ms. Lillie offers a  level  three silver clay certification on completion of this class. Materials cost includes enough PMC supplies to complete both required certification projects, and additional class materials needed in project constructions.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$0
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $250+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••• SILVER CLAY II CERTIFICATION (PMC OR ART CLAY)

 

Mineral  Identification I -  Scott  Forward PG
[10/15, 10/22]
Wondering what that rock you picked up on vacation might be? Do you enjoy the thrill of finding a jewel just lying on   the ground? This class will start you on your journey into mineral identification. We will conduct class discussion in  the field, go on field trips and encourage hands-on experiences to help you identify your finds. Be sure to bring old clothes, shoes and boots for outings. The only other items you will want to bring with you are a rock hammer, a sharp eye and your enthusiasm. Lab fee covers travel expenses, handouts, miscellaneous supplies, color copies, tools and notebook.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$200
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Mineral Identification I -  Scott  Forward  PG
Gem and Mineral ID [07/09]
This course will provide a background for individuals who would like to learn the essentials of what to look for and  what to avoid in shopping for gem stones. We will study instruments such as the microscope, dichroscope, refractometer and polariscope. Also, wondering what that rock you picked up on vacation might be? We will learn how to identify minerals, as well. There will be class lecture and discussion, field trips and hands on experience to help you identify your finds. Be sure to bring old clothes, shoes and boots for our outings. The only other items you will want to bring with you are a rock hammer, a sharp eye and your enthusiasm. Lab fee covers travel expenses, handouts, notebook, color copies and tools.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$200
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NO

 

Mineral  Identification I - Marsha  Harmon
[05/28, 06/04, 08/06, 09/10, 10/01]
This class will be completely hands on. You can expect to spend at least four days in the field searching  for specimens. We expect to find rubies, garnets, sapphires, staurolites and smaragdite in their native settings and,  during our trip to a sluice mine, we may encounter even more types of minerals and gems. In addition to our fieldwork, we will visit two gem and mineral museums in Franklin, NC. Lab fee covers transportation, printed handouts, use of minor equipment and drinking water furnished for your use by the instructors. You will need to bring your own rubber boots (16" or more), old cloths, large old towel, rock hammer and any drinks other than water for use during field trips. School towels will not  be  taken  on field trips. Lab fee will be collected in cash on Sunday night. We will start all trips after breakfast and be back at William Holland for dinner each day. Packed lunches  will  be provided from the cafeteria. Friday will be devoted to classroom work completing the identification of your finds. You are expected to participate in Show and Tell on Friday. This class will be a blast for the rockhound in you.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$35
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••ABILITY TO WALK, STAND AND CLIMB

 

Opals I -  Sarah Lee Boyce
[04/09, 04/16, 04/23, 05/07, 06/25, 07/02, 07/09, 07/23, 07/30, 08/27, 09/03, 09/17, 09/24, 10/01, 10/29]
Sarah Lee has been cutting opals since the early 1990s. She teaches a structured fourteen-step method for cutting and polishing various types of opal. Sarah Lee created the fourteen -step method for opal cutting because the opal rough can be very unforgiving and the play of color needs   to be released very slowly. As Sarah Lee says, "It is not an agate." The finished opals are cabochons, but the actual cutting method is different; thus the fourteen -steps. For the first two days of class, opals are cut from the kit provided by Sarah Lee. Students may bring their own rough or the instructor will have many types of opals, along with books and various supplies, available for purchase. Lab fee includes the starting kit, which contains eight opals, a doublet, and triplet. After completion of the ten-piece kit, students will be able to cut all types of opals. Friday afternoons are reserved for evaluation and critiquing of the opals cut during class. Instructor will contact each student prior to class.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$70
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $40+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Opals I -  Cheryl Kasper
[05/14, 08/06, 10/08]
You will learn about various types of opals, how to cut and polish opal, how to read a stone before and during cutting, what makes opal precious, how opal forms, the equipment and supplies used to cut, treatments, care and tips for setting opals, opal valuation and why opal is such a unique and mysterious gemstone. Opals, books and supplies will be available for purchase. You are invited to bring your own opal, as well. No prior experience is required. Lab fee  covers a guide with information about opals, supplemental handouts, access to plenty of free practice opal rough, miscellaneous supplies needed to complete work in class and an opal kit that includes approximately eight pieces of opal rough from around the world, both common (about five pieces) and precious (about two or three pieces) chosen to help you learn during class.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Cheryl Kasper

 

Opals I -  Carlos "Carl" Talbott
[06/18]

This class is a structured course for beginners in  identifying, cutting and polishing opals, starting with a kit of various types of common and precious opals. Lab fee  covers the cost of the kit, plus all necessary supplies. Students will receive ample assistance and guidance in completion of the kit, and, afterward, will be able to cut any type of opal. Students may bring their own opals to cut and polish, or purchase from an extensive in-house inventory. Friday afternoons are reserved for evaluation and constructive criticism of student's work using a methodology developed by Dr. Paul Downing.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$70
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $40+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Opals II -  Sarah Lee Boyce
[04/30, 07/16, 09/10]
In response to requests from former students, Sarah Lee is offering a master class in opals in which students will work with their own stash of opals in independent  study under  her guidance. Students will use opal chips to make pendants and opal inlays, learning to use material that  might otherwise be thrown away. Students, who would like to try their hand at opal carving, should bring their Dremel  or Foredom for use in class. Instructor will contact each student prior to class. Lab fee includes the items used in making pendants and inlays.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$70
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $40+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••OPAL I FROM SARA LEE

 

Opals II -  Cheryl Kasper
[05/21, 08/13]
If you have taken Opals before and just want some time on the Pixies, this class is for you. There will not be any presentations, lectures or handouts, just coaching as you work and feedback on your progress. This class will help  you refresh your knowledge and refine your skill in opal cutting. Lab fee covers ten common opals. All types  of opals, both precious and common, will be available for sale. You are also welcome to bring your own Opals you have been waiting to cut. It is not recommended to go out and by opal before you come if you do not already have it.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$40
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••OPAL I

Cheryl Kasper

 

Opals II - Cheryl Kasper
Lightning Ridge Opal [ 08/20, 10/15]

Opals from Lightning Ridge can be intriguing, complicated and fickle. If you like to think outside the oval and are willing to let the stone reveal its mystery, then this class is for you. Focus will be on Lightning Ridge opals, especially  black.  We will take a look at the mining process, how the geology of the area can drastically alter opals and how to approach them. We will build knowledge and skill in stone analysis  and discovery and discuss basic wheel carving, opal fossils and tips for purchasing rough. Opals of all prices  ranges  and types, books and supplies will be  available  for purchase. Students typically spend $100 to $400 on additional materials to cut in class or take home, but this is not required. You are welcome to bring your own Lightning Ridge material that you find challenging or would like to discuss. Lab fee covers an advanced student guide, supplemental handouts, a basic opal fossil specimen, miscellaneous supplies needed to complete work in class and an opal kit that includes  five pieces of Lightning    ridge opal rough chosen to help you learn (they will vary in character and value and may include basic barred/pattern patch, crystal, knobby, picture stone, and grey/black with color play).

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$70
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0-400+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••OPALS I

Cheryl Kasper

 

Opals Ill -  Sarah Lee  Boyce
Carving [10/22]
We will concentrate on the freeform flow carving of opals including methods for polishing  uneven  sculptured surfaces. Students may bring a flex shaft tool such as a Dremel or Foredom. Additional tools will be available, along with a variety of other equipment and materials to finish pieces. Instructor will contact each student prior to class. Lab fee includes two opals to carve and the use  of instructors carving equipment.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$70
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $40+
PREREQUISITES:••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••OPAL II FROM SARAH LEE

 

Photography  I -  Maggie Huber
[05/21]
This class is for everyone, beginners and experienced photographers alike. Students will learn different photography and lighting techniques for everything from portraiture to macro-photography; how to photograph people, jewelry and jewels; and what to do with the photographs after they are taken. Each student will leave with a handmade light tent, a digital and printed  portfolio and an understanding of how to use their photos on social media sites such as Etsy, Facebook and lnstagram. This class is perfect for someone just wanting to document their creations or someone interested in marketing their wares. You will need a camera, preferably an SLR with detachable lenses, and five to ten items to photograph, such as slabs, cabs, jewels and jewelry. Lab fee covers materials to make the light tent and printing costs for the portfolio.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$35
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $15
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Polymer Clay I -  Sandi Davis
Sculpture
[05/14, 08/13, 09/10]
This class is intended for students with little or no experience with polymer clay. You will learn to sculpt and texture clay to create pendants, earrings, focal pieces, fantasy animals and dragon's eye pins or pendants. We will also be learning to use these techniques to cover items such as journals, matchboxes, small tins, and to create or cover anything else we can fit in. We will touch on clay preparation, color mixing and basic sculpture guidelines, as well as how to use mica powders, chalk powders, lnka gold, acrylic paint and other coloring compounds. In addition, we will cover baking strategies, texturing and, one of my favorite topics, using embellishments to decorate pieces. Lab fee includes tutorials, clay for projects, use of tools, embossers, coloring powders, acrylic paint, all embellishments and jewelry findings for your projects, a journal for you to cover, an Altoids tin and a matchbox. Tools and extra clay will be available to purchase as needed; although you are welcome to bring your own tools and pasta machine if you have them and your own Premo clay if there are certain clay colors you want to use. Pasta machines and ovens are provided in the classroom. Let the fun begin, and may the force be with you.

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ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Polymer Clay I -  Joan Huck
[*Cancelled 04/16, Available 07/09]
This class is geared toward beginner or intermediate students. It will focus on a complete understanding of basics, how to mix and blend color, as well as simple cane techniques. We will begin with Skinner blends, bull's eye and spiral canes, then progress to combining these and other techniques to make leaves, flowers and kaleidoscope canes. We will focus primarily on techniques such as structuring, texturing, molding, shaping and finishing to make beads, bracelets, earrings and pendants. We will use only KATO clay during the week because it is the best for making canes. Lab fee covers all clay, as well as a clay blade, a mini acrylic rod and a few other items. The instructor will also provide many tools and other supplies for your use during the class. Extra supplies  will be available for purchase. You will need to have a pasta machine and clay roller. If you want to bring any of your own clay, please bring only KATO. If you have other polymer clay tools, texture sheets, shapes, etc. feel free to bring them, but the instructor will also have them for your use during class.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Polymer Clay I -  Stacey  Stinton
[04/30, 05/21, 06/18, 07/16, 09/17]
This class will focus on everything you need to know about the basics of working with polymer clay. You will learn many different canes and several variations of color blending.  Most completed pieces will be geared toward jewelry. Basic techniques, colors, shapes, assembly, beads and focal pieces will be stressed. Lab fee includes enough clay for several projects, a new clay blade and the use of the instructors many stamps, texture sheets and other tools. If you have your own pasta machine and polymer clay tools, you can bring them, or use the equipment provided by the William Holland and the instructor. Extra clay and supplies will be available for purchase.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $10+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Polymer Clay I -  Barbara McGuire
Butterflies [07/23]
Design with butterflies all year round as you discover the potential of polymer clay. Learn to create your own color palette as you build the cane. This class focuses mainly on cane building, but we will use them in a variety of beads  and jewelry projects. Lab fee includes most materials and use of tools. Additional materials may be available for purchase.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$125
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $25+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

Barbara McGuire

 

Polymer Clay I -  Stacey  Stinton
It's All a Cover-Up [05/28, 08/27]
Learn the basics of working with polymer clay beginning  with conditioning clay, then moving through the steps of color blending, slicing, curing, sanding and buffing. You will be making several different polymer clay canes including petals, leaves, lace and stack canes. We will also be exploring mokume-gane and polymer clay veneers. We will produce freestanding bowls and cover small vessels such as glass, metal or Papier-mache vases, boxes, etc. Lab fee includes enough Premo clay to make several canes, a new clay blade and a pro-tool. Necessary tools are provided, but if you have a pasta machine, polymer clay tools, or small items you would like to cover, feel free to bring them. Extra clay and supplies will be available for purchase.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Polymer Clay I -  Stacey Stinton
Let's Face It [06/25, 10/08]
Learn the basics of working with polymer clay beginning with conditioning clay, then moving through the steps of color blending, slicing, curing, sanding and buffing. You will be making several different polymer clay flower, petal, leaf and simple butterfly canes. We will be working not only with many different face molds, but we will also work on some small freeform "tree" faces, etc. We will produce both  jewelry and decorative pieces. Bring  your  imagination  to this class. Lab fee includes enough Premo clay to make several items, a new clay blade and a pro-tool. Necessary tools are provided, but if you have a pasta machine,  polymer clay tools, jewelry tools or findings, feel  free to bring them. Extra clay and supplies will be available for purchase.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

Polymer Clay I -  Stacey Stinton
Making Canes [05/07, 07/30]
Learn the basics of working with polymer clay beginning with conditioning clay, then moving through the steps of color blending, slicing, curing, sanding and buffing. You will progress to leaf canes, flower canes and simple kaleidoscope canes. The canes will be incorporated into earrings, beads and your own design ideas. Lab fee includes enough Premo clay to make several canes, a new clay blade and a pro-tool. Necessary tools are provided, but if you have a pasta machine, polymer clay tools, jewelry tools or findings, feel free to bring them. Extra clay and supplies will be available for purchase.

LAB FEE:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••$100
ESTIMATED MATERIALS COST••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• $0+
PREREQUISITES:•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••NONE

 

 

 

 

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