Pat  Davis

Pat is a multi-faceted crafter whose interests cover a widespectrum, including cabbing, channel work, enameling, scrimshaw, gourd art, wood carving and more. A little gourd with a few stars and a moon cut out of it sparked a lasting interest in things gourdly for Pat. It also prompted her to take classes at the Gourd College, the Florida Gourd Festival and Florida Gourd Retreat, Alabama Gourd Festival and the Cherokee Gourd Artist Gathering. An Award winning pyrographer, Pat has been crafting artistic as well as functional pieces from gourds since 2008. Pat is a member of the Manasota Patch of the Florida Gourd Society. She has been cutting cabochons since 1996. She honed her lapidary skills at the Suncoast Gem and Mineral Society where she continues to teach and help supervise the shop. Pat has taught at William Holland since 2011. She also teaches workshops for SFMS. She used to cut every stone she could get her hands on today she applies a more stringent set of criteria for selecting rough to produce stones truly worth the time and effort it takes to cut extraordinary cabochons.

Class List

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Art Gourd I - Gourd Gracious! - Pat Davis
Learn how to create geometric patterns that fit on 3 dimensional objects (gourds). Develop pyrography (wood-burning) skills by burning your design on a gourd. Then add a flex shaft tool to your repertoire to explore texturing, inlay, and filigree techniques. Embellish it all with paints, dyes, gold leaf, or whatever else falls out of the tool box. Finish and protect your projects with waxes or sealers. Class fee includes gourds and materials needed to complete class projects.

Lab Fee: $100.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0
Prerequisites: None

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Cabochons I - The Basics and Beyond - Pat Davis
In this class, you have options. If you've never cut a stone, you will learn how. If you already know the basics, bring your ideas and Pat will help you turn them into reality. We will cover factors to consider in selecting a stone, proper use of equipment and tools, some tips and tricks of the trade and a few ideas of what can be done with the finished pieces. We will also cover calibrated stones, freeforms, traditional and modern cuts. Students should bring no more than five slabs of their own. Lab fee includes instruction manual and use of the instructors original templates. Additional slabs will be available to purchase.

Lab Fee: $25.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$50
Prerequisites: None

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