Renee  Kelley

Originally from Binghamton, NY, Renee has been an instructor at William Holland since 2006. Her art career began in 1971 with jewelry design and she has widened her endeavors with various other crafts throughout the years. In addition to sharing her knowledge at William Holland, her home studio and various other teaching venues, she has done many Fine Art shows up and down the east coast, taking several major awards for her work. For those who have taken her classes in glass fusing, cold connections and enameling- you know that she holds nothing back and freely shares all her knowledge. If she doesnt know the answer to one of your questions, she will have it the next day! She also has vast experience in other crafts such as macram, lampworking, photography and tole painting. This year she will be passing on her knowledge of leather tooling and carving including journals, leather jewelry and various other projects. Her classes are always fully productive and fun!

Class List

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Leather & Pearls & Wraps...Oh My! - Renee Kelley
In this fun filled class students will be learning how to create leather and pearl jewelry which will include designing and creating bracelets, earrings and necklaces using leather, pearls and semi-precious stones. They will then move on to wrapped bracelets which will include instruction on basic micro macram knotting using thread and metal sliding beads. You will also gain instruction on how to use a knotty board which will allow unlimited ways to design and create jewelry pieces. Planned projects include a stamped design bracelet, leather and Pearl Necklace & earrings, Criss-cross leather and pearl bracelet, and a macram and stone woven bracelet. You will also design and create a Boho wrap bracelet using techniques learned above. This fun bracelet will wrap the wrist several times and look like you are wearing multiple bracelets at a time. There will be extra materials for purchase if student desires, but my class fee includes all they need to complete each planned project. Lab Fee: $150.00 Includes all materials and tutorials for planned projects

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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Leather Carving II - Renee Kelley
Leather Carving II will take the student beyond the basics and each student will create a one of a kind leather carved journal complete with hardware. Carving and tooling will be reviewed and practiced and then the student will decide on the size and design to go on their journal. New techniques will be introduced and incorporated into an additional project(s) whenever journal needs to be put aside for drying etc. Because the leather carved journal is an intensive project, LEATHER 1 will be required unless otherwise approved by instructor. There will be additional supplies, tools available for purchase, but not required. Lab Fee: 150.00 (Includes all leather, use of tools, hardware for journal, dyes, needed for all planned projects)

Lab Fee: $150.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: Leather I

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Leather I - Renee Kelley
This course is to familiarize students with various techniques of leatherworking. I will be going over tool information, and how to apply your designs to leather to be used in carving and stamping. You will learn stitching techniques and leather dying and how to apply different techniques to get the look you want for each particular project. LEATHER CARVING: Transfer design into the leather, how to cut design with a swivel knife, how to bevel, texturize and dye it. LEATHER STAMPING: This is one of the most common ways of creating bracelets and belts and wallets. Students will have the use of my tools to create their own bracelet design. How and what stamps work together well will be covered. You will work up your designs using scrap leather and then proceed to making a bracelet, earrings or pendant and various other projects. There will be extra materials for purchase if student desires, but my class fee includes all they need to complete each planned project.
Lab Fee: $125.00 (Includes all leather, use of tools, dyes needed for all required projects projects)

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0-$100
Prerequisites: None

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