Joan  Huck

Dr. Joan, as her students often call her, received her doctorate in 1992 in Human Resource Development from VPI. She then ran a successful management training/consulting business focusing on TQM for over 20 years. In addition, she was a management professor at UMUC and was the primary designer for their web-based management courses. She says while in the past she used her creativity to improve organizations, she now channels her creativity into jewelry making. After retiring in 2008, she began teaching herself wire and other types of jewelry making. Then in 2011 she discovered WHLS and as they say, the rest is history. She has attended several times a year ever since and has taken multiple classes in silver, flame work glass, polymer clay, enameling, cold connections and Precious Metal Clay. However, in addition to taking classes at WHLS, she has had classes with almost all of the well-known polymer clay artists. She is now considered a multimedia jewelry artist where she often combines several media to make jewelry. She teaches jewelry making classes locally and is a member of GAPCG and BRPCG (polymer clay guilds) and WESCAGEM (a gem society) in Greenville, SC. Her jewelry is sold in several local shops and at a number of festivals each year.

Website: facebook.com/joan.huck.9.

Class List

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Leather I – Leather Jewelry - Joan Huck
Get with the latest craze and learn how to create stunning bracelets, earrings, necklaces and pendants with leather (cowhide, pigskin, snakeskin, crocodile, etc.). In this class you will learn how to use vegan leather that you can paint or stain and chrome leather that is patterned and/or colored in a variety of gorgeous colors and patterns You will also learn how to incorporate a variety of multi-media elements such as: micro-hardware, studs, plain and jewel snap rivets, clasps, buckles and wide assortment of found objects. In addition, you will learn how to either cut various shapes out by hand or with a Sizzix machine that uses a variety of different magnetic dies. You will be able to make at least two of each earrings, bracelets and pendants. Additional materials may be purchased for a nominal fee.

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

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Polymer Clay - Joan Huck
This class is geared towards the beginner to intermediate working with polymer clay. It will focus on a complete understanding of clay 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 and progress to combining these and others 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 also use paints, alcohol inks and some gold/copper leaf. We will use only KATO clay during the week because it is the beset for making canes. All clay will be provided as well as a clay blade, a mini acrylic rod and a few other items. I will also provide many tools and other supplies for your use during the class. Extra supplies will be available for purchase. If you have a pasta machine with a motor, you may use it. Otherwise, we will have some hand cranked ones for your use. You will need brayer, but all other tools will be provided. However, if you have other polymer clay tools, texture sheets, shapes, etc. feel free to bring them, but I will also have them for your use during class.

Lab Fee: $125.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $0+
Prerequisites: None

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