Pat  Lillie

Pat is a multi-faceted artist with degrees in painting, drawing and graphic design plus additional expertise in metalsmithing and metal clay design. She has a background as a graphic production artist. Her interest in lapidary, metalsmithing, and metal clay work began in 2000 and culminated in her designation as a Senior Certification Instructor with PMC Connection in 2016. She continues to further her knowledge by taking numerous classes from nationally known teachers. Pat fashions her own stones, and designs one of a kind jewelry from fine silver, sterling and precious metal clays. Pats passion is passing on ideas and skills to those interested in the arts.

Class List

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Metal Clay I – Fundamental Techniques - Pat Lillie
Metal clay is composed of precious metal, very fine powder combined with an organic binder and water. When fired properly, the binder burns off and the metal fuses to become pure silver or 22k gold. Four projects illustrate the use of metal clay 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 include the use of metal clay with glass and syringe pieces. Students may bring any tools and equipment useful in working with metal, ceramic, polymer clay or traditional metal smithing. Lab fee includes metal clay supplies enough to complete the 4 projects, student tool kit, and the use of a complete assortment of tools and class materials supplied by the instructor. An Opti Visor is highly recommended. No prior experience is needed.

Lab Fee: $0.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $275
Prerequisites: None

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Metal Clay III-Motion, Boxes, and Hollo Forms - Pat Lillie
Learn to create unique hollow forms while learning new advanced techniques in metal clay. We will explore the mechanics of making moving parts in metal clay designs. Topics covered will include different box and hollow form constructions, lids and covers, hinges and guides, finishing techniques and clasps. The student should bring their personal basic metal clay tools and Optivisor. Feel free to bring any equipment useful in working with metal, ceramic, polymer clay or traditional metal smithing. I encourage each student to come with a spirit of adventure and a willingness to try new things. Students must have taken the Metal Clay Fundamentals or Art Clay class in silver clay prior to taking this class. Materials fee includes Metal Clay supplies, student tool kit, and the use of assorted tools and class materials supplied by the instructor.

Lab Fee: $0.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $275
Prerequisites: Metal Clay 1 or Art Clay

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Metal Clay II-Stone in Metal Clay-Adv Techniques - Pat Lillie
Create additional dimension and color to your metal clay designs by adding natural stones. Learn several different methods to design your metal clay to be able to set your cabochons and natural irregular shaped stones after firing. Topics will cover designing, metal clay construction techniques, firing methods, finishing and setting of your stones. The student should bring their personal basic metal clay tools and Optivisor. Feel free to bring any equipment useful in working with metal, ceramic, polymer clay or traditional metal smithing. I encourage each student to come with a spirit of adventure and a willingness to try new things. Students must have taken the Metal Clay I class in silver clay prior to taking this class. Materials fee includes Metal clay supplies enough to complete 3 projects, student tool kit, and the use of assorted tools and class materials supplied by the instructor.

Lab Fee: $0.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $275
Prerequisites: Metal Clay I or Art Clay

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Metal Clay Level I Certification - Pat Lillie
Art Clay is a non-toxic product composed of silver powder, a cellulose binder and water. When fired, the binder burns off, the piece shrinks 8-9% and it becomes 99.9% fine silver. Certification for the basic level will teach you seven projects that encompass all the basic techniques using the various art clay products, including paste, clay, syringe and overlay paste. You will learn everything from rolling, texturing, combining, repairing, pre-finishing and finishing while being able to modify your pieces to express your individuality. At the end of the week, you will have completed the entire certification process for Level I and no other weeks are necessary. Once you have completed all the projects, as a Level I Certified Instructor in Art Clay Silver, you will be eligible for a 30% discount on all art clay silver products and substantial discounts on everything else Art Clay World USA offers. Prior metal clay experience is helpful, but not necessary. Short nails and a magnifier are the only things you will need for class. The material costs include all the clays, use of tools and materials. This course typically has a value of $600.00 to $650.00 for 3 days. As a student at WH school, you are being offered a substantial discount for a full, week-long class.

Lab Fee: $0.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $450
Prerequisites: Metal Clay I or Art Clay

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Silver I - Pat Lillie
This class is for those who wish to learn or further their metalsmithing knowledge. The class will cover fundamental techniques with working on sterling and fine silver including studio safety, proper tool use, sawing, filing, forming, stamping, and multiple soldering techniques, cabochon stone setting, and finishing for jewelry pieces. Students will have the opportunity to explore their own designs while creating several projects including earrings, a ring with cabochon, a pendant (with or without cabochon), and a bracelet or chain. Additional projects available time permitting. Please feel free to bring your own favorite hand tools and finishing wheels. An Optivisor is highly recommended. Lab fee includes project tutorials, cabochon for ring, saw blades, sanding and finishing tips, solder, flux, patinas, polishes, and any additional equipment the projects require. Contact Pat with any questions at: pat.lillie@gmail.com,  or 678-925-0425 

Lab Fee: $75.00
Estimated Materials Cost: $150-$250
Prerequisites: None

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