I’m so excited to be teaching at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program again this year. My class is scheduled for the weekend of June 30 – July 1. Its title is The Third Dimension: Shadow Box Pendants in Silver Metal Clay. Space is still available in this workshop. To register, call the Summer Registrar at 951-468-7265. The school is located in the beautiful San Jacinto mountain town of Idyllwild, CA. I hope to see you there!!!
This workshop focuses on building three-dimensional pendants that feature a visual element that’s special to the maker. In my samples, I’ve chosen a rabbit, a bee and a heron from among the many molds I’ll have available for class use. Themes for the pendant can reference the forest, the sea, animals, hearts, architectural fragments, etc.
A variety of techniques for working with silver metal clay will be covered in this class, including dry construction methods to build hollow forms; the creation of internal supports for these forms; using “mosaic” appliqué as well as other types of embellishment such as gemstones and pearls; types of bails that might work with individual pieces; creation of small focal elements and dangles using molds; firing and finishing the pendants; and how to add 24k gold accents using the keum boo method.
It doesn’t happen often but it will this coming Sunday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in my home studio in Escondido, CA.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to work with silver metal clay — or if you require a refresher class — then this is the workshop for you!!!
Silver metal clay is a magical medium. It makes it possible to create 3-dimensional work in pure silver with very few tools. It isn’t really “clay.” It’s a medium that works like porcelain clay (according to my ceramic friends) but is composed of tiny molecules of pure silver, an organic binder and water. It does require heat to fire the clay, but small scale pieces can be fired with a creme brûlée type torch. Larger scale pieces do require a kiln. Lucky for us all, I have several and I do fire more complex pieces for those in need.
In this workshop, we cover a variety of techniques to get folks started working with silver metal clay. The number of pieces created depends on the scale of the work produced. Usually, students make several charms, small pendants or earring dangles in this class. They are fired and finished before the class ends.
If you’d like to register for this workshop, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Cost for the class is $100 plus materials which usually run around $50.
Hope to see you here!!!
Mother’s Day is coming. Hand crafted gifts are the best!!! This show offers a variety of beautiful wares including jewelry, art-to-wear scarves and clothing, paintings in a variety of media and styles, porcelain, ceramics and hand painted note cards. Hope to see you there!!!!
The good news is that I’ve finally got organized enough that I can post a class schedule for the next few months. You can find the new schedule by going to my website, http://www.jonnafaulkner.com, and pushing the Class Schedule button. I must apologize to those of you who have been inquiring about classes. I will be responding to you individually and I thank you for your patience. Life has been complicated this year.
In other departments, I’m going to be participating in a wonderful show and sale of artwork in a variety of mediums on Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22, at the Pavillion in Hidden Meadows, 28208 Meadow Glen Way West in Escondido, CA. I hope I’ll get to see you there!!! Mother’s Day is just around the corner!!!
We just got back from Chicago where we helped celebrate the wedding of two wonderful people, Megan Somers-Urrea and Kevin Zidek. It was magical. There was even a dusting of snow. Megan and her mom Cindy asked me to make the necklace that she wore with the gorgeous gown Cindy made. Here is a picture of the necklace (taken by Steve Rossman, my beloved) and a picture of Megan and Kevin on the happy day. I’m sorry that I don’t know who took their picture but I love it.
Megan’s mom and dad, Cindy and Luis Urrea, got married in our backyard 20 years ago. We feel so honored to be part of their extended family and to get to celebrate so many special occasions with them.
Just wanted to let you know that several people have had to cancel their registrations for the Open Studio session this coming Tuesday, October 17. If you’re interested in spending a day in my studio, using my equipment, to work on a project, do let me know. This is an opportunity for folks who have some familiarity with metal clay. Of course, I will be on hand to help you realize your vision, as needed. These sessions are held in my Escondido studio, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You bring your lunch, beverage, and projects. I supply the equipment. If you have any questions or would like to register, please email me at email@example.com. Cost for the day is $100, plus any materials you may need to buy. Also, I have air conditioning!!!
I just finished the bracelet sample that I’ll be teaching twice in October, once in Arroyo Grande, CA, at my friend Pat’s studio and once here in my home studio in Escondido, CA.
I’m excited about this bracelet because we’ll be using lots of different techniques to make beautiful pieces. Some metal clay experience is preferred.
ALSO, there are spaces available in my Silver Metal Clay Basics class on Sunday, September 10. I’ll be teaching it here in my home studio.
Just let me know if you’re interested in taking any of my classes. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.