I had to take a hiatus from teaching because my husband took a bad fall in January that resulted in a concussion, brain bleed and aphasia. I am THRILLED to report that he has worked very hard with a wonderful group of therapists and has regained strength and life skills, even discovering an unknown ability to draw beautifully.
I’m answering the call of my studio and getting back to working with my hands, my happy place. I’ve just published a class schedule that focuses mainly on Open Studio dates but also includes a Silver Metal Clay Basics class at my home studio in September. I hope to add other classes in the Fall.
I’d love to see you if any of these sessions work for your schedules. Just let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to register for a class. Happy summer!!!
I want to thank all of you who have been so supportive during this break in my life. I am so lucky to have such wonderful friends and family, especially my dear husband Steve Rossman.
Never having broken a bone before, I had no idea how long it would take to recover. Turns out two weeks isn’t enough. SO, I will resume teaching and hosting Open Studio dates as of Tuesday, October 30, 2018. I’ve just posted my new classes on my Class Schedule on my website, http://www.jonnafaulkner.com. If you’d like to sign up, please email me at email@example.com. Hope to see you soon!!!
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.