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One of the big excitements around here is the news that I’ll be teaching again for the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program in 2016.  My workshop title is Metal Clay Intensive: Earrings.  During the course of three days, we’ll explore a variety of wonderful techniques to make fabulous earrings, one of the top sellers for those of you who offer your work for sale.

More about that in a minute.  The big news is that if you enroll and pay for your workshop by April 15 AND if you let the registrar Diane know that you heard this from me, you’ll get a 10% discount off the workshop fee!!!  Score!!!

Dates for my workshop are July 9, 10 and 11, 2016 (Saturday, Sunday and Monday).

We will focus on making dramatic, dimensional earrings in this workshop but the many techniques covered will apply equally to the construction of other types of jewelry and jewelry elements.  We will make conical structures, use cork clay as an armature to make hollow forms, employ frames to create emphasis, and explore layering through rivets and/or appliqué work.  Other techniques will include the keum-boo process to layer 24k gold onto fine silver, pearl and stone setting, soldering ear posts, and making ear wires.

The basic material we’ll use is silver metal clay, a malleable material that works like clay but, after firing in a kiln or with a torch, is composed solely of pure silver.

Participants can expect to make at least 7 pair of earrings.

Idyllwild’s setting in the Strawberry Valley on the western slope of San Jacinto Mountains in southern California is truly breathtaking.  Wild life abounds in the beautiful scenery.

To register for this workshop, call Diane in the Registrar’s Office at 951-468-7265. If you have other questions, feel free to write me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com.

 

 

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2016 Class Schedule

Happy new year!!!  May it be filled with comfort and joy for all!!!

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I’ve begun organizing my class schedule for the next few months and wanted to let everyone know that upcoming workshops are posted on my Class Schedule page.  In addition to the formal classes, I will continue to host Open Studio days once a month for those who are interested in working on or finishing up projects using my tools and help as needed.  To register for a class just email me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com.  Looking forward to a fun-filled, creative year for us all…and to sharing it with you!!!

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New Classes and Open Studio Sessions

It’s been quite a while since my last post and I’m excited to once more be announcing a new class schedule!!!  Mostly I’ll be teaching here in my home studio in Escondido, CA, but I will be doing a little traveling which is always fun.

The project for my next home studio workshop will be Constructing a Hollow Form Pendant in Silver Metal Clay.  As always, everyone in the class will wind up making a unique pendant and all of them will be fabulous.

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The dates for the class are Saturday and Sunday, September 19 & 20.  There is still room if you’re interested in taking this workshop.  You can find more details about this and my other classes on the Class Schedule page on this website.

As they say, due to popular demand, I’ve decided to host Open Studio sessions once a month.  Folks participating in these sessions will be able to work on their own projects but use my tools and kiln firing time.  There’s more detail on these sessions on the Class Schedule as well.

Do let me know if you’d like to register for any of my classes or for Open Studio time.  You can reach me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com.  Hope to see you soon!!!

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New Work by My Fabulous Students

I just love teaching.  My students amaze and inspire me in every class.  It’s such a wonderful way to be in community, especially since I spend a lot of time in solitary making my own work.

This past weekend I taught a Goldie Bronze cuff bracelet class.  As you can see from the photos above, Pam Chereskin, Lisa McNamarra and Michelle Hurney did beautiful work, all in their own styles.  I can’t wait for my Dimensional Earrings class which is coming up on November 1 and 2, 2014.

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Bronze Cuff Bracelet Class Redux

My students always make gorgeous work in my classes.  It’s so inspiring to watch them create.  Here are several bracelets made by Kathy Cook and Sharan Merchant in the last Bronze Cuff Bracelet class.

Goldie Bronze Metal Clay–the brand name of the material we use to make these bracelets–works so easily and beautifully.  Its affordability allows us to explore and play on a larger scale than with silver metal clay.  I’ve found that experimentation with Goldie Bronze has led to breakthroughs for me in silver metal clay.  Here are several bronze cuff bracelets that I completed recently.

I’ll be teaching a workshop on making bronze cuff bracelets in my Escondido, CA studio this coming weekend, October 18 and 19.  No previous metal clay experience is required.  Several spots are still open in the class.  If you’re interested in attending, just e-mail me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com.

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Summer’s End (We Hope) and Fall Classes

My workshops for the rest of the year are now posted under Class Schedule on my website.  The first one to come up is Wrist Torc Bracelet in Silver Metal Clay.

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Jonna-Silver_Metal_Clay-2_Pearl_Bangle-3-72Jonna-Silver_Metal_Clay-2_Pearl_Bangle-4-72It will be held here in my Escondido studio on Saturday and Sunday, September 27 & 28, 2014.  The weather here has been brutal (with apologies to those of my friends who live in Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, you know, the desert/tropical states where you expect such horrors).  It was 111 degrees F one day here this week!!!  Thank goodness for air conditioning, both in our house and in my studio.  I know I have no right to complain but I am so glad the heat wave has broken.

I’m excited about this schedule which includes a new venue for me at the OVA Gallery in Ojai, CA.  Spaces are still available in all my classes, so please let me know if you’d like to register: jonnafaulkner@gmail.com.

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Round and round again…Basics class is back!!!

It’s incredibly embarrassing to realize that I can just about duplicate my last post.  I only have to change the date.

Very happy to be teaching a one-day Basics Class in Silver Metal Clay this coming Saturday, August 9.  It will be held in my home studio in Escondido, CA.  I do have a few openings in the class if anyone would like to attend.  It’s an introduction to many of the wonderful things that can be done with metal clay.

Charm Bracelet by Jonna Faulkner. Beginner class sample. Photo by Steve Rossman.

The image shows a charm bracelet full of the types of elements that can be made in class.  Many students prefer to make dangles for earrings or pendants for necklaces in the workshop.  In either case, we have lots of fun and explore many techniques for working with silver metal clay.

To register, just email me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com.  Cost for the class is $100.  Materials are extra.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  My studio has air conditioning!!!

I’m working slowly on filling out my teaching schedule for the rest of the year.  I’m excited about my upcoming classes.  I just love being in community with folks who also enjoy making things.  I’m posting classes one-at-a-time.  I expect to have the complete schedule available on my website by the end of the week.

Hope all is well with you!!!

 

 

 

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Silver Metal Clay Basics Class

Very happy to be teaching a one-day Basics Class in Silver Metal Clay this coming Sunday, June 1.  It will be held in my home studio in Escondido, CA.  I do have a few openings in the class if anyone would like to attend.  It’s an introduction to many of the wonderful things that can be done with metal clay.

Charm Bracelet by Jonna Faulkner. Beginner class sample. Photo by Steve Rossman.

The image shows a charm bracelet full of the types of elements that can be made in class.  Many students prefer to make dangles for earrings or pendants for necklaces in the workshop.  In either case, we have lots of fun.

To register, just email me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com.  Cost for the class is $100.  Materials are extra.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Class Opportunity This Weekend

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So many things can inspire the start of a piece of jewelry.  Sometimes a specific technique will get my creative juices flowing.  I’ve seen wonderful work, ancient and modern, that used sections of tubing as the starting point of a necklace.  Several years ago I decided to follow the lead of those who have gone before and chose a garden theme for my first “take the tube” necklace.

 

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I enjoyed the process so much that I made more including one that had an ancient relics theme.

 

I’ve taught this class several times in the past and the students always produce amazing work that reflects their own interests whether of the sea, forest, romantic France, ancient times, etc.  I’ll be teaching it again this weekend at my home studio in Escondido, CA.  A few spots are still open if you’d like to participate.  Just email me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com to register.

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New Class, New Pendant

I’m excited about a new class I’ll be teaching here in my studio on March 15 and 16.  It focuses on collaging a variety of textures and shapes to create a dramatic pendant.  I just finished my second piece using this technique.  Here it is!

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What I find most interesting is that I used most of the same shapes as in my first piece but came up with an entirely different pendant.  I added movement to this version by including links with almost hidden jump rings.  I also set a 5mm chrysoprase cabochon to give a little burst of color.  Of course, I included 24k gold accents because I love the look of mixed metals.  Unusually for me, no pearls this time!  The clasp compliments the look of the pendant.  All of these techniques will be taught in the class.

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Here’s a photo of the first piece to “compare and contrast” as they used to say in my high school English tests.  Lots of pearls in this one!

There’s still room in the class if you’d like to participate.  Please contact me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com for more information.

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I am so grateful

Thank you all so much for your loving concern.  Your support has meant everything as we’ve moved forward on our journey without Leo here, urging us on to give him cookies, more cookies!!!  I do feel his spirit with us and imagine him romping among the stars with others we love who have gone on before.

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Leo moves on

We lost our most beloved wonderdog Leo last night.  We had scheduled an appointment for noon today for a vet to come to us to send him on to the next part of his journey.  But Leo slipped away on his own, graceful in this as in all things.  Our home feels empty this morning without his smiling presence.  We will miss him so much.

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Anyone for classes?

It’s been a very long time since I’ve posted here.  My intentions have been excellent but the follow-through has been lacking.  Would you believe me if I blamed it on our wonder dog, Leo?  I swear he ate my homework.  Or maybe that was my cookies.  Which might be why he now has diabetes…but that’s another story.  And, I swear, it’s not my fault.

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I’m happy to report that I’ve posted my class schedule for the next few months.  I hope some offerings will interest you.  If you’d like to register and/or if you have any questions, please let me know at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com.

In addition to the listings here, I will also be teaching my Captured Treasures Totem class at Metal Clay by the Bay in September.  This gathering looks like it will be a wonderful event, bringing together teachers and students from around the world.  I’m delighted to be included.

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Copper Clay Class at Kandra’s

I’ve been teaching a lot lately and having a wonderful time with fabulous participants in my workshops.  This weekend I travel to Solvang, CA, to teach at my dear friend Kandra‘s gorgeous bead store.

Metal mosaic pendant with pearl.

Metal mosaic pendant with pearl.

We’ll be working with Art Clay Copper, making pendants and other necklace components suggested by leaves, vines, pods and flowers.  I just finished this pendant that was inspired by the collage work of Hadar Jacobson.  I can’t wait to share this mosaic technique.

While I’m in central California I’ll get to see my dad who’ll be 93 in October.  He still lives on his own and is amazing.

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The Best News

Happy, happy days!!!  After living together and loving each other for 37 years, my brother Cliff married his beloved Shigeru on Thursday, July 18.

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They married in Santa Maria, CA, where our 92-year-old dad lives.  He was so pleased to be able to participate in the ceremony.  It was such a joyful day together.  How wonderful that they are finally able to celebrate their union legally.  Hats off to the Supremes!!!

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New Classes Added to My Schedule

I’m thrilled to be able to say that I’ve just posted all of my upcoming classes through the end of 2013.  It’s always difficult to figure out which dates might work best and what topics might appeal.  There are so many exciting options!  This time I’ve listed classes in all three types of metal clay…silver, bronze and copper.

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I’m offering my mixed media totem pendant in silver metal clay several times, both in my home studio and at my friend Pat Weilbacher’s in Arroyo Grande, CA.

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Copper Tidepool Necklace by Jonna Faulkner 2012. Jewelry Photography by Steve Rossman.

 

 

 

 

In addition, I’ll be teaching two different copper clay classes, one at my friend Kandra’s fabulous bead store in Solvang, CA, (right next to Paula’s Pancakes…yum!!!) and the other here at my home studio.

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Pod with Pearls necklace by Jonna Faulkner. Photo by Steve Rossman.

 

 

 

 

I’ve scheduled a basic silver metal clay one-day workshop in August, a Spirit Pendant class in bronze clay in October, and a hollow-form class in silver metal clay in November, all to be held here in Escondido in my home studio.

To get more detailed information, click here.  For questions or to register, please contact me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com.  Thank you!

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More captured treasures

As a child, I was greatly impressed by Pippi Longstocking, particularly by the wonders that she pulled out of her magical chest of drawers.  I’ve collected small treasures for years.  It’s reached the point where storage has become a problem.  I’m not saying I’m a hoarder.  I can still see the floor except when I’m dealing with paperwork.   But I decided last year that I had enough treasures that I could release some of them into the world.

A brightly colored titanium fragment inspired this piece. Photo by Steve Rossman.

A brightly colored titanium fragment inspired this piece. Photo by Steve Rossman.

Sea form totem with glass disk made by Jenny Friske-Baer.  Photo by Steve Rossman.

Sea form totem with glass disk made by Jenny Friske-Baer. Photo by Steve Rossman.

A bronze moonface inspired this totem.  Photo by Steve Rossman.

A bronze moonface inspired this totem. Photo by Steve Rossman.

These are the three most recent pieces I’ve made that were inspired by items from my collection.  I’ve had so much fun designing and building them.  This was the basis for the class I just taught at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program.  I will be teaching this workshop several times at different venues in the next six months.   I’m working on my class schedule now and will post it tomorrow.

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Idyllwild Arts: Truth in Advertising

Every year I spend time at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program, first taking one of the many wonderful classes offered during Metals Week and then teaching a three-day workshop on some aspect of metal clay.

It truly is idyllic in this serene mountain enclave.  This year I saw lots of wild things including a beautiful coyote, a deer, quail, a hummingbird, smallish birds that flashed brilliant blue feathers, squirrels, chipmunks and, my totem, lots of bunnies.  I always feel so blessed when I’m graced with a special animal sighting.  I think the best part of the experience, however, is being part of the creative community that gathers to learn, to share, to make things with our hands.

Photo by Steve Rossman.  This image captures the beauty and inclusiveness of the summer program experience at Idyllwild Arts.

Photo by Steve Rossman. This image captures the beauty and inclusiveness of the summer program experience at Idyllwild Arts.

I’ve just returned from teaching a course in silver metal clay called Captured Treasures.  It was a fabulous experience.  There were five students, all of whom produced amazing work inspired by their own personal treasures.  I wish I’d had the opportunity to take pictures of their pieces to share here.

I’m going back in 2014, both to take a class at Metals Week and to teach another class in metal clay.  I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet, but I’m excited already!!!

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New Earrings

Framed Disk Earrings by Jonna Faulkner, Jewelry photography by Steve RossmanEars!  What great spaces for decoration.  I’ve just finished another sample for my earrings class coming up on May 4 & 5, 2013, in my Escondido, CA studio.

I love making earrings, wearing earrings, teaching techniques to create earrings.  In this class we’ll work with silver metal clay, sterling silver wire, the application of 24k gold to silver to glam it up, pearls, layering, sparkling cubic zirconia gemstones, texturing…all that and more.  We’ll also do some easy soldering for earring wires and posts.  There are a few spaces open in this class.  If you’re interested in participating, please email me at jonnafaulkner@gmail.com.  To see more samples, check out this link.

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New Pendant Sample for my Idyllwild Workshop

I have been having so much fun getting ready for my Idyllwild workshop this summer.  Moon faces continue to fascinate me so I captured one in this new pendant.

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The body of the pendant was made with silver metal clay.  The moon face is made of bronze metal clay.  Of course, there have to be pearls!

There’s a hidden bail on the back of the pendant for a chain along with some decoration to keep things fancy.  I used prongs to set the moon face and the pearls.

This three-day workshop runs from July 6 to July 8, 2013 in Idyllwild, CA, at the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program.  Spaces are still available in my class.  If you’re interested, please let me know or contact the registrar at 951-659-2171, ext. 2365.  Hope to see you there!

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