May 25, 2013 Leave a comment
Today was my workshop making pretty silver pendants using leaves to create textures. Thankfully the sun was shining so my visitors saw the area at its best.
I set the studio out ready yesterday evening, with workmats and little tubs of basic tools for each person. When I am teaching metal clay to beginners I try to ensure that everyone has a set from my own little supply of tools to use during the class, so that they don’t have to bring anything except something for lunch. Today’s class was only scheduled for four hours 10am until 2pm, allowing for the work to be fired in the kiln during the lunch break. This is much shorter than my usual class (I don’t usually finish until 4pm) so I was quite strict about the simplicity of the project and didn’t allow much freedom – except in the choice of leaf to create the texture and the overall shape. Having textured, cut and formed the main part of their pendants and put them to dry, I demonstrated 3 different style of bails and we had a short discussion about how these would fit the variety of shapes. The participants then made their bails, dried them and attached them firmly to the pendant before adding the embellishment of a set faceted fireable stone.
Here are all the finished piece. I was pleased that we managed to get such beautifully finished pendants in this shortened day, although I do like a bit more time to go over more finishing techniques. What a lovely variety of shapes and forms they created, all cut out using either a clay scraper or needle tools (no templates or cutters). I did get fantastic feedback from this class and really enjoyed teaching them. I am sure I will be seeing some of them again soon – but the next thing on the schedule is North Yorkshire Open Studios in a couple of weeks time.