Hattie Sanderson, an artist and instructor specializing in metal clay, first heard about the concept of metal clay in a lost wax casting class in the mid-1990s. At the time, metal clay was in its introductory stage and only a few people knew about this novel medium. As Hattie started working with metal clay, she played and played with it, learned from others and shared her knowledge, as she continues to do today. Along the way, she has even created innovative products that are useful to her fellow artists.
We anxiously waited all summer for the release of Hattie’s newest metal clay book, Contemporary Metal Clay Rings, and we are delighted to announce its arrival. Having recently taken a PMC class, I was among those who were anxious to see the projects Hattie highlighted from around the world.
To say that this book is about metal clay ring projects is a huge understatement. In fact, it is packed with invaluable tips and concepts about everything metal clay and everything rings. On top of this, it is sprinkled with unique and intricate rings unlike any I have seen before.
In this book, Hattie doesn’t take anything for granted. She shares her knowledge and experience with the reader as if they are being fully mentored in her studio. The book is separated into two parts: techniques and projects. My favorite chapter is “Forming Rings.” In it, she offers four different ring-sizing techniques.
To start this chapter, she says:
When designing a ring, think about its intended purpose. If it is a ring that will be worn everyday, it must be comfortable and able to endure inevitable bangs and bumps. If the ring is intended for more dressy events or only occasional wear, the designs limits can be stretched. I have included projects in this book that range from very practical to “a little over the top” to provide a wide range of techniques and ideas.
“A little over the top” is what makes this book so much fun. If you are seeking ideas and inspiration, I highly recommend reading it. If you are also seeking metal clay expertise, I recommend this book even more. The projects range in various levels of expertise, from newcomers and dabblers, to accomplished metal clay artists. One of the intermediate/advanced projects is an Interchangeable Spinner Ring that is crafted from nuts and bolts.
Are you curious to see more? Well, I have great news! In the next few days The Studio will feature a project excerpt from Hattie’s book for the Interchangeable Spinner Ring, so you can dive in and make one of your own! Also, if you get this book in your hands, make sure to check out the beautiful gallery and the handy charts at the end.