Christi Anderson and Anna Mazon were winners in the Metal Clay category of the of the 2014 Saul Bell Design Award and I recently had the good fortune of getting to know each of them a bit better. Read on to hear the stories behind these talented artists. Then begin thinking about what you’ll create for the 2016 Saul Bell Design Award competition!
PMC® Flex™, the latest innovation in metal clay from Mitsubishi Materials, gives you the luxury of time. Take your time as you work, roll, cut, shape this fine silver metal clay. The clay feels and behaves like other PMC varieties, it just lets you take advantage of a much longer working time—weeks, if need be! Find out more in the latest post at The Studio, Rio Grande’s blog.
“Firing is very expensive!” We hear this pretty often. Hmm . . . is it true or false? In this post, find out the truth, and find out how to figure out for yourself how much any given firing program will cost you based on your kiln, your media of choice, and your volume of work.
You’ve seen both kinds out there, no doubt. Kilns with firebrick interiors and kilns with ceramic fiber interiors–which is better for your metal clay work? Find out the differences between them and the benefits and drawbacks for each, based on the kind of firing you do in your studio or shop.
Once you’re armed with some know-how about choosing a jewelry-making kiln, making a good buying decision becomes so much easier, and you can be far more confident in your decision. In this post, we look at seven of the most important considerations to keep in mind when you’re thinking about—or shopping for—a new kiln.
The countdown continues…we’re just a couple of weeks away from recognizing the winners of the 2013 Saul Bell Design Award competition at JCK Las Vegas. Today, we’re catching up with metal clay artist and two-time winner Gordon K. Uyehara.
Andy, a self-professed “non-jeweler,” dives into a Beginning PMC class by the one and only Yvonne M. Padilla. What will he create?
Have you heard about Contemporary Metal Clay Rings, the new book by well-known artist and teacher, Hattie Sanderson? Earlier this week on the Studio, we reviewed this must-have gem and today we’re privileged to share a step-by-step Interchangeable Spinner Ring project directly from Hattie’s new book! What better way to get a sneak peek of a great new book?
In Hattie Sanderson’s wonderful new book, Contemporary Metal Clay Rings, 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. Check out today’s review of her book and stay tuned for a fully excerpted project of her Interchangeable Spinner Ring in just a few days!
With the advent of Etsy.com, a lot of our jewelry customers are finding it easier than ever to start an online store to sell their work. We thought we’d highlight a few of them and learn a bit about the artists!
Wanaree Tanner, metal clay artist extraordinaire, shares some delicious tidbits with our very own Bernadette Bennett about what inspires her work, how she embraces the process of art making (failures and all), and her continuing growth as an artist.
PMC Sterling™: It’s metal clay, and it’s sterling—what more is there to know? Lots!
There are some fantastic jewelers out there that have been putting this new metal clay through its paces and blogging about what they’ve learned. Here are a few posts you’ll definitely want to check out. . .