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Explorations in Precious Metal Clay (PMC)
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JP0213 March 23, 2013 (10am - 5pm) Saturday (Jewelry Studio, Mill Building)
Far from an ancient craft, Precious Metal Clay (PMC) was invented about 20 years ago and has been a popular medium for inventive artists ever since. PMC is made of fine metal particles suspended in a clay-like binder. The clay is easy to shape with your hands and with tools. The clay is then fired in a kiln to burn off the binder. In this one-day workshop you will gain a foundation of knowledge of working with fine silver PMC. Expect to learn proper use of tools, as well as how to apply textures. You will also learn to fire, finish and patina your pieces. Students will complete 3-4 pieces of their choice. A studio/materials fee of $85 is due at time of registration.
Cynthia Battista's Artist Statement
In a world overflowing with cheap goods, people need more handmade objects about which the maker has cared deeply. That is my defense, my hope, and my goal. That what is deeply satisfying to me will prove to be so for others. Having been a basket maker and a sculptor, I started stringing beads the way someone else might work a crossword puzzle, as a comfort and a distraction. I liked the colors, the simplicity, and the immediacy. But as my interest in making jewelry grew, I began to incorporate recycled materials, and then to shape more and more of the components by my own hand. Now, the designs all originate in my head. They grow into obsessions, threatening to take me over unless I solve the problem of how to create them. That combination of vision, focus, tension and release is the root of my addiction to making jewelry. I began my professional career as a surveyor in New England, where mapping and measuring the land means spending a great deal of time in the woods. Whatever led me there compels me still, as the same themes—from geometric shapes and mathematical precision to the patterns, colors and textures of nature—can be found in my jewelry. Perhaps that explains the primitive, earthy feel I’m after. I want to make jewelry that looks as if an archeologist had just dug it up. I want to make, not just art, but artifacts.
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