Class Options

description      of workshops and retreat classes available

Workshop List

The following workshops are great for a group, guild, or Retreat . For a rich personal experience, the workshops can be attended alone or in a series, and they are also available as a private class or Online Class. To see classes scheduled at various locations go to the Workshops Page.

Jorvik Viking Purse
2 or 3-day Class • All levels of ability

This chain drawn string purse was inspired by Viking history of York, England. It’s a twist on leather pouches carried during the Viking era. Our warrior conquest will start with learning to make your own patterns and designs for the front and back panels using photo polymer plates. Then you will learn to make all-in-one “castle” knuckles and rivet a pin to secure it. Next, you will cut and punch soft supple sheep skin leather and attach it to form the clever purse bag. In the final step, a chain is threaded through the leather to make a functional purse.
 

 Materials Needed:
960 Sterling (25 g Art Clay or PMC3 and 25 g PMC Sterling 925), 2mm small link chain - should be flexible, smooth, rounded links, used for the draw string as not to abuse the leather, another matching chain for the necklace -- size optional, 2 head pins, 2 small gems or pearls, 4 - 5 mm,  14 ga straight junk wire, 16 ga sterling, 20 ga sterling, 6” square thin sheep skin leather,  2 - 3 mm leather punch, Striking hammer, Bench block or hard surface, Tracing paper, Set of pliers, round nose, chain link or flat nose, wire cutters, 3M polishing papers, Metal back polymer plate, Overhead projector sheets, Clear report cover, Scotch guard for swede, Clear tape, Masking tape, Deodorant contain with a nice long curve, Sharpie® Black Pen, A compass (optional), Basic tool kit, Advantedge® Rubber polishing wheels for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine,

Carving and Sculpting in Metal Clay

3-day Class • All levels of ability

Taking it to the next Dimension by learning how to create 2 and 3-dimensional jewelry pieces. We will explore two different, but similar ways of sculpting. You have a choice of working directly with Metal Clay or with Polymer Clay. The Polymer Clay option gives you endless working time. You would then mold it and fill it with Metal Clay. Finally, you will carve and detail the dried Metal Clay. We will cover how to convert your ideas, into a dimensional form; use the additive and deductive process for creating depth; learn various carving, refining and detailing methods; and the best tools and methods for each process.
 

Materials Needed: 25 - 50g 960 (this will be our own hand mix of  Art Clay Silver and PMC 925 Sterling - great carving ability and for designs with thin appendages needing strength) Ball stylus, #0 Conical rubber shaper, Dental tools/carving tools, Diamond drill bit assortment, Needle files, 1/8” foam paper or applicator for smoothing, Super Sculpey® Original Polymer Clay, Toaster oven, Drawing, photograph to scale, 2-part molding compound — MYOM® molding silicone plastique compound, great for detail. www.makeyourownmolds.com/, Wood or cork clay, 3M polishing papers, Advantedge® Rubber polishing wheels for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, Props for dimensional forms, Basic Tool Kit

Pivotal Moments

2-day Class • All levels of ability
The influences of old Yorkshire architecture with richly detailed arches, towers, stained glass and gable windows meet modern interpretation as we explore making a graceful pendant balancing beautifully in motion. Our new explorations into kinetics will also include a reversible focal design, unique gem setting techniques, and the romance of pearls.

Materials Needed: PMC Sterling, 2 – 5mm gems (dark colors), 2 half drilled pearls 3 – 5 mm, 18g hard sterling wire, 16 junk wire, Sculpty® Original polymer clay, Carving tools or dockyard tools, Dental tools, Ball stylus, 18 g drill bit, Elmers gel glue, Steel bench block, Rubber or nylon mallet, 5 min. 2 part non-yellowing epoxy, Tracing paper.

Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting
2-day Class • All levels of ability

Delicate gems need special treatment and an extra special setting.  Many beautiful stones can not be fired in place, so when you wish to overlap the stone with details you add an additional challenge to the design of your piece. My solution is setting the gem from the back.  It may sound as if you have to design the whole piece backward, but this is not the case. Not only that, it is so much easier than you could have imagined!  We will discuss successful design to enhance the stone, bezel setting, finishing techniques and more.
 

Bring to class a 15 – 25 mm flat stone or faceted stone with a flat table or front surface . Beware of stones having a deep pavilion or back as they may not sit flat on the body. Other fire in place gems are optional.
 

Materials List: PMC 3 or Low fire Art Clay, Art Clay Oil Paste® (brand specific), Fine silver bezel wire the height of the stone, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.
All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, textures. polishing rotary wheels, ott light and pliers sets are optional.)

Modern Hawaiian Petroglyph Pendant
2-day Class • All levels of ability

Petroglyphs or primitive rock carvings can be found all over the islands in Hawaii. The symbols tell the stories of the ancient Hawaiian people. Presented is a modern take on the traditional Hawaiian Petroglyph. This fun, mixed-media project designed by Holly Gage and Gordon Uyehara will include sea washed sand, base and silver metal clays, and pearls. You will learn step by step how to make the beautiful framework in silver clay, capture the hardened sand, and inlay your base metal petroglyph symbol. Cleverly hidden wires allow you to decorate your framework with pearls.

Materials Required: copper art clay  (20g or more), low fire silver clay (25g or more), 2 part 5 min. epoxy, 1/2 drilled pearls or gems of your choice (1 or more), ice resin, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, textures. polishing rotary wheels, washed sand, ott light and pliers sets are optional.)

Tropical Flora Lei Brooch

2-day Class • All levels of ability​

 

The flower Lei is used as a show of affection to welcome guests to the islands. You will practically smell Honolulu’s native tropical flora and remember the traditions when you bring home this beautiful pendant suggesting the beauty of the floral leis. I will show you how to make your own embossed texture plates using easy to manipulate copper sheet and ball stylus. Design will focus on stylized techniques to help you interpret flowers with your own unique flare. Finally, I will assist you in exploring new and distinctive ways to set a gem to create a unique and dynamic focal point, and your own pin back.

 

Materials Needed: 1 - 2 25g pkgs. PMC3 or Low fire Art Clay, (1) 5 – 8 mm fire in place gem. 2” 18g sterling wire, 3 M polishing papers, 400 sandpaper, 1 small package of polymer clay, copper sheet 34 gauge. All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, textures. Polishing rotary wheels, embossing tools, ott light and pliers sets are optional.)

Jewelry that Rocks!
Exploring Art, Design, and Line through Music
2-day Class • All levels of ability


Music is a powerful trigger to our senses. Music can have energy, movement, and emotion. For this lesson, we will let different musical selections guide the way as we explore design and line, and transform the musical melody into an inspired pair of earrings or pendant.

 

The jewelry will be made with a Music CD set in a frame of fine silver. The techniques learned include cutting the CD, riveting, and polymer plate making, with an emphasis on how line is used to create motion, tension, drama, and direction in your surface embellishments.
 

Materials Needed: 28g PMC+, 20g sterling wire, Steel backed photopolymer plate; a Music CD that has an interesting design on the surface for cutting, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.
All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, textures. 
Barrel sanding drum for rotary tool, #67 drill bit, saw frame and spiral saw blade, steel block
riveting hammer, raw hide or plastic mallet, ott light and pliers sets are optional.)

Ever-Changing World: Kinetic Jewelry
2-day Class • All levels of ability

 

Personal memorabilia and the theme of moving on in an "ever-changing world," will become the inspiration for the elements in your kinetic necklace. The technical portion of this project is inspired by constantly changing designs in wind kinetics and wind sculpture. We will explore free moving parts and the sub-patterns they create as well as setting gems, and riveted connections to make a beautiful piece that makes a statement.

 

Bring a piece of personal memorabilia that has meaning to you. Anything can be used as inspiration such as a piece of cloth, a trinket, or picture. This item is meant to stimulate your creativity, so no anxiety necessary.
 

Materials Needed: Fine Silver 25g, option gems 3 - 5 mm, 6” 14 gauge sterling wire, medium to heavy weight plastic stencil paper for templates, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.
All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, carving tools,  flexible shaft or rotary tool, #52 & #67 twist grill bit, riveting hammer, steel hammer plate, optional.)

Elegant Meadow Pods
2-day Class • All levels of ability


Nature has a wonderful way of inspiring us. If we look closely at the pods that are left behind by a flower or plant, we can see the beautiful symmetry of nature. Pods represent a renewal as it releases its seeds to start the life cycle anew. In this workshop, we will capture the elegance of pods and fashion them into jewelry. We will explore "constructing" pods that look realistic with texture. The detail in this method cannot be captured with merely painting slip on the surface, as this would only capture the basic form, and capsulate the detail on the inside where no one can see it. Vines, leaves and other plant forms will be explored as well.

 

Materials Needed: (1–2)  25g of Low fire Metal Clay, pods, leaves, stems, and a collection of natural textures; 2- part molding compound, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.
All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, textures, carving tools, combustible compound – wood clay, cork clay, or delight paper clay, ott light optional.)

Innovative Prong Solutions for Setting Titanium
2-day Class • All levels of ability


Free-formed rainbow Titanium can be very intriguing. It is bright, colorful, and sculptural. Against the bright shine of silver it certainly has the “bling” factor. One method for setting Titanium is by making your own hand built prongs. Our exploratory trip will highlight innovative, handmade prongs solutions, proper placement and structural consideration for the prongs, basic do’s and don'ts of prong making, as well as learning how to design with shrinkage in mind. Your finished piece will be of your own unique design inspired by your individual Titanium or free-formed item of choice.
 

Bring your own irregular shaped item for setting. Recommended size is between 20mm and 40mm.

 

Materials Needed: (2) 25 g pkgs PMC3 or low fire Art clay, 3M polish paper, 400 grit sandpaper, polishing cloth.

All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, textures,  ott light optional.)

Empowered Goddess
3-day Class • All levels of ability
 

We worship goddesses for their strength and beauty, and for years I have been creating goddesses with empowering traits. They usually have the characteristics I wish I possessed. Instead, I wear my goddess to empower me.
 

Part 1: Making the Base and Prongs

One of the methods I use to set Titanium and other objects is with hand built prongs. So come with me on an exploratory trip into incorporating Titanium, or any found object of your choice, into a piece of fine artisan jewelry. In the process you’ll learn how to work with any uniquely shaped item whether it is titanium, a shell, coral, a branch or other found object. You will learn how to make and incorporate handmade prongs into your work, proper placement and structural consideration for the prongs, basics do’s and don’ts of prong making, as well learning how to design with shrinkage in mind.
 

Part 2: Adding the Bezel and Stone

The key to a professionally set stone is with good craftsmanship and a clean and well-finished bezel. During class you will learn to make a bezel for a stone of your choice using fine silver bezel wire. The bezel will be attached to the base made in part 1, which has been designed and fired in class. Afterward, you will attach the bezel to the rest of your piece and prepare for a second firing. Finally, the stone will be set and ready for the final touch. The result is seamless.
 

Your finished piece will be of your own unique design inspired by your individual titanium or free-formed item of choice. Design discussion will be surrounding what the body conveys when positions in certain poses.
 

To prepare ahead for class, bring a stone (approximately 8 mm - 10mm). This is for the head of your goddess. Faceted stones, cabs or glass cabs welcome – please stay away from irregular shaped stones until you gain confidence and experience with this new bezel setting technique. You will also need an titanium for the body. You can purchase a beautiful piece of titanium on our titanium page  for that purpose.
 

Materials Needed: (2) 25 g pkgs PMC3 or low fire Art clay, Art Clay Brand Oil Paste (brand specific), 400 grit sandpaper, 3M polish paper, polishing cloth, bezel wire as tall as the gemstone, advantedge rubber wheels (available for purchase)

Bring stone for setting and an object or titanium for the body (titanium, and limited stones available)

All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your own personal tools, textures, magnifying lens, rotary tool, pliers set, Ott  light, etc., optional)

Negative Space Caning©
2 or 3 day Class – your choice • All levels of ability
 

Negative Space Caning© is a high energy workshop focusing on: creating filigree; chambers for resin; enamel, or polymer inlay; and patterns easily duplicated for tessellating designs by combining Metal Clay and a combustible material that disappears after firing in a kiln. This exciting new technique, developed by Holly Gage, is a springboard idea for looking at and working with Metal Clay in a whole new way.

 

Day 1 & 2: Class will include a presentation and handouts on the basic cane making process, what combustible materials are suitable for the process, as well as simple and advanced assembly techniques. You will also learn how to make a complex cane. Your finished piece will be of your own design, ready for polishing and a patina at the workshop, or inlaid on your own.

 

Optional Day 3: You will learn how to add a resin inlay. The glassy effects are stunning with silver surrounding each chamber.

 

Materials needed: 25 g – 50 g low fire Metal Clay, Wood Clay, Cork or Delight Paper Clay
(Wood preferred for first timers), 400 grit sandpaper, 3M polish paper, polishing cloth.
All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your own personal tools, textures, diamond drill bits - various sizes, magnifying lens, rotary tool, Ott  light, etc., mitre box or saw frame and jeweler’s blade optional.)

Materials List Needed for Resin Addition Only
UV Resin Dyes, UV Clear Resin, UV Resin Cleaner  (Purchase a portion at class optional)

Peruvian Applique Style Jewelry

1-day • Great for beginners! • All levels of ability


This project is fun and spontaneous. You will learn an applique technique to make a sheet of patterned Metal Clay of your own design. From there, you will add and assemble other elements to create a series of pieces that can be used for a pendant, matching earrings, bracelet components, or other set. The class will feature a demo highlighting the applique technique as well as finishing techniques. I'll work my hardest to make sure you leave more informed than when you came, providing tips, tricks, and handouts all in a relaxing environment.

 

Materials List: PMC3 or low fire Art Clay 25g, 400 grit sandpaper, 3M polish paper, polishing cloth. All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, ott light optional)

Repoussé Effects in Metal Clay
2 -day Class • All levels of ability


Learn the secrets of transforming original photos or drawings into highly detailed, low relief images, which look similar in style to traditional Repoussé. Discover how to wet-work a reverse polymer mold of your image, manipulate silver Metal Clay and use tools to create different hand-wrought textural effects, and carve details for the finishing touch.

 

The Repoussé Effect is only achieved by this technique and is different from photopolymer plates. The results are unique and original, beautifully echoing the hand of the artist.

 

Students should bring 3 to 4 “original” drawings or photographs to choose from, and together we can pick the best for the project. Anything that inspires you is fair game. The photos or drawings will be reduced in size with a photo copier, if needed. A 3" x 5" picture/photo would be fine. I will teach the students how to frame and focus the viewers attention as part of the lesson.

 

Materials List: PMC3 or low fire Art Clay 25g, 400 grit sandpaper, 3M polish paper, polishing cloth. Sculpey Original White Polymer Clay. All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, carving tools, ball stylus, or ott light optional)

Stone Setting Like A Pro
2-day Class • All levels of ability


A fantastic stone needs a fantastic setting and in this workshop that’s exactly what you’ll learn to make. The key to a professionally set stone is with good craftsmanship and a clean, and well-finished bezel. During class you will learn design concepts surrounding the creation of a bezel for a stone of your choice using fine silver bezel wire. The bezel will be attached to a piece which has been designed and fired first. Afterward, you will attach the bezel to the rest of your piece and prepare for a second firing. Finally, the stone will be set and ready for the final touch. The result will have people wondering, “How did you do that?” So come and join me, and you too, will be setting stones like a pro.

To prepare ahead for class, bring a stone or glass cab (approximately 15 mm – 30 mm) or purchase one here. Faceted stones, cabs or glass cabs welcome – please stay away from irregular shaped stones until you gain confidence and experience with this technique.


You may also want to work out your design on paper and bring it to class, or you may design while in class. Your design should leave room for the stone with no elements overlapping the stone. For your first time trying this technique keep the design simple, but don't worry, I'll provide some ideas and design guidance during class.

Materials List: PMC 3 or Low fire Art Clay, Art Clay Paste® (brand specific), glycerin, fine silver bezel wire the height of the stone, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.
All basic tools needed for class will be available. Bring your favorite metal clays tools, textures. Polishing rotary wheels and 3M bristle brushes, rotary tool, ott light and pliers sets are optional.

Design to Cast Jewelry Line

2 Day Metal Clay Workshop • All levels of ability (Optional 3rd day )
 

Day 1 & 2
Casting in the jewelry industry is a tried and true practice for making multiples of a single design or making several components to be put together afterward. Several well-known artists and companies such as Tiffany, have used casting to create a line of jewelry distinctly their own.

Designing a piece for casting is a bit different than regular jewelry design. Not all designs are good candidates, so we will start the class with designing dos and don’ts.
 

Next we will design a piece in Metal Clay to be cast as we put in practice design rules from our discussion. You should come to class with an idea of what you'd like to do, drawings, etc. as the goal is to have something done in the 2 day period. Of course I can help in class.

Here are some ideas:

1. Keep it simple... this is your first go, so go easy on yourself.

2. Consider making a component or two that can be used in multiple ways. For example a component that could be an earring drops, bracelet components or mixed with other elements, so think about component(s) that are diverse.

3. Stay away from anything where sizing is an issue, like rings (remember the keep it simple rule)

Finally, we will go over how to find a reputable caster, what to include in your conversation with the caster prior to casting, appropriate molds for metal clay, and other burning questions about the casting process.
 

Day 3: (optional)
We will tour the facilities of a local Casting Company. Detailed discussion will include the process and equipment used in casting giving the student a full understanding. Following the tour will be a half hour question and answer session. Lastly, we will stop for lunch before returning home.

Casting projects will be dropped off during our visit. Further communication will be with the caster and the student will take place on an individual basis. It is up to each student to communicate with the caster, pay for multiples made by the caster, shipping, proofs, and anything related to the actual casting process.

***Furthermore, Holly Gage can not be held liable for travel, cost or loss related to the casting process or satisfaction of the finished product produced by the caster.

Class includes all tools and equipment, handouts, firing and expert instruction. Optional: Your own personal tools, carving tools, magnifying lens, Ott light, etc.***
 

Materials List: PMC3 or low fire Art Clay 25g, 400 grit sandpaper, 3M polish paper, polishing cloth. All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, ott light optional)

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