Jewelry Artist  •  Instructor  •  Mentor  •  Author  •  Speaker

Scheduled Metal Clay Workshops

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I love teaching! I teach live, interactive online Metal Clay classes as well as onsite Precious Metal Clay classes at Holly Gage Studio in Lancaster, PA.  My presentations are accompanied by a fully illustrated handout with sessions that emphasize developing the creativity of the artist within. Original and innovative jewelry technique and design based lessons are presented in a relaxed, fun atmosphere to inspire, strengthen technique, and design skills to elevate the student's abilities to the next level.

Online classes are always near you, and now they are recorded so you won't miss a thing. If you don't see the jewelry class you want on the schedule, check out my Live, Interactive One-to-One Online Classes or Contact me at 717-445-5755 or by e-mail me at hgage1@ptd.net. I'm also available as a visiting instructor to teach classes at your guild, group, or art center — have carpet will travel.

Reverse Bezel Setting with Holly Gage
Reverse Bezel Setting with Holly Gage

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.

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Reverse Bezel Setting with Holly Gage
Reverse Bezel Setting with Holly Gage

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.

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Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting
Monday, September 13 - October 11, 2021
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EDT
(10:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CDT, 4:00 pm MDT, 3:00 pm PDT)
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
$295 (FULL)


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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, but you can even make a reversible pendant if you so desire and it is much easier than you might imagine! 

We will discuss successful design to enhance the stone, bezel setting, tube bails, tube set gems, flush set gems, buds, snake charming, finishing techniques, and more. This is like my Bezel Setting Like a Pro Class on steroids!
 

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 Paste Type® (Brand specific), Glycerin, Fine silver bezel wire the height of the stone, Texture plate,  Extruder and tube adapter, Carving tool or mini Dockyard® tools, Mascara brush (optional), 4 - 6 mm fire in place gem, Gem bur the size of the stone, Rotary tool, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine for rotary tool, 3M radial bristle discs coarse to fine for silver to fit your rotary tool, Bezel rocker or burnisher,  Basic Tool Kit, Torch or Kiln. 25 g size restriction with torch use.

Looking for a Stone for your project? Christopher, my husband, cuts artisan Cultured Opals. His Auctions are from 10 am - 10 pm EST on Fridays.

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Lesson: Making Innovative Prongs in Metal Clay

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Innovative Prong Solutions in Metal Clay

Wednesday, September 15- October 27, 2021 (skipping Oct. 20)
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM EDT
(6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CDT, 11:00 am MDT, 10:00 am PDT)
(6) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability
$285


 

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Hmmm, how do you go about setting free-formed objects or stones? One method for setting irregularly shaped objects is by making your own hand-built prongs. Our exploratory trip will highlight innovative, handmade prongs solutions from Metal Clay, 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 object or free-formed item of choice.
 

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

 

Materials Needed: 50 g  PMC3 or low fire Art Clay Silver or 960 Sterling (which is a 50/50  mix of 25 g Art Clay or PMC3 and 25 g PMC Sterling 925), 3M polish paper, 400 grit sandpaper, polishing cloth, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, burnisher, your favorite metal clays tools, textures, Kiln.

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Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Designing with Intention
Tuesday, October 12 -  December 21, 2021 (skip October19)
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM EDT
(6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CDT, 11:00 am MDT, 10:00 am PDT)

(10 week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
$450

 

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It is frustrating when your mind's eye sees it one way and your execution falls short. I am offering this course for those who have no design background and want to be able to answer for themselves why a piece isn't working, looks off-balance, or doesn't have the tone or feel you intended. The course combines learning the concepts, seeing and identifying them, and then trying them out with hands-on experiences.
Our discussions include:

• Principles of design including line, movement, form, function, color,   
   Balance, focus, pattern & more.

• Methods for fully developing your design ideas.

• Informative handouts on each topic.

• Assigned Creative Development homework for interpreting these concepts in your own work.

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Lesson: Repoussé Effects in Metal Clay

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Repoussé Effects in Metal Clay
Thursday, October 14- November 11, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM EDT
(6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CDT, 11:00 am MDT, 10:00 am PDT)
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability
$275 (Full)




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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 photocopier 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. Super Sculpey Original beige polymer clay, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fineAll basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, carving tools, ball stylus, or ott light optional,) Torch or Kiln. 25 g size restriction with torch use.

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Lesson: Elegant Meadow Pods in Metal Clay

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Elegant Meadow Pods
Monday, October 4 - November 8, 2021 (skip Oct 18)
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EDT
(10:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CDT, 4:00 pm MDT, 3:00 pm PDT)
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability
$255


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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 Silver Clay of your choice, pods, leaves, stems, and a collection of natural textures; 2- part molding compound, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.
Basic tool kit, along with your favorite metal clays tools, textures, carving tools, combustible compound – wood clay, cork clay, or delight paper clay, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, Torch or Kiln. 25 g size restriction with torch use.

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Live, Interactive Online Workshop

The Art of Designing a Signature Jewelry Line
Wednesday, October 13- December 22, 2021 (skip October 20)
6:00 PM- 7:30 PM EDT
(10:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CDT, 4:00 pm MDT, 3:00 pm PDT)

(10) week group sessions • 90 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

$450

 

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Are you ready to make a line of jewelry of your own design? Pieces that can be identified as yours without your name next to them? Pieces that help you find the Voice inside longing to sing?

Our discussions include:

• Achieving cohesion in your work.

• Discussing jewelry themes; jewelry styles through the ages; color usage; technique usage;
  materials, and more to help you express your voice.

• How to research, explore, experiment, and discover while releasing preconceptions
  and boundaries of creativity.

• Assigned Creative Development homework for interpreting these concepts in your own work.

• Studying what makes a cohesive line of jewelry through the review of living artist examples.

• Creating  an artist statement to clarify your direction and purpose

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Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Becoming a Jewelry and Metal Clay instructor
Monday, October 25, November 1, and November. 15 (skip Nov. 8) at 6:00 PM
(10:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CDT, 4:00 pm MDT, 3:00 pm PDT)
(3) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting 

Intermediate to Advanced

$275


 

 


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If you love people and enjoy making jewelry and working with Metal Clay, you may have considered teaching. What’s not to love? You get to be with people with similar interests; students treat you with love and respect; you get to have a passionate career, and someone actually pays you to do it. It is very rewarding as your students learn new skills, and you watch them grow.

What will make your experiences go smoothly is being organized and prepared:
 

  • Write a lesson plan.

  • Qualities of a good teacher.

  • What everyone wants to know about teaching here and afar.

  • How to promote your classes

  • How to propose a class to an art facility or school.


Materials List:

When you decide what you will teach, you will need the Metal Clay and tools to make your project.
 

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Bezel Set Like a Pro by Holly Gage

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Bezel Setting Like A Pro
Tuesday, November 2 - 23, 2021
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EDT
(10:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CDT, 4:00 pm MDT, 3:00 pm PDT)
(4) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability

$195

 

 


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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. This 2-part firing method is clean and forgiving, so no soldering, no investment placeholder, no pull away from embedding the wire, no distortion, and the stone fits every time! During the 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 that 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). Faceted stones, cabs, or glass cabs welcome – please stay away from irregularly shaped stones until you gain confidence and experience with this technique.


"Evolved Design Exploration" will also be covered. It's a guided method of finding your motivation and pushing yourself to new levels of awareness and evolving your design to the next creative level. Your perceptions are sharpened and your imagination can develop beyond what was previously available by going deeper within.

Materials List:
Cabochon, 15 mm and up, PMC 3 or  Art Clay Fine Silver, Art Clay Paste® type  — brand specific, must be this brand), Glycerin, Fine Silver Bezel Wire —must go just above the curve of the stone or just above the height of a flat stone. Too high is better than too low. 26 – 30 gauge. (Up to a 15 mm stone, use a thinner gauge wire such as a 30 gauge. Larger stones use a thicker gauge wire such as 26 - 28. All, however, will work), 1/8 thick foam paper sponge applicator,
Black Sharpie® Fine Point Marker, 400 grit sandpaper, 3 M polishing Papers®, Polishing cloth,
Bench Block, Nylon, Plastic or Rawhide Mallet, Rotary tool Eve® Rubber Polishing Wheels and Knife-edge for Silver, Black (coarse), Blue (medium), Pink (fine) with mandrel for rotary tool
Barrel-shaped Diamond Bur, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, Tweezers (Cross-lock Optional), Flat, round, and chain nose pliers, Flush cutters, Basic Metal Clay Tools, and Textures, Burnisher or bezel rocker, Torch or Kiln. (25 g size restriction with torch use)​

Looking for a Stone for your project? Christopher, my husband, cuts artisan Cultured Opals. His Auctions are from 10 am - 10 pm EST on Fridays.

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Gai Force Winds: Kinetic Necklace
Gai Force Winds: Kinetic Necklace

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Ever-Changing World: Kinetic Jewelry
Thursday, November 11- December 30, 2021 (Skip Nov. 25, &  Dec 23)
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EST
(11:00 pm GMT, 4:00 pm CST, 3:00 pm MST, 2:00 pm PST)
(6) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability


$295

 

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:
• Multiple free moving parts and kinetic motion.
• Purposeful design while creating sub-patterns as the spinners pass one another.
• Flush and Metal Clay tube set gem.
• Ball set riveted connections.
• Stilt connections.
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.

Materials Needed: Materials Needed
Art Clay Silver, 25g and PMC Sterling 925, 25g  (we will mix to make our own 960, which is 50/50 of each clay), (4 or 5) 3 - 5 mm fire-in-place gems, Gem setting bur the size of the gems, Pencil, Ultra Fine Tip Sharpie®,  6” 14g Argentium Sterling wire, Foam sponge applicator, 400 grit sandpaper
3M polishing papers, Circle divider - provided by instructor, Plastic stencil paper for templates, Pin vise, Carving tools, Soft brass wire brush, Flexible shaft or rotary tool, #52 & #67 twist drill bits, Liver of Sulfur, Riveting Hammer, Masking Tape, Wood or Steel Hammering Plate, Polishing pad, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes, (Coarse to fine), Eve® Rubber polishing and knife-edge wheels for Silver (Coarse to fine), Basic Tool Kit, Heatproof bowl and Vermiculite, Tweezers, Handheld torch, Kiln

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EVENT 1: Finding My Artist Voice

Thursday, September 30
1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT
(6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CDT, 11:00 am MDT,
10:00 am PDT)
FREE Online


Five artists discuss their interest and desire to create a signature style and the steps that helped them through their journey.
 

  • How to start the process.

  • What motivations led to creating a jewelry line.

  • What struggles they needed to overcome.

  • How they separated their style from other influences.

  • Advice for others for a path forward.

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Action Plan for Goal Making

EVENT 2: Why am I so Overwhelmed?
Setting Successful Goals for Your Jewelry Business

Tuesday, October 12 • 6:00 - 8:00 pm EDT
(11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CDT, 4:00 pm MDT, 3:00 pm PDT)

FREE  Online


When you own a jewelry business, you wear all hats. You are the creator, the bookkeeper, the social media marketer, the show hand, and the do it with a smile on your face rain or shine or else no one with by my goods person. Therefore, clear, concise goals and a plan to get it all accomplished is essential.
We will discuss:
• Prioritizing goals.
• Identifying the benefits.
• Understanding the hurdles.
• How to develop a step-by-step plan.
• How to stay on track, and more.

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Igniting the Inferno of Creative Desire with Holly Gage

EVENT 3: Igniting Your Creativity

Friday, October 29 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
(6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CDT, 11:00 am MDT,
10:00 am PDT)

FREE Online
 

Inspiration is the Spark • Exploration Fuels the Fire • Engaging Curiosity Creates the Fireworks
What happens when your creative self is stuck, you get brain freeze or hit a wall? How do you jumpstart the creative process?

Join Holly to explore the possibilities of:

  • Finding new inspirational sources

  • Stimulating new ideas

  • Igniting free thought to snuff out the doubts and allow for a new path of Creative Discovery

 
Please bring to the session these random items:

  • Pencil and paper

  • An interesting object

  • Something you can eat during the session

  • A spice from your kitchen cabinet
     

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Tutorials by Holly Gage

EVENT 4: Gratitude Sale and Spread the Love Freebies

Monday, November 8
10:00 am - 10:00 pm EDT

FREE Online
 

This is the BIG one. I only have sales once in a blue moon, and I rarely ever sell my tutorials as a stand-alone item. You can be sure the sales items will be something special and so will the give-a-ways.

•  Classes
•  Tutorials
•  Jewelry
•  Give-A-Ways


Those who purchase items 30 days before or after the event will be entitled to cashback on discounts offered per request.

 

 

No Registration Required

If I Could Fly by Holly Gage jewelry artist teacher mentor

EVENT 5: The What If Factor:
Negative Space Caning with Metal Clay 

Monday, November 22 • 1:00 - 3:00 pm EDT
(6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)

FREE Online
 

This presentation asks you, “What If?” What if you tried something new? What if you allowed yourself to explore your mind and talents without the pressures of goals and expectations?  

Holly developed this exciting new technique; called Negative Space Caning when she asked herself, “What if?” Negative Space Caning combines Fine Silver Metal Clay and a combustible material creating intrigue canes. After slicing the canes, assembling the components, and firing them in a kiln, the combustible material disappears, and you are left with elaborate filigree, chambers for enamel, resin, or polymer inlay, and complex patterns easily duplicated for tessellating designs. The time-saving efforts of making one complex cane and slicing it into multiple components make Negative Space Caning practical and fun. Now, I recognize this technique as a springboard idea for looking at and working with Metal Clay in a whole new way.

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For both Live and Online classes you will receive confirmation, details about the class, materials needed, and cancellation policy. 
 

For Online Classes Only:

  1. Prior to class, I will send you a PDF file of the lesson.

  2. Students should arrive to Go to Meeting 5 mins. prior to the first class.

  3. Go to Meeting has a built in clock and it will keep track of time for us. 

  4. If you miss a class, don't worry, I now offer recordings of our sessions.

  5. Bring any creative development homework to the next session.

  6. Although we are all in the jewelry field with several questions, staying focused on the topic of the evening is suggested.

  7. Holly Gage cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties arising from Go to Meeting. Checked your equipment PRIOR to the start of our sessions together. Other people on your personal network may also impede the session, so it is recommended that only one person in your household should use the network at a time.

  8. Please turn off cell phones and other distractions during class. I set of headphones may be helpful.

  9. If technical difficulties prevent an individual from communicating during the group session or impede an entire session, I will communicate with that person after the session to rectify the problem. If technical difficulties disrupt the session, make-up time shall be added to the end of the session.

  10. Note: Please be considerate, your enrollment affects the run of the class, so cancellations less than 3 weeks will be non-refundable. In addition, once materials or the lesson has been given to you the class fee is non-refundable. Please be on time for class, and test your equipment prior to class as this affects all participants involved. I am happy to run a test with you
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