Scheduled   Workshops

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I love teaching, so I travel the world to offer Metal Clay with metalsmith classes, and lecture on new techniques. My presentations emphasize developing the creativity of the artist within. Innovative technique and design based lessons are presented to inspire, strengthen technique and design skills, and elevate the student's abilities to the next level.

Not seeing a class near you? Check out my Online Interactive Classes or Contact me  at 717-445-5755 or by e-mail me at hgage1@ptd.net to schedule a class at your nearby guild or center.

Live Online Workshop
Carving and Sculpting in Metal Clay
Tuesday, May 19 - June 23 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
(6) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability

$255 (Usually $275) (FULL)


Have Questions? How do Online Classes Work?

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 Metal Clay (PMC Sterling 925 and Art Clay Fine Silver mixed 1:1 ratio - 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

Full

Live Online Workshop

Designing with Intention
Friday, May 29 - July 31 • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM EST
(10) week live, and interactive group session, 90 mins over Go to Meeting
$395 (FULL)

 


Designing with Intention
Tuesdays, June 23 - Sept 1 (skip July 7) • 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM EST
(10) week group sessions • 90 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
$395

 



Have Questions? How do Online Classes Work?

 

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 little to 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.

Full
2 Spots

Ever-Changing World: Kinetic Jewelry
Wednesday, June 10 - July 15 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
(6) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability

$255 (Lockdown special usually $275)


 

Have Questions? How do Online Classes Work?

 

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 a picture. This item is meant to stimulate your creativity, so no anxiety necessary.
 

Materials Needed: 960 Silver Metal Clay 25g (PMC Sterling 925 and Art Clay Fine Silver mixed 1:1 ratio) or your favorite 950 or 960 brand, option gems 3 - 5 mm, 6” 14 gauge sterling wire, medium to heavyweight plastic stenciling paper for templates, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth, basic tools kit (your favorite metal clays tools), carving tools, #52 & #67 twist drill bit, riveting hammer, steel hammer plate, 3M polishing papers, flexible shaft or rotary tool, Silicone polishers both a wheel and knife-edge shape for Silver,  (coarse, medium, fine) and 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine for rotary tool.

2 Spots

Live Online Workshop

Nefertem Perfume Bottle: God of Perfume
Thursdays, June 11 - July 9  • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability
$225 (Lockdown special, usually $255) (FULL)

 


Have Questions? How do Online Classes Work?
The earliest use of perfume bottles is credited to the Egyptians with Nefertem being the god of perfume, beauty, and healing. Our lesson will focus on creating an original bottle design by using radial symmetry and balance concepts in our planning. We’ll start with a combustible core in which to form our hollow construction, apply a foot to the bottle, and a flange at the top. Repetitive design elements of varying sizes will be used in dry to dry construction techniques to decorate the surface of the bottle, and an ornamental bottle stopper and stem will finish it off elegantly. I think you will be surprised you can achieve complex construction with step by step instruction and proper planning.

Materials:
960 Silver Metal Clay (PMC Sterling 925 and Art Clay Fine Silver mixed 1:1 ratio)  texture sheets, Wood or cork clay, Elmer® Gel glue, 3M polishing papers, Rubber polishing wheels for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, A block of polymer clay to make "props" for dimensional forms, Basic Tool Kit.

Full

Live Online Workshop
Pivotal Moments
Mondays June 15 - July 20 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
(6) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability
$255 (Lockdown special usually $275) FULL

 



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 of setting all stones at once, and the romance of pearls.

Materials Needed: 960 Silver Metal Clay (PMC Sterling 925 and Art Clay Fine Silver mixed 1:1 ratio) 2 – 5mm fire in place gems (dark colors, no nano gems), 2 half-drilled pearls 3 – 5 mm, 18g hard sterling wire, 16 junk wire, Super Sculpey® Original (beige) 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.

Full

Live Online Workshop

Bezel Setting Like a Pro
Wed, May 13, 20, 27, June 3 • 6:00 pm -7:00 pm EST?

(4) week 1-hour live, and interactive online group sessions on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability
$185 (FULL)

Bezel Setting Like A Pro
Mondays, June 15 - July 6 • 6:00 pm -7:00 pm EST
(4) week 1-hour live, and interactive online group sessions on
Go to MeetingAll levels of ability

$185 (FULL)


Have Questions? How do Online Classes Work?

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 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 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)  Faceted stones, cabs or glass cabs welcome – please stay away from irregularly shaped stones until you gain confidence and experience with this technique.



 

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. Advantedge polishing wheels, 3M bristle wheels, rotary tool, and plier set.

 

Do you need a nice cabochon for your project. Check out my husband, Christopher Gage's 10 at 10 am on Thursday Auctions.
 

Full
Full

Live Online Workshop

Innovative Prong Solutions
Thursdays, May 28 - July 2 • 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
(6) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
$255 (Lockdown special usually $275) (FULL)


 

Have Questions? How do Online Classes Work?

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: (2) 25 g pkgs. PMC3 or low fire Art clay, 3M polish paper, 400 grit sandpaper, polishing cloth, Advantedge polishing wheels designated for silver, 3M bristle wheels, designated for silver, rotary tool, burnisher, your favorite metal clays tools, textures,

Full

Live Online Workshop

Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting
Tuesday, May 5 - June 2 • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability
$275 (Lockdown special usually $295) FULL


Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting
Wednesday, May 6 - June 3 • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EST
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability
$275 (Lockdown special usually $295) FULL

Romancing the Stone:  Reverse Stone Setting 
Wednesday, July 1 - July 29 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability

$275 (Lockdown special usually $295)
 

Have Questions? How do Online Classes Work?

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, 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®, Glycerin, A Stone 15 – 25 mm, Fine silver bezel wire, 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, Advantedge® Rubber polishing wheels for Silver: coarse 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.

Full
Full
New

Professional Finishing Techniques
Mondays, July 13 & 20 • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
(2) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability
$80



Putting the finishing touches on a favorite piece can take it from good to great. The main focus of this class will be on using your rotary tool and various attachments to get that professional look. Learn which attachment to use for different jobs from shaping, to sanding, smoothing, and polishing; how to get in nooks and crannies; how to polish textures and smooth finishes; how to remove tool marks on bezels and prongs; and how to achieve different finishes from ghost finishes to mirror finishes.

The demo is for silver, but you can bring other metals and your own appropriate labeled wheels for that metal and I can help you navigate that as well.

 

Materials List:
Handheld rotary tool of choice - Dremel, Foredom, flex shaft, etc., 1/32 collet fitting for the rotary tool or have an adjustable tool head to accept rotary attachments,  Craft Foam Paper 3mm thick.

You may choose to get the disks individually or the kits mentioned here.
- EVE Silicone Polisher Kit
https://www.riogrande.com/product/polisher-advantedge-unmtd-kit/3326001
- Mandrels, Stainless Steel 1/16" Screw Mandrel, 3/32" Shank
  https://www.riogrande.com/product/screw-mandrel-304-stainless-steel/333120
- 3M 3/4" DiameterRadial Bristle Disc Kit
  http://www.riogrande.com/Product/3M-3-4-DiameterRadial-Bristle-Disc-Kit/332597?Pos=4

1 Spot

Due to the Coronavirus the Retreat is Rescheduled to June 14 - 18, 2021

1 Spot Opened
Whimsical Critter Retreat by Holly Gage

Conference

Metal Clay Artists Symposium

August 27 - 30, 2020

at Sawtooth School for Visual Art

251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
To register, go to: https://www.mcas2020.com/

Here is a great gathering of new and experienced Metal Clay artists. Join a workshop or a number of stimulating activities planned:
 

 

  • TORCH TRIALS!

  • METAL CLAY ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

  • TECHNIQUE DISCOVERY WORKSHOPS

  • VENDORS

  • MARKETPLACE

  • PRODUCT

  • PLAYGROUND

  • BREAKOUT

  • SESSIONS

  • MEET THE TEACHERS

  • CHARM SWAP, COFFEE

  • & DONUTS!

  • METAL CLAY EXPRESSIONS III EXHIBIT


Workshops

Ever-Changing World: Kinetic Pendant
with Holly Gage
Friday and Saturday, August 28 & 29, 2020
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
2-day Class
Intermediate, Advanced, Beginners who understand basic principles
https://www.mcas2020.com/product-page/ever-changing-world-kinetic-pendant

 

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 a picture. This item is meant to stimulate your creativity.
All basic tools needed for class will be available. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, carving tools, flexible shaft or rotary tool, hand vise, riveting hammer, steel hammer plate, all optional.)


Kit includes:
• 50g of hand-mix 960 (PMC Sterling and Art Clay Silver),

• (5) Gems 3 - 5 mm
• 1.5” 14 gauge sterling wire

• Stencil paper for templates

• 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.

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Igniting the Inferno of Creative Desire
with Holly Gage
Sunday, August 30, 2019, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
https://www.mcas2020.com/product-page/igniting-the-inferno-of-creative-desire

 

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

These workshops are a part of the Metal Clay Artists Symposium and require the purchase of the General Registration.

Full
$1.00

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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, you can catch up at the next session where I will give a quick review of the prior session.

  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
    if need be.

 

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To contact Holly
hgage1@ptd.net
Lancaster, PA USA
717-445-5755

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