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 Class

Carving and Sculpting in Metal Clay
Wednesdays, Dec. 11, 18, skip Dec 25, Jan. 1) Jan. 8, 15, 29, Feb. 5
 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
(6) week 1-hour live, and interactive online group sessions on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability
$295
 

 

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 (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

3 Spots

Live Online Workshop
Bezel Setting Like a Pro
Thursdays, Dec. 5, 12, 19, skip 26 Jan. 2 • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
(4) week 1-hour live, and interactive online group sessions on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability
$185

 

Bezel Setting Like a Pro
Monday,  Jan. 6, 13, (skip 20) 27, Feb. 3 • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
(4) week 1-hour live, and interactive online group sessions on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability
$185


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
2 spots

Live Online Workshop

Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting
January. 2, 9, (skip) 30, February 6, 13, 20 6:00 – 7:00 PM EST
(6) week 1-hour live, and interactive online group sessions on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability

$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, finishing techniques and more.

Bring to class a 15 – 25 mm flat 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 ® (brand specific), glycerin, Fine silver bezel wire the height of the stone, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.
Basic tools kit. (Bring your favorite metal clays tools, textures.) Advantedge® polishing wheels, 3M bristle wheels®, rotary tool, and plier set.

Full

Live Online Mentoring

Repoussé Effect in Metal Clay
Mondays, Nov. 18 - Dec 16  • 1:00 - 2:00 PM EST
(5) week 1-hour live, and interactive online group sessions on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability
$225


Have Questions? How Do Online Classes Work?


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, so either black and white or color can be used. 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: 25 g low fire Metal Clay, Sculpey® Original Polymer Clay - Beige (White tends to be too soft),  Pencil Drawing or Photograph, Tracing paper,  Carving tools/dental tools, Ball stylus - various sizes,  Photocopier (reduces/enlarges), Toaster Oven, Basic Tool Kit, 400 grit sandpaper,3M polish paper, polishing cloth.

Full

Live Online Workshop

The Art of Designing a Signature Jewelry Line 

Tuesdays, January 28 - March 31 • 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm EST
10 week live, and interactive group session, 90 mins over Go to Meeting

$395


Have Questions? How do Online Classes Work?
 

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 it? 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.

Full

Did you see my Article in Lapidary Journal
Jewelry Artist -  Live Online Workshop

Tropical Flora Lei Brooch
Mondays, Nov. 18 - Dec 16 (skip 23) Dec. 30 - Jan. 13 • 6:00 - 7:00 PM EST
(8) week 1-hour live, and interactive online group sessions on Go to Meeting
 $340


Have Questions? How Do Online Classes Work?

Packed with skills! 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.

  • Exploring new and distinctive ways to set a gem to create a unique and dynamic focal point.

  • Making your own pin back mechanism.

  • Add felting wool optional
     

Materials Needed: 50g 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. Basic tools you need include your favorite metal clays tools, textures. Polishing rotary wheels, embossing tools, ott light and pliers sets are optional.)

Full

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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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