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, however, 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.

Live, Interactive Online Workshop
Ever-Changing World: Kinetic Jewelry
Friday, February. 12 - March 19 • 6:00 - 7:00 pm EST
(11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST)
(6) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability
$275
(Full)

 



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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 960 Silver Metal Clay 25g (PMC Sterling 925 and Art Clay 'fine silver' mixed 1:1 ratio) or your favorite 950 or 960 brand, optional 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, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, Kiln.

Full

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Jorvik Viking Purse
Thursday, April 29 - June 3, 2021
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EST
(11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST)
(6) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

$295

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This chain draw-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 photopolymer 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 sheepskin 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, UV light, 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, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, Kiln.

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Live, Interactive Online Workshop
Nefertem Perfume Bottle: God of Perfume Master Class
Tuesday, February 16 - March 16, 2021

11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
4:00 pm GMT, 10:00 pm CST, 9:00 am MST, 8:00 am, PST
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability

$275 (Full)

Nefertem Perfume Bottle: God of Perfume Master Class

Monday, April 26 - May 24, 2021

1:00 PM- 2:00 PM EST
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6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability

$275

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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:
Art Clay Silver 25 g and PMC Sterling 925 25g  (we will mix our own 960, which s 50/50 of each clay),  texture sheets, Wood or cork clay, Elmer® Gel glue, 3M polishing papers, 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, A block of polymer clay to make "props" for dimensional forms, Basic Tool Kit, Kiln.

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Live, Interactive Online Workshop

The Art of Designing a Signature Jewelry Line
Tuesdays, January 19 - March 30, 2021 (skip 2/9)
6:00 PM- 7:30 PM EST
11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST
(10) week group sessions • 90 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting 

All levels of ability

$395 (FULL)

The Art of Designing a Signature Jewelry Line
Friday, April 9 - June 11, 2021
6:00 PM- 7:30 PM EST
11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST
(10) week group sessions • 90 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
$395

 

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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 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
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Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Bezel Setting Like A Pro
Wednesday, February 17 - March 10, 2021

6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EST
11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST

(4) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
All levels of ability
$ 195 (Full)

Bezel Setting Like A Pro
Wednesday, March 24 - April 14, 2021
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EST
11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST
(4) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability

$ 195 (Full)

 

Bezel Setting Like A Pro
Thursday, March 25 - April 15, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:00 PM EST

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6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)
(4) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability

$ 195 (Full)

Bezel Setting Like A Pro
Thursday, April 22 - May 13, 2021
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EST
(11:00 pm GMT, 5:00 pm CST, 4:00 pm MST, 3:00 pm PST)
(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 place holder, 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.


You may also want to work out your design on paper and bring it to 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® type (brand specific), glycerin, fine silver bezel wire the height of the stone, 400 sandpaper, 3 M polishing papers, polishing cloth.
Bring your favorite metal clays tools, textures. Polishing 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, and a set of pliers. 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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Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Peruvian Style Applique Jewelry
Wednesday, March 3 - 24, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST


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6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)
(4) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
Great for beginners! • All levels of ability
$185



 


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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 demos highlighting:
• Basic Tools
• Rolling & Cutting Metal Clay with ease​​
• Creating Your Own Texture with the Applique Technique
• Wet and Dry Construction
• Adding a Bail
• Understanding Shrinkage
• Understanding Sintering
• Firing your Piece with a Torch or in a Kiln
• Making Wire-like Forms in Metal Clay
• Fire in Place Bezel Gem Setting
• Best Practices for Construction 

• Making Holes in Metal Clay for Jump Rings and Dangles
• Finishing Techniques

• Liver of sulfur patinas
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: Fine Silver Metal Clay such as PMC3 or low fire Art Clay 25g, 2- 5 mm fire in place gems ( must withstand 1650 ˚F or torch firing). 400 grit sandpaper, 3M polish paper, polishing cloth. tumbler or Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, liver of sulfur, basic tool kit, also your favorite metal clays tools, Torch or Kiln. 25 g size restriction with torch use.

2 Spots

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Carving and Sculpting in Metal Clay
Mondays, March 15 -April 19, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
12:00 pm CDT, 11:00 am MDT, 10:00 am PDT
(6) weeks group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability

$295 (Full)
 

 

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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 Fine 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, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) for rotary tool, 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine, Props for dimensional forms, Basic Tool Kit, Kiln.

Full

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting
Wednesday, April 21 - May 19, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

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6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)
(5) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
$295


 


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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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Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Whimsical Critters Master Class

Mondays, January 11 - March 8
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST
(8) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting
$450 (FULL)

 

 

Whimsical Critters Master Class
Tuesday, April 13 -  June 1, 2021 

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
(
6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)

(8) week group sessions • 60 min. Live & Interactive on Go to Meeting

All levels of ability
$450




Optional UV Kit ($125 + $21.50 shipping = $146.50)   (Orders must be ordered by Mar. 16)

  • UV Light

  • (5) 3 x 2/12 steel-backed photopolymer plates,

  • Exposure frame


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Bold Critters full of personality are ready to jump right off your bench. This masterclass is for those seeking a sense of fun and whimsy in their work making it hard not to chuckle along the way. Using Photopolymer plate-making techniques you'll create your own textures, as well as utilizing found textures to form the Metal Clay body of your favorite critter. This outer layer will be laid over a “backbone” structure creating a hollow form. Using dried to dried construction you'll put the critter together allowing you to explore proper dimensional construction, forming, and carving.

Finally, you will be presented with options for including a gleaming glass eye. Either a premade eye from a professional glass artist will be fired in place in a 2-part firing, or you will learn how to hand paint your own and add it in a cold connection.

 

Material List:

20 g + 5 g Art Clay Fine Silver and 25g  PMC Sterling 925 (We will make our own 960 using a 50/50 mix of the Fine Silver and PMC 925), Your own original drawing or photograph, Borosilicate Glass Eye (test fire to 1250˚ F), buy or bring, UV Light, (5) 2 x 2.75 Steel backed photopolymer plates, Exposure frame, Soft brush, Overhead Projector Sheets compatible with your printer, Black fine tip markers of any 3 sizes, Super Sculpey® Original Polymer Clay (Beige) or Sculpey® Premo (light color), 21 g. Sterling Wire if you are making a pin, #0 Conical rubber shaper, Carving tools or dental tools of your choice, Needle files, Diamond drill bit assortment, Needle files, 1/8” foam paper or applicator for smoothing, 3M polish paper, 400 grit sandpaper, polishing cloth, Rotary tool, Eve® Rubber polishing wheels and knife-edge for Silver, blue (medium), pink (fine) and 3M Radial Bristle Brushes 400 grit to fine for rotary tool., Basic Tool Kit (whatever you have), Kiln.

If painting your own glass eyes:
Vitrea 160 paints, white black, and the colors you want to paint the eye.
Glass cabochons the size you want for the eyes.
Aves Apoxie Clay (2 part epoxy clay)
 

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Conference

Metal Clay Artists Symposium

August 26 - 29, 2021

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 27 & 28, 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 29, 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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hgage1@ptd.net
Lancaster, PA USA
717-445-5755

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