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

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

$295 (Full)
 

Optional UV Kit ($125 + $21.50 shipping = $146.50)   (Orders must be ordered by April 1)

  • UV Light

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

  • Exposure frame

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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.

Full

Live, Interactive Online Workshop
Nefertem Perfume Bottle: God of Perfume Master Class

Monday, April 26 - May 24, 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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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.

Full

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

The Art of Designing a Signature Jewelry Line
Friday, April 9 - June 11, 2021
6:00 PM- 7:30 PM EDT
11:00 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
$395 (Full)

The Art of Designing a Signature Jewelry Line
Thursday, June 10 - Aug 12, 2021
1:00 PM- 2:30 PM EDT
(6:00 pm GMT, 12:00 pm CDT, 11:00 am MDT, 10:00 am PDT)

(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
2 Spots

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Bezel Setting Like A Pro
Tuesday, May 4 - 25, 2021
6:00 PM- 7:00 PM EDT
(11:00 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 (Full)

 

Bezel Setting Like A Pro
Tuesday, June 1 - June 22, 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 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.


"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.

Full
New

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting
Wednesday, April 21 - May 19, 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
$295 (Full)

Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting
Tuesday, July 6- August 3, 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

$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.

Full
New

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Innovative Prong Solutions in Metal Clay

Monday, June 7, 14, 21 (skip 28, 5) July 12, 19, 26
1:00 PM- 2:30 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.

2 Spots

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Peruvian Style Applique Jewelry
Wednesday, June 16 - July 7, 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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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.

4 Spots

Live, Interactive Online Workshop

Elegant Meadow Pods
Tuesday, July 6 - August 3, 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
All levels of ability
$225


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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.

4 Spots

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, 2021
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, 2021, 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.

4 Spots
$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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Holly Gage Jorvik Viking Purse