Instructions at your own pace. 
Class Time Options:

 

• Recommended class time:
Recommended class time is listed under each class. This option is for students who want detailed instruction with Holly Gage, major demos, teacher observation on major techniques, and some work time together and on your own. We will cover all the major points and depending on the student work speed, this should be sufficient time for the lesson. More time can be added if needed.
 

• Less than recommended
class time:

Recommended for students who want to see major demos, however, you are interested in working independently on your own.

Live, Interactive
One-to-One Online Classes

with all the tricks, tips, and techniques you'd expect

Treat yourself to a class! Today's technology allows me to connect with students across the state or across the world. Live and Interactive sessions via Go to Meeting enables us to engage in a lesson almost as if we were across the table from each other.
• All lessons cover design and technical skills.

• Hands-on demos allow you to see every step.
• Teacher observation and work time for the student ensures concepts are understood.
• Step by step instructional handout with photos for you to keep.

• Files, notes, photos, or even links are used during the live discussion.
• Sessions scheduled at your convenience.


To register use the form at the bottom of the page

 

All the classes listed on this page are typically 2-day classes when presented in person, except where indicated.  You can choose to do all aspects of the class with me, or work partially on your own. Students always ask how much time should they schedule for a class? The time recommendations under each class give you all the services listed above and are assuming students will do some work on their own. The level of detailed instruction depends on the time "you" choose to spend with me based on your individual need. (The schedule on the left and/or the recommendations should help you choose. However, any online class requires a minimum of 2 hrs. student participation.)
 

To see all pre-scheduled classes see the Workshops Page

Carving and Sculpting in
Metal Clay
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

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 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.

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
6 hrs or more recommended

Romancing the Stone: Reverse Stone Setting
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

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.
 

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
6 hrs or more recommended

Stone Setting Like A Pro
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

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 class you will learn to make 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 then fired. 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 register use the form at the bottom of the page
4 hrs or more recommended

Repoussé Effects in
Metal Clay
with
instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

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.

 

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
5 hrs or more recommended

Tropical Flora Lei Brooch
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

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. Finally, I will assist you in exploring new and distinctive ways to set a gem to create a unique and dynamicfocal point, and your own pin back.

 

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
8 hrs or more recommended

Elegant Meadow Pods
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

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.

To register use the form at the bottom of the page

6 hrs or more recommended

Negative Space Caning©
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

Negative Space Caning© is a workshop focusing on: creating filigree; chambers for resin; enamel, or polymer inlay; and patterns easily duplicated for tessellating designs by combining Metal Clay and a combustible material that disappears after firing in a kiln.This exciting new technique developed by Holly Gage, is a springboard idea for looking at, and working with Metal Clay in a whole new way.
 

Part 1: Class will include a presentation and handouts on the basic cane making process, what combustible materials are suitable for the process, as well as simple and advanced assembly techniques. You will also learn how to make a complex cane. Your finished piece will be of your own design, ready for polishing and a patina at the workshop, or inlaid on your own.

Optional Part 2: You will learn how to add a resin inlay. The glassy effects are stunning with silver surrounding each chamber.

 

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
6 hrs or more Part 1, 1 hr or more Part 2 recommended

Pivotal Moments Pendant
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

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 revealing a before and after moment, unique gem setting techniques, and the romance of pearls.
 

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
6 hrs or more recommended

Jorvik Viking Purse
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

This chain drawn 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 photo polymer 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 sheep skin 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.
 

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
6 hrs or more recommended

Modern Hawaiian Petroglyph Pendant
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

Petroglyphs or primitive rock carvings can be found all over the islands in Hawaii. The symbols tell the stories of the ancient Hawaiian people. Presented is a modern take on the traditional Hawaiian Petroglyph. This fun, mixed-media project designed by Holly Gage and Gordon Uyehara will include sand, base and silver metal clays, and pearls. You will learn step by step how to make the beautiful framework in silver clay, capture the hardened sand, and inlay your base metal petroglyph symbol. Cleverly hidden wires allow you to decorate your framework with pearls.
 

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
6 hrs or more recommended

Peruvian Applique
Style Jewelry
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

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 a demo highlighting the applique technique, gem setting,  as well as finishing techniques.

 

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
2 hrs or more recommended

Jewelry That Rocks!
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

Music is a powerful trigger to our senses. Music can have energy, movement, and emotion. For this lesson, we will let different musical selections guide the way as we explore design and line, and transform the musical melody into an inspired pair of earrings or pendant.

 

The jewelry will be made with a Music CD set in a frame of fine silver. The techniques learned include cutting the CD, riveting, and polymer plate making, with an emphasis on how line is used to create motion, tension, drama, and direction in your surface embellishments.​

 

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
4 hrs or more recommended

Ever-Changing World: Kinetic Jewelry
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

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.​

 

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
8 hrs or more recommended

Empowered Goddess
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

We worship goddesses for their strength and beauty and for years I have been creating goddesses with empowering traits. They usually have the characteristics I wish I possessed. Instead, I wear my goddess to
empower me.
 

Part 1: Making the Base and Prongs

One of the methods I use to set Titanium and other objects is with hand built prongs. So come with me on an exploratory trip into incorporating Titanium, or any found object of your choice, into a piece of fine artisan jewelry. In the process you’ll learn how to work with any uniquely shaped item whether it is titanium, a shell, coral, a branch or other found object. You will learn how to make and incorporate handmade prongs into your work, proper placement and structural consideration for the prongs, basics do’s and don’ts of prong making, as well learning how to design with shrinkage in mind.
 

Part 2: Adding the Bezel and Stone

The key to a professionally set stone is with good craftsmanship and a clean and well-finished bezel. During class you will learn to make a bezel for a stone of your choice using fine silver bezel wire. The bezel will be attached to the base made in part 1, which has been designed and fired in class. 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 is seamless.

To register use the form at the bottom of the page
12 hrs or more recommended (Typically 3 days when presented in person)

Student's Choice
with instructor Holly Gage

All levels of ability

Do you have something specific in mind you'd like to learn and don't see it here? Have no fear, I have lots of techniques and skills up my sleeve and I'd be happy to teach them to you. Send me a request and I'll see if I can help.  I'd be happy to estimate the time for your suggested lesson.


To register use the form at the bottom of the page

Registration:
Please Fill out the request form below and hit the send button. In the Message area please include your:

  • Name

  • 2 choice options for request dates, and length of time

  • City, State, or Providence

  • Phone number

I will return your e-mail with exact date and confirmation.

Here's how it works:

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

  2. Included with the lesson is a "Materials List" with items you will need to purchase in order to do the lesson.

  3. Lessons will be tailored to your ability, recommended class length is under each class description. You may add time if needed at any point.

  4. To prepare for our meeting assemble your supplies and an adequate space to work where your camera can be positioned, so I can see what you are doing.

  5. We will use Go to Meeting. You need only follow an invitation link I'll send you prior to class. Give yourself an extra minute or two to sign in for the first class. You will need a device with a camera.

  6. To prepare for our meeting think about your questions or your personal goals ahead of time. You can ask any applicable questions you need during class. I prefer to keep questions for class time verses e-mail so I can discuss details.

  7. Before the next lesson, I request you take a picture(s) of your piece and send these files to me at least 30 mins. before each class if not sooner — stopping to upload pictures and files disrupts  "your" time. During the session, I can reference it and describe what needs to be done next.

  8. Holly Gage cannot be held responsible for technical difficulties arising from means beyond her control or poor connections.  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, YOU. If technical difficulties prevent you from communicating during the session or impedes an entire session, I will communicate with you after the session by
    e-mail to make arrangements to rectify the problem.

  9. Class payment can be made by Paypal or Credit card. Gage Designs will show up on
    your statement.

  10. We can set up all of our meetings ahead of time and add a session as need be.
     

Cancellation Policy: Things come up, so if you can't make an appointment, a 24 hour notice is needed and the session can be rescheduled at no charge. If less than 24 hours then 100% of the session will be charged as I am blocking time just for you and planning around our time together.

 

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

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