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Here are the events I have confirmed so far.
(More will be coming!)
Beginners are welcome at all of these sessions!
(Any occasional exceptions will be clearly noted.)
Those with some experience can learn new construction and/or finishing techniques.

Date Topic Location

Saturday, June 24
12 Noon to 4 pm
Registration closes June 17.

$70 NHAC Members
$90 Non-Members
(includes materials)

Register at:
North Hills Art Center

Simply Stupendous Silver Cylinders



Make at least one (pendant) or two (earrings) silver pieces in an interesting cylinder / tube shape. The extra-fun thing about these is that the delightful "metal clay" we'll be using will allow them to easily be constructed, if desired, so they are able to swirl when worn!

North Hills Art Center
73432 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412-364-3622
northhillsartcenter.org

Thursday, May 25
12 Noon to 4:30 pm
Registration closes May 18.

$80 NHAC Members
$100 Non-Members
(includes materials)

Register at:
North Hills Art Center

Reversible Woven-Silver Art Jewelry



Learn to work with powdered metal that has been mixed with an organic binder and water to create a clay-like form. For this project we will use a clay that remains somewhat flexible, and thus weave-able, even after it has “dried” out! You will weave strips and strings of this fabulous “metal clay” material to create a unique, reversible piece of sterling silver (.960) art jewelry.

Create either a pendant or a pair of earrings.
These can be any size you wish but, if you are someone who likes big "statement" pieces, then this is the project for you! (The open-weave allows us to create larger pieces with relatively less silver than many other designs.)

North Hills Art Center
73432 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412-364-3622
northhillsartcenter.org
May 14
1 to 4 pm

Register via:
Eventbrite

How Charming!

A great Mother's Day Gift: Make charms to give your mother (or anyone who has served in a motherly role for you). Or treat that mother to the chance of taking this workshop!



Metal clay is an amazing innovation: tiny metal particles are mixed into a moist organic binder. It feels like clay as you texture, shape, and embellish it; then the binder is burned away at temperatures just high enough to turn what’s left into a solid metal featuring your original designs.

In this session you will make at least two fine silver charms — for yourself or to give as gifts! You can make them into a pair of earrings, or later dangle them from a bracelet, necklace, cell phone, key ring, or wherever else strikes your fancy.

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh
1635 McFarland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 341-2299

May 3
1 to 4 pm

Register via:
Eventbrite

Let's Get Twisted!



Let’s play with some metal clay! We’ll use a special formula that remains somewhat flexible even until it's been fired. That will let us twist it around in various interesting ways, to make decorative elements or to create custom designs for later beading or wirework.

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh
1635 McFarland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 341-2299

Four Monday Afternoons
April 3, 10, 17, and 24
12 Noon to 5 p.
Registration closes March 27.

$240 NHAC Members
$260 Non-Members
(includes materials)

Register at:
North Hills Art Center

Ready—Set—Silver

In this four-session class (five hours each), we’ll have plenty of time to explore a range of general techniques for constructing and finishing art jewelry pieces using several different silver metal clays. You should be able to complete four unique, reversible pieces: flat, curved, draped, layered, or hollow designs that may be used as pendants, earrings, or other decorative items.

This session includes an extra treat! There are a number of ways to set stones in this medium and we will examine several styles that you may use. Beginners can accomplish this on their first try, while those with some previous metal clay experience can enjoy adding these to their repertoire!

North Hills Art Center
73432 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412-364-3622
northhillsartcenter.org
April 13
12 Noon to 5 pm

Register via:
Eventbrite

Sparkle-Dome Pendants!



Learn to make a "lentil-shape" pendant that you'll be proud to wear on its own, or that you can later string as a focal point in your own beaded creation. If you wish, you can also learn an interesting way to add a cubic zirconia to one side in order to increase the bling-factor on your stunning, silver creation.

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh
1635 McFarland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 341-2299

April 6
6 to 9 pm

Register via:
Eventbrite

Lovely Silver Nests



In this workshop you will make a pendant (or, if you prefer, a pair of earrings) hand-decorated with silver strings and balls that can easily be shaped into an interesting "nest" design. Once you see the process you can arrange them in a different pattern if you choose. Either way, you will end up with a unique, reversible, piece of silver art jewelry.

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh
1635 McFarland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 341-2299

March 27
1 to 4 pm

Register via:
Eventbrite

Easy Earring Extravaganza!



Have you heard all the buzz about metal clays? Have you wondered what it's like to create with them? This will be the simplest, most fun, yet low-key introduction possible where, in three hours, each participant will create lovely, unique, art jewelry: fine silver (.999) earrings!

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh
1635 McFarland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 341-2299

Two Thursday Evenings
March 23 & 30
6 to 9 pm
Registration closes March 16.

$70 NHAC Members
$90 Non-Members
(includes materials)

Register at:
North Hills Art Center

Beautiful Bronze — Wearable Art!



Session #2 – See Details Below

North Hills Art Center
73432 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412-364-3622
northhillsartcenter.org
March 13
1 to 4 pm

Register via:
Eventbrite

Reversible Draped Silver Pendants



Make a truly unique fine silver pendant by learning how to roll and drape thin sheets of "metal clay". Metal clays (PMC-brand and others) are among the newest contributions to the metalsmith’s toolkit. One of the most interesting “metal clay” techniques, yet one that is easily performed even by absolute beginners in this medium, is to roll and texture thin sheets of clay, drape them like fabric into interesting folds, cut out an interesting shape, and add a few decorative flourishes (if desired), to end up with a unique, reversible, sterling silver (.960) art jewelry pendant.

The Artsmiths of Pittsburgh
1635 McFarland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 341-2299

Saturday, March 4
12 Noon to 5:00 pm

$80
(includes materials)

Save $5!
Register for this by:
February 8


Save $5!
Take both this AND the
Silver Buttons class!


Yes, that means you can
save a total of $15 if you
register for BOTH the
Silver and Bronze
buttons classes
AND do so by
February 8!


To register, send email to the address at the bottom of this page.

Registration Closes on
February 24
(at the end of IKS)

Your Very Own Hand-made Bronze Buttons!

Take this class instead of, or in addition to, the silver-buttons class at Indie Knit & Spin, described above!

We will start by exploring some basics of button-making, so each person can design some that will be best suited to their needs. Then we'll use bronze metal clay to make some buttons!

You can make buttons with holes (as in the silver-button session at IKS) but, with the extra time we'll take with bronze, we'll also cover how to make them with shanks on the back should you prefer that design.

If you need your buttons to be a specific size, please bring those measurements. Better yet, if you can, bring any pieces on which you want to use your buttons, and we'll cover ways to measure that to be sure you'll get what you want!



Your buttons will be fired and tumble-polished after class.

Since bronze can be a bit tricky, if any of your pieces should come out of the kiln needing repairs, you'll be notified and (at no extra charge) we'll schedule a time for you to fix them so they can be refired.

I'll also announce a basic-finishing class specifically for those who want to learn that, rather than just having them be tumble-polished for you.

One week after
Indie Knit & Spin


Convergent Series Studio
Wilkins School Community Center
7604 Charleston Street
Swissvale, PA 15218





Saturday, February 25
12 Noon to 3:30 pm

$80
(includes materials)

To register, send email to the address at the bottom of this page.

Registration Closes on
February 17

Save $5!
Register for this by:
February 8


Save $5!
Take both this AND the
Bronze Buttons class!


Yes, that means you can
save a total of $15 if you
register for both the
Silver AND Bronze
buttons classes
and do so by
February 8!

Your Very Own Hand-made Silver Buttons!
(Designed for folks attending Indie Knit & Spin,
but others are welcome too!)

You found the perfect artisanal yarn or other great fiber product. You spent time fashioning it into a marvelous hand-made item. Now it’s time to take the next step and add your very own hand-made buttons as closures or embellishments!

In this workshop you (yes, you!) will create your own sterling silver buttons. We’ll use a relatively new technique involving reclaimed metals in a finely powdered form. They come mixed with an organic binder and water to yield a substance that feels almost like a silky-soft clay. You will roll this over a textured surface to impress a design. We’ll have pastry cutters and decorative scissors you can use to cut the outlines of your buttons, and you’ll learn how to smooth out the edges, add the necessary holes, and finish the surface so it will have a beautiful shine.

Demonstrations will cover several designs about one inch across. Participants following that lead should be able to complete at least three sterling silver buttons in the class. (Adjust the count up or down a bit if you prefer a different size.) For those who work fast and have enough interest in making more, additional packets of the silver material will be available for you to purchase to make extras.

If you need your buttons to be a specific size, please bring those measurements. Better yet, if you can, bring any pieces on which you want to use your buttons, and we'll cover ways to measure that to be sure you'll get what you want!

And there’s no need to limit yourself to buttons! With just minor adjustments in the size and placement of the holes in your pieces, you can end up with bracelet charms, pendants, or earrings. The instructor’s sample buttons will be available for purchase at the end of the session. Class participants will have first choice, then they’ll be offered to others attending the Indie Knit & Spin event.

During Indie Knit & Spin
Convergent Series Studio
Wilkins School Community Center
7604 Charleston Street
Swissvale, PA 15218

Session #1
Four Thursday Afternoons
Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 16
1 to 4 pm
Registration closed on Feb 16.

OR

Session #2
Two Thursday Evenings
Feb 23, Mar 2, 9, 16
6 to 9 pm

Registration for remaining
seats extended to Feb 21!

Register at:
North Hills Art Center


$165 NHAC Members
$185 Non-Members
(includes materials)

Introduction to Precious Metal Clay

In this intensive class, you will learn how to work with both fine silver and sterling silver metal clays.

You will be guided through the creation of at least three pieces of silver art jewelry, pendants and/or earrings, which can easily be made fully reversible. You will explore textured, draped, embellished, hollow and woven designs.

Your pieces will be kiln-fired between sessions and you'll learn a set of finishing techniques to further enhance your creations.

North Hills Art Center
73432 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412-364-3622
northhillsartcenter.org
Sunday, Febrary 12
12 Noon to 3:30 pm

Registration closed on
February 8

$65
(includes materials)

To register, send email to the address at the bottom of this page.

Especially for Valentines!

Silver hearts are fun and easy to make as pendants or earrings! Come and learn about using silver metal clay to make one as a gift for someone dear to your heart; or come with a partner and make them for each other; or ask your sweetheart to buy you this class as a gift — there are lots of options, even if you’re a complete beginner!

(A few days before Valentine's Day, I encourage you to think of love and hearts, but I won't lock you into making hearts! We'll have small pastry cutters in a whole range of shapes and sizes, hearts and otherwise, plus crafting scissors and more, so lots of other shapes are possible too!)

The class fee covers both the tuition and enough silver to make one pendant (approximately 1 inch long) or one pair of earrings. Extra material will be available for purchase if you'd like to work bigger or make several pieces. Chains and ear-wires will also be available for purchase.

Your pieces will be kiln-fired for you after class, a little bit of magic that will turn your clay-like creation into actual silver! If you're making a special gift to give on the 14th, know that your piece(s) will be available for you to pick up by Monday evening if you want. We will discuss other options during this class.

Convergent Series Studio

Wilkins School Community Center
7604 Charleston Street
Swissvale, PA 15218

Session #1
Two Monday Afternoons
January 30 & February 6
1 to 4 pm
Registration closed on Jan 23.

OR

Session #2
Two Thursday Evenings
March 23 & 30
6 to 9 pm
Registration closes March 16.

$70 NHAC Members
$90 Non-Members
(includes materials)

Register at:
North Hills Art Center

Beautiful Bronze — Wearable Art!

Spend two sessions creating one or more beautiful, reversible bronze pieces of art jewelry. You will have the option of adding a cubic zirconia to one side.

  • Day 1: Learn to work with metal clay.
  • Between classes, your creations will be kiln fired.
  • Day 2: You’ll be introduced to several different metalsmithing techniques to finish your pieces.
    Depending on the techniques you choose to use for finishing you may purchase extra clay and spend part of the second session creating a few more pieces. (These will be fired for you after class, and returned to NHAC.)
North Hills Art Center
73432 Babcock Blvd
Pittsburgh, PA 15237
412-364-3622
northhillsartcenter.org

A few hints about other events
that I hope will be coming soon.


Now that I have my schedule for North Hills and Artsmiths, I plan to set some other sessions at my studio too. Topics I'm considering for this spring and early summer include (but are not limited to):
  • Make a Ring! (two different sessions, to cover two different styles)
  • Incorporate some Glass! (a two-session workshop)
  • Another variation on decorating Hollow Domed Beads (always a favorite!)
  • Let me know what others you'd like to attend!
Convergent Series Studio
Wilkins School Community Center
7604 Charleston Street
Swissvale, PA 15218

I willl admit that I find it a challenge to keep up with all the various online sites where I could / should post class information these days. But if you want to see if there are any other workshops or classes that pique your interest, feel free to see if any of these got updated before this site:

Other Locations

I am happy to offer workshops at other locations:

  • If you know of another suitable site, please let them know about me!
  • If you manage such a site, please let me know!

Further Options

Additional Workshops in My Studio

Garden Web Pendant with Jade

Pick YOUR Date!

Often when I schedule workshops, people say, "I'd like to take that one, but can't make it on that date..."

So here's another option: you pick the date!

  • Because the schedule at my studio can be fairly flexible, let me know if there's something you'd like to learn!
  • I'm always happy to schedule a private lesson (just you) or semi-private session (you and a friend or two).
  • Once I have several people interested in a particular project or technique, we can sort out a date and time that will work for all!
  • Or, we can talk about options for meeting at one of my other occasional sites, or even at one that you can arrange.
Convergent Series Studio
Wilkins School Community Center
7604 Charleston Street
Swissvale, PA 15218

Garden Web Pendant, Mosaic side with Citrine

I hold additional events at other sites...

Have Metals — Will Travel!

I also offer private lessons and home parties at your site
where you can learn about metal clays ...
or just relax and shop from my many creations!

If you can't wait for a regular class or sales event, do get in touch and let's see what can be worked out.

And please remember my blog! Its intended audience includes students of mine and fellow-creators who use powder metallurgy / metal clay techniques. Whether you read the content in detail, or just browse the sample photos I try to include with most items, do feel free to leave comments there, especially where I present something you'd like to learn! (I also list upcoming events in the right sidebar, often sooner than I get them up here.)

Also, of course, if you know of another venue (e.g., gallery or shop) that might be interested in carrying my work or hosting any of my workshops, do let me know. Thanks!

And host still other activities at my studio!



The best way to make initial contact with me is via email:
convergentseries [AT] gmail [DOT] com


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