It's possible with Precious Metal Clay. Fine silver particles are suspended in an organic binder. The resulting "clay" can be rolled, textured, formed, refined and fired in a kiln at 1650F. The binder burns off, the object shrinks about 10%, and you have pure silver metal. It can be worked like metal: soldered, drilled and finished. Students learn
about the various types and forms of PMC and try the basic techniques for
creating and finishing jewelry. Participants will have the opportunity to finish a piece of jewelry to take home from the workshop.
Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Workshop size limited to 10 participants.
Workshop Fee: $125 (includes starter tool kit and one packet of clay)
Additional clay can be purchased from the instructor (~$35 for 16 grams)
Instructor: Paula Coupe
Paula Coupe began studying metalsmithing after she retired from the federal government in 2001. Among the courses she took at The Art League School was Precious Metal Clay with Barbro Eriksdotter Gendell. She continued with her metalsmithing, but always came back to PMC. She was certified to teach by J. Fred Woell and the Rio Rewards Program in 2003. Since then she has continued with her metalwork and teaches PMC Workshops in several locations in the DC area. She continues to learn new techniques from well-known PMC artists, such as Celie Fago, Chris Darway, Kelly Russell, and Barbro Eriksdotter Gendell.