Classes and Workshops

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"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time." ~ Thomas Merton ~

Metal Clay Fundamentals
 2014 Class Schedule 

The following classes are held at the Visual Arts Center. This is where you can see full descriptions, rates, and sign up for the class.

Metal Clay FundamentalsThursday Evenings July 17 through Aug 21 from 6:30 - 9:00pm 
Metal Clay is a wonderful jewelry making material that can be manipulated like ceramic clay, but when fired results in a pure silver object. Make your own textures and templates, create reversible designs, apply decorative appliquès, and much more. Tools will be provided and materials will be sold to students in class at a discount.

Metal Clay Beads - Wednesday Evenings Aug 6 through September 3 from 6pm to 9pm
Beads can be a gateway to making boxes and other containers. Learn to construct four different, 3D hollow beads in fine silver metal clay. Using a number of ordinary household objects as building forms, we make 'pillow', 'tube', 'lentil' and 'stilted' beads and discuss how these forms can be altered to make a variety of other objects. Previous experience with metal clay is a plus.

*** California's Metal Clay by the Bay -September 5 through September 8th.
Friday August 5 - Hollow Rings. Read the description and buy the class
Sunday and Monday August 7/8 - Captured Memories Reliquary. Read the description and buy the class
Sign ups are only through the MCBTB Website at the links above! 

Winter schedule at VisArts to be announced. Please check back.

Studiolo Certification Classes 

Level One - Saturday 6/28 and Sunday 6/29 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Level Two - Saturday 9/27 and Sunday 9/28 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Level Three - Saturday 4/26 and Sunday 4/27 from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
Please go here for more information, here for fees. Call 866-PMC-CLAY (866-762-2529) to register. These classes are held at my private studio in Richmond. For more information, please feel free to email me.


Everyone has an artist dwelling within them. Some have already begun to explore their creative vision, some are still waiting to bring it forth. Metal clay is a unique material, a new technology that allows the artist to form jewelry in an organic, tactile way unlike any other tradition they may have previously known. Fire in the form of a torch or kiln transforms this wonderfully malleable "clay" into solid silver, gold, copper or bronze. Polished steel tools are then used to burnish the precious item to a gleaming luster. Imagination completes the process, turning a beautiful object into personal adornment. My goal as a teacher of metal clay, is to pass on tips and techniques that I was lucky enough to have learned from other artists and those I discovered through personal trial and error. If I can help the artist within you to tap into your own creative flow, I will have realized that goal. I hope to facilitate your journey to find your own inspiration, develop your own unique sensibilities and be able to create jewelry you are proud to know is of your own design. 

Have tools, will travel. Almost any time, almost anywhere. As a Senior Instructor for PMC Connection, I'd be happy to teach any level certification, which are designed to elevate the student's skill set and inspire a new level of creativity. Specialized, technique-based classes pack hours of research and reading into one to two days of claytime fun. For more info or to book a date, just shoot me an emailLora Hart is the Artistic Advisor and one of 20 Senior Instructors for PMC Connection, whose work has been featured in many books, magazines, and calendars. As a designer, educator, and creativity coach, Lora's passion for the art and business of jewelry making has taken her across the United States to help other makers explore their own passions, develop their craft and expand their skill set. Her historically inspired jewels are sold in galleries and online. In 2010, Lora launched a Mentorial program to help creative entrepreneurs around the world discover, re-imagine and refine their artistic voice.