Introduction to Designing and Making Simple Ceramic Jewelry

$ 175.00 CAD

Thursday evenings, March 7 - 28, 6:30-9:30 PM

Instructor: Joanne O'Leary, Dollface Pottery & Jewelry


During this introductory four-night workshop, Joanne will take you on a journey of concept, design, basic colour theory, considerations of working with stoneware and porcelain clay bodies, and the basic tools and techniques to bring your concept designs to reality. Stoneware and porcelain clay behaves differently however both are useful when creating ceramic pendants and earrings. Each student will be challenged to design, create, decorate and finish two pendants, one brooch and six pairs of earrings. Final projects with glaze application details, clay body used, and cone firings will be displayed and photographed for all students, if desired. This workshop will cover topics such as: 1. tools required to work with ceramic jewelry such as jewelry pliers, jump rings, jewelry (rock) tumbler, and various components 2. Explore sample finished pieces for inspiration 3. Sketch concepts for the project pieces, 4. Make ceramic pieces, 5. Create surface decoration with texture, underglaze painting techniques, and glaze application 6. Attaching finished ceramic pieces to jewelry components such as ear wires, pendant bails, necklace cords and pins. Materials and supplies required from student: pair of round nose jewelry pliers and flat jewelry pliers, available at Michaels Crafts.

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