Push the limits with PMC & other metal clays.

I started my journey with PMC and other metal clays more than 12 years ago — and for the last six years as a Senior Instructor for the Rio Rewards Certification program. Below are the workshops I'm currently teaching. CONTACT ME if you have any questions, interested in a private workshop, or would like to hosting a workshop in your area. Thanks for viewing my site.

Learn the magic! Intro to PMC
2 Stone Vine EarringsMinimum Skill Level: Novice. No prior experience necessary.
In this 2-day workshop you will get several hands-on, step-by-step demonstrations on how to create with PMC silver—in lump, sheet and paste form.
Learn how easy this material can be manipulated by rolling, molding, carving, and texturing. Once fired, it can be oxidized and polished just like traditional metalsmithing. Explore this fantastic medium while making pendants, earrings, and hollow beads. Participants will be encouraged while exploring these techniques to find their own voice and style and have whole lot of fun doing it.
PMC is a unique jewelry making material. This user-friendly product is a malleable substance that is composed of fine silver particles in an organic binder. It can be sculpted and manipulated like potter’s clay. After firing in a kiln, the end result is your unique design created in fine silver (.999).
Taking It to the next level — Precious Metal Clay 201
Bontanicals NecklaceMinimum Skill Level: Determined Beginner. Prior experience necessary.
It’s time to take off the training wheels. In this workshop, the novice student will continue to explore the unique qualities of PMC. Learn to hone your skills and add dimension to your repertoire with assembled hollow forms, both core and coreless, that can be incorporated into your own designs.
What will we do? Topics covered in this workshop: dry constructed hollow forms, using contoured push molds, cold connections, and advanced finishing techniques. Students will be encouraged to find their own style and voice.
The lighter side of PMC — Hollow-form beads
Ripple Pendant Minimum Skill Level: Determined Beginner. Prerequisite: one or two previous class(es).
Learn how you can create beads with less precious metal clay by exploring ways to construct hollow forms. You’ll expand your creativity by making lighter, less costly, and uniquely personal objects. Yes, hollow forms are just that—empty inside. These coreless forms— without a supportive material inside—when fired, still retain their shape in the kiln. That means there’s no messy ash to chip away or blow out once the piece has cooled.
What will we do? We will explore the architectural structure of hollow forms and how they support themselves to keep their shape and lightness. This method will teach you the art of dry assemblage with precision and patience. Learn to create bi-cones, rockers and unique, organic, free-forms by using wire as a base. So put on your creative hats and loosen up your fingers for a fun and instructional experience. You’ll find that your PMC can go farther—making more or making larger PMC beads from each package.
PMC meets polymer clay — Inlays and other polymer adornments
Kelp Necklace Mimimum Skill Level: Determined Beginner. Prior experience necessary.
Like Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers, polymer clay and Precious Metal Clay were made to compliment each other. In this workshop, we will concentrate on projects that bring these two art materials together to form beautiful pieces of jewelry.
What will we do? Create decorative bezel forms. Then use Polymer Clay as an inlay material to enhance these forms. Using PMC in this process, you learn about dry construction, working with texture plates, sheet laminating, crewelwork, and much more. We will discuss kiln firing and refining techniques. Then, learn the steps to add polymer clay— such as Skinner blends, fancy canes, or solid bold colors—to enhance your piece. And finally, we’ll discuss wet polishing techniques, that gives both PMC and polymer inlays that fabulous look.
It ain't just paste — Painting and sculpting with PMC paste
Crane Pendant Minimum Skill Level: Determined Beginner. Prior experience necessary.
In this workshop, participants will explore the unique versatility of PMC3 paste in a technique I developed called Viscosity Painting.
What will we do? Each person will learn to apply designs and images to a PMC+ surface. Both painting and sculpting techniques will be covered. Using slab constructed forms as a canvas, learn how to create a bas-relief effect using paste as a painting medium. Then, learn ways tocreate 3-dimensional hollow forms using PMC3 paste as a sculpting medium. Once the pieces are fired, we’ll cover finishing technique—burnishing, polishing, patinas—to further enhance your work.
Floral Elements — Earrings & More!
Black Orchid Earrings Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate. Prerequisite: one or two previous class(es).
Learn to create these beautiful precious metal clay floral elements using only PMC sheet, paste and fine silver wire. These lightweight blossoms are great to use as earrings. Or, string them with beads and make a beautiful floral necklace.
What will we do? The techniques we will explore—with silver PMC sheet—are cutting, folding, and molding to create 3D shapes.
Learn to work with fine silver wire in combination with PMC sheet and paste—as a supportive armature and design element. Each person will see the versatility of PMC paste—as a glue, sculptural and painting medium.
Hey, what was that? A Peek-a-Boo box.
Gone Fishing PendantMinimum Skill Level: Determined Beginner. Prerequisite: one or two previous class(es).
This fun and unique swivel lid box opens and closes with the movement of your body—giving all a glimpse of what’s inside! This interesting conversation piece is a real eye catcher. It will draw people to ask “What’s under the lid?”. What will we do? The techniques covered in this workshop are dry construction, decorative painting with paste, wire bending, riveting, finishing and patinas.
Circular Half-Lentil Locket — Texture all around this elegant hollow-form
Round Lentil Locket Minimum Skill Level: Determined Beginner. Prerequisite: one or two previous class(es).
This is a half-lentil flat back dome shape. It can be painted, appliquéd, or created from shallow textured sheets. The decoration is any shallow texture the participant chooses to bring or pick from an assortment of texture plates available to borro w during the class. This locket also has a flat back with a sheet-clay hinge and a friction clasp closure.
The Bolo Amulet — Slides open to hold the good juju
Tahitian Breeze Necklace Minimum Skill Level: Determined Beginner. Prerequisite: one or two previous class(es).
Create this fun project to hold a special charm or fetish— something near and dear to you. Explore the process of making this beautiful hollow-form amulet using silver PMC. It’s like a Bolo with two parts that slide together on the neck cord to open and close. What will we do? The techniques we’ll cover include decorative pattern making, creating hollow forms, drilling, using textures, dry construction, finishing techniques and patinas.
A Handsome Sachel Locket — An inverted friction clasp secures the lid
Quarter-Lentil Mailbox Locket Minimum Skill Level: Advanced Beginner. Prerequisite: one or two previous class(es).
This half-lentil flat back dome shape is simular half an Oval Locket plus a lid and friction clasp closure. The surface can be painted, appliquéd or formed from shallow textured sheets. The decoration come from any shallow texture the participant chooses to bring or borrow from an assortment of texture plates available during the class. Simular to the Hasp & Hook Locket on the next page, it features a flat back with a sheet-clay hinge to hold the lid.
The Hasp & Hook on an Oval Locket — Surface Decoratation front & flat back
Oval Locket Locket Minimum Skill Level: Advanced Beginner. Prerequisite: one or two previous class(es).
This is a half-lentil flat back dome shape. It can be painted, appliquéd, or created from shallow textured sheets. The decoration is any shallow texture the participant chooses to bring or borrow from an assortment of texture plates available during the class. This locket also has a flat back with a sheet-clay hinge and a friction clasp closure.
What will we do? The techniques we’ll cover include dry dome construction into a hollow-form, sawing, drilling, assemblying sheet clay hinges & hasps, applying surface textures, decorative patternmaking, adding embeddables, cold-connections, finishing techniques, wire bending and patinas.
Keepsake Rocker Locket — A hinged box that opens wide.
Rocker Bead Locket Minimum Skill Level: Advanced Beginner. Prerequisite: one or two previous class(es).
In this workshop, explore the process of making a rocker bead carcass with silver PMC. Then, turn it into a locket that holds something that’s close to your heart. We’ll examine the process of constructing a box—with a hook-n-hasp-style closure which is integrated into the lid. A variety of silver PMC materials will be used in this project. What will we do? The techniques include pattern making, paper templates, working with 1 and 2-ply sheet clay, dry construction, hollow-form, sawing, drilling, making sheet clay hinges, riveting, closures, cold connections, polishing, wire bending and patinas.
Hidden Hinge Locket with Appliquéd Front & Back — Constructed from 960 Sterling Clay
Hidden Hinge Locket Minimum Skill Level: Advanced. Prerequsities for this Master Class: Technical skills necessary to create small, detailed parts and work with precision.
The lid and hinge are concealed in the frame leaving the front and back surface as blank canvases to embellish—teaching the appliqué technique shown in the photo. The locket is constructed with a sturdy frame that provides the wearer with many options—necklace, large bracelet charm, or even as a pocket locket or for a keychain.
In this workshop, learn the techniques to create my new locket design—a process that integrates the hinge into the frame of the locket, make a friction-style clasp which is tucked away into the side of the locket that allows the lid to open at the top. A variety of materials can be used for this project. For strength and durability, this workshop will concentrate on using 960 PMC Sterling (a mix of PMC3 & PMC Sterling).
What will we do? The techniques covered are template/pattern making, dry construction, constructing an integrated hinge, drilling, appliqué, riveting, fabricating with wire (clasp and bail), polish finishing and patina. Each participant will learn to accurately cut the elements and assemble them to create the final box. Once the carcass of the box has been fired, each participant will learn how to use sterling wire to create and attach the hinge pins and refine everything with some of my other decorative tricks.
Class Ring — Art for the fingers
Half Lentil RingMinimum Skill Level: Determined Beginner. Prior experience necessary.
In this class, we’ll explore the techniques to make a sculptural ring using silver PMC and a fine silver ring blank as a base. This workshop covers techniques for embellishing the ring blank and how to create and attach a sculptural form to it. What will we do? Some of the techniques will include pattern making, using molds, creating hollow form signets, making and using lavender paste, dry construction, working with textures, granulation, finishing, polishing and patinas.
The New Bronze Age — Creating jewelry with Bronz® clay
Quarter-Lentil Mailbox Locket Minimum Skill Level: Determined Beginner. Prerequisite: one or two previous class(es).
Who ever thought that bronze jewelry and art pieces could be made straight from bronze clay? Well, now you can. Released in 2008, Bronze Clay is similar to silver clay with the use of powered metal technology—yet holds some special qualities all its own. It was designed as a medium for carving in the dry (leather hard) stage.
What will we do? In this introductory class—with an emphasis on carving—explore the qualities of this base metals with projects such as carved textural elements, medallions, and coreless hollow forms. Learn to make temporary cores out of a variety of materials. It is easy to carve, sculpt, and form using a variety of tools. After learning the basics, you’re ready to explore even further.
Once fired, the clay turns into pure bronze elements that are ready for finishing using traditional metal techniques and patinas. People are just beginning to understand the beauty of Bronz® clay—it’s very exciting to be a part of this new adventure. Come and learn how to create wonderful things out of this new material.
NOTE: Some Bronz® clays require an 8-hour firing schedule so a modification to the workshop schedule needs to be discussed.
Carving Unique Elements in Sterling, Bronze & Copper
Clematis Vine Locket Minimum Skill Level: Intermediate. Prerequisite: one or two previous class(es).
Discover the benefits of carving PMC Sterling, Coppr® and long-fire Bronz® metal clay in this 2-day workshop. What will we do? Make stunning elements for your own jewelry creations by creating unique, personal Sterling toggle or clasps that can be the focal point for your next project. Then, learn to carve core-less hollow forms in PMC Sterling, Coppr® or long-fire Bronz® clay. In the greenware stage, these exceptionally strong metal clays will actually carve like butter enabling you to create elaborate designs before they are fired. This course covers the proper way to carve, how to pick the correct carver for the design, mapping designs on curved objects, correcting mistakes, working the entire design—from start to finish—and more. Explore these new techniques to find your own voice in a fun and creative atmosphere designed for intermediate levels and above.
Designing Personal Images in Metal Clay with the Silhouette Cutter
Moth Necklace Skill Level: Open to all who own a Silhouette machine & Silhouette Studio® Designer Edition software.
Learn how to draw & cut your own designs with the Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software and your machine. This versatile cutter can cut on thin sheets of metal clay to make intricate appliqué shapes and engraved designs which can make wonderful decorative elements.
What will we do? In this two-day program, learn to utilize the Designer Edition software interface so that you can comfortably create your own designs. This class will review how to set up the machine with your computer. Then, we delve into the software, learning about some of the different drawing tools—what they do and when to use them. Learn about importing fonts, what file types the software supports, how the tracing feature works, and if time permits, some other advanced features. Learn to use the tool while making a sample design.
At the beginning of the class, we will address ways to prepare and use the different metal clays with the Silhouette machine. Once the class has their designs ready, we will proceed with the step-by-step process to cutout these designs, paste these pieces on the base element, let dry and learn ways to refine them. A metal clay project can be either the Sword Earrings (left, using PMC silver) or the Half-Lentil Pocket Pendant (above, using PMC silver). The decorations can either be from our library or the design created in class.
Note: This is class is team taught with my wife, Corrin who teaches the computer software interface.