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Kirtland Community Ed Offering Precious Metal Clay Jewelry Class

Kirtland Community College is sponsoring a Precious Metal Clay (PMC) jewelry class on Friday, September 20th at the Art Building on the main campus in Roscommon. The day of discovery and creativity features PMC certified artist and professional educator Cynthia Gohsman and includes morning and afternoon sessions, lunch from the Kirtland Grill, tools and instruction.  The cost of the course is $85.

Precious Metal Clay is an exciting material developed and patented in the 1990’s.  Microscopic particles of metal are mixed with a moist binder to create a material with the feel and working properties of modeling clay. Using simple tools, objects are easily given shape, texture, and character. After air-drying, the objects are heated to temperatures approaching the melting point of the metal, where the particles fuse together to make a dense, fully metallic object. Fired PMC work can be polished, soldered, enameled, and enjoyed like any other item.

PMC affords the artist the ability to translate anything from simple designs to intricate patterns into works of fine jewelry art. The morning session introduces students to Precious Metal Clay (PMC) and features making rings, sizing, and creating artistic finishes.  The afternoon session features production of charms, pendants and earrings. Finishing techniques and stone setting are covered as well.  All jewelry is fired in a kiln and delivered the following morning.  PMC and gemstones are available for purchase from the instructor for an additional cost.

Gohsman’s background includes a B.S. in Art Education with an Industrial Arts minor from Central Michigan University and an M.A. in Industrial Education and Technology from Eastern Michigan University. In addition, Ms. Goshman received training in metal smithing, glass fusing and glass bead making over the last fifteen years at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the John C. Campbell Folk School and the Appalachian Center for Crafts.

To register for CEC 1013100 Working with Precious Metal Clay (PMC) on September 20th, contact Kirtland’s Community Education Department at 989-275-5000, ext. 279 or email or visit our website at

Kirtland provides open access to education and cultural opportunities to enrich the lives of the people in northern Michigan.  The faculty and staff seek to offer higher education in a student-focused environment, providing transfer and career technical programs; developmental studies; workforce development; personal enrichment and cultural opportunities.  Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of programs at Kirtland’s three locations – near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord and Kirtland-West Branch.