Kirtland Community College is sponsoring a Precious Metal Clay (PMC) jewelry class on Friday, Nov. 7 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. The cost of the course is $60 and includes morning and afternoon sessions, lunch, tools and instruction. Materials are extra and can be purchased in the class.
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.
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 the Precious Metal Clay Jewelry class, contact Kirtland’s Community Education Department at 989-275-5000, ext. 279 or email email@example.com or visit www.kirtland.edu/community-education for more information.