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Gualala Arts Workshop
Bracelets, Beads, and Boxes:
Jewelry Making With Metal Clay
Instructor: Mary Neuer Lee

Saturday - Sunday
May 5 - 6, 2012
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

To register
Call Gualala
Arts Center

Register by:   April 27, 2012
Tuition:   $160 members; $175 non-members
Materials fee:   $10 plus current cost of metal clay used or bring your own
Materials list:   Jewelry Making With Metal Clay materials
Ages:   16 and up

Jewelry Making With Metal Clay This two day workshop in metal clay will focus on intermediate metal clay techniques.

Projects that Mary will teach include a panel bracelet, boxes, "rock" beads, "lentil" beads and even square beads! Stone setting with Fire-in-Place stones will be offered to embellish the jewelry. Ring making is also within the scope of this workshop. Students will take home new and finished works of art as well as the knowledge to continue in this wonderful and user friendly medium!

Students may choose to use fine silver metal clay, bronze metal clay or both. Bronze metal clay is a beautiful and an affordable alternative and or addition to fine silver metal clay.

The material fee of $10 includes handouts, use of all tools, molding putty, polishing materials and liver of sulphur to "antique" and color the silver. Students may purchase the metal clay separately from the instructor or bring their own. The average cost of fine silver metal clay for the 2 day workshop is roughly $80-$100 and bronze clay is $10-$20. Bronze clay must be fired overnight and can only be offered on Saturday.

Jewelry Making With Metal Clay Jewelry Making With Metal Clay

About the Instructor

Mary Neuer Lee has been a metal artist since 1969 and has shown her work in many galleries across the United States, including Wolfard Gallery, Santa Rosa; Earthworks, Sonoma; Shidoni Galley, Santa Fe and The Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park.

Mary is a Certified Jeweler with certificates from the Santa Rosa Junior College and Revere Jewelry Academy in San Francisco. Mary has studied jewelry at the Richmond Art Center, the Mendocino Art Center and the Arrowmont School of the Arts in Gatlinburg, TN.

Mary is currently working with a new material called precious metal clay and is a Certified Level 2 Instructor. Her work is published in the PMC Guild Annual: Exceptional Work in Metal Clay: 2010 and 2011 as well as The Handbook of Metal Clay Textures and Forms and Mixed Metal Jewelry from Metal Clay, by Hadar Jacobson.

Mary's piece, Riparian Box and Brooch was awarded 1st Place for Jewelry and Ornamentation at Art in the Redwoods, 2011.

See also: Gualala Arts Workshop Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.