Exploring the Basics of Metal Clay Jewelry Fabrication

Instructor: Nisa Smiley

Supplies/Materials Fee: $60

Enrollment limit: 12

Level: All levels

Metal clay is a true over-achiever when it comes to jewelry materials: roll it, mold it, impression it, carve it, sculpt it- the sky is the limit! Made up of microscopic metal particles mixed with an organic binder and water, the result is a clay-like material. When fired in a small kiln, the binder and water burn away and the metal particles fuse together, creating a solid metal. This workshop will focus on the basics of working with bronze clay – from collecting organic found objects and making molds with them, to learning how to work with the clay, to construction and surface techniques, to firing processes and final jewelry fabrication using the fired metal clay components. Open to all levels of experience.

Metal clay works by Nisa Smiley

Nisa Smiley is a professional studio jeweler based in Ellsworth, Maine and a certified instructor of metal clays. She works predominantly in gold, silver, and bronze, with special attention to natural found objects and gemstones as accents. She enjoys marrying traditional metalsmithing techniques with metal clay techniques, resulting in one-of-a-kind pieces that are rich in detail, kinetic in form, and designed to compliment the human figure. When not in her beautiful sunny studio, or out teaching, Nisa can be found enjoying time with her family and friends, and/or combing miles of local beaches for inspiration.