PMC for Beginners, Precious Metal Clay
This PMC workshop open to everyone, from complete beginner through to more advanced. This class is no longer included in the yearly program. It is available to book as a private class @ £330 per day for up to 2 individuals, or by request @ £65 per day. If you are interested in attending by request please contact us to express your interest. This class is also available as a downloadable 12 page booklet on the downloads page. Buy it here.
What is PMC?
Often called PMC or Art Clay, Precious Metal Clay is made up of minute particles of metal mixed with water and an organic binder. It is formed whilst in its clay state and then fired. The firing process burns away the binder to reveal the metal.
Is it different to traditional Silversmithing and jewellery making techniques?
Yes, using PMC is very different indeed. It is a fantastic medium for creative expression as the material lends itself to free-forming and texturing. It is also a great addition to making jewellery in the traditional ‘Silversmith’s’ way as it can be easily soldered once fired. This opens up a lot of exciting opportunities for you to incorporate it in to your traditionally made jewellery.
What will we do on the day?
We will go through the basics of using PMC, including how to roll it and handle it, how to add textures and how to form it in to jewellery. We will then look at ways to dry the clay, finish it in its raw state, fire it without the need for a kiln and finally finish the clay once it is metal. There is also instruction for setting stones.
Materials for this class is included in the fee. This is based upon one person. A small additional fee will be payable on the day if an extra person attends.
At lunch time
The cafe by the canal is open at weekends and is a great place to go for the lunch break. There’s also a picnic area if you prefer to bring a pack-up weather permitting. Locally we have a Morrisons supermarket nearby where there is also a cafe, cash point, etc. The studio is closed and locked over the lunch break and it is fine to leave any belongings if you wish.
How to book
Book your day above, then we will contact you to arrange a date to suit. Private classes are usually held at weekends but weekdays can be arranged if preferred.