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Florence Thomas Art School


Florence Thomas Art School
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Jul 12 2019 - Jul 13 2019


9:00 am - 12:00 pm



Advanced Silver Jewelry with Zoe Nelson

All Materials Provided
Please note Workshop Times:
July 12th- 9 am – 3 pm
July 13th- 9 am – 12 pm

This workshop is designed for the crafter, hobbyist, or professional potter or metalsmith who has some experience working with silver metal clay. You will be introduced to the types of things that can be set into metal clay and shown how to incorporate a glass cabochon, and at least two methods of setting stones. You will leave the workshop with a minimum of 3 finished pieces of jewelry. This is the perfect opportunity to explore new techniques and incorporate new designs in your metal clay jewelry.

You will be provided with a 25 gram package of silver clay to work with during the class, which is enough to complete 3 small projects. Additional clay may be purchased on the day of class. The price of the clay varies, depending on the silver market, but usually runs around $60.00 per package. You will also be provided with a variety of glass cabochons and stones to choose from, earring findings and jump rings for pendants. Please bring the tools you have to work with metal clay, but the instructor will have some basic tools that can be shared during class.

The first day we will learn about types of glass and stones that can be set into silver metal clay and form and dry our pieces. The instructor will fire them over night. The second day involves patina and polishing to complete the jewelry and have something ready to wear.

Workshop Teacher

  • Zoe Nelson

    Zoe Nelson has more than 25 years’ experience making many styles of jewelry. Before working with metal clay she did intricate beadwork and traditional metal forging. She found her passion for working with metal clay after taking an introductory class and receiving a grant from her local Arts Council to buy the equipment necessary for her own studio. Shortly after, she completed her Master Certification in Metal Clay.

    She participates in several juried craft shows and is featured in the book Hand Crafted in the Blue Ridge. She is a member of the PMC Guild and the Etsy Metal Clay Team. She teaches metal clay classes through Appalachian State University’s Craft Enrichment Program and in her home studio. She is a member of two local craft cooperative galleries and her work can be found in several shops in the Southeast.

    Zoe is fortunate enough to live and work in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.

    “I find that when I’m not creating, I’m not living life to the fullest. Even when I’m not creating jewelry, I’m creating something. It may be a good meal, a beautiful bouquet of flowers from my garden, or my relationships with friends and family. It is part of my every-day consciousness – the building of one thing upon another that results in a final piece of work that shows the results of my efforts, hopefully in a beautiful way.”

    Comments from her customers:

    “This is ornamentation that’s unusual and distinctive.”

    “This has a remarkable organic look not normally found in silver jewelry”   

    This is ‘statement’ jewelry. It will get noticed!”

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