The talking stick doesn't talk. Instead, it guides people into listening. Only the person with the stick is allowed to talk - even in response to what is presently being said. This beautiful Native American tradition is a timeless tool of communication. Barbara will guide you in constructing your personal talking stick out of polymer clay and a vintage fiber spindle. If only the spindle could talk.......what stories it would tell!
This class was premiered at the Tallahassee Guild Retreat with much encouragement!
Each class presents a differing 'technique' TBD!
Shown here is texture with stamps.
Private Class 1.5hrs, $75 Mars Hill, NC location
Mokume is magic, no matter how many times you have discovered it before. Seasoned artist and author Barbara McGuire will offer her unique approach to this millennium old technique as applied to polymer. The secrets lie in the ingredients and design building processes. Class projects will include barrel beads and earring components.
Creative participants must be familiar with the basic use of polymer and associated tools. Students must have access to Zoom, Instructions are pre-recorded for additional viewing.
Class fee negotiable according to class size
Together again! Please consider joining me for a whole week of creativity surrounded by the beauty of the north GA mountains. We will be combining polymer BB Mokume, metal etching and reduction molding to create unique 'wall dolls'. Room for 12 in a custom designed teaching cabin. Great meals! I gave taught at William Holland lapidary School periodically for the past 14 years and it's simply an amazing resource to learn skill sets including metalsmithing, lamp work, bead embroidery, and more! Please check out the facebook group Friends of William Holland for tons of pictures and accolades. https://lapidaryschoolregistration.org/about-us/
Enjoy a weekend weekend of creative bliss with a group of your friends. This is a special class for 3-5pp in the location of your choice! ( your place or mine) We will work together on Saturday creating blends and canes. Teapots can be figurative or abstract, as the designer desires. Choice of decorative silver plate vintage teapot or creamer set to embellish. There's ample time to visit and enjoy the surrounding Asheville amenities. Sunday class is assembling and finishing the teapot.
Fee is for class, tools and materials fee are additional. Students must bring white and pearl clay.
$150 pp plus materials fee of $30 pp includes vintage teapot. Use of tools provided in materials cost.
Enhance your wearable creations with basic wire wraps and links. This is a timeless skill set! We will work with varying gauges of wire to produce eye pins, spiral headpins, jump rings, spiral links and caged beads. Examples will be working mainly in copper with a brief introduction to sterling.
This class is also available to guilds and clubs via Zoom.
Barbara is the author of Wire in Design (2001) and has been 'linking' skillsets in many of her creations.
Your Inner Artist Experience! Design your own private or small group class. Also available via Zoom . Classes are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time on dates requested by the students. Location is in Mars Hill NC.
Private class $150 -$350 session
Semi- Private Fee is $ 75-150 per person per class, depending on complexity of class. 2-3 person class size. 3-4 hour class average.
* Students must supply materials.
* Support material and all tools provided.
*Class fee surcharges apply to metal clays
*Polymer Color Blending, Image Transfer, Polymer Finishing, Polymer Canes, Polymer Clay Mold Casting, Polymer Mica Shift, Barbara's Polymer BB Mokume Gane
*Wire Wrapping for Beads and Pendants
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Join Barbara McGuire, former teacher at William Holland Lapidary School, as she introduces creatives to the magic of metal clays. This workshop teaches basic skills in copper metal clay. Class is limited to 2 persons and allows ample time to complete projects. The moldable metal Copper Art Clay is cured in the open fire kiln technique. Projects available include pendants or earrings.
2PP @ $150 per person* plus materials ($25 est.) Tools provided.
Private class available $200 + materials
Color is a visual feast. There's sure to be some 'ah-ha' moments in this class designed to build a color foundation for all your polymer projects.
Beginners welcome, however this class requires all users to have primary knowledge of polymer clay, it's tools and application practices. (Overview available on free video by request) Please further note - this class focuses on blending 'by design' . It is Barbara's personal theory for success in wearable art.
Finished project is a pair of modern dangle earrings. Support material including recorded information.
Fee $50 plus materials
A new opportunity from the best kept secret in the southern Appalachians - William Holland Lapidary School (located near the GA border in Young Harris). This is the pilot for future plans and we hope you'll join us. Kim St. Jean and I are combining copper fold forming and polymer in a special 24pp retreat Nov. 10-13 (Veteran's Day weekend). The link just went live yesterday. The only pre-requisite is you must already know how to use polymer. Project materials are included and no need to haul equipment - because it's already there. It's so new we don't have all the details or samples, but I can guarantee you - we are doing our best to make it memorable!
Barbara McGuire guides you in focusing towards sales with an online presence. Topics cover pictures, legends, and targeted strategies.
Join Barbara for a result-driven marketing agenda. Beginning with proper pictures, we will address each topic hands-on. Students will need a laptop and camera device. Homework! This initial class will focus on THE focus of your marketing goals and how to communicate your offerings to a targeted audience. Commonly called a 'brand', this focus lays the foundation for all your marketing material. It's a hands-on small group results-driven class.
Fee $50/hr - will trade!
Learn to build butterfly canes in polymer clay. We will start will begin with basic color blending, bulls eyes canes and clay wraps to combine these elements in producing a butterfly wing cane. The canes produced in class can be used for multiple design projects, including jewelry, mixed media, wall art and embellishment.
Students must provide clay, all other tools provided. Finished project is the butterfly canes and a kaleidoscope brooch.
Learn to transfer images to polymer via ink jet printer. Amazing! Limitless applications to utilize your own unique art images. Durable results. Student must supply white polymer clay and liquid polymer clay (brand of choice). Barbara will print submitted transfers prior to class. The class project is to create image transfers onto polymer. Specific project applications are at the discretion of the student.
Attendees are requested to adhere to Madison Co. NC Covid guidelines.
$45 per person plus materials ($8-10). Tools provided.