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 $100
Polymer is a versatile and captivating medium exploring the possibilities of color, form, shape and texture. Applications are endless! This class is designed to introduce the basics of conditioning, forming and curing the clay. You'll learn the foundational design principles of pattern, rhythm, contrast and movement as you choose embellishments to give work a personal voice. All materials and supplies included. $40pp. Creative learners will be able to make as many projects as time and allotted materials allow. * Additional materials kits $25 per kit.
Class is held in the newly renovated Madison County Arts Council. There's plenty of parking and small town hospitality in this quaint location just 15 miles north of Asheville, NC.
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
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 @ $125 per person* plus materials ($25 est.) Tools provided.
Private class available $200 + materials
Learn the fundamentals of working with polymer in a welcoming and inspiring environment. This is an opportunity for creatives of all ages. Starting from scratch you will learn the techniques Barbara has utilized and taught for over 25 years. There's sure to be some 'ah-ha' moments in this class designed to introduce the foundation for all your polymer projects. Materials and tools are provided so you can experience the medium without worrying 'what' to buy. You will leave this class full of ideas to explore your personal style.
$100/5 hours plus break
Tools Provided. Students must supply clay.
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.
Private class $30/hr
Semi- Private Fee is $ 45-120 per person per class, depending on complexity of class. 2-4 person class minimum. 3 hour class average.
* Students must supply materials.
* Support material and all tools provided.
*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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Barbara McGuire guides you in focusing towards sales with an online presence. Topics include focus, pictures, legends, and targeted strategies. Sessions available by appointment.
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.
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 addtional. Students must bring white and pearl clay.
$120 pp plus materials fee of $30 pp includes vintage teapot. Use of tools provided in materials cost.
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 and does not teach in-depth color theory!
Finished project is a pair of modern dangle earrings. Support material including recorded information.
Fee $35 plus materials
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.
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 a kaleidoscope brooch.
Fee $75pp plus materials
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.