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Metal Clay World Conference 2011

This is the place to discuss everything to do with the Metal Clay World Conference at Hilton Chicago Indian Lakes Resort, July 14th - 16th 2011. Those of us going to the conference will keep everyone updated on what's happening through this group.

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Conference Events - Meet the Art Clay Masters

Started by Julia Rai. Last reply by Lorrene Baum-Davis Apr 26, 2011. 1 Reply

Just got an email from Art Clay World announcing an event during the Conference. From the email - "The Art Clay™ Master Instructors will gather for a meet–and–greet as well as to answer questions in…Continue

Pre Conference Classes

Started by Julia Rai. Last reply by Julia Rai Apr 20, 2011. 2 Replies

It'd be good to know what pre-conference classes people are attending. I'm booked on Gordon's Mixed Metal Spinning Prayer Bead class and Michael David Sturlin's Developing an Artistic Identity class.

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Comment by Sophia Georgiopoulou on July 14, 2011 at 11:13pm
Thank you for reporting on the day, Julia!
Comment by Lorena Angulo on July 14, 2011 at 11:04pm
Thanks Julia !!
Comment by Julia Rai on July 14, 2011 at 10:40pm

Great opening day! Michael David Sturlin's keynote speech was thought provoking and set the tone for a full day of interesting workshops.

 

I attended surface decoration by Priscilla Vassao. She had some really interesting samples and videos of the techniques she used.

 

Then Mary Hettmansperger did a session about patinas. She's a great teacher and showed us some wonderful ways of adding colour to copper.

 

Judi Weers showed us how to fix problems with fired and unfired pieces.

 

The day finished with a presentation from Ryota and Dice from Aida about a new Mokume Gane technique they have developed. We saw some wonderful examples of this technique and everyone was very excited about it.

 

Last night's VIP reception is a bit of a blur - but I think a good time was had by all!

Comment by Lorrene Baum-Davis on July 13, 2011 at 9:27am

The laughter in my Keum-Boo workshop was a kind of, 'you had to be there sorta thing-y'.. I am loving all the hugs and warm friends and being around an incredible amount of creativity. 

 

Comment by Sophia Georgiopoulou on July 13, 2011 at 1:35am
Having lots of fun without us :-)
Comment by Lorena Angulo on July 12, 2011 at 7:10pm
It sounds like you all are having a great time !! ;o)
Comment by Julia Rai on July 12, 2011 at 6:36pm

Great hilarity from Lorrene's class which was next to ours. I'll let her tell you the story but from our side of the wall it sounded like they were all crying with laughter, real hysteria! You don't expect that from a Keum Boo class...

 

Comment by Julia Rai on July 12, 2011 at 6:34pm

Another great day. Lots of people now arriving so the metal clay contingent is growing. Michael David Sturlin's class about developing an artistic identity had us all chewing our pencils! Lots of drawing and development of design ideas, I even made some small models out of Play-doh. Tomorrow we'll be going into making models in more detail.

Sorry though, no pictures, we had to sign an agreement not to show pictures of what we did.

 

The good news is that Gordon is on the mend. He's even posted on Facebook today so he must be feeling a bit better. Here's another picture of work produced in his class.

Comment by Angela Baduel-Crispin on July 12, 2011 at 8:21am
Gee, sorry to hear about Gordon. Hope he gets well enough to enjoy the rest of his time there. Send him my best. As well as a happy birthday to Katie ! Thanks for posting. Your piece looks great!
Comment by Lorena Angulo on July 11, 2011 at 11:00pm

Have Fun everyone !!!
 Julia, thanks for sharing !!

Hope Gordon feels better soon.

 

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

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