Metal Clay - Jes Park

Western Colorado Center for the Arts - The Art Center

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - Saturday, April 16, 2016
The Art Center 1803 N. 7th Street Grand JunctionCO  81501
Saturday, April 9, 2016 - Saturday, April 16, 2016
The Art Center 1803 N. 7th Street Grand JunctionCO  81501

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What's Included

Saturday, April 9 (9am-12pm and 4-6pm) and 16 (10am-12pm) All materials provided; $30 paid to instructor on first day Join Jes Park, a jewelry designer and metal clay artist based in western Colorado, for a workshop designed to teach you the basics of working with metal clay. These metal creations are a wonderful addition to your own jewelry designs and can be added to charm bracelets or used to make lovely, handcrafted gift items! In this workshop you will learn how to create pendants, charms, and jewelry-design components using metal clay. You will learn basic techniques for working with metal clay, which include rolling out, texturing, shaping, and then prepping for kiln firing. Once charms are kiln-fired and become metal, each student will have the opportunity to clean up their pieces and add a patina, or darkened finish, to them. This workshop will be hosted over two weekends, due to the nature of working with metal clay and the length of the firing process once the clay is dry. In the morning session on April 9 (9am-12 pm), you will be working with clay to create small designs, including charms, pendants, and rings. During the afternoon session on April 9 (4-6 pm), once the clay has dried, you will learn how to prepare your pieces for kiln-firing. On April 16 between 10am and 12 pm, you will be working with your solid metal creations, learning how to complete the final cleaning process, and adding a patina if you choose. You will leave with all of your own metal creations on Saturday, April 16. Jes will provide all the supplies for this workshop, but you are welcome to bring your own stamps and textures to use on your creations.

About This Organizer

The Art Center is a community arts organization dedicated to improving quality of life by promoting the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and related arts through studio art instruction, educational programs for children and adults, exhibitions and the acquisition, care and display of a permanent art collection.


Inspiring educational classes and a commitment to providing access to art for all people have been at the heart of The Art Center's mission since for over 60 years. "Participatory," "experiential," and "artist-driven" are words that describe the variety of programming from traditional to contemporary offered year round. Everyone can take the creative plunge through educational activities that are free and open to the public or provided at low tuition rates thanks to generous donors and sponsors. You can even apply for one of our need-based scholarship. Everyone should be a part of this vibrant creative community, and now there is no reason not to pick up a brush, a dirty piece of charcoal or even throw a bowl on the potter's wheel. Welcome to The Art Center, where creativity is life altering.

There is a class request list if you do not find what you, your child or teen are looking for. The Art Center holds five class sessions every year in painting, drawing, bookmaking, photography, glass and much more. Our programs seek to inspire individuals of all ages to explore, develop and celebrate their creativity.


Organizer Info

  • Western Colorado Center for the Arts

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The Art Center 1803 N. 7th Street Grand JunctionCO  81501
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