My travel-teaching schedule has been updated. You can download it from the right-hand pane of this blog. New workshops have been added in 2011 in Pittsburgh, PA, Cleveland, OH, and Brighton and St. Joseph, MI.
I have just come back from a workshop in Texas and am preparing for a 3-week teaching trip to Europe. I will be teaching in the UK, France, and Norway. The store will stay open during this time and you will be well taken care of.
The rest of this year I will be teaching in Seattle, WA (August), The Netherlands (September), and Rochester, NY (October).
The participants of the workshop in the UK, hosted by Tracey Spurgin in East Yorkshire, will have the first chance (except for my local students) to experiment with Pearl-grey steel clay, which I hope to release after my return from Europe. This is a new type of steel clay, gray in the state of clay and pearl-gray in the state of metal. Unlike my traditional steel clay, it lasts a long time when stored in the refrigerator and does not turn grainy. It is as creamy and soft as the rest of my clays. After firing, it can be easily sanded smooth and brought to a matte finish. In reaction to patina it turns dark blue instead of hematite-black. It is compatible with all my other clays, and can be fired in combination with copper. The sintering temperature is 1750°F/955°C in a top loader, 1830°F/1000°C in a front loader.
Here are some photos:
The metals in the earrings above are (from top to bottom): Pearl-grey steel, bronze, regular steel, copper, and White Bronze.
Same metals here. The center bead is patinated blue.
Hollow rock earrings.
This pendant was fired with a gold nugget.
This is the same pendant with Birchwood Casey Super Blue patina (see instruction manual for steel clay).
The pieces in the three photos above were fired with no bronze in them. Where did the bronze come from? I am not sure, but I am very, very happy.
The pieces in the three photos above take advantage of the magnetic nature of steel. They are actually magnetic clasps.