Additions and Corrections to My Travel-Teaching Schedule

The file “Hadar’s Travel-teaching Schedule,” available on the right-hand pane of this blog, has been updated.

First, a correction: The workshop in Rochester, NY, is actually two workshops, back-to-back: September 30-October 1, and October 1-2. The workshops take place at Studio 34 Creative Arts Center and Gallyer. You can take one or both workshops, since there is a lot of material to be covered. Recently developed techniques of “caning” and “mokume-gane” in metal clay will be presented. If you read this posting through, you can see photos of pieces made using these techniques.

A workshop has been added to this year’s schedule, on November 15-16 at Amado Territory Ranch, 30 miles south of Tucson, Arizona. Please contact www.exPRESSiveArtsStudio.com. This workshop will be entirely dedicated to “caning” and “mokume-gane” techniques, and on applying them to hollow forms. Some firing may be done for demonstration, but the class will focus on learning as many of these techniques as possible. Students will be expected to arrange for their own firing after the workshop. At this workshop I hope to meet up once again with students who took my workshop in Phoenix. The Amado Territory Ranch workshop is, in a way, a further step toward more advanced techniques.

So is a very similar advanced workshop that will take place in Los Angeles in February 2011, probably on Presidents’ Day weekend. It will take place again with the Local PMC Guild chapter. I will post the dates and contact information soon.

Another such advanced workshop will take place at Brighton Beads, Brighton, MI, on June 15-16, 2011. Immediately after this workshop, on June 18-19, I will be teaching In Saint Joseph, MI, at Krasl Art Center. This workshop will focus on making hollow forms and, for people who take the class at Brighton Beads, the application of caning and “mokume-gane” designs to hollow forms.

About the Structure of the New Workshops

In the course of nearly a year of intense travel-teaching I have been firing in many types of kilns. I won’t bore you with the details, but I have learned that no kiln is predictable and there is no way to guarantee firing results without testing individual kilns. These workshops are usually big, and many kilns are required. Based on all of this, I’ve decided that for workshops that are added now and in the future, I will fire only for demonstration purposes, and will dedicate most of the time to teaching more techniques and making more pieces. You can fire your pieces, or have them fired for you, after the workshop. This will make it possible for me to devote my attention to you rather than to loading, watching, and unloading kilns.

Unless I am asked to make changes, workshops that have already been scheduled will be conducted as advertised.

“Caning” and “Mokume-gane”

Why the quotation marks? Because the techniques I apply produce a similar effect to those of caning and mokume-gane as they are used in metalsmithing, polymer clay, and glass millefiori, but are not necessarily produced using the same methods as in those mediums. I must thank here Jen Tattam for planting the idea for these techniques in my head while experimenting at a workshop in Australia.

Two photos of these techniques were included in a previous posting. Those were made with three metals – copper, bronze, and White Bronze. Here are some more with copper and bronze:

t-Mokume 1

t-Mokume 4

t-Patch circle

t-Mokume 3

t-Caning

t-Sqaure and circle

t-Sphere 1

t-slump


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