Upcoming Special Workshops in January-February 2012

The first 5-day intensive I will be teaching next year at my studio will be on January 7-11. By popular demand, the focus will be pictorial and architectural jewelry, but mokume-gane may be covered as well. We will make at least two pieces, one flat and one 3D. The flat pieces involve using perspective, while the 3D involves constructing hollow forms, including rings. Here are some samples (more available here). To sign up for my January Intensive Workshop click here.

Pictorial (flat)




Is there anybody out there?

Person looking out


Architectural (3D)


Room and view

Houses with sea


Moon and door


Bronze house

Holly Gage will be coming to teach two workshops at my studio in February.

First workshop: Ever-Changing World: Kinetic Jewelry
February 11-12, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Personal memorabilia and the theme of moving on in an “ever-changing world” will become the inspiration for the elements in your kinetic necklace. The technical portion of this project is inspired by constantly changing designs in wind kinetics and wind sculpture. We will push it to the limits as we explore free moving parts, riveted connections, and the mesmerizing sub-patterning created through this process to make a beautiful piece of jewelry that makes a statement.

Bring a piece of personal memorabilia that has meaning to you. Anything can be used as inspiration, such as a pattern on a piece of cloth, a trinket, or a picture. This item is meant to stimulate your creativity, so no anxiety necessary.

$30.00 Kit supplied by teacher: stencil paper, tracing paper, pencil, sandpaper, 3M polishing papers, polishing cloth, sterling wire 14g.

Class includes all basic tools needed for class. The only things students need to buy are: PMC3 25g, fire in place gems (optional). Also optional: Your own personal tools, magnifying lens, Ott light, etc.

A gourmet lunch will also be offered for purchase.

Kinetic movement web

Kinetic movement web

Kinetic movement web

You can sign up for Holly Gage’s Kinetic Jewelry Workshop by clicking here.

Second workshop: Jewelry that Rocks!
February 13-14, 2011, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exploring Art, Design and Line through Music
2-day workshop – All levels of ability

Music is a powerful trigger to our senses. Music can have energy and movement and emotion. For this lesson we will let different musicial selections guide the way as we explore design and line and transform the musical melody into an inspired pair of earrings or pendant.

The jewelry will be made with a Music CD set in a frame of fine silver. The techniques learned include cutting the CD, riveting, polymer plate making with an emphasis on how line is used to create motion, tension, drama, and direction in your surface embellishments.

$30 Kit supplied by teacher: photopolymer plate acetate, 20 g sterling wire, sandpaper, 3M paper, polishing cloth

Class includes all basic tools needed for class. The only things students need to buy/bring are: PMC+ 28g, recycled gaming or music CD (also available for purchase). Optional: your own personal tools, magnifying lens, Ott light, etc.

A gourmet lunch will also be offered for purchase.

Green-red CD necklace

CD Pendant

Gray CD earrings

You can sign up for Holly Gage’s Jewelry That Rocks Workshop by clicking here.

Holly Gage of Gage Designs creates contemporary jewelry and teaches her unique techniques both with a gentle blend of art and soul. Through traveling classes and master workshops that are available in the U.S. and abroad, Holly brings her innovation and creativity, as well as her gift of helping others find their artistic voice. She is a full-time Contemporary Jewelry Artist, Certified Metal Clay Instructor, and Jewelry and Metal Clay Conference Speaker. In addition, Holly holds a BS degree in Fine Art and Education. Her jewelry and articles on techniques and design can be found in over 45 regional and national publications including the Best of America Jewelry Artists, PMC Guild Annual Volumes 1-4, Metal Clay Artist, and Jewelry Artist, among others. You can find more information about Holly’s jewelry, classes, awards, shows, and numerous free tutorials on her website.

One Response to “Upcoming Special Workshops in January-February 2012”

  • Holly A, Hogue Says:

    Holly G. is an exceptional artist & person, just as you seem to be. You are both very generous with your time with those of us new to the craft & I thank you!! I have highly admired both of your work since I began learning this medium. A collaborative workship with the two of you should be a wonderful event especially with differences in your skills, styles & apparent personalities. I am envious of all that attend – I’m sure it will be a wonderful week and I wish you both all the best with this endeavor!!