Aug 12 2014

Updates to the Accreditation Program and an Upcoming Workshop

Book Submissions

First, a reminder: The deadline for submissions for my upcoming book, Architectural Jewelry in Metal Clay, is August 15, 2014. I am doing my best to publish this book before the end of the year.

Upcoming Workshop

On October 17-19 I will be teaching my last architectural workshop for this year at Studio 34 Creative Arts Learning Center, Rochester, NY. Here is the class information. This workshop is recommended especially for people who wish to take the Accreditation Program for Hadar’s Clay Teachers, which has gone through some transformations, as discussed below.

Changes to the Accreditation Program

From now on, new students enrolling in the Accreditation Program for Hadar’s Clay Teachers will take the program on an individual basis, not in a group setting. This means that you can sign up for the program at any time, and finish the program as quickly or as slowly as you like, depending on your life circumstances. Please read the document entitled Individual Accreditation Program, which explains how the program works. (The document can also be downloaded directly from the right-hand panel of this blog.)

You can sign up for the program on the Classes page on my online store. However, please don’t sign up before emailing me first at hadarjacobson@gmail.com to tell me about your experience in metal clay. Please bear in mind that this program is for teachers only; if you are interested in classes in general and have no access to an accredited teacher in your area, the Individual Tutoring Class is a better option.


Aug 5 2014

One-Fire Friendly Brilliant Bronze is Now Available

Friendly Brilliant Bronze represents an improvement in the formula of Quick-fire Brilliant Bronze. It fires in one phase only. It has exactly the same gold color as Quick-fire Brilliant Bronze and fires 2 hours at 1500°F/815°C in a brick kiln, 1550°F/843°C in a muffle kiln. It is available on our online store. (Quick-fire Brilliant Bronze will continue to be available.)

Friendly Brilliant Bronze completes the line of Hadar’s Clay one-fire clays – meaning that all of our clays are now available in a one-fire version. (All of the older, two-fire versions, will continue to be available on our store.) For your convenience, here is an updated table showing which Hadar’s Clay products fire in one phase and which fire in two phases.

The Instruction Manual for Friendly Brilliant Bronze can now be downloaded from the right-hand pane of this blog, as well as directly from the online store. Likewise for the document entitled “Map of Hadar’s New One-fire Clays“.

Friendly Brilliant Bronze is extremely resistant to tarnishing – even more so than silver.

Infinity Heart

Infinity Hollow

Infinity Circle

Horn earrings

Curvy Leaf

Folded

2 Hollow Forms

Pods

Hollow 3

Hollow 4

Ovals

Carved

Hollow 1

Hollow 2

Oloid

Carved Stone

Bridge

Bridge on hand


Jul 22 2014

600-gram Piece Fired

600-gram ''rock''

This is the 600-gram “rock” from my last blog posting, waiting to be carved.

Carved, before firing

Carved, before firing

Carved, before firing, different view

Carved, before firing, different view

Size in my hand

Size, held in my hand

Fired and finished

Fired and finished

Fired and finished

Fired and finished

Fired and finished

Fired and finished

This piece actually did fit in my 6.5″ x 6.5″ x 4.5″ small kiln. I just mixed 1550 grams of copper, which will probably fit in an 8″ x 8″ x 6″.

1550 grams mixed copper

1550 grams mixed copper

The scale shows the weight of the powder plus the water. I am not yet ready to make another piece, since there are so many things I learned from this experience and need to experiment some more.

I was asked why I had made such a piece. The answer is that metal clay creations don’t necessarily have to be functional. Sometimes you want to do it for art’s sake. But mainly I was trying to explore the limits of this medium. I wanted to see what it could do and what it couldn’t. Obviously it’s a new sculptural medium – different from the familiar ones, like ceramic sculpting and stone carving – that needs more research and experimentation.


Jul 19 2014

Working Big

A goal I set for myself quite long ago was to work in reverse: instead of building up an object from scratch and adding layers and embellishments, I would start with a solid block of clay and work from the outside in, by removing material. Here are my first attempts:

Cappadocia

100 grams of copper

100 grams of copper

Before firing

Before firing

Side view

Side view

Back view

Back view

100 grams

100 grams

Back view

Back view

200 grams of copper

200 grams of copper

Side view

Side view

Next: 600 grams waiting.

600 grams


Jul 7 2014

Coming Soon: Friendly Brilliant Bronze (One-fire)

Since the launch of the one-fire clays, Quick-fire Brilliant Bronze has continued to be highly popular despite its long firing schedule. Quick-fire Brilliant Bronze requires 2-phase firing with a cooling phase between firings.

In August, a one-fire version of Brilliant Bronze will be available, known as Friendly Brilliant Bronze. Friendly Brilliant Bronze has exactly the same gold color as Quick-fire Brilliant Bronze and fires 2 hours at 1500°F/815°C in a brick kiln, 1550°F/843°C in a muffle kiln.

For your convenience, here is a handy table listing which Hadar’s Clay products fire in one phase and which fire in two phases.

Infinity circle


Jun 25 2014

In the Never-Ending Quest for Hollow Forms

Here are some hollow forms I’ve been experimenting with in the past two weeks. Some are shown from different angles.

Oloid

Oloid

Sphericon

Sphericon

Pod

Pod

Crescent

Crescent

Inverse triangle

Inverse cone
Wedged lentil

Lentil

Lentil

Rectangle

Rectangle

Rectangle

Earrings

Wavy 3-facet

Wavy 3-facet

Curves

Curved and wavy

Star

Triangle lady


Jun 9 2014

Deadline for Book Submissions

My sixth book, Architectural Jewelry in Metal Clay, is progressing faster than I thought. It is now in its editing and proofreading phases. Therefore, the deadline for submitting photos is close: August 15, 2014.

If you have taken this workshop with me before, please send me your photos as soon as possible, titled, at 300 dpi resolution, 5″ x 5″.

Two more workshops are scheduled before the deadline:


  • July 11-15 at my studio in Berkeley. Please contact me for availability. The class is almost full.
  • August 1-3 in Victoria, Canada. Please contact www.metalclayalchemist.com for availability.


Skyline ring

Ring on hand

Bridge on hand

Bridge 1


Jun 3 2014

Description of My Distance Learning/Online Teaching Programs

In addition to local weekly classes and 5­-day intensives at my studio in Berkeley, California, I run a few distance ­learning programs. All these programs are based on a monthly fee.

1. Ongoing individual program: This program takes place online via email and Skype and is adjusted to your own level. It is meant primarily for people who have no access to classes in their area, and as a pre­-accreditation program for people who wish to be accredited teachers for Hadar’s Clay but do not yet meet the requirements for the program. Your progress depends on the amount of time you can devote to learning in a given month. I will be available to you throughout the month for questions, consultations, and new projects. At the end of a paid month you can stop the program or take a break and sign up for another month later.

2. Accreditation program: If you wish to become a Hadar’s Clay accredited teacher, this program takes about a year in the form of assignments and feedback. A new program starts twice a year in a group setting (we are currently set up as a private Facebook Group), or at any given time on an individual basis (via email). This latter option allows you to take the program in your own time and proceed at your own pace. Please contact me by email to check for availability. To qualify for this program you need to be experienced in Hadar’s Clay and familiar with my books and instruction manuals. If you do not meet the requirements, you can still sign up for the individual program to prepare you for the accreditation class.

3. Ongoing online advanced program: This program is meant for advanced users and teachers. It takes place online (currently set up as a private Facebook group) in the form of assignments and discussions.The program officially started in June, 2014. If you meet the requirements, you can join the program at any later point in time. However, you will not have access to previously posted assignments and discussions. If you do want access to this information, you have the option of signing up to the individual program as a preparation for the advanced class. This allows you to progress faster than the group and to eventually join it if you wish to.

You can sign up to classes on my Classes page. Please do not sign up to any of the online programs without contacting me first via email.

This blog entry is also posted as a permanent file on the right-hand pane of my blog.


May 6 2014

Hadar’s Ongoing Online Classes

I have established an ongoing class which will take place online on a Facebook group. It is not an accreditation class; it is an extension of my hands-on classes at my studio, with the purpose of giving people who live far away access to new developments and projects that have not been published. It will take the form of assignments, projects, and discussions, and possible Skype demonstrations. To learn how this program works please read this document [updated May 13, 2014] the latest version of the program charter, available here.

Just to clarify, this is not a support forum; the program is about learning new things, and revisiting techniques and digging deeper into old projects. For support please join the Hadar’s Clay Support Forum.

Please don’t ask to join the Hadar’s Ongoing Online Class group on Facebook before contacting me first by email.

If you are a beginner, and have no access to classes at your area please contact me to ask about individual online tutoring.


May 3 2014

Patterns in Black and White: What Metals Are These?

Tips:

None of them is silver;
None of the pieces is brittle;
It is not yet another new metal.

Those of you who already know, please don’t spoil it for others.