The Jewelry Program at Summit Arts Center is eclectic and fun. Ranging from fiber and glass, to mixed media jewelry. Classes in Precious Metal Clay (PMC) , small metals, 2 day classes involving glass bead making followed w/ a enamel Jewelry class to use the beads you made the day before, along with enameled elements. Our programing changes of ten, check back to see the new additions to the mix.
We welcome groups! If your group is planning a day or two on Mount Hood and would like to book a jewelry class please contact us! Minimum 4 students for the glass bead classes, and 6 minimum for most other jewelry classes.
Classes are held in bright, well equipped studios. The glass studio has full ventilation. Both studios used in jewelry making have full kitchens for your lunch. Or there are many restaurants in the village. Most classes break for 1 hour for lunch. Water and Snacks are provided. However, we do not provide a entire lunch unless requested by a group.
Saturday June 15th - Silver Metal Clay Pendant with Glass Cabochon
This one-day, fast paced workshop will share the secrets of
success of making a lovely pendant using silver and a handmade glass cabochon
stone. The silver metal clay is recycled from pure silver (.999 pure) and
manufactured to be workable almost like ceramic clay – hand shaping with your
fingers and small hand tools. The glass cabochon is set into the clay and then
the whole piece is fired in a glass kiln under high heat, resulting in a
beautiful silver and glass pendant in one day.
The workshop details: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring a work apron and eye magnification, if needed, for close detail work. Taught by Debra Carus, a Senior Instructor with Art Clay World, in collaboration with Betsy Valian, glass cabochon maker. No experience needed. Cost is $150 per person, which includes all materials and the use of tools.
Minimum 3 people, maximum 7.
Artist Bio: Debra Carus is a full time goldsmith and silversmith, specializing in jewelry that combines precious metals and gemstones. Her designs are influenced by her Scandinavian heritage and love of Viking folklore. Her work can be found in galleries, at juried art festivals online at www.elentari-handverk.com, and at Scandinavian arts venues across the U.S. She has been a metalsmithing instructor for 17 years, teaching all levels of metalworking, stone setting, glass enameling, and specialty skills such as Norwegian filigree and granulation. She is also a Senior Instructor for Art Clay World, a leading manufacturer of recycled precious metal clay. She teaches at the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland OR, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon Coast, as a guest instructor in many locations, and in her studio in Clackamas, Oregon.
Wednesday May 15th – 10am – 4 pm. Bring a lunch or restaurants in the village. This is a one day beginning class, taught by guest artist Kathryn Watne. It will cover basic enamel techniques-metal prep, tools, application techniques such as-stencils, dry sifting, wet application, sgriffitto, and safety. All materials will be supplied-copper, tools, opaque and transparent enamels. Sample pieces will be made, final project can be a pair of earrings, or a pendant suitable for a necklace. Register by May 13th. $200.
Bio - Kathryn Watne learned the art of enameling as a metal/jewelry major at the University of Washington in Seattle.
"A class in enameling got me hooked immediately; the color palette, the process of a powder becoming a jewel-like glass from being fired in a kiln was like magic," After graduating, she was a bike messenger, and was encouraged to continue learning about the process after seeing her professor, John Marshall, at a local coffee shop. She bought a kiln, some enamels and played around in the basement of her parents house, making pins for friends, selling at local art fairs.
Moving to Hood River in 1991 to pursue her love of windsurfing, artwork took a backseat to sports, but after a motorcycle accident, she spent more time in the studio reteaching herself techniques learned years ago, and is now a full time jewelry artist. Her style could be described as earthy, vibrant, and contemporary with a twist.