Enameling on copper and clay workshop at Tryon Arts and Crafts School

Published 11:09 am Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Examples of enameled jewelry. (photo submitted)

Tryon Arts and Crafts School (TACS) will host an Enameling on Copper and Copper Clay weekend workshop with instructor Landen Gailey. The two-day workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 25, from noon to 5 p.m. at the craft school, located on Harmon Field Rd. in Tryon.
This workshop is designed for beginners to get acquainted with the basics of enameling on copper. Gailey has taught metal clay workshops at Tryon Arts and Crafts (TAC), and is now taking the medium to the next step by covering basic enameling techniques that can be used on sheet copper or copper clay.
Students will first fabricate pendants from sheet copper and copper clay, then prepare each piece for the enameling kiln. After enameling, final assembly of the pendants will be covered. No experience is necessary.
Gailey relocated to Hendersonville in 2002 from Atlanta where she was employed with the City of Atlanta’s art programs. After receiving her degree in art from Agnes Scott College, she became intrigued with enameling and spent 10 years working as a production enamellist.
Gailey learned metal clay techniques from her mother, an accomplished metal smith, and received her Precious Metal Clay (PMC) certification in 2006. She is now in her fifth year with PMC and continues to be fascinated with the expansive possibilities of the medium. Her work is exhibited in several galleries in the area. She has extensive involvement with the Museum of Mineral and Lapidary Arts, located in Hendersonville, N.C. and serves on the board of the local gem and mineral club.
Advance registration for all workshops is required. There is a limited number of spaces for this class. For more information about the instructor or workshop including tuition and supply costs, please contact Tryon Arts and Crafts School at 828-859-8323 or by email at tryonartsandcrafts@windstream.net. More details and examples of projects are available on the Tryon Arts and Crafts School website, www.TryonArtsandCrafts.org.
– article submitted by Julia McIntyre

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