Metal Clay Copper Pendant and Earrings with Janice Colvin

Turning clay into metal sounds like a magic trick, a very good one. But in the world of precious metal clay, it is not a trick at all, with endless techniques for creating artisan quality work – even from beginners. Metal clay is composed of microscopic copper particles held in an organic clay binder which when fired becomes solid metal. The clay is worked just as one might use modeling clay, then dried, sanded, fired and polished. The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s Centre for the Arts brings back instructor Janice Colvin to teach a one-day workshop in this fun and fascinating technique.

Students will learn to use Metal Clay to make a pendant and earrings, or other sculpted items if they wish. Metal Clay and necessary tools will be supplied as part of the materials fee, but students may bring small elements for embellishment like buttons, shells, lace or bark to use to texture the pieces. Completed work will be fired for take home the day of class. Ages 16 and up will enjoy learning from life-long artist and instructor Janice Colvin. The class will be held from 9:30 am to 2 pm on Saturday, September 24. The deadline for registration is September 16.

Colvin is an adventurous artisan who is co-owner of Sea Foam Jewels, fashioning casual and fine jewelry using sterling, imported crystal and glass beads. Fees are $35 for Arts Council Members, $42 for non-members. The class will be held at the Centre for the Arts, 206 S. Commerce St., Centreville, MD. Call 410.758.2520 or email for more information.

Arts Council classes are designed to renew existing interests, and to develop new skills. Registration materials are available at 206 South Commerce St. in Centreville, Tuesday – Friday from 9 am to 5 pm, by calling 410-758-2520, online or via email at The Centre receives support through a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.

The Queen Anne’s County Arts Council is a non-profit organization committed to promoting, expanding, and sustaining the arts.