Metal Clay Copper Pendant with Janice Colvin

Turning clay into metal sounds like magic, but it’s very real and it’s very fun to do. In the world of precious metal clay with endless techniques for creating artisan quality work, the only magic involved is what your imagination invents. 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 fascinating art technique.

Students will learn to use Metal clay to make a metal clay copper pendant, earrings, or other sculpted items as they wish. Metal clay and necessary tools will be supplied as part of the materials fee, but students are encouraged to bring small elements for embellishment like buttons, shells, lace or bark to use to texture the pieces. Students will fire their creations for take home the same day. Ages 16 and up will enjoy learning from a life-long artist and instructor. The class will be held from 9:30 am to 2 pm on Saturday, February4. The deadline for registration is January 27.

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 $30 for Arts Council Members, $35 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.

Part of a series of classes and events in support of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council’s annual fundraising event “Small Works: Exhibition and Raffle,” proceeds benefit the Council’s operating funds, special programs and events.

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, September through May. Call 410.758.2520, go online or email 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. We connect artists to audiences and the community to the arts.