Teaching in Tucson

Welcome back for a new year. As always, things are busy as ever. We are about 1/2 through the studio bathroom remodel (always fun, and I can’t wait to show the pictures.) School has finally resumed for the kids, and we have already dealt with the first round of sick kids.

So what have I been working on now? I am still working on my book. This is turning into something so much bigger than I anticipated and so much more work, But it is coming, I promise. I have been playing with new techniques and tools in all things hydraulic press.
Along those lines, I am going to be teaching four workshops in Tucson during the big gem show. I am still working on all the photos, but I have included a few below. If you are going to be in Tucson, I hope you will stop by. All classes are held from 5:30 – 9:30 pm, so you can shop all day and play all night. Each course is only $150 and includes all materials. All you need to do is show up.

 

Bracelet Making Workshop
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Have you ever wanted to use a hydraulic press, rolling mill or other tools to further your bracelet designs? Then this fun hands-on workshop is for you! In this workshop we will make multiple bracelets while exploring the various tools to manipulate the metal. We will play around with various surface textures such as hammering, roll printing, fold-forming, embossing and several others. And it keeps getting better…you will also learn all about pancake/blanking dies and how they can help improve your productivity. In experimenting we will use various forming tools that will allow us to create different bracelet forms such as anticlastic, synclastic and we will also learn about a few others that will add dramatic effects to your designs. This is a technique based workshop where you will take your creative process to the next level while learning to utilize the many fun tools available to create many different looks. This is the perfect class for beginners to advanced, there is something for everyone. No prior experience necessary.
Cost: $150 – All materials included
When: Saturday, February 1st. 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: Potter USA’s new shop.

1934 E. 18th Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

To Register Please visit:


Component and Metal Bead Making Workshop
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So you have a  Hydraulic Press. Now what? In this technique based workshop, we will be working with pancake/blanking dies. Don’t worry if this is all Greek to you, by the end of this workshop it will be second nature to you. With these dies we will make all sorts of components that can be used for things like earrings and pendants. We will learn how to add depth and dimension by forming with Silhouette dies. We will even go one step further and learn a few ways to use these formed pieces to create hollow forms or beads.  You will learn many different texturing techniques to add to your repertoire such as roll printing, stamping, forging, fold forming, piercing and more. You will create more than a handful of components and at least one bead if you desire. No prior experience is necessary.
Cost: $150 – All Materials included
When: Sunday, February 2nd. 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: Potter USA’s new shop.

1934 E. 18th Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

To Register Please visit:

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Captured Druzy Pendant

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In this project based workshop you will discover how to use a hydraulic press to create  the Captured Druzy Pendant. You will be amazed by the form, beauty, and dimension you can create with the hydraulic press. We will first create a formed piece that will then be pierced to allow the durzy quartz to be seen from behind. Next, we will solder wire prongs onto a backplate in order to secure a flat backed druzy quartz. When the final design is created we will secure all layers with tube rivets, including a bail of your design. You will be excited about the beautify of this design. Think of the possibilites. Experience with a jewelers saw is highly recommended, but not required.
Cost: $150 – All materials included
When: Monday, February3rd, 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: Potter USA’s new shop.

1934 E. 18th Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

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Silhouette Die Making Workshop
You may already be familiar with silhouette dies available through Potter USA or even Bonny Doon, but you have also seen other forms that have been made by other people. So how do they do it? Well, this workshop will introduce you to several ways that will add endless possibilities for your own custom designs. We will also go over good and bad design ideas that will help you achieve consistent results with a minimum of post forming work. The best part is you will be introduced to many methods to create and test your silhouette dies using a product called Faux Bone. I am still getting pictures taken and ready.
Cost: $150 – All materials included
When: Thursday, February 6th, 5:30 – 9:30 pm
Where: Potter USA’s new shop.

1934 E. 18th Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

To Register Please visit:

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13 thoughts on “Teaching in Tucson

  1. Debbie

    I’m interested in the bracelet class but wondering how thoroughly all this can be covered in 4 hours. I don’t have a ton of metal experience.

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  2. Bronwyn Pithey

    Your classes at Potter USA look like such fun and a lot of valuable knowledge to be learned by all. It’s a pity I like so far away in Australia and cannot join you. Have you thought of putting these lessons on a dvd. I would be first in line to buy it!

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  3. Bronwyn Pithey

    Your classes at Potter USA look like such fun and a lot of valuable knowledge to be learned by all. It’s a pity I like so far away in Australia and cannot join you. Have you thought of putting these lessons on a dvd. I would be first in line to buy it!

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  4. Melissa Muir

    You would be surprised at how much you can learn in 4 hours time. The bracelet themselves are pretty quick to go together when you have played with the texturing. We will have enough presses in the classes that there might be only 2 people per press, if not one per press, so that isn’t going to be an issue. You may not actually get to EVERY technique, but you will have a good understanding of it and should be ready to go when you return home. 

    Melissa
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  5. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Bev. I wish you could come too. I had a great friend that helped me with the descriptions. I wish I was as good with words….  

    Melissa
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  6. Melissa Muir

    I have been thinking I might release a companion DVD for my book that would include some of these workshops and such. I will keep you posted as I get closer. Who knows, at the rate I am going, I will have the DVD out before the book.

    Melissa
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  7. Debbie

    Okay! Changing my airline reservations to make your class. I don’t have a hydraulic press, so I’m mostly interested in stuff I can do at home with the tools I have like Rolling mill work and fold forming. Registering now – very excited!

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  8. Melissa Muir

    Oh Debbie, That makes me so happy. YAY! Perhaps you can cut out a bunch of shapes when you come and then you will at least have the forms and can work on those when you get home. 

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  9. Nancy VanTassell

    You are killing me…. the pieces are amazing. I keep trying to tell myself I don’t need a press… I’m going to be in Tucson…

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  10. Melissa Muir

    Oh Nancy, WE MUST get together. Presses are so much fun. I love what I am able to do with it. I am so excited that you will be there too. I would lot to meet and catch up.

    Melissa
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