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Introduction to Silver Metal Clay Jewelry, February

Create your own piece of silver jewelry! In this class participants will handle, shape, texture, refine, fire and finish fine silver clay to create a piece of their choice under the guidance of award-winning instructor Kim Rumberger. The goal is to have a piece torch-fired and completed in this one session. No prior experience is needed.

Metal Clay is a compound made of recycled, powdered metal (in this case, silver), a plant-based non-toxic binder, and water. When the binder is burned off, using a kiln or kitchen torch, the powder becomes solid metal. Metal clay comes in many forms, including silver, bronze, brass, and steel.

Metal clay holds textures and details beautifully and handles very much like ceramic clay. It can be sculpted, shaped, drilled and carved. Finished pieces can also have a patina applied to beautifully enhance the details. Because this is the purest form of silver, without any other metals added, the pieces are also tarnish-resistant, and hallmarked as .999 Silver.

Silver Clay will be available for purchase from Kim at the time of the class for $3 per gram and is not included in the tuition fee. Students typically use 6 to 10 grams of clay, but this is variable based on the piece the student decides to create.

About the Instructor

Kim Rumberger is an award-winning jewelry artist and metal clay instructor. She recently won the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide Sea & Sky Challenge People’s Choice Award and has taught extensively across the Cape.

Kim was surrounded by art as a child and became a silversmith in high school and studied mixed metals in college. In 2014 she discovered a new medium called metal clay and has been teaching and working in it ever since. Her work has been selected for numerous juried shows, including placing first in 3-dimensional art in the 2015 All Cape Art Show in Chatham. Kim is a juried member of the HyArts District Artist Shanties and the Orleans Art Cottages, as well as a mentor for high school students in ArtWorks, through the Cape & Islands Workforce Development Board.

Kim’s business is called Metal And Beads, and her website is www.MetalAndBeads.com. You can find her on Facebook as Metal And Beads, and on Instagram as Metal_And_Beads. She resides in Hyannis with her husband, Tim, and their 2 rescued rat terriers and a feral cat (who will eat anything).

Our classes and workshops are open to students of all abilities and needs. We are currently unable to provide one-on-one instruction, though we will make every attempt to address accommodations for full and successful engagement whenever possible.
If a student requires individual supports, parent/guardian/PCA/teacher/ABA Therapists/etc are welcome to attend.
Please contact Christine Ernst, Director of Education, for more information at christine@cotuitcenterforthearts.org.