Monday, February 6, 2012

Clay Turntable

I saw this on link on Facebook this morning and thought it was pretty clever.  Wanaree Tanner did a small tutorial on how she makes one of her favorite tools, the turntable.  

Click here to view her tutorial.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Looking Ahead

Here's a synopsis of what's coming for the guild.  First of all, we have a new meeting place.  We'll be meeting at the All Saint's Episcopal Church, 79 Central Street in Stoneham, MA.  Apparently the group that prays together (to make it to these meetings), stays together holds true as our guild is growing, growing, growing!  Our next meeting will be held on February 26 from 1-5.  Most of our meetings continue to be held on the 4th Sunday of the month with a few exceptions.  Here's what we have to look forward to:

February - Photographing jewelry demo & PMC conference picture-taking by Lori Magno.  (will she address how to keep those cat hairs out of the picture?)
March - Viking knit by Monte Nikkel (Monte manages to keep our bustling group mesmerized).
April - Base metal clay, members who work in base metals will bring in the pieces.  Working and firing the different brands of metal clay will be discussed and demo'd.  Can you hear the excitement?
May/June - combined meeting (1st Sunday in June) - Box making demo by Mikki Verani (I'm dreaming of a beautiful box filled with m&m's)
July - Field trip to Gemstar Gems in Enfield, NH.  Ladies - start your engines.
August - Colors on Metal Clay - initial demo by Mikki Verani, with all members discussing their methods of color metal clay.  Hopefully, not at once.  I can hear Cheech and Chong now . . . class . . . class . . . CLASS!
September - Kumihimo by Monte Nikkel (back by popular demand!)
October - Sterling silver clay (ok - we have officially now got it all going on)
Nov/December combined meeting - play with clay (this is where we get to hover over our neighbor's closely held secrets).  

None of these topics are set in stone.  If you have something you're just dying to learn or teach the group - we're listening.  There's also talk of getting a "name" metal clay artist in for classes - so stay tuned.