First and foremost I must state that the course has a mandatory curriculum (sadly you can't go off willy nilly making your own thing). There are seven projects that have a very specific set of requirements. Although I encourage you to bring your own artistic ideas to the projects sometimes there just isn't enough time over the three days to garner inspiration. The course is more about technique than artistic ability.
The biggest question I get is: What are the projects? ? So here is a brief overview of the seven projects:
- Pasted Leaf Brooch -In this one you to apply paste to a leaf, and make a brooch.
- Ring 1 - A flat band ring with syringe overlay. The key to this one is to making a seamless join.
- Ring 2 - Rolled band ring with a fine silver prong setting.
Rolled band ring with a prong set ruby
- Pendant 1 - A flat pendant with a hand mirror finish in one portion and the other portion is textured with paste paste. This piece also requires the placement of a post for a pearl to be set after firing and setting of a fireable gemstone.Pendant with mirror finish, it contains a pearl and clear cz
- Pendant 2- Syringe Pendant - this piece requires making a pendant with syringe and setting of a fireable gemstone.
- Pendant 3- Porcelain Cabochon - this piece involves setting a porcelain cabochon in metal clay and then incorporatesa technique called scrafitto, using overlay paste to add a design on top of the porcelain.
- Earring's - Syringe - Syringed earrings over a cork base.
Certification can be a great way to gain the added confidence and skill in metal clay. It is definitely not for beginners and it not for everyone. Personally, certification made me try things I may have done otherwise and gave me great confidence and skill. The instructor can be a factor in your enjoyment to any class. When I teach certification I include a discussion on skills, technique, safety. firing and I always add as many tips as possible throughout the class.