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PMC Classes - Dates 2009

Basics Class: This is a popular class that serves as an introduction to Precious Metal Clay.  Pupils learn the characteristics of PMC3 and gain hands-on experience of some of the uses of silver clay.  They then fire the clay by hand using a gas torch.  This is a four hour class that challenges you to design, fabricate and cure a piece in a fully supported environment.    I supply all tools and you receive written notes for your future reference.

The Basics class
 at the Macedon Studio will next run on Thursday 26th November 2009, beginning at 10am and finishing at 2pm.  This is a busy class and there is only time for a quick cuppa so try to eat before you come, bring a sandwich for when you finish or try out one of our great local cafes; Sitka, or The Clock and Beaver.

Dates for the rest of the year at Macedon are as follows:

December: Thursday 10th.

I'll be setting dates at Macedon over the Summer, dependant on the Fire Season and it's extremity.

A $30 deposit is required at booking to confirm your place, only refundable if I can find somebody to replace you.  If not I will send you the material kit. 
Leadlight By Ettore in Woodend will be hosting me again in Term 4.  The class will run on a Wednesday afternoon from 12.30 until 4.30, and will be a combination of Basic along with more advanced students undertaking dicroic glass combined with PMC.  Group classes like this are a great way to learn and get inspiration. There are limited vacancies so contact Ettore direct on  5427 2927 for further details if you wish to join in.

I also have a group of ladies based in Chewton, (near Castlemaine) who are wanting to continue on after completing the Basics workshop.  This class will also be open to beginners.  The next date is Wednesday 18 November, 10 - 2.30. Contact Jackie McMaster with your date preference for the New Year jackie@gcom.net.au or on 5470 6703.

Can't make these classes, want me to travel to you or are you ready to go further?  Contact me at furthur@iprimus.com.au to arrange another time, venue or a more advanced class.

more images at 


Contemporary Clay Instructors Program

Monday16 November 2009

The CCIP is the brain child of Jennifer Tattam of MetalClay Australasia.  An Art Clay Silver Certified Instructor, Jen's goal is to provide a personalised instructional program that gives people the tools they required to start up their own craft business from home, and with those tools the opportunity to be their own boss.  Many people dream of making money from their passion, and with the group of experienced artists and instructors now associated with the CCIP at hand providing a support network and insights on the latest techniques and trends, it is more likely to become a reality for those who are ready and willing to give it a go.  Teaching is one of the best ways to learn, and one of the most rewarding pastimes I have had the pleasure of undertaking.  It requires little outlay compared to retailing, the payment you receive is for your time and expertise.  

For information on the Senior Training Instructors and their profiles, please see:

The certification program is a two-tiered system, starting at the very basics of working with Sculpey Premo, PMC3 and Makin's Clay, and leading up to more complex methods and uses of the three clays that we focus on.  On completion of the program you will have received a large selection of items from the Makin's Creative System, be eligible for ongoing product discounts and gain exclusive membership in a closed online forum specifically for Senior Training Instructors, Student Instructors and Artisans of the CCIP.
Each certificate is run over three days, with an exam component to be finished in your own time.  If you wish to undertake the CCIP in Victoria , please contact me to negotiate a time and venue that is suitable.

There are images of most of the projects here:

Contact me lereveur@bigpond.com

We had our inaugural gathering of Student Instructors in Sydney in September 2008, where all Student Instructors present received a gift bag of the latest Makin's Creative System products and were presented the certificates for the levels they had completed.  Each Senior Training Instructor also presented demonstrations on new products or demonstrated some of their favourite techniques. The cost of the day was a mega-reasonable $35.00 which included lunch. Attendees were invited to participate in a showcase of their entries and were awarded prizes of products (thanks to Metal Clay) and tools or finished items donated by the Senior Training Instructors.  BRONZClay was also introduced to all, and will be incorporated into the program in the future.  The day was rounded off with a delightful dinner at a Greek restaurant.

December 2008 saw the launch of the online group for the CCIP Instructors, open to anybody that has completed at least Certificate One. To date a large number of the CCIP attendees have no intention to go on and teach, but have done the course solely for their own self development.  All have agreed that the course represents great value.  The few that have gone on to teach are finding it hard work but not as nerve wracking as they thought, and immensly rewarding.  It's been a gratifying experience watching these people coming to their best.

Happy Claying!

Finally - back to teaching!

2009 sees the last of my children heading off to school, and so I will be finding myself with much more time to spare - much more time to create!

I have loosely structured weekly classes at my home studio, numbers will dictate what eventually slots in where and so timing is subject to change.  Please bear with me and keep checking here regularly for updates!

I'll also be posting musings about various subjects from time to time, mostly stemming from the wonderful experiences I have had over the years on this journey of craft and creativity; some from the days of running a studio in a commercial capacity, some from my doomed days at Art School, some from the excellent teachers I have had the good fortune to have had, and even some from my days as a kid growing up in a family that has always been immersed in photography, spinning and weaving, painting, writing or just doing for the sake of doing!

Besides getting back to having weekly classes here at home and in the surrounds of the beautiful Macedon Ranges, I will be teaching basic PMC and polymer clay classes from my regular venues in the Melbourne Metro area.   BronzClay classes will be up in term 4.

For my own self development (read my time to have fun and explore!) I'm taking weekly glass classes concentrating on lampworking, which I love.  I am also a member of The Gallery Mount Macedon, an active group of 25 members who are taking me places I've never considered.  I will be having an Open Studio in conjunction with The Gallery the weekend of October 24th and 25th, where I will be hosting two local guest Artists.  You can see my sculptures, drawings and jewellery at The Gallery, and also I have some jewellery  in The Top Of The Range Tearooms, adjacent to the Mount Macedon War Memorial Cross Reserve.

Please direct any enquiries to furthur@iprimus.com.au 

Happy claying and creating!