Sunday, February 19, 2012

I'm No Longer Afraid of Precious Metal Clay

I took an absolutely wonderful precious metal clay (PMC) class from Lydia Johns yesterday.  She was my fourth beginner metal clay teacher.  I'm finally not afraid to open a package and make something at home.  Lydia is a wonderful person and an EXCELLENT teacher.  She taught in the real world, in real schools, and she knows how to keep us motivated, on track, and keep an eye on all of us so she can stop a mistake from happening.   I have wanted to take her PMC 101 class for a while and always had a schedule conflict.

If you live in Austin or Central Texas, keep an eye on the Blue Moon Glassworks web site for upcoming classes.   Lydia's class is well worth the money and it's fun too!

Here's what I made from a 28 oz. package, with a tiny bit of clay left over.


  1. I know what you mean about being afraid to open a package at home. It took me awhile after the class I took to muster my courage - and this was a few years ago when PMC was expensive, but not yet through the roof! Beautiful pieces.

  2. Yay, Carol! These are gorgeous! So glad you persisted!

  3. This looks like so much fun! Do you have to own a kiln for something like this? I'd love to try it but don't have the extra money for a kiln.

    Your pieces are fabulous! I'm so happy you are more comfortable with this medium. Just think of all the wonderful things you can create with this!

    Enjoy your week!

    1. Hi Alice,

      It is best to use a kiln. I'm working my butt off to be able to buy one soon.

      You can torch-fire smaller pieces of PMC, but sometimes the heat isn't distributed evenly enough to make a strong piece.