Wednesday, April 29, 2009

PMC Class

Last Saturday, my daughter and I took a class in Precious Metal Clay (PMC). PMC is made from silver which has been reclaimed from old film. It is mixed with a clay like binder material, making it easy to work with. When the PMC is fired in a kiln or sometimes with a torch, the binder burns away and fine silver is left. We were given a package of PMC3 and were told to let our imaginations run free. I loved working with the clay. Several years ago, I took thown pottery (on the wheel) classes. I miss playing with the mud so much. This gave me a chance to mold some clay. I decided to make a pendant and a pair of earrings. My daughter folded an origami crane out of PMC Sheet, a paper-like form of the clay. You can see the crane in the bottom right of the picture. We fired our pieces in the kiln, but I would also like to see how to fire the pieces with a torch. Our teacher, Laura Tarbutton of Trinity Art Design Studio, gave us wonderful instruction. I enjoyed every bit of the process and look forward to working with PMC again. Hopefully someday soon, I will offer PMC pieces for sale.

5 comments:

Nancy said...

Wow...glad you had fun! I know you were excited about this class for a while. Was it just one, or with there be more? Can't wait to see finished products!

Lin said...

Oooh, it sounds really cool and a ton of fun! Be sure to post what you made--I'll be waiting.

Merry said...

It was just the one class. The instructor might be doing some more like for rings or enameling. Those sound fun. I will have to start saving my pennies.

Meghann said...

Oh I am SO jealous! I have wanted to get into PMC for years now, it is just so versatile! I hope you have lots of fun :)

Three Fates said...

Looks like you had fun! I want to give PMC a try so bad.