I have to admit I already have two great kilns, bead annealing kilns, that I love, but as I made less and less beads and began to work more with clays and various mixed media I found metal clay. I now have a third kiln, a hotter kiln, and I can do the magic. This magic consists of changing clay into fine silver, gold, copper and bronze. I am amazed and delighted.
Metal clay is something else again. I am in love with the process and in love with the look of the finished art. I really should say the look of the many, many different finished creations that one can achieve. The process seems to me to be beautifully solitary and deep. I love that.
I do have most books that have been written about metal clay but my newest is from Barbara Becker Simon, and it, along with books by Tim Mccreight, have inspired me to the point where I am almost panicked to begin, I don't want to disappoint myself. I will start slowly and take more classes as needed.
Here is my first piece, from a class with Barbara McGuire. I'm sure I posted this when I made it, but now that I have all the equipment and I'm about to work, it seemed a good time to look at it again.
A beautiful spring day to everyone tomorrow!