2015-07-25 / News

Arts Council Presents Jewelry Workshop

By Madeline Ciak

Self-expression and exploring a different form of design are among the benefits of a two-day silver jewelry workshop that Rosemary Gould will lead Tuesday, July 28, and Wednesday, July 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Jane and Richard Manoogian Mackinac Art Museum.

Over the course of two evenings, students will work with a material called precious metal clay (PMC), to create two unique pieces of silver jewelry. Mrs. Gould will focus on teaching students how to work with the clay so that they can get a feel for it and learn how shape it into a charm. The second night of the workshop will focus on creating a more complicated design for a charm and firing it so that it will be completely dry and ready to wear. Students are required to attend both nights of the workshop.

“Creating jewelry is a good way for students to put their own identities and ideas on display,” said Mrs. Gould.

The advantage of using clay instead of solid silver is that clay is relatively easier to shape, and it was important to use a material that was easy to work with during the workshop.

“It’s way easier to mold, and a student can mold it with their hands, and that alone gives them a more intuitive and direct sense of creating their piece of jewelry. All they have to do is work with the clay a little and see what comes out,” said Mrs. Gould.

Mrs. Gould has an extensive background in art and teaching and believes that those experiences will help the students get the most out of her workshop. She received her bachelor’s degree in art education from Wayne State University, her master’s degree in studio art from Michigan State University, and is an adjunct professor of art at North Central Michigan College in Petoskey.

Mrs. Gould also believes that holding the workshop on the Island will benefit students because nature could serve as an inspiration.

“The Island’s environment could inspire a student to incorporate the textures and scenery into their piece, and I’m happy to help them shape something beautiful,” said Mrs. Gould.

Those interested in taking the workshop are asked to call Mackinac Art Council’s program director Katie Rearick at (906) 984-4124 to register. The cost is $75.

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