This workshop meets Friday and Saturday, August 27 & 28, 2021, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm each day

(lunch breaks suggested 12noon-2pm each day)


Create nature-inspired pieces in this workshop for seasoned beginners and intermediate to advanced level students. Learn techniques to achieve detailed botanical images in metal clays. Have success combining multiple components with tube set stones on your silver clay pieces, and much more!


In this 2-day workshop you'll learn to:

-Create silicone putty molds with local botanicals

-Fabricate small embellishments with sterling silver clay

-Layer dried elements together with minimal cleanup

-Solder bails, earrings posts, and tube settings onto fired metal clay

-Make ear wires

-Achieve an even patina

-Polish to a satin or mirror finish with rotary and hand tools


Students should bring their own standard metal clay tool kit


A kit fee of $95 will be collected by the instructor during the workshop

Kit includes:

-25g EZ960 clay (more will be available for purchase if necessary)

-Sterling silver tube settings, jump rings, wire and posts

-3D Printed Clay cutters

-Sanding sponge and paper

-Many lab created gemstones to choose from

-Two part silicone putty

-Use of shared tools and equipment


This workshop is part of the Metal Clay Artists Symposium and requires purchase of the General Registration.

Gems and Blooms: Mixing Silversmithing with Metal Clay by Rebecca Connell

  • Please put the MCAS GENERAL REGISTRATION in your cart prior to purchasing workshops or enrolling in the Sunday Technique Discovery Workshop. The MCAS GENERAL REGISTRATION fee ($55) is non-refundable. Payment in full is required at the time of registration. Workshop fees do not include travel, meals, or accommodations. Workshop fees, less a $20 processing fee, are refundable prior to May 1, 2021, if notified in writing to If you need to cancel after May 1, 2021, please notify us and we will make every effort to fill your space. If we can fill your space, we will issue you a refund less a $20 processing fee.