If you have some metal clay experience and you want to try your hand at making a ring, then this may be the course for you. It is a good basic course for making rings.
Making rings is a large topic. So, it will help greatly if you read Rings Overview Part 1 and Part 2, if not simply for getting used to ring terminology. And by reading the overview you can identify which type of ring this course covers – a simple band ring with a top element. The Overview is also your resource for ring-making tools.
The band ring I make in and for this course has a top element that has two functions. First, it hides the split in the band where the ends meet. Secondly, it is decorative. Throughout the course I talk about homemade and purchased mandrels and the purpose for each style of mandrel. I show and explain the steps I took to make this ring, including how to account for shrinkage. I do not show you how I finished and polished the ring, for if you have metal clay experience, you have your own processes for those.
There will be other ring courses forthcoming – one for making a ring on a manufactured ring shank or liner, one for making a spinner ring, and perhaps one on making an adjustable ring.
A word on my teaching style . . . . I narrate and describe my process. I do not give you step-by-step instructions. There are many reasons for this. First, I want you to understand the process rather than follow a procedure. If you understand what you are doing and why, then this frees you up for your own creating process and personal growth in the media. Furthermore, I believe you will better learn the foundational principles and nuances of working with metal clay, as it truly is an art. If I skip over a step in the process, like finishing your piece, I explain that I am not including that step in my courses. Also, I do include a lot of what-if scenarios, in an attempt to cover everything that might happen at any juncture. And, I usually mess up somewhere in each project, which is how learning really goes deep.
Kris designs and makes fine and sterling silver, minuscule sculptures, pendants, earrings, charms, and rings. Her work features landscapes, wildlife, and tracks. Her main medium is precious metal clay.
Kris is a PMC Certification Instructor certified by PMC Connection (not longer in existence) and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande.
In 2012 Kris “passed with distinction the certification review” by the Montana Arts Council, signaling that she has developed a sustainable business in art. The additional honor of distinction was awarded based on a demonstrated depth of understanding of her art and the development of a strong brand suited for her specific business niche.
Kris is currently teaching, maintaining her silver business, and working on submissions to the Metal Clay Masters Registry. She achieved Level 1 in 2017, Level 2 in 2018, and is listed as a Master in Masters Registry.
Most recently, Kris has become one of six members on the Education Steering Committee for the Alliance for Metal Clay Arts Worldwide or AMCAW, which came into existence in 2018