Course Description

MetalClay Arts Conservatory's digital library is a focused study for the cultivation of metal clay artistry delivered to the comfort of your home or studio. The course not only covers working the wet and dry metal clay, but also making custom tools, simplified single stage firing, kiln programing, high contrast patina finishing, getting clean consistent impressions from finely detailed textureplate, kinetic swing bail construction, and so much more. This class features 19 separate demo videos and 21 lessons, a 95 page, step by step class handout and support PDFs (embedded with live hyperlinks so you don't ever have to wonder what a particular tool is or where it’s available.) Everything is streamlined and easily accessible from multiple devices.

The deep relief, natural gum rubber texture plates were drawn and designed by Wanaree specifically for metal clay applications and were the secret to her professional Celtic jewelry line for many years. They feature crisp, fine detail, rolling tracks (so you never have to worry about having room for your roller), and spillover groves for excess clay to escape to encourage clean impressions. 

Technique retention is a huge issue, and after years of travel teaching, I've found it is the most frequent problem. How many times have you been to a live workshop and found yourself chasing techniques in a notebook only to miss the demonstration all together? Couldn't make out what was being demoed between the crush of eager onlookers? Lost a technique entirely by the time you get back to your own studio? Maybe it's been impossible to get to a class or take enough days off to even attend. While nothing can replace the benefits of live interaction with an instructor, this platform has enabled me to develop a whole new way of distance learning that extends beyond some of the limitations of other workshops

It's allowed me to leave NOTHING out, every step, every technique is now available in up close detail. Each demo video is viewable as many times as you like and shot in first person, so you can see what it really looks like if it were YOUR hands working. The videos are typically less than 10 minutes, so even if you only have a few minutes a day to yourself, you can attend, at YOUR pace. With enrollment, you get one entire year to complete the course, discussion prompts for questions and email technique support from me directly. All you have to do is write.

This Project Workshop, taught live, over two days would cost $250-$350 in any teaching studio or school, but is now available, for a fraction of the cost.

Sign up, join in, but don't miss out on this new frontier of artistic growth.


Wanaree Tanner

Wanaree Tanner

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction & Project Workbook

  • 2

    Tree of Life Talisman Components

    • Copper Front and Back Plates Wet Clay

    • Copper Front and Back Panels, Refinement

    • Silver Panels, Texturing

    • Silver Panels, Refinement

    • Swing Bail Texturing & Forming

    • Extruding the Connecting Components

    • Hand Rolling the Connecting Components

  • 3

    Tree of Life Talisman Assembly

    • Swing Bail Assembly

    • Swing Bail Refinement

    • Joining Silver to Copper

    • Tree of Life Talisman Assembly Part 1

    • Tree of Life Talisman Assembly Part 2 & Refinement

  • 4

    Firing & Finishing

    • Art Clay Copper Firing Study Guide

    • BONUS: Folding a Stainless Steel Foil Container

    • Recommended Single Stage Firing

    • Two Stage Firing with Coconut Carbon

    • Polish, Patina & Seal