Course Description


For this class you'll need a cabochon. The minimum recommended height of the cabochon is 7mm. A limited edition or our High Profile Sustainable Stones™ are available HERE.

This Instant Access Project Workshop course not only covers working the wet and dry metal clay, but also making custom tools, firing, kiln programing, high contrast patina finishing, getting clean consistent impressions from this signature texture plate, wet forming and refinement, the swing bail, non-fireable stone setting technique for fired metal clay and so much more. This class features 22 separate lessons and 21 demo videos, 110 pages of step by step class handouts 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.

Technique retention is a huge issue, and after years of travel teaching, I've found it is the most frequent problem with live workshops. How many times have you been to a class 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 got 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 at least $375.00 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

MetalClay Arts Conservatory was conceived and founded by internationally published, award winning artist and metal clay innovator, Wanaree Tanner, to illuminate the practical and creative processes as well as the individual‘s artistic expression. The Conservatory features both online continuing education courses on metal clay ranging from Project Workbooks and Classes to Comprehensive Courses as well as one-on-one private sessions or study programs with Wanaree at her studio located in secluded rural Illinois. The courses and programs are filled not only with technical training and skill application, but also design development and artistic styling. For more on her work and more on the Metal Clay Arts Conservatory please visit her website at

*Texture plates are for personal limited production use only, mass commercial reproduction is strictly prohibited. copyright 2016© wanaree tanner

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 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. With this class you'll even learn how to create a Texture Right Roller plus all the secrets for getting great impressions everytime out of your texture plates.

Wanaree Tanner

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Introduction & Project Workbook

    • Introduction

    • Workbook

    • Tools and Getting Started

    • Tool List

    • Custom Made Specialty Tools

    • BONUS: Repairing Broken Greenware

  • 2

    Pendant Body

    • Stone Selection & Resizing

    • Pendant Backplate

    • Stand-in Stone Form

    • Bezel Texture

    • Bezel Refinement & Shaping

    • Bezel & Backplate Assembly

  • 3

    Bail & Pendant Assembly

    • Pendant Refinement

    • Extruding Connecting Components

    • Hand Rolling Connecting Components

    • Bail Texture & Forming

    • Bail Support Form & Refinement

    • Bail Assembly

    • Pendant Assembly Part I

    • Pendant Assembly Part II

  • 4

    Firing, Stone Setting and Finishing

    • Kiln Firing

    • Stone Lift & Patina

    • Stone Setting

    • Polish & Finishing