CLEMENT MARQUAIRE, FEATURED ARTIST
I’ve learned several art skills and technique during my art studies : Ecole des Beaux Arts; Metz,France, graduated in 2005 ERG : Ecole de Recherche Graphique, Brussels, Belgium Silversmithing workshops : Northern India Tangka and mandala painting workshops : Katmandu, Nepal Finalist of MCE Challenge N°14 MOVEMENT and/or MECHANICAL, 2017 First prize of MCE Challenge N°17 : boxes and bead, 2018 I’m teaching a lot of basic and advanced metal clay classes in my studio in Brussels. I've also taught abroad in major metal clay studios or events including Masterclass Inversion Technique in Switzerland and in UK, 2019 Masterclass at YCMI 2020 : Base metal Bowl Masterclass Inversion Technique in Luxemburg, 2021 Masterclass Inversion Technique at SINTER, Pittsburgh, PA in 2022
I’ve been teaching Metal Clay and metalsmithing classes for adult education programs since 2007, including classes at the National Ornamental Metal Museum and Arkansas Craft School. I have been a technical trainer in several of my ‘mainstream jobs’ since 2003 (2013 on it has been one of my primary job duties) so I am skilled at quickly assessing different learning types and working to accommodate those variations on the fly to ensure positive learning experiences for students. I’ve been making jewelry professionally since 1999, and prior to that, I made clothing and costumes (including a few award-winning ones!), for myself, friends, and clients.
I received my ArtClay Senior Certification from Jackie Truty in October 2011, a few years after my crossover certification (also under Jackie), and then New Mokume Gane certification during the first US class. My PMC levels 1 and 2 were completed in 2004 and 2005, respectively, under Linda Kline. I was in the first group of certified Camp PMC instructors.
I love teaching- there is magic in sharing knowledge and it is very important to me that the knowledge I’ve gained through study and experience is passed on to others. Making things is also very important to me- it’s in my blood as my grandmother and grandfather were both artists and makers, in addition to their ‘mainstream jobs’. I think making things and passing that knowledge on is a vital form of connection.
STEPHANIE CHAVEZ is a certified metal clay artist and instructor. She is a diverse artist, proficient in many jewelry mediums, although her love, passion and expertise remain in metal clay. She is honored to be selected among the first group of certified instructors in the new Camp PMC Certification Program. Originally certified through Rio Grande, she has been working with metal clay for over 11 years.
With national and international recognition through her online courses in metal clay and publications in Metal Clay Today; Stephanie has been considered an expert in her field. From beginners to advanced; she believes we each have the capacity to be inspired artists. Many people just need a safe and fun environment to explore their own creative limits. That is what she provides and shares, bringing joy to all those who attend her workshops. Students travel from around the U.S. to take workshops with Stephanie, where she teaches locally at her studio in South Jordan, Utah. She also enjoys traveling throughout the United States teaching at various studios, conferences and events, sharing her passion and excitement for metal clay.
Stephanie enjoys volunteering and sharing her knowledge. She is the president of the Utah Metal Clay Guild and the secretary for the Metal Arts Guild of Utah. She believes in continuous learning and growing. With an active family, she enjoys watching and supporting her kids excel in their favorite sports and taking new adventures with her Husband. In her downtime you’ll find Stephanie strolling the shores of her favorite lake often looking for treasures and inspiration; boating, hiking or walking her Pups.
I have been running various workshops in metal clay for several years, and have written a tutorial for AMCAW. I have had several pieces in the AMCAW calendar and I have received several Certificates of Merit in the AMCAW challenges.
MCAS welcomes Marianne, who will travel from her home in Wiltshire, England
My passion for art and jewelry design is inspired by my travels around the world and the wonderful materials I've discovered. I am a certified Camp PMC Principal Instructor with expertise in the use of precious metal clay and other techniques including metalsmithing, soldering, wirework, beadwork and kumihimo braiding. I teach in-person and online classes for students across the United States and Canada and provide private instruction and workshops from my zen studio in the Catalina Foothills of Tucson, Arizona.
MICHAEL MARX has been working with Metal Clay since 2001 and teaching since 2005. Michael holds Level 1 and 2 Certifications from PMC Connection and has taught everything from intro/beginner classes to advanced techniques with class sizes ranging from 1 on 1 to 16 students at a time. His preference is the advanced classes as he enjoys encouraging my students to push their abilities to the next level. Professionally Michael does work that is unique and that pushes the possibilities of metal clay, both in design and overall execution.
DONNA PENOYER began working in metal clay in 2005 but has been making jewelry for over 20 years. She is certified by both PMC Connection and Rio Grande; has studied a wide range of 3D media in countless workshops with national artists; has taught hundreds of beginner-through-advanced jewelry classes around the USA, England and Belgium; and has been featured several times on CRAFTCAST with Alison Lee. Her whistle amulets and other pieces have appeared in multiple books, magazines, online sources and exhibits. Donna lives in Pittsburgh, PA. See more about Donna at www.donnapenoyer.com.
A retired museum professional with a background in archaeology and history of ceramics, Barbara Rivolta is a mixed media artist who combines ceramic and metal clays with glass and other materials. She loves to experiment to find the limits of materials and how to combine various media. She is inspired by ancient art and especially by the lines and shapes of ancient pottery. Her love of nature, particularly the patterns and textures found in plants, birds and sea life, influence her work. She is a Camp PMC principal instructor and teaches metal clay jewelry making at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center and the Tampa Bay Mineral and Science Club in Florida.
Certified in 2002 by Rio Grande, JJ has been teaching metal clay courses for 20 years. Affiliated with the School of Art in Great Falls, Virginia, JJ also teaches extensively around the country. Her presentation at AMCAW's 2022 Metal Clay Conference drew praise for its introduction of using a "cat scan" technique to create hollow forms in layers with the Silhouette Curio. JJ also teaches through the McLean Project for the Arts and privately in her Virginia studio.
Julie Sanford is an award-winning designer, creating and exhibiting art jewelry for over 30 years. With an extensive background in retail fine jewelry, she also has a degree in education and has taught K-12 visual art with an emphasis on curriculum integration, art history, ceramics and, of course, jewelry. Julie’s experience in metal clay began in 1998 with Tim McCreight’s original VHS tape tutorial, she received PMC Rio Rewards certification with J. Fred Woell in 2007 and earned Principal Instructor certification with Camp PMC in 2019. Julie specializes in combining sintered metal clay components with traditional bench fabrication techniques to create multidimensional compositions in jewelry. Julie has been offering jewelry related classes, workshops, and presentations at national trade shows and conferences, technical schools, universities, craft centers and private studios since 1998. Julie's classes are fun, organized, and full of professional development, metalsmithing techniques and pro bench tips. Along with a successful jewelry design business, Julie is also the director of Studio JSD, metalsmithing workshop and gallery in Grand Haven Michigan, and serves on the board of the Michigan Silversmiths Guild. Julie and her work are often featured in books, articles, trade magazines, news media and special gallery exhibitions. “I believe in creating calm yet stimulating environments that engage creativity and learning in a non-intimating way. I look for ways to empower students to be critical thinkers and self-sufficient in their own studio practice by offering many ways to achieve a single goal and by being both hands on and hands off as needed when students are practicing new skills.”
Kim Struve, a Senior Certifying Metal Clay Instructor in San Antonio, Texas, chooses industry leaders’ hands-on courses to accelerate her competencies. She has provided metal clay courses to adults and children in large  and small groups since 2011. Struve has great student rapport, as one opined, “Kim is an amazing artist with a big heart and open mind; ready to learn from every class she teaches.” Love, math and nature influence the designs and passion demands she share the FUNctional, unique and novel. Struve’s “Fold Lock” techniques resulted from a determination to create strong joinery, components, jewelry and art by folding dry metal clay. Kim developed Metal Leather fine silver precision strips to make it simple and affordable.
Karen has over 14 years of jewelry making experience, and started off as a traditional metalsmith by receiving both a BFA and MFA metalsmithing. After graduating with her MFA, Karen shifted her creating emphasis from traditional metalsmithing to working with precious metal clay, won over by its accessibility and create-from-home nature. Karen was hired on as the resident artist for the jewelry making supplies company, Cool Tools, where she regularly develops projects and teaches others how to work with precious metal clay. She’s found a love for sharing creativity and empowering people as makers, and was honored to teach and present at the most recent AMCAW sinter conference in 2022.