Got home today from the color workshop at the Society for Contemporary Crafts in the Strip District in Pittsburgh. What a wonderful class. I can't say I accomplished a lot, but I certainly did learn a lot.
The class was taught by Tim McCreight. Tim is pretty much the first person in the United States to get the chance to work with metal clay. He is a consultant for the Mitsubishi company who makes the clay. It was his first time in Pittsburgh, but it won't be his last. He is coming back the first week in June to teach a class on mold making and another Rio Certification class.
Tim's teaching style (at least for this kind of class) was laid back and non-stressful. It was a class of experimentation and very enjoyable. I would recommend one of Tim's classes to anyone.
On Friday night, about fifty people attended a reception the Western Pennsylvania Guild held for Tim. After socializing over food and wine, we were treated to hearing a little bit about Tim's life and career. He is an interesting speaker who is very personable and humorous.
Over the next few days, I'll share some of the things we learned in class and show my examples. The teacher in me took the educational approach and made my pieces with the intention of making a chart. (With all that silver, it's going to be an expensive chart!)