Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Country Arts Mentorship Program

Last year I was an artist in Residency at Mullewa near Geraldton for two weeks. One of my students Rachel McKenzie was inspired by the workshops there. She successfully applied to the Governments Regional Arts for funding as an emerging artist. This week Rachel started her mentorship programme with me.
We started with the techniques of setting stones in silver metal clay. We made bezel wires and also used commercially made bezel wire to set cabochons. Rachel had some uniform commercial cabochons and I had some rough cut polished matrix opals.
Rachel found a dried leaf in the garden which she decided to make a mould from and use the texture in some of her pendants.
These are some of the photos from the beginning of the five days.
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Pieces drying                                     Rachel’s leaf pendants
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