Monday, February 14, 2011

The Cat's Out of the Bag

Linda Kline
Director of Curriculum

"How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?"
~ Franćois de La Rochefoucauld ~

Writing this post got me thinking of all the different expressions we have for divulging secrets. Who spilled the beans? She let the cat out of the bag. He sang like a canary. Loose lips sink ships.....You get my point. We just love to dish.

Truth is, it's really hard to keep a great secret. We all want to be in on it --get the dirt; know the lowdown; share the skinny; be the first to get the scoop. No one wants to be left out on a big, fat, juicy secret. And don't we just hate it when we are the last to know? That's why I couldn't wait to let you in on my great big secret!

For several months now, the PMC Connection senior teachers have been busier than Santa's elves on the 24th of December. We are redesigning our entire certification program! Yep, Levels 1, 2, and 3 will be completely restructured to feature more challenging, skillful, and technically-inspired projects. We are throwing out the baby with the bath water and developing all new projects addressing current trends in metal clay artistry while focusing on achieving more refined results.

Metal Clay has evolved from its humble beginning in the Crafter's Corner to be recognized in the arena of fine art. It has earned the respect of artists and jewelry-designers around the world as we have pushed, tested and finessed this amazing material into exquisite works of art. PMC Connection is also evolving. With our new president, Jennifer Roberts; a juiced up administrative team; and a dynamic group of senior instructors, we are putting a whole new face on PMCC. So it seems only fitting that our educational program should have a face lift, too.

Like any new endeavor, it's going to take some time to bring it to fruition. Call me crazy, but I love the challenge. I love the opportunity of planting a seed and watching it grow. I love working with a team who are full of amazing ideas. I love being a part of a collective energy charged up team that visualizes and embraces new concepts and idea. This is really good stuff!

So now the cat is out of the bag, I've spilled the beans, and blabbed about our secret. What a relief! It feel good to get that off my chest. I never could keep a secret!

This post was written by Linda Kline. Lora just edited it.


Phoenix said...

sounds like a ton of new fun is coming our way!

Metal Clay Artist Magazine said...

Sounds wonderful! Let me in on the full scoop and scope of what you are changing and why--maybe something we can help promote or at least stash and contact the others making changes to their curriculum. Art Clay went through this last year.

Jeannette LeBlanc
Metal Clay Artist Magazine.