We bring out “bubbly” to toast and celebrate the most festive and long-anticipated occasions -- the arrival of new babies, the christening of ships, weddings, birthdays, graduations, and especially the New Year. Champagne says, “Whew…..we made it over the hump and something newer, bigger, and better is on its way!”
We've all celebrated the new year and the Chinese new year, but now the teachers and staff of PMC Connection have special cause to pop open the bubbly and look forward to 2012- the long-awaited, much-anticipated launch of our brand new Level I Certification program.
Exponential changes in the world of PMC have given metal clay artists a whole new perspective on their art form. In just a few short years, new techniques, tools, and products have propelled PMC from its humble beginning as a “craft” to a well-respected fine art. Even the most discerning of traditional metalsmiths are giving PMC a well-deserved nod as metal clay artists keep pushing the limits and developing mind-blowing new concepts.
Likewise, we at PMCC felt it was time to take a critical look at our certification program to be sure it represented the changing standards of skills and techniques. As the expectations of artists worldwide catapult PMC to new heights, we knew it was time for our educational program to do the same. We wanted our students to rise to new heights and to achieve a level of polish and sophistication rivaling any medium or educational program.
Of course, nothing worth having ever comes easy. And how much would we value it if it did? So, we turned loose our eager team of senior instructors and challenged them to tell us what to keep and what to throw out. At the core of the challenge, we wanted to keep our program to two days, limit it to just four (4) projects, and bump up the quality of students’ work. The public has a discriminating eye for perfection, the price of silver continues to rise, and competition in art jewelry sales is keen. Anyone who is serious about selling their jewelry needs to accept that these factors demand exceptional skills.
Certification has always been the BIGGEST BANG FOR YOUR EDUCATIONAL BUCK! And it is now more than ever before: Guess no more about what temperature to fire your work; master the dreaded syringe; create “weird” shaped beads without a core; set stones like a pro; and more, more, more!
Even if your other resolutions have already fallen by the wayside, make 2012 the year you resolve to become a certified metal clay artisan.
HAPPY NEW YEAR AND CREATIVE BLESSINGS,