local artisan to guide clay and gourd necklace workshop
“You want to know why people might want to do this?” says artisan Barbara Yoxall of her upcoming necklace workshop at Geauga Park District. “Because it’s a hands-on project, it’s a new media, and it’s something they can play around with – and if they like it they can go on, and if they don’t, oh well – they haven’t lost but a couple hours of time.”
Barbara will make a great teacher for this craft involving air-dried clay and gourd pieces at the upcoming “Inspired by Nature” Necklace Workshop to be held on Friday, September 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at The West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87) in Newbury/Russell Townships.
A fee of $12 covers materials and instruction; however, if you have clay tools and ceramic tile on which to work, please bring them.
Barbara’s examples look like clay vines, flowers, and insects on pieces of gourd or baby gourds, grown to be extra tiny. Participants can even make one of each if they’d like!
Clay is two-part epoxy clay, blended with an oil paint of your choice for two minutes, then allowed to sit about 10 minutes until it can be manipulated.
“Then you have three hours to work with it,” Barbara said. “It isn’t like fine beadwork, no; it’s simple and fun. Roll out a little ball, smash it down, put some lines on it for a leaf, and stick it on. I’ll have little ladybugs and other little bugs for people to add, too, and sparkly pigments to brush on.”
Registration is required online or 440-286-9516 for this program which is suitable for those age 10 or older and wheelchair/stroller accessible.