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Artists of Metal Clay

Updated on September 15, 2014
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Gayle Dowell is a jewelry and watercolor artist. She currently teaches art to a homeschool co-op highschool class.

Meet the Metal Clay Artists of Etsy

I belong to a wonderful group of metal clay artists, the Metal Clay Heads of Etsy. I would love to introduce you to some of the members and the art they make with metal clay. Metal clay is clay that is molded, shaped and then fired to produce a solid metal piece. Metal Clay comes in different metals such as fine silver, gold, bronze, white bronze, copper, and steel. Each artist has their unique way of working with the clay to produce unique art pieces. Take a look below and see what I mean. Be sure to sign the guestbook at the end and introduce yourself. We would love to meet you!

All photos used with permission from the artists.

All Wired Up Jewelry Designs
All Wired Up Jewelry Designs

All Wired Up Jewelry Designs

All Wired Up Jewelry Designs. For me, being introduced to metal clay was like taking all the boundaries away from stone setting. As a self taught metalsmith, I knew I would always be limited by the time it took to learn many of the skills I needed to set gemstones in all the ways I pictured in my mind. I also have a huge collection of cabochon stones which I knew needed something more than an ordinary bezel setting. My first class was with Saul Bell award winner Dina Alexander- just a beginner class, but it was all I needed to jump in with both feet. I have found metal clay to be an artist's dream. Being able to sculpt and create your own molds, using items found in nature or just being able to shape by hand to suit your stone. I am so looking forward to taking more classes to learn even more and refine my skills. I try to create unique interesting designs that appeal to what I call the modern woman- wife, mother, career woman- a very busy lady who wants artistic jewelry at an affordable price point that will go from day to night and from casual to elegant.

DaVoria
DaVoria

DaVoria

Davoria. I create in all aspects of my life. By day, I am a hairstylist, saving mediocre heads of hair from a life of obscurity. By night, I am a metal clay artist, constantly experimenting and updating my style (I was using silver metal clay for a while and recently, I have begun to work with bronze and white bronze clay as well). The rest of the time, you can catch me with my grandchildren, molding them. Buy something, or even just shoot me a message; I am always looking for new people to build with and learn more about my craft.

Designs by Harriet
Designs by Harriet

Designs by Harriet

My name is Harriet and I am the jewelry designer behind Designs by Harriet.

I enjoy working in a variety of media but am especially fond of metal clay. This fine silver product offers me the opportunity to create intricate designs and unique shapes that would be difficult to do using any other technique. I love to incorporate stones, overlapping designs and intricate patterns. Before I became a jewelry designer I was the curator of American art at my local art museum in Indiana for 25 years. After critiquing other artist's works, I wanted to be on the creative side and began studying metalsmithing, wire wrapping and precious metal clay. I am a certified precious metal clay artists and have been working with this technique for more than three years. It is very challenging and rewarding to be creating pieces that will be worn by other people, which makes jewelry designer so exciting a profession.

Faccia Felice
Faccia Felice

Faccia Felice

Faccia Felice. Coming from a graphic design background, I'm a self-taught Web designer/developer. My creative eagerness is never ending. My vision of beautiful things is ever inspiring.

Although jewelry design is my new adventure, I have the patience and dedication to learn and execute. You will find many wearable everyday pieces from my jewelry collection that are perfect for the lazy afternoons or day-to-day hectic lives.

A Great Metal Clay How-to Book

Metal Clay Fusion: Diverse Clays, Detailed Techniques, Artful Projects (Metal Clay Master Class)
Metal Clay Fusion: Diverse Clays, Detailed Techniques, Artful Projects (Metal Clay Master Class)

This is a great metal clay book by Gordon K. Uyehara. It is written for the intermediate to advanced metal clay artist. Copper, bronze and pmc are discussed as well as the new sterling metal clay.

 
Form and Funktion
Form and Funktion

Form and Funktion

Hi there! I'm Stacy -- the proprietor, jewelry designer, and metalsmith of Form and Funktion. I spend my days handcrafting jewelry from my studio surrounded by Redwood trees in Sonoma County, California.

At Form and Funktion, you will find unique engagement rings, stacking gemstone sets, modern earring styles, spinner rings in many styles, wedding bands, one-of-a-kind pendants and many other types of jewelry that are handmade using traditional metalsmithing techniques as well as kiln-fired metal clay techniques. My goal is to create wearable art that will be a favorite piece of jewelry and perhaps even become a treasured heirloom.

I love detail and ornament. A fundamental belief of mine is that our quality of life is hugely influenced by our ability to notice the finer detail in everyday things. I love to create art that has several levels of detail that can be seen as one continues to focus on it. I think of my jewelry as little treats for the eyes.

My jewelry designs are always evolving. I am in love with the merging of romanticism and modernism and I strive to get that perfect mix in my pieces. I love clean lines combined with ornate details and nothing stirs my creative juices like getting that combination just right. Working with precious metals keeps me continually inspired and excited to come to work in my studio each morning.

All Form and Funktion jewelry is handcrafted using precious metals and gemstones. I use recycled silver and gold from an eco-conscious company and always try to buy stones which have been collected in an earth-friendly and humane manner. Form and Funktion strives to step lightly on the earth while creating small bits of beauty.

Three Rose Ring by Kit and Caboodle Shop on Etsy
Three Rose Ring by Kit and Caboodle Shop on Etsy

Kit and Caboodle Shop

I'm Gayle Dowell and I am the artist behind Kit and Caboodle Shop. I've been working with metal clay since 2010, mostly with bronze clay. Taking leaves, seed pods, and prairie grasses from the Flint Hills of Kansas, I make molds to use in my clay work. Being able to recreate a little bit of nature into wearable pieces of jewelry makes me feel a certain connection with our earth and our Creator. My latest work is incorporating metal clay with glass.

Life Art Designs
Life Art Designs

Life Art Designs

Life Art Designs. Handmade fine silver, polymer, and resin artisan jewelry and supplies handcrafted from recycled fine silver metal clay, polymer clay, and resin.

Lynn Cobb's Back Porch Clay Works
Lynn Cobb's Back Porch Clay Works

Lynn Cobb's Back Porch Clay Works

Lynn Cobb's Back Porch Clay Works. Fine silver metal clay has given me the medium to develop jewelry inspired by my love of Georgia O'Keeffe's incredible flower series and the Dinner Party installation by Judy Chicago. I am also inspired by indigenous architectural forms, the castles of central France and the natural world of plants and sea life.

I was honored in 2011 as a finalist in the Saul Bell Design Award Competition, metal clay category for my Fine Silver Flower with Gold pendant.

I hold the Level 2 PMC certification and my work has appeared in numerous publications.

Something Xtra Special
Something Xtra Special

Something Xtra Special

Something Xtra Special. I studied art 30 odd years ago and silver-smithing about 15 years ago. Events (life, death and poverty lol) took over and I left it for a while. Since coming back to it, I have taken great pleasure in incorporating fine silver into the repertoire just for the sheer luxury of purity of material. I have always sought out the unique and unusual. For me little compares to nature and her artistry, and I seek to reflect this in my pieces. I love the way fine silver has the ability, when treated with respect, to be as strong and often more versatile than sterling.

I take such pleasure in locking myself away in my very small studio on the south coast of England, and hammering, cutting, bending, fusing, soldering and generally fiddling with the alchemy that is silver. Can't say I totally adore the computer side of uploading and social media and selling and all that, I do it, but I prefer to go into the sunny place of creativity for my little trip into my mind and come out the other side with a solid little silver souvenir of the journey.

I sell on quite a few sites, my silver pea pod jewellery being my mainstay. Type in somethingxtraspecial and you should find me quite easily.

Thanks for not falling asleep reading this.

Sue

York Avenue
York Avenue

York Avenue Studio

York Avenue Studio, handcrafted jewelry gifts and wearable art. I focus on designs that require small amounts of silver, not just because the price has skyrocketed, but because I hope to keep the end price comfortable for customers looking for wearable art with genuine gems and real silver, keepsakes to last for years without breaking the bank. I enjoy the challenge of limited material, which demands focus on detail and design.

After enrolling in a course on gemstone identification, my passion for colored gemstones drove me into jewelry set with genuine gems. I prefer simple settings that show off a nice big beautiful gem and I craved the freedom to design my own. That's when I discovered Silver Art Clay, which opened up a whole new world of my own original designs of gemstones set in silver. My Signature Silver Series shows my style, which is delicate and elegant, but structurally strong. -Kathy, owner of York Avenue Studio, New Jersey, USA.

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      Gayle Dowell 2 years ago from Kansas

      Thank you! The palette and brush are actually a teammate's work. I'll pass your compliment on to her. I know she will appreciate it.

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      Margarita Boettcher 2 years ago from Morrison, Colorado

      I love your work! Especially the palette and brush. So lovely:)

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are really lovingly crafted. They are so artistically done.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Oh my, one lovely piece after another, thank you for creating this showcase of amazing talent and creative gifting. I love your thoughts of your creations connecting to nature and our Creator, what a lovely sentiment.

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      EstheticGoddess 4 years ago

      I have never heard of metal clay. That's amazing!

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