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Instructors

Shruti Gautam Dev is an internationally trained artist. She has trained to work with Art Clay Silver as International Instructor at the AIDA headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. She is also a trained and certified Senior Instructor with Art Clay World, USA.

Shruti has travelled far and wide to gain experience and exposure in working with metal clay, specifically Art Clay Silver.

A jewelry designer with a unique perspective to things and life around her, Shruti Gautam Dev is as gifted as an instructor. A friendly approach towards her students and a clear insight into typical stumbling blocks helps her connect effortlessly with them. This in turn, creates a beautiful creative environment for all involved. In fact, she feels her art and skills are evolving even more in her role as a jewelry instructor.

This year, her entry piece to the international Silver Accessories Contest,2010 organised by Aida Chemical Industries, Japan, has been chosen for the Japan Jewellery Designers  Association Chairman’s Award.

The classes being offered are:

Art Clay Silver Basic Class

This class teaches the basics of metal clay.

 In this 3hour workshop, students create two original pendants using Art Clay Silver in Clay form. They learn how to texturise a sheet of clay and how to work with clay coil to make a pendant with a bail.

Students begin to master Art Clay Silver as they learn how to set up work space, texturise, re-hydrate dry material, and safely use a butane torch to fire creations made at home. In the process, they learn about working with metal clay in various stages, and both kiln and torch firing techniques. The class also covers various finishing methods including wire brushing, buffing, and patina.

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Class materials: One package of Silver Clay (included). Tools will be provided for use in the class.

Additional supplies may be purchased as desired.

Introduction to Art Clay Silver

This intensive 5 hour class introduces students to working with Art Clay Silver in three forms: Clay, Paste and Syringe. In this workshop students begin to master Art Clay Silver  as they learn how to set up work space, texturise ,cut mould and extrude clay , set gems, re-hydrate dry material, and safely use a butane torch to fire creations made at home. After using various techniques to finish the pieces, the students then learn to fire the pieces in either a kiln or with a mini torch. In the process, they learn about working with metal clay in various stages, and both kiln and torch firing techniques. The class covers various finishing methods including wire brushing, buffing, burnishing, and patina.

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: None

Class materials: Includes one package of Silver Clay, one jar of Silver Clay Paste, a Silver Clay Syringe and one faceted cubic zirconia. Tools will be provided for use in the class.

Additional supplies may be purchased as desired.

Special project based classes incorporating Art Clay Silver

Information on request

Level 1 and Level 2 Certification classes will be introduced in due course of time.

Art Clay Certification

Art Clay Certification has two levels. Level 1 Certification requires you to have some basic experience with metal clay. It is not meant for beginners. An intense course, it normally run over three days.
At Level 1, a number of projects are completed exactly as they are specified in the Art Clay Beginners Book. The focus is on technique, precision and finishing pieces to a consistently high standard. This course allows no design freedom in the projects. A comprehensive toolkit and all the materials needed including silver findings are included in the course.

Once Level 1 Certification is passed, students can teach beginners Art Clay classes and normally get a 10% discount on buying Art Clay from Art Clay World India c/o Artyzenworld in India. Level 1 Certification holders are the Art Clay Level 1 Instructors.

Level 2 Certification covers more advanced techniques and runs over four days. A number of pieces have to be completed during the course. Like the Level 1 Certification, the Level 2 projects must be completed exactly as specified in the Art Clay Advanced Book. There is no design freedom on the pieces. A list of all the skills and competencies the instructor is looking for has to be adhered to and this has to be completed successfully for the certification to be awarded. Also, three pieces made after the course are to be submitted and evaluated by a panel. These pieces have to be submitted along with an additional processing fee.

Once these steps are passed the holder is qualified to teach beginners, Level 1 and Level 2 Certification classes. This qualification is based on the ability as an artisan, not the ability to teach. A bigger discount on buying Art Clay (25%) from Art Clay World India c/o Artyzenworld is an advantage of the qualification. Holders of Level 2 Certification become Senior Art Clay Instructors. Like the Level 1 Certification, the course includes more items to add to the toolkit and all the materials needed, including silver findings.

Please contact info@artclayworld.co.in  for any class details or any information required.

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