Toucan Academy is the educational "wing" of Toucan, an embodiment of a mission to facilitate learning in the context of art, creativity, design, and media, particularly in Montana and the West.

Classes, workshops, and courses are offered in a studio environment with opportunities for students at all learning levels and ages.

Upcoming classes

Introduction to Precious Metals Clay with Beth Gregory

The Date: September 22nd

The Time: 10AM - 4PM, with a BYO lunch break

The Cost: $120 course fee to be paid 2-3 days prior to class,
$45 supply fee to be paid to the instructor on the day of.

The Registration: Please click the “Purchase” button below and follow the prompts to apply online, call us at (406)252-0122, or come by in person!

The Instructor:
Beth Gregory is a Livingston based jewelry artisan. She teaches classes throughout Montana in precious metals clay, jewelry fabrication, and copper enameling and joins us for her first class ever at Toucan. Beth has an impressive resume, earning her BA in Art Design from Duke University, and continues to expand her knowledge of her craft with jewelry and metal smith classes.

The Course:
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a versatile material that consists of silver (or copper or bronze or gold) particles embedded in an organic binder.  The material is malleable, and can be shaped, textured, or carved.  Once dry, the PMC is fired with a torch or in a kiln, burning off the binder and allowing the silver particles to bind together, resulting in a stunning piece of 99.9% fine silver!  In this class, you’ll learn to work with PMC3 (fine silver) to create a pair of earrings and a pendant, or two pendants (your choice).  We’ll cover texturing, shaping, drying, sanding, firing, burnishing, adding a patina, and polishing. You will be provided with a supply list and resources to help you pursue this fun medium further in your home.  The materials fee covers the cost of 16 grams of PMC3, use of class tools, a chain and ear wires so you can wear your jewelry out the door!

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