AMC Teachers

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Australia

Kim Booklass

Senior head Teacher

Specialty: Artist & Sculptor, Teacher, Creator & Innovator of Clays 
                 and Clay Products
Location: Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia
Certification: Level 1, 2, 3, Master
Contact: +61 (0)417 068 519
Emailkimbooklass@gmail.com
Web: kimbooklass.com
YouTube: Kim Booklass

Biography: Living in Australia, I find inspiration from all aspects in life. From a young age I have immersed myself in all forms of art craftsmanship and technique. One of my earliest memories was teaching children how to make daisy flower necklaces in my backyard.

I had been sculpting and working in molten metal casting for many years, but when I found Metal Clay a whole new world opened its doors to me. As one of the top designers in Australia, I have had the pleasure of being a pioneer in designing unique pieces.

I have found a way to merge my love of sculpting and jewelry with the use of metal clay. I believe sculptures should be worn rather than sitting on a shelf. I do hope you enjoy all of the unique pieces I have created which include wearable/multi use jewelry and sculptures out of my preferred clay, Aussie Metal Clays.

I would welcome and enjoy the opportunity to share my passion of design and many years of experience I have working with these amazing clays, to assist you in growing your skills.

As a teacher I can show you the easiest way to get from the start of a project to the finished design. I have worked out many shortcuts, hints and tips to help you learn the skills without having to make the errors along the way. I will nurture your artistic talent and guide you to another level in your art. I teach in a light hearted, fun way. With each of us learning from each other along side likeminded people.

Robyn Waldon (Heritage)

Certification: Level 1

Specialty: Artist & Teacher,
Location: Perth, WA, Australia
Certification:
Level 1,
Contact:
Email
rlheritage123@gmail.com
Web:

BiographyArt and design have always been in my life. I started learning traditional silver smithing when I was about 16.  Polymer clay art quickly followed and added the need for colour that I was looking for.

I found metal clay in about 2004 and slowly learned the art of silver precious metal clay in between all the other things that go on with life.

Aussie Metal Clay has come into my life with a bang. I love all the types of clay and colours that can be achieved with Aussie Metal Clay.

My absolute favorite is sculpting adjustable rings with insects, animals and flowers. I am also a big believer in using art, in this case Aussie Metal Clay jewellery, to assist people struggling with mental illness, by using the right side of your brain. Being part of a group and achieving to make your own beautiful pieces of jewellery and of course having a good laugh on the way...

Germany

Martha Schmidt

Certification: Level 1

Specialty: Artist & Teacher
Location: Bavaria, Germany
Certification: Level 1,
Contact:
Email: coppercauldronart@gmx.de
Webwww.facebook.com/coppercauldronart
www.instagram.com/coppercauldronart 

Biography: Growing up, I loved to try my hand at all kinds of creative endeavours, especially painting, sewing and a bit of sculpting. As I got older and attended med school, art was put on the back burner more and more until I realised, in 2016, that I couldn’t carry on without creative work and made a big life change to accomodate my new priorities. Somehow, it was jewellery making that suddenly held a special appeal to me.

I’ve been working with metal clay since mid 2016 and found Aussie Metal Clay through the work of Kim Booklass that popped up in a Facebook group one day. I decided to give this brand of clay a try, and it quickly became my prime choice for both base metal and silver clay.

I do not have a formal degree in jewellery making or metalsmithing and have learned a lot of techniques on my own, by watching online tutorials, and by trying out various techniques and practicing a lot.  I have also taken Skype classes for special techniques with Kim Booklass and attended masterclasses with renowned artists. I am constantly learning and eager to try new techniques.  My current experiments have led me to traditional metalsmithing techniques and wax carving/casting and I enjoy testing the advantages and drawbacks of various media.

At the moment I do not teach classes, as I feel I need to further enhance my skills and develop my own style. I’d love to do classes in the future, though.

United Kingdom

Ana Townsend

Certification: Level 1

Specialty: Artist & Teacher
Location: Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire, United kingdom
Certification: Level 1,
Contact: +44 (0) 7784 893 209
Emailanatownsend@yahoo.co.uk
Web: https://www.acatjewellery.co.uk/

Biography: After a career in Accountancy and Finance, I have finally realised my dream of having my own Arts and Craft studio. Since childhood I was fascinated with the world of Arts and Crafts and very eager to learn about the many aspects of the subject.

In 2006 I completed Silver Smith Diploma level 2. While completing my Silver Smith Diploma, I was introduced to Silver and other metal clays. After a few classes with various talented and inspirational tutors in metal clays I knew that this was the career I wanted to pursue.

In 2010 I completed my certifications as a senior Silver and Copper Clay instructor. Since then I have been teaching at my Studio and other venues at all levels. Introduction to Silver and other metal clays at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Following my qualifications I have attended many Master Classes with some of the best National and International Instructors using various brands of clay. I have acquired many other skills using related materials such as gold clay, enamels and resins.

Aussie Metal Clays came to my attention in 2016 when, by accident, I found the magnificent work of Kim Booklass. After we exchanged a few messages, I ordered some packets of clay and I was soon addicted to their soft textures and beautiful colours. After a couple of great Skype classes and online tutorials with Kim, I learned how to work with Aussie Clays Base metals and Silvers.

I have completed my level 1 Teachers certificate and I am working on my level 2. I also have a modest stock of Aussie base metals and Silver clays, as well as some other Aussie products which I sell in the UK to UK and European customers. I work and teach at my Studio in West Yorkshire (near Leeds) UK. If you would like a “Hands On” class with Aussie Metal Clays and work on level 1 pieces please contact me.

United States of America

Barbara Reeves

Certification: Level 1

Specialty: Artist & Teacher
LocationCarrollton, TX (Dallas Ft Worth area) USA
Certification: Level 1,
Contact: +1 (0) 214-542-4009
Emailbarbara.reeves2@icloud.com
Web:

Biography: In 2005 my supervisor realized that I liked to work with my hands since I knitted and was creative. She recognized I loved jewelry and suggested I make beaded jewelry and to go to the Gem and Jewelry show, which I did. That started my path.

I soon found that I wanted pendants specific to my beading. I knew I didn’t want to do metalsmithing since I didn’t have the space for the equipment. In researching, I found metal clay and took several classes. By 2009 I started on the path to certification in (another clay brand), acquiring Levels 1, 2 and 3. I was accepted into (another clay brand) Teachers program and after several months I dropped out due to not being able to devote the time necessary to do the assignments with deadlines. I have to work full time as I’m single and the only provider.

In 2017 I started working for a franchisee/owner as an Executive Assistant/Property Manager. My boss’ wife noticed the jewelry I would wear (I wear all my jewelry that I make). One thing lead to another and she ended being my student. I was intrigued by Aussie Clay by then and she encouraged me to get my certification in Aussie Clay.

I have achieved Aussie Metal Clay Certification Level 1, currently working on achieving Level 2 then Level 3. I love Aussie clays. They are so easy to work with and so many options to choose from.

I continue to work full time and teach classes in my home on the weekends. In my classes, I provide students with a notebook filled with all the tips & tricks that I’ve learned over the years. I also include instructions as a guidance and class projects we work on in class.

I love jewelry and love seeing the ah ha moments students get. My Spoo (standard poodle-another passion of mine) assists me LOL! We like to make everyone feel comfortable, have fun and enjoy making jewelry. You can arrange a class or session by emailing me or calling as listed above.

Kathy Klein

Certification: Level 1

Specialty: Artist & Teacher
Location: Escondido, CA USA
Certification: Level 1,
Contact: +1 (0) 714-394-8289
Email: Findaklein@gmail.com
Web:

Biography: Born in Los Angeles in 1958, I spent my early years in the Midwest and East coast before arriving back in Los Angeles in 1979. Although my father had a love of Pablo Picasso I had no childhood education in the arts.

At 32 I was drawn to sculpture as a medium, and attended night classes for three semesters at Cal State Northridge and was taught by acclaimed artists. During this time I also took a figurative drawing class in Venice, CA. I used art as a form of self-expression, but, regrettably I stowed my creative and artistic nature away for the next 20 years.

Blessed to receive a gifted DSLR camera, in 2011, I began to shoot photographs. I started to draw on the raw honesty of the natural and spiritual world and I realized quickly that I liked to mix medias. By combining media in layers I was able to achieve my vision for storytelling in each piece. I also became interested in printmaking the same year, participating in workshops with masters.

I continue to explore printmaking as an individual medium, as well as combining photographs, drawings, and writing with Monotype. I will also mix media even further by applying encaustic wax over the prints and add sculptural elements to the surface.

Over the last 7 years I have been privileged to exhibit in various gallery exhibitions nationwide and have received numerous awards in printmaking, photography, painting, and mixed media.

In 2014 I suffered multiple health issues that resulted in major surgeries. I knew I needed to find another medium which I could do easily, that would still allow me a way to continue artistic and creative expression. This is where my interest in metal clay jewelry making and fused glass work has come from.

In 2018 I became a certified Aussie Metal clay teacher and currently enjoy a robust following of clientele for my jewelry page, Inspiration of the Soul, on Facebook.

Felicia Schlemmer

Certification: Level 1

Specialty: Artist & Teacher
Location: Orlando, Florida, USA
Certification: Level 1,
Contact:
Email
schlemmer75@hotmail.com
Web:

Biography: I married a soldier at the age of 19 and followed him around the world for 21 years. When he retired to Orlando, FL, I worked as a data center manager and my husband went back to work for the army as a civilian. He spent 3 years in Afghanistan. During that time I was out of work and depressed. I bought a beading kit from a craft store and started beading. I now sort of specialize in bead embroidery but am always looking for new ways to elevate my beading. I discovered Aussie Metal Clay July 2018 and can’t wait to incorporate my metal creations with my beading..

 

Classes

Please contact any of the Teachers directly for available classes.

 

Kim Booklass

Robyn Waldon (Heritage)

 

Germany

 

Martha Schmidt

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM

 

Ana Townsend

United States

Barbara Reeves

Felicia Schlemmer

Kathy Klein