Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fall 2014 Richmond Art Center Metals & Jewelry Classes

Beginning Jewelry
Holly Carter
Explore the basics of jewelry and small metals
fabrication. Learn the use of tools, how to saw,
file, sand and high-temp silver solder with
silver, copper and brass. Create pierced sawing
samples, band rings and a bezel-set stone
pendant. Explore various finishing techniques
and surface treatments including polishing,
rolling mill texture, patinas and more.
Approximate supply cost $100; some materials
available for purchase in class. Teens welcome.
FA19J • 9 classes • Mon, Sep 8 – Nov 3, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $225 • Nonmember $250

Intermediate Jewelry & Metals
Holly Carter
Advance your metal working skills—learn
riveting techniques to connect metal and
alternative materials, forging and tube stone
setting. Exercise your soldering skills, learn
techniques to marry metals and how to
create a deconstructed hollow form. Come
prepared with supplies and tools to work
on first day. Approximate supply cost $50+;
some materials available for purchase in class.
Beginning Jewelry or equivalent experience
required. Advanced students may use class for
independent study.
FA20J • 9 classes • Tue, Sep 16 – Nov 11, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $225 • Nonmember $250

Casting for Jewelry & Small Sculpture
Holly Carter
Learn the centrifugal method of casting molten
metal and carve wax models for lost wax
casting. Sprue, invest, cast in a centrifuge and
finish your piece for jewelry or small sculpture.
We’ll discuss the use of organics and found
objects for casting. Come prepared to work
the first day; some materials available for
purchase in class. Approximate supply cost
$50+. Advanced students may use class for
independent study.
FA33J • 9 classes • Wed, Sep 10 – Nov 5, 11 am – 1:30 pm
RAC Member $225 • Nonmember $250
FA33J2 • 9 classes • Wed, Sep 17 – Nov 12, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $225 • Nonmember $250

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Summer 2014 Metals Classes Richmond Art Center

Metals Classes at The Richmond Art Center
2540 Barrett Ave. Richmond, CA 94804
www.therac.org • (510) 620-6772
Instructor: Holly Carter

Beginning Jewelry - Monday Evening
Explore the basics of jewelry and small metals fabrication. Learn the use of tools, how to saw, file, sand, and high temp silver solder with silver, copper, and brass. Create pierced sawing samples, band rings, and a bezel set stone
pendant.  Explore various finishing techniques and surface treatments including
polishing, rolling mill texture, patinas, and more. 9 weeks
Class # SU19J • Mon, Jun 16 – Aug 11, 2014, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $225 • Nonmember $250

Enameling Sampler
An introductory class. Learn the techniques  of Vitreous Glass Enameling, fusing glass to metal. Emphasis will be placed on mastering the basics: sifting and wet packing, kiln firing, and knowledge of color interactions. $20 materials fee paid to instructor. 6 weeks
Class # SU7J • Tue, Jun 24 – Jul 29, 2014 6:30 pm – 9 pm
RAC Member $148 • Nonmember $165

Casting for Jewelry & Small Sculpture
Learn Centrifugal and Direct Pour methods of Casting molten metal. Will discuss the use of Cuttlefish, Tufa Stone, and Charcoal block to carve molds for direct pour casting. Learn to carve wax models for Lost Wax casting. Sprue, Invest, Cast in a centrifuge, and Finish your piece for Jewelry or Small Sculpture. Please come prepared to work the first day, some supplies will be available in class for purchase. Supply costs vary $50+. May also be used as independent study for experienced students. 8 weeks
Class # SU33J • Wed, Jun 25 – Aug 13, 2014 6:30 pm – 9 pm
RAC Member $198 • Nonmember $220

Intermediate Enameling
Focus on the enameling techniques of Basse Taille, Champlevé, and Cloisonné. Use various methods of texturing metal such as roller printing and acid etching to cover with glass for the Basse Taille. Create cavities to fill with glass by acid etching for Champlevé and small wire to create cloisons to fill for Cloisonné. Previous enameling experience preferred. 8 weeks (No Class July 4th)
Class # SU5J • Fri, Jun 13 – Aug 8, 2014 10 am – 12:30 pm
RAC Member $198 • Nonmember $220


Metals & Jewelry Camp
(ages 12 +)
Join us in the metals studio to create jewelry and works of art in this one-week camp!
Learn to saw, file, and sand a pendant or key chain fob.
Design and pattern an acid etched bracelet and roller printed earrings or decorative plaque.
Then use your newly learned skills to create a piece to be enameled with colored glass fused to metal.
Inspiration is endless!
Class# SU6YC, 4 classes, Instructor: Holly Carter
Tue – Fri, Aug 5 – Aug 8, 1:30 – 4:30 pm
RAC Member $135, Nonmember $150

Art in the Community 2nd Annual Student Show

Richmond Art Center invites you to the

Art in the Community 
2nd Annual Student Show

Join us in admiring the creativity of Richmond’s children and teens! 

The exhibit will feature art created by elementary, middle- and high-school students who have participated in our Art in the Community programs. Students created ceramics, mosaic, paintings, drawings, sculptures, fiber art, mural painting, metals, jewelry, and screen-printed pieces under the direction of experienced teaching artists. This year, we are excited to feature works by teens in one of our newest programs — a painting class held at the Richmond Art Center and in collaboration with the RYSE program. 

Our Art in the Community programs are free to the students, and bring art to sites across Richmond including the Richmond Public Library Main Branch, community centers, Youth Enrichment Strategy Camps, Richmond and San Pablo’s public schools and the Richmond Art Center.

Exhibition dates: May 3 – May 30
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 10, 3 – 5pm; light refreshments will be served
Where: Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Avenue (at 25th), Richmond
More info: 510-620-6772 or www.therac.org

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Branding - Final Two Logo Options

Well, the following is where I am at in the process. I have narrowed it down to two images and two fonts. I am now going to continue to make some adjustments to the design I am leaning more towards, to come of with a more fitting result.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fall 2013 Classes at The Richmond Art Center

Fall classes will begin in a couple weeks at The Richmond Art Center 
Casting Organics is back with another week added on! 
If you like the casting classes you will want to take the Mold Making workshop
The Independent Studio is a great class if you need extra time to get those Holiday gifts completed
If you don't think you will have time for a full class this session, as long as you have completed a beginning jewelry class, consider doing some drop in day or nights.  TheRAC.org

FYI, there were some discrepancies in the class codes for two of my classes in the printed catalog. The correct codes are below and what is on the website is correct.

Amazed by the world around you?  Do you bring home objects every time you go for a walk? Want to preserve them for a lifetime? Learn an interesting twist on the Lost Wax method of casting molten metal. Use organic materials and found objects such as seed pods or plastic toy parts to convert to silver or bronze. 5 weeks
Class # FA23J • Mon, Oct 21 – Nov 18, 2013 10:30 am – 1 pm
RAC Member $126 • Nonmember $140
Beginning Jewelry - Monday Evening
Explore the basics of jewelry and small metals fabrication. Learn the use of tools, how to saw, file, sand, and high temp silver solder with silver, copper, and brass. Create pierced sawing samples, band rings, and a bezel set stone pendant.  Explore various finishing techniques and surface treatments. 8 weeks
Class # FA19J • Mon, Sep 16– Nov 4, 2013, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $198 • Nonmember $220
An introduction to casting Cuttlefish and Organics for Jewelry or Small Sculpture. Learn to cast molten metal into Cuttlefish bone to achieve interesting textures. Explore a twist on the Lost Wax method of casting using organic materials and found objects such as seed pods or plastic toy parts to convert to silver or bronze. 5 weeks
Class # FA24J • Tue, Sep 17 – Oct 15, 2013, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $126 • Nonmember $140
Practice already learned techniques on your own time with instructor guidance. This is a great opportunity to utilize the studio to work on those special projects you have in mind or Holiday gifts for your friends and family. As per class interest may learn intermediate techniques for working with jewelry and small metals fabrication. Beginning Jewelry or equivalent experience required. 5 weeks.
Class # FA25J • Tues, Oct 22 – Nov 19, 2013, 6:30 – 9 pm
RAC Member $126 • Nonmember $140
Learn the process of making a rubber mold of your original cast metal pieces using Natural and Silicone Rubber. This workshop is for those who already have a cast piece of their own that they wish to make multiples of, such as a part for an earring or links for a chain. Students will also learn the process of injecting wax into a finished mold. 2 days
Class # FA14JW • Sat, Nov 9 – Sun, Nov 10, 2013, 11 am - 3 pm
RAC Member $108 • Nonmember $120

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Branding - Final Steps of Logo Design

This is where I am in the design process. Down to 3 image options and many font options. I took the advice of a friend and looked up some free font websites to find fonts similar to the ones I drew from graphic design books. I found a few options that may help, but I am still considering some of the ones I developed on my own. It was also advised that I take a break from the process at this point to absorb my choices in order to make some more decisions with a clearer mind later. And since, two friends recommended this, I suppose I had better listen.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Branding Logo Image - Final 4

This was my process for choosing the Final 4.
I began with 8 that I liked the best so far.

I chose to place the circle around each of the images to help me decide which ones would look best if they had a border. And, minified them to see which would translate better on a smaller scale for a charm or stamp.

These are the 4 that I felt were strong enough to consider in the final round of decision making.
I think I am leaning towards C & D. I will likely take the two I choose at this point, edit them, and try them with some of the fonts I have developed. I would appreciate some more opinions on these images.





Saturday, June 22, 2013

Branding - Logo Sketches - First Round Picks

After my first round of eliminations, these are the options I have left to choose from. Next I will narrow my options by choosing one from each of the first two sets to compare to the other individual ones shown below. Once I have it down to 5 choices I will then make changes and edit each image to more accurately depict how it may be in the final outcome, so that I can make the best decision for myself.









Friday, June 21, 2013