Trout Museum of Art

Pendants in Silver & Gold | Ages 13+

In this workshop, we will explore some of the basics of working with Silver Metal Clay, but if you have taken one of our silver classes before, you’ll be more comfortable with this project. We will create a pendant using sterling Silver Metal Clay. Through a process similar to working with clay and pottery, we will roll out clay, texture it, and create the patterned piece.

After being fired at DinsDesigns studio for 2 hours in a kiln at 1650°, this clay is 95% pure silver! On the second day, we will add the gold overlay and then fire and burnish the gold onto the silver. Tumbling the finished piece will result in a bright silver AND gold pendant, and on the second day you will be able to wear your piece home.

This workshop meets twice:

First date:
June 26
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Second date:
June 29
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Level: Beginner to Advanced

All supplies included. TMA members receive 10% off all registrations. Parents encouraged for young students.

Jennifer Dins | Art Educator

I am from the Milwaukee, WI area and I moved to Madison, WI to earn my undergraduate degree in marketing. In 2000, I earned a master’s degree in management, training, and organizational development. But besides being a mother and wife, what I really am is a life-long artist who found myself in a non-creative career for over 25 years.

After a potentially terminal cancer diagnosis in 2006 permanently sidelined me from my 25-year management career, I decided to follow my creative heart and began to explore a new medium: metal clay. This medium is easy on my sore hands and joints and I feel a sense of accomplishment every time I complete a piece. The uniqueness of this material allows me to add fingerprints, paw prints and even handwriting directly into the silver. Most of my sales are to people who have lost someone and want to capture a piece of him or her within the silver of an heirloom piece. I now believe it’s my calling to help these people through a particularly difficult time.

I love working with silver…it’s my Zen place.


Jun 26 - 29 2024



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