HUZZAH! My name is Delia Marsellos-Traister, Owner of Phoenix Magyk. I am your Adornment Concierge and I teach metal clay arts. The photo below is a group of artists from a class I had the honor of teaching at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles – June 2016.
It was an all-day adventure, – we had a blast.
When I teach, I teach from the perspective that there is possibility and transformation that takes place AND you are already an artist. You create something everyday. Creating art is good for the soul and sharing it with others is even better. I give you the framework, the basics, the techniques and then I say, “Ready, SET, GO!”.
Metal clay is an art medium of clay binder combined with fine metal particles. Formed, dried and then fired (torch or kiln) – the binder burns off and the creator is left with fine metal. The material comes in silver, gold, copper, bronze and other base metals – from several manufacturers. My preferred clay is PMC Silver (Precious Metal Clay) – my favorite clay is PMC+.
I am a Certified PMC Artisan, through Rio Grande. I am a Level 3 Certified Artisan through PMC Connection and a Level 1, 2 & 3 Certification Instructor with PMCC.
With metal clay there is so much that can be expressed and created. I really see the possibilities. Creation is manifestation of intention for you and those who enjoy your work.
If you’d like to talk with me about any of the classes described below, send me an email. I might take 24 hours to get back to you from email, and I will respond. phoenixmagyk@icloud
What you can expect when you play with me . . .
In this fun, informative workshop, you will learn and experience the basic techniques for working with Precious Metal Clay (PMC); forming, cutting, texture, pre-fire refining, firing, and finishing. You will be able to design, execute and finish your own individual piece of jewelry (one pendant or a pair of simple earrings). There is nothing more empowering than working with your hands and completing your own creation. We do play with a micro-torch in this class.
We will spend time examining elements of design and intention in our work. There is a comprehensive discussion of tools and equipment. I demonstrates skills and techniques for you . . . and then I say “Ready, SET, GO”
I maintain a small class size in any venue – a maximum of 12 – in order to be available to assist artists 1:1.
My intention for you is that you leave class feeling confident that you can do this at home and wanting more :). This class is the beginning of a new adventure.
You will have enough understanding of the material and techniques to decide if you want to play more. AND you walk away with a jewelry piece, you’ve made. This experience is for the creative wanting to learn a new medium, experiment and have a good time too.
I also offer online experiences; 6 weeks and private coaching.
Check my Calendar page for upcoming class dates and links to register.
Intermediate – Advanced Techniques – High Level Alchemy
Below are pictures of work…..samples of what I teach, in Color Magyk, Bail Magyk, Resin Magyk, and Bead Magyk
Secret Spaces: Vessels hold, contain and protect treasures of all sorts – inclusive of secrets and wishes. In this two-part class you will learn how to use a unique armature for creating
a container with a lift lid. You’ll walk away with advanced skill in fine silver slab construction, and seam sealing, texture on non-flat surface . . . as well as your completed work of art. We will also do an overview of box construction and hinges. Loads of fun and skill enhancement!
Whimsical Rings: In this class we will build upon your knowledge of metal clay and design techniques by making your own one-of-a-kind ring. You will learn sizing and accounting for shrinkage in addition to a unique way of making rings that does not require wrapping the clay around a dowel! Texture, setting heat safe stones, patina and polishing will also be covered during class.Artists will leave this 3-week series with one-of-a-kind silver creations and the knowledge and skill to create more in their own studio.
Private Parties! Gather a group of friends and let’s have a play date. I provide all the gear that’s needed. Participation of the host/hostess is free of charge . . . it’s the least I can do for all the the friends you brought to have a class 🙂 Let’s coordinate a date – email me! firstname.lastname@example.org
Mostly OnLine Private Experiences
I’ve created private programs for mentoring the committed artist – both artistically and with the path for their work they may choose: selling, teaching or both. These programs involve a three month, six month, or year long – commitment to weekly work, communication and monthly in-person sessions (TBD for those living out of the area), as well as weekly emails from me for encouragement, printed tutorials and more. And it isn’t inexpensive.
This is an opportunity to work at your own pace, relaxed in your home/studio and a focus on the things that matter specifically to you.
So if you are ready to really rock it, work mostly from home, play with me, learn a bunch and take your work to a business or teaching level . . . read on.
There’s one catch. I don’t work with just any ‘ol buddy. So that I can be of the most service to you and you can get the most benefit . . . you have to apply.
If you think this is something you’d be ready to commit to, send me an email. I will, within 24 hours send you the application and then we will schedule a time to talk on the phone, or if you are local, we can meet for a beverage 🙂
I look forward to meeting you in a class . . . mayhaps soon.