Metal Clay Art – Classes I teach

HI!  My name is Delia Marsellos-Traister, Owner and founder of Phoenix Magyk. I create Resonant Jewelry art and teach metal clay arts.

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 am a Level 1 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 intention for you and those who enjoy your work.

What you can expect when you play with me . . .

Introduction to Metal Clay – Metal Alchemy

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, create 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 some time examining elements of design and intention in our work. There is a comprehensive discussion of tools and equipment 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.

This program is taught at The Skirball Center – one full day; Glendale Community College – 3 week series;

At Crafted at the Port of Los Angeles – I teach an abbreviated version of the full Introduction called Mini-Intro to Metal Clay, which is 3 hours on a Sunday, once per month.

Check my Calendar page for the links to register at any of these locations.




Advanced Techniques – High Level Alchemy

Otis – The curriculum, when I teach at Otis College of Art and Design is expansive. It’s 8 weeks of skill training and confidence building. We start with bails, we create hollow forms, including beads and we work with other elements such as ceramic – glazed and unglazed (bisque), and glass. We cover mold making and other colorants as well.

The techniques taught in this program are designed as basic, but relevant to all projects.  I’ve designed this class for the artist who wants to really develop their skills and at the same time experience other mediums.

You will leave this 8-week experience fully confident to implement many design ideas you have and be empowered to experiment and have fun!

Glendale – I’ve designed this 3- week curriculum for the artist that wants to take their skills to the next level.

We learn about bails, hollow forming, molding and other colorants – we’ll try liver of sulfur, color pencils, glass paint, and color resin.  We only have three weeks to play, so we move quickly.

You’ll leave this class with new ideas, fresh perspective and loads of confidence!

Check my Calendar page for links to register.

Liver of sulfur on fine silver

Prismacolor application to textured silver


Hollow vessel from cork armature

Fine silver overlay on bisque

Dichroic glass ‘trapped’ in fine silver







“Celebrate” Lift lid bowl, 2″ in diameter

Secret Spaces: Vessels hold, contain and protect treasures of all sorts – inclusive of secrets and wishes.  In this three-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

"Dragon Road" Can be seen, touched, and tried on at Crafted.

“Dragon Road” Can be seen, touched, and tried on at Crafted.

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 bring all the gear that’s needed.  Participation of the host/hostess is free of charge . . . it’s the least I can do for the use of your home and all the marketing you did to have a class :)  Let’s coordinate a date – email me!

A little more about me:  A bunch of things have happened – mostly on purpose – you know, I was born; grew up; spent time in assorted educational institutions; had jobs – some I thought might be careers . . . and then . . .

In ’94 I entered the gem business and THEN in 2007, I decided to be the artist I always wanted to be.  I began dabbling in the creative art of metal clay and I haven’t looked back since.

3 Responses to Metal Clay Art – Classes I teach

  1. Caryn Unterschuetz says:

    Hi, Your class looks exactly what I am looking for. I am a former art major. Painting in college but then my husband and I opened a pottery studio after getting the bug in a community college class. He is now in the jewelry class and GCC, his back is too bad to throw anymore, and he is already setting up a studio. I have always been interested in dichroic glass and did more sculptural work with paper clay when we had the pottery. I am now interested in the metal clay and how to take some of my paper clay designs into metal clay. Do you have suggestions on how I might proceed. I figured we would get a kiln that would work for both his jewelry and my glass. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you . Caryn

    • Hi Caryn,

      Paper clay is an excellent armature for metal clay. MC can be formed around a PC design and then fired in a kiln. The PC will burn off and leave you with a lovely hollow fine silver piece. I teach this technique at Otis in the 8 week PMC Technique class . . . which (may) begin Wednesday…or next semester [there is currently 1 artist enrolled for that class]. I also teach at GCC. I have a 3 week Introduction class coming up, that starts on the 18th of February… a Tuesday night. Check out their website – Continuing Ed dept. You can always email me directly:

      All my best, Delia

  2. Maryann says:

    I found your name in an email that I got from a store I love in South Pasadena: Zinnia’s! (I think you gave a free demo there tonight, but I live too far away to drive out there on a weeknight.) I am hoping that you do metal clay classes. Can you get back in touch with me and let me know if you do, and if so, when and how much do they cost, etc.?

    Thank you!!

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