Workshop: Metal Clay for the Metalsmith: The Best of Both Worlds

Instructor: Cathy Prieto-Smith
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Workshop: Metal Clay for the Metalsmith: The Best of Both Worlds

Time & Location

Aug 10, 2019, 10:00 AM – Aug 11, 2019, 4:00 PM
Charisma Design Studios, 226 Cavalcade St, Houston, TX 77009, USA


In this 2-day workshop (10:00 to 4:00 each day) we will explore the vast opportunities for metalsmiths to use precious metal clay to enhance and enlighten our repertoire and hopefully dispel some of the myths. After all, traditional metalsmiths and metal clay artists begin on very different paths; but, once the clay has been fired, these artists merge onto the same road. My goal is to create and expand new highways of inspired ideas.

Metal Clay comes in a variety of brands as well as types of metals. You will have the opportunity to learn the basics of each. You will be given hands-on experience in the handling, firing, and soldering onto fabricated sheet. The possibilities are truly endless. 

Join me in this fun, and very fast-paced class. You will walk away with a newfound knowledge that is sure to inspire you to create as you never have before.

As a metalsmith and a metal clay artist, I get a kick out of listening to both parties compare and complain about the other. It fascinates me to think that each party feels as though they are a stand-alone art. My personality is such that I chose to challenge this! Above all, I’ve learned that EACH takes time, skill and persistence to learn to do it well. I am very excited to share all I have learned.


Cathy Prieto-Smith is a Houston-based artist. She has adorned herself with her hand-made creations since she was a child. In 1998 she went “official” with Charisma Designs. By 2001 she was ready for more and studied under Master Jeweler, Val Link, at the University of Houston. She specializes in metal but loves glass and ceramics, as well. Cathy creates and teaches in her wonderful studio in the Heights area.

Workshop fee includes the following:

0.950 OneFire PMC Sterling 

Art Clay Copper

Sterling 3x3 Sheet 20ga

Earring posts (1 pair)

Earring nut bullet clutch

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